Sunday, 13 February 2011

Vienna


Chinese Ink on paper
59.4cm x 42cm

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Long Island City

Oil on canvas
115cm x 76cm
Here it is, eventually! It took a long 4 months to complete... A lot of short sessions to cope with a busy time... But I'm very pleased with the result.

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Trumpet

Pencils on paper
59.4cm x 42cm



Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Chaussures


Oil on canvas
20cm x 20cm

Here is a gift for little Alec!

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Calla Lilies


Oil on Canvas
56cm x 40.5cm

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Cassette


Pencils on paper
59.4cm x 42cm

Monday, 15 June 2009

Saturday, 30 May 2009

Cerises II (Cherries II)


Oil on canvas
30cm x 24cm


I've tried a new method here, using a grey underlayer (grisaille) and then glazing with color. The background is a bit boring but the point was to try this old technique... This is suppose to create inner shinning and the good result got me to try a new can using this way.

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Mustang


Oil on Canvas
90cm x 90cm


Done! Refined some highlights and details... Yes I must admit the theme is very much inspired from Richard Estes and the picture was found on Flickr. I've been trying to shot some similar car reflection in London & Monaco on sunny days but can't get such a level of brightness, ends up with duller reflection...


Saturday, 25 April 2009

Preview...


Just a preview of a major piece of work (90cm x 90cm) which is almost there... still a lot of details to refine and a bit of highlights missing but the general feel is there.

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Boite de Thé (Tea Pot)


Oil on Canvas
30cm x 25cm


My second oil painting, I enjoyed working on the fabrics and reflection, oil feels quite good but I need to get there with the medium.

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Cannette broyée III (Crushed Can III)


Acrylics on Canvas
56cm x 40.5cm
My prefered one so far! I love all the reflection the torn can is offering, a bit tedious at time, but the result is worth the pain... This is a full accomplishment in the sense that I did the photo shoot to get the right picture to start from. Will try a similar Diet Coke with oil next time...

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Citron II (Lemon II)


Oil on Canvas
20cm x 20cm

Here it is, first oil painting! Interesting exercise, the blending has great feeling, but "undoing" a mistake is kind of a challenge...

Saturday, 14 March 2009

And now a bit of Oil painting


I've now been playing with acrylics for a couple of months and I sometime feel a bit of frustration with the wet-on-wet and quick drying. Really need a bit more open time for the blending on large surfaces. I've talked to a couple of people and notice that most of the realistic painters stick to Oil so I've decided to give it a try and see what it can bring to me. Will probably keep the acrylic for blocking shapes and getting a good tone underlayer though... Have decided to start by a simple 20x20cm still life and had a bit of a photoshoot sesssion, more to come then...

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Serious toolware


Got a new camera today, second hand thanks to ebay! This is the next big investment to start the serious stuff! Ordered some Macro lenses to fit onto the standard lens and will consider a wide-angle in the future for landscape painting...

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Dalia I


Acrylics on canvas
91cm x 76cm
My biggest painting so far, I've spend a lot of time refining the blending effect on each petal, and I'm quite happy with the result. The paint consumption is huge though.
I found the picture on Flickr again... and I know you've asked, this is most probably a Dalia ;-)

The beast


Bigger paintings = bigger easel. Got down to CassArt for the sales and found myself the perfect one. I did cut down the legs a bit, and can now use it as a table easel. It can handle large canvas as needed for most of my paintings now.

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Canette broyée II (Crushed can II)


Acrylics on canvas
56cm x 40.5cm
And another one! Got the picture on Flickr again, bless the Macro afisionados posting their work. I much prefer this one as I found the finish, range of tones and lighting are better.

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Canette broyée I (Crushed can I)


Acrylics on canvas
56cm x 40.5cm
Starting more serious things now, this was an idea at the back of my mind for a while now. I've had to hunt on the internet for a picture and I found one on Flickr again. The black background contributes really well to the overall effect and the can stands out quite well. The label might lack something to "anchor" it to the can though but it has proven a very good exercise. The new artist's quality brushes are amazing, I can tell the difference from previous paintings.
Yes I know, it's very pop-art / Warhol alike, but that's definitely what I like to do...

Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Farniente


Acrylics on canvas
Did that one a bit too quickly but it's actually quite a big size. I realized how difficult it was to paint a portrait!

Monday, 29 December 2008

Christmas

Santa's been really kind to me and I got some artist's quality brushes. I'm giving it a try now and I must say the difference is huge, just a complete different feel and control! Really worth it I think...

Saturday, 27 December 2008

Mandarine I (Tangerine I)


Acrylics on canvas
20cm x 20cm
Did this one over christmas and left it at my parent's. This will go nicely with the cherries.

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Cerises I (Cherries I)


Acrylics on canvas
20cm x 20cm


This one is my prefered still life so far, the picture is from a Flickr member. I've found the reflection work really well in helping getting something more realistic. Definitely a subject I will study in much more depth in the future. I've noticed how reflection is a central piece in a lot of artists' work.



This one will be a christmas gift too!

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Orchidées (Orchids)



Acrylics on canvas
56cm x 40.5cm

This one is a bit of a miss but I've decided to post it anyhow. the level of details is not satisfying me now that I look back at it and I've resort to sort of semi-transparent brushstrokes instead of blending sometimes. Although it works from a distance, a more close-up view is a bit messy.

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Zippo I


Acrylics on canvas board
66cm x 45.7cm


I've been looking a lot for pictures on Flickr lately, there's a wealth of amazing photographers and it has proven a good source of inspiration. I'm quite attracted by Macro shots but don't have any decent gear to do that myself yet.
I'm planning on framing that one with an dark brown american frame and offer that as a christmas gift to my brother, hope he will like it...

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Pamplemousse I (Grapefruit I)


Acrylics on canvas board
20cm x 20cm


This is a copy of a painting I found on Google image, it gives me a bit of practice, and helped me forget about composition for a minute. Sadly, composition is probably what I need to work on most :-(

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Pomme I (Apple I)



Acrylics on canvas board
20cm x 20cm

I like the (unintentional) old style this one has.

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Kiwi I


Acrylics on canvas board
20cm x 20cm

Another one, still a bit shaking with the blending, shape and tones... need to work on that.

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Citron I (Lemon I)


Acrylics on canvas board
20cm x 20cm


This is one of my first still life. I'm now getting a feel of acrylics but the drying time still surprises me. Gauging the right amount of medium is a problem too, as it becomes sticking and can build-up if still working it whist drying...

Friday, 24 October 2008

Here we go...


Here we go, I've bought a good starter kit, Liquitex paint & medium, a table easel, an entry level set of brushes, Stay-wet palette and a couple of hardboard canvases. Have decided to start with 20x20cm size to get in touch with painting and study still life to find simple compositions.