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. And in particular for me who prefer to paint from life in a concentrated mood and exploring my way through rather than to work 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 you understand of what you see and what you 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, they should also learn to draw from life and paint from life once they understood how to apply the water and the pigments on the paper.
Have always in mind that the process of learning how to paint with watercolor is long...

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...

January 07, 2015

Onions "in the oven"...




Tried to finish up some paintings laying there waiting for me. It's so much easier to start something new and freshly inspiring at the moment, rather than dealing with older stuff in that pile. Anyway, thought I should "finish" this one just to say I to myself I managed to do so. Now, looking at it I see so much I have to train on to get it right. That feels exiting as it feels more reachable now. With some commitment and hard work of course. I like to have plans and projects. My personal projects will be to draw more and bring my watercolors to a higher level. I like sketchy like watercolors, but I also like when they have more textures and depth and I would love to be able to obtain that without messing it up or overworking it.
I would love to paint with oil too soon! Maybe that's what I really feel like :)
Not sure I can manage it all, but I hope 2015 will be full of surprises and not to many complications with other issues. Wish you the same!

"Feathers in a pot"...



I should draw much more in 2015 than I did in 2014. Since a while it feels unfamiliar and concentration is not stable. I need to get in focused mode again!
Happy resolutions to you, if you have any of course!

December 28, 2014

Landscape from Dordogne...



A land and sky study of a view in Dordogne (France).

Mauritian skyscape...



I'm not at all in Mauritius now, but here above is a preparatory sketch of a view from the island. As I have been there a few times with opportunities to study skies like this one mentally or noted down in my sketchbooks. This helps when I work at home with eventually my pictures. It's preferable to use your own photographs, rather than someone else's from a place you might not even been to. 
The preparatory sketches tend to be more spontaneous than bigger works.