July 27, 2015

Red apples...




Studies of apples done with my students this spring...
They still think it's difficult to render an apple and to see what I see. I mainly tell them too search for shadows and then see the level of the light parts. If the apples are dark it can be difficult not to start too dark in the light, so to avoid that go lighter and for the darks you should watch out not to make the red too brownish. Also that you take the right tube of red, primary reds can be tricky to mix what we usually call red.  You might have to buy a red that is as close as possible to the red of the subject. I woulds say ; "no rules, start looking". With the mixing methods I teach they should be able to identify and mix the color they need, or if not the case they will soon.

July 24, 2015

Studies of the nature, and dreaming...




Two sheets of notes from a day out in the woods near Paris some time ago. I dreaming of a house somewhere to be able to work outside surrounded by nature more often and easier. I'm confident, I'll get it one day and I better don't wait until we have saved money enough because that will never happen in a country like France where every penny goes to the state. I guess that's how the country and even Europe keeps floating (for now). Some pay for the others. Why don't all countries have the same tax system for example. Why are some so much cheaper than others and at the same time income taxes are lower... Why have a union, without having rules ? I guess it's too complex, with all these countries that are different in so many ways, to govern them equally...

July 15, 2015

Detail of plant along the road...



I'm just as interested in details surrounding me, as beautiful landscapes. For me it's easier to tell myself "I'll just do THIS". I'll do that lovely light impression on that leave there" rather that "I'll do that incredible landscape with it's beautiful sky and sun setting down". This painting of a plant growing along a tiny road in Bretagne is kind of "disorganized", but I've decided to accept it as it is. 
In general I only mess things up if I ad or change things afterwards. I really prefer when it's done in one go...

July 12, 2015

Memories in my sketchbook...





Views from Bretagne at river Trieux. I'm always frustrated about the time I get or don't get to paint. It's difficult to cope with everything alone and make those who travel with you happy too without isolating yourself with your paintings. A week of family vacation on a spot you don't know is not enough painting wise. But that's fine really, we had I lovely time in Léandrieux me and my two kids. I know I can go back and paint there when I feel like it or it could be that easy if I put my energy in it. The problem is more that any painting could possibly cope with the beauty of the region...

June 25, 2015

First "summer break sketch"...



Hello to you all!
I've been absent here as my computer broke down and is still for a few more days. Posting from the Iphone is really big trouble so I won't do that much, but here comes this summer season's first sketch and what gives an idea of my inspiration for the time to come...