February 26, 2015

"Lemons in blue bowl"...



A lemons in a bowl study. The "blogger effects" we get are quite disappointing. Here, the shadow from the bowl look terrible, in real it's smother without that visible brownish areas. But somehow this makes me pay attention to thing I should try to work on for better...

February 12, 2015

February 10, 2015

Color studies on human figures...




Lately I got into observing color changes in general. My latest figures in watercolor might reflect that. I might overdo it now and I'll have to make choices later on about what to express and what to leave out color wise. But for now I want to say it all and it's a process I have to go through...

February 08, 2015

Figure studies in watercolor...





 


As promised here follow a few watercolor studies, also from last two days of figure drawing session... 

Finally back to figure drawing!...





Wow, feel happy and positive to have been drawing figure the last two days! I started to feel desperate without it. I know now I got to manage some time for this to keep in track. Here are a few of them but more to come...


January 31, 2015

Waterfall studies...





Now into something new with my students, who seem a little perplex about the subject, but I hope they'll find it interesting at the end. Here we have small monochrome studies of waterfalls. I have difficulties to get the hand on pictures as support to our studies, as we can't go out in the bush sketching or painting. The bottom two are based on american artist Jeremy Lipking's work and light effects. I hope I'll be able to seduce my students to do color studies too and also create our own compositions in the same spirit...

January 26, 2015

In tribute to Joaquin Sorolla...



As I mentioned we studied some of Sorolla's work in watercolor class.
Most of the times I try the subject before class so that my demo, when I do it, will have a plan to follow. Painting and talking at the same time is a complicated thing specially in front of others who might be commenting and questioning what you do at the same time. In particular for me who prefer to paint from life with concentration, exploring my way through the work rather than to copie from documents. Concentration and emotion are a huge part in painting and it's difficult to make others understand this, just as how important drawing is. The more you draw the more creative you become, and the more you understand of what you see and are going to paint. As a result of it all, you can maybe with time and practice, get a bit more spontaneous painting with watercolor.
I see the work from documents as an exercise for my students; they draw some, they learn to mix colors and to find solutions for watercolor effects wet in wet or with glazing. But this is not enough for a painter, one should also learn to draw and paint from life, once they understood how to apply the water and the pigments on the paper. Above all we should have in mind that the process of learning how to paint with watercolor is long, this might help when we are in difficulties...

January 25, 2015

Fresh still life study...



A new study of leafs and colors here. I had to work in one session as I had only the time the leaves stayed fresh. It's sad I can't reproduce the light tones correctly here, on the original they are soft and more harmonious than they look here. I guess seeing art on internet or in a book never will compete with expositions of real paintings, just as listen to a music never can compete with a concert.

Joaquin Sorolla studies...



It has been a while and the moment has come to update a little around here. I'll have to try harder to keep up on every level. There is always something falling behind.
The semester of the watercolor classes I'm giving, at Atelier du Passage in Paris, has reach it's end. As a conclusion an exposition of students work was organized this week-end. We had all worked on a theme called "in the style of", and students could study one or several artists' work and do watercolors "in the style" of the artist they had chosen. During classes I also proposed to work from spanish painter Joaquin Sorolla's oil paintings, which tend to be so luminous that they can suite for studies in watercolor. Why I particularly like his work might also be that it often remind me of the light, colors and views I've so often seen and loved during my early years living in spain.
Here is an example of mine. Of course if I did this one a second time I know what I would change, but sometimes it's just as good to move on. More is to come...