September 01, 2015

"Le Morne", Mauritius...



Watercolor sketch in my Moleskine of the mountain "Le Morne", painted from on the boat.

August 23, 2015

Clear water study...



Views from the boat (Mauritius)...





Difficult conditions on the boat today while the guys were fishing. Windy, waterdrops all over, the boat changing direction every five minutes, and of course a boat is rarely still. Somehow this year I managed not getting seasick while painting.
I love to study clouds, painting them or not doesn't really matter. Sure I always feel the urge for painting then, but I can accept just to watch...

August 15, 2015

Hat salesman on the beach in my Moleskine...




This was a very fast sketch of a hat salesman passing by on the beach (Mauritius). I kind of liked using watercolor in my Moleskine sketchbook these days. The colors don't adhere right away on the paper which can give interesting effects, they alos stay saturated I thought. Fist time I get this good feeling on this paper. It's funny how we can change our opinions sometimes. 

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.