Friday, June 16, 2017

Plein air le canal du midi

Still trying sketching on cardboard, this time en plein air , on the banks of "le canal du midi" which is a fresh and pleasant place to be in these very hot days we.re having in Toulouse 
I was in the shade of the trees and decided to try different little quick sketches of the same view








Thursday, June 1, 2017

Mixed media life drawing

Different experiment with charcoal,, graphite ,  watercolor, pastel and gouache


















Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Painting at home

did the sky study from my balcony and finished it in the kitchen ! 



Then the sun came back , and this is the view from another room



Plein air , le lauragais

Just outside Toulouse, the beautiful hills of the Lauragais region

    Lé lauragais, 6x10in 

   A quick second sketch , cropped because I'm not satisfied with the full composition, so I tried to isolate something interesting inside


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The bedroom

This study associates direct observation of my bedroom.with an old sketch from a model.  I like the composition, but would like to  work more on colors and tones



   Observation and integrating the model , quick value and composition sketch

    Model sketch from life

  





Monday, May 1, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Color study from picture

This is my reference photo, a very familiar place to me . I took it last week. 


I used this picture this morning to study colors, especially thinking each step with warm and cold relationship. My palette was a warm and a cold yellow and yellow ochre, alizarin, burnt sienna, cobalt and ultramarine, plus viridian which is not an usual color for me but which happened to be very interesting . 











Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Plein air Ramonville, France

Ramonville saint Agne, in the morning with a cloudy sky
1st sketch oil 6x8 in

Another sketch a bit later, still cloudy. I put an orange underpainting for the first sketch , but let the second paper white . I wanted to see the difference and besides light had changed a lot

2nd sketch oil 6x8 in

I bought a "new" vintage tripod in a garage sale, it just works really good.Good quality, light and very steady. Ready for lots of summer paintings !







Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Plein air Cardaillac

A little typical village from south France. I was driving near there, it was windy and quite cold, I decided to paint from the car, it was quite comfortable actually
Cardaillac, oil on paper 7x9.5 in


    Sheeps on the other side, just a quick sketch that I might use for another painting



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Plein air

Visiting a friend in the nearby countryside, Some plein air sketches , a warm spring day, lots of green! This is also a new plein air box , to which I've fixed a camera tripod, much lighter than my previous box it works nicely

Green study 5x7,5 in


Trees in counterlight 4x4 in









Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Some more cat sketches

last page in my sketchbook. I find it interesting to draw directly with a brush and not the pencil anymore. 

In this sketch the cat is lying on my knee  twisting her head , nice curves!

This one was done in charcoal while the cat was playing with her tail on the bed. Challenge was to get an idea of the gesture