Wednesday, December 30, 2009


oil on Yupo  6x8in 15x20cm
This is the portrait I’ve painted for DSFDFswap challenge.
The beginning was hard, I had as a support only a small picture.
After tries and tries, I reached a  point of reasonable satisfaction, and I am aware that I’ve learned a lot by persisting;; however I would have liked to improve it, to go on by looking for the very right expression.
But a few previous desatrous attempts taught me that it would be more prudent to  stop!So I did…

Sunday, December 6, 2009


                 oil on board 6x6in
Les cannelés, évidemment, il n’y en a plus, ils ont tous été mangés, et voici leur représentation à l’huile-eux contenaient du beurre-Le plat m’a donné beaucoup de mal, je n’ai pas encore réussi(vais-je continuer?), l’ellipse n’est pas conforme, mais il était préférable de s’arrêter là, pour éviter la catastrophe.
There are no more cakes, called “cannelés from Bordeaux”, they have all been eaten;the dish gave me a lot of trouble, because the ellipse, and I preferred stopping there, to avoid the disaster.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

avant le départ(peinture en cours, in process)

oil on plywood 51x30cm, 12x19in
C’est Camille. Juste avant de prendre son train de nuit pour Barcelone, où elle est sensée passer une année, sa valise bouclée –et bâclée- en 15mn.
J’ai pris un format plus grand, cette fois, le ton de la peau est trop foncé, pour l’instant.Commencée en septembre, elle reste sur le chevalet, et de temps en temps je la reprends , pour changer des petites toiles qui me donnent autant de mal, du reste.
It’s Camille.She was going to take a whole night train to Barcelona, Spain, where she is supposed to spend one year.On the right side, there is her suitcase, packed in 15mn, overloaded, of course.

Friday, December 4, 2009

L’église Ste Ursule

Voici une petite toile peinte l’été dernier, après l’expo Kandinsky, à Beaubourg.
Il s’agit d’un détail de “Munich, Schwabing avec l’église Ste Ursule”1908.

huile sur carton entoilé 13x18cm 5,5x7in
Here is a small painting after Kandinsky exhibition, at Beaubourg.It is a detail from “Munich, Schwabing with St Ursule church”1908.
I’ve liked painting these strong colors.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Are you sure?

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This was done years ago, in color pencil, before I began to paint;I liked the tense stare of this old lady.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


oil on panel 8x9,5

Here is my latest attempt to Karen Jurick's challenge;I wouldn't say that I liked the subject, but I am glad to have been able to finish it! it is worthwhile  to make efforts, I hope I'll improve, and  I've seen such beautiful renditions on Dsfdf!

Monday, November 16, 2009

My first color wheel

This summer, on one of thoses numerous windy and rainy days we had at the Lake, I borrowed
a book of Betty Edwards,(I had already read The new drawing on the right side of the brain, and I've loved it);this one is called COLOR, A course in mastering the Art of mixing colors.
One of the first exercises was to make our own color wheel, mixing colors.
I made 6!(not the same, of course) it was  very useful to paint it,it helped me to remember the primary, secondary, complementaries colors. I had already learned that thousands times,without remembering very clearly,  but the fact of  drawing  ,painting,cutting(with a plate as a template) looking  for the colors , and placing that on a clock change everything.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

to start, a first sketch

pencil on paper , 6x9

the matter was difficult, and I prefered to start with a drawing, before painting.
It was the 1st time I drew something with a view from above, I am wondering if it is clear..

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I am fagged...

5,9x8,3 acrylic on paper
Here is my latest entry to Karin Jurick "DSFDF" challenge

Thursday, July 9, 2009

In Summer

Here I am, and the  followings days are on my other blog, en Gironde

After painting!

Monday, July 6, 2009

from Toronto to the Lake of the Woods

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We left Toronto by train on Saturday, at 10PM, and arrived on Monday, at 12.30 at Winnipeg.We were delayed for 4 hours, because a freight train derailed in the night before ( we could see the car and the engine scattered in the muskegs).
The day after, we took a Greyhound bus to Kenora, and we arrived at 12.30.
Our boat was waiting for us in the mainstreet dock, and after a 20 mn trip, we at last reached our cottage.
We would need several days to rest after that!

Thursday, June 25, 2009


On Friday,morning, we had our first attraction.
At 9 AM at a little airport,5 mn drive from our B&B,we met Keith, the pilot of a Cessna 180, a small 4 seat plane, for a 30mn flight over the Falls and the canal system.
It was an awsome experience, without turbulence, with a very soft landing.
After that, we drove to the Botanical and Butterfly Garden, where we could park and take the "people Mover" ( 'shuttle), which stops conveniently at each site.
1-The Maid of the Mist was a very wet and exhalirating boat trip, where we had to put yellow plastic coats, as I had seen in the old movie Niagara , with Marylin Monroe, which I much enjoyed.
This was followed byd White Water Walk, wich boardered the forde 6 rapids, was very impressive.
And then, the Tunnel under the Falls, where tons of water tumbled down just in front of our noses.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

from Bordeaux to Niagara

Quelques cercles, Kandisky, 1926

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As I'd said, no painting for the moment, because we have left our home almost a week now.
We spent 2 days in Paris, with the exhibition Kandisky, at Beaubourg Center, which I enjoyed a lot.
Until now I was completely ignorant of his painting, I was not attracted by it, and it was a very interesting discovery.
On Tuesday we took an Air Transat plane to Toronto, where we spent 2 days at Alan"s brother. It was very hot there,and there was suddenly a furious shower on Tuesday afternoon, before we took a car to go to Niagara On The Lake which is a wonderful little town.
Today, this Friday, at 9 am was the visit to Niagara Falls, that begun with a small 4 seats plane for 30mn ,(luckily, it was before a shower) then the White Water Walk,with some slippery wood stairs, and obviously the Maid of the Mist , on a boat as in Niagara's movie ,with plastic raincoats, because it was very wet!
I took a lot of pictures, I hope it will inspire me for future paintings!
Tomorrow we will leave our lovely B&B to come back to Toronto for taking the train to Winnipeg, which will take 2 nights and 1 day!
It will be a nice experiment, we"ll have a comfortable accomodation, and we like long trips, by train or boat!
So, see you soon!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Le Golfe de Marseille

acrylic on board 7,5X9,5

I painted this seascape for the Following the Masters third challenge.
It is after Le golfe de Marseille vu de l'Estaque by Cézanne, about 1885, in the post-impressionnist period.The original can be seen at New York City, at the Metropolitan Museum.
I like Cézanne's painting, which shows us the Provence's light and the stone's heat with the ochers and blues. At l'Estaque he said"I want to make the perspective by color alone".
I enjoyed working on it, maybe I should have gone on ,but there was the deadline!

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Monday, June 15, 2009


We are packing!

gouache 9,5x12

A week to wait...We are leaving home to go to the Lake of The Woods, Ontario, Canada, for nearly 3 months.I am not sure we'll be able to be connected on Internet, we'll see on situ, so it'll be the surprise!

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

After the rain

For several days it has been raining
, and it is dirty before the house.
There was a door there, until this year, and we walled it, because it was useless.
It is the place where I 'd like to put the trompe l'oeil, representing the sculpture Flora, but I have to wait the fall to finish it.

Monday, June 8, 2009


Acrylic on plywood 6X7
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This was my participation on DSFDF this week;I had some difficulties with the upper tomato, which looks like a cherry, or an apple, but it was pleasant to paint this subject.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

FLORE (in progress)

Back from our nice trip(in fact the castle was even better than expected), I began, inspired by an earlier challenge of DSFDF, this painting of a sculpture of Flora, the goddess of flowers and gardens.
For me it is quite a big one , 15x31 inches, on MDF and the purpose is to put it in an empty alcove in my garden.
I suppose it won't keep this green colour, I'd like to find the colour of old stone, with some greenish stains.And the difficulty is on her right arm.
Apparently it is a shotcut, but it looks like a stump, or that it has been broken.I am wondering what to do with that.Have I to do the same, or imagine a complete hand?
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Monday, May 25, 2009

Tennessus castle

No painting for several days, we are packing and will spend the next night(in the Lord's chamber) in this medieval castle not far from Poitiers, which is in fact a lovely bed and breakfast;
it was a gift from my son Nicolas, for my last birthday.
After that we'll go on towards the Dordogne, to Sarlat, which is a very nice little city in the Perigord.
So I am sure we will enjoy those short holidays , even if apparently, it will be raining!

Sunday, May 24, 2009


Acrylic on wood 8x16
in progress , or in process?
This girl has been on my easel for a while, I changed a little her face, but she needs more improvments.

she doesn't seem to have any special worry,(see here) as I do!

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Monday, May 18, 2009

rush hour

Acrylic on panel 8X9

Posted by PicasaThis is my version of Madison Avenue,New York City, last challenge of DSFDF.
I went just for once to NYC, in March, 1990, and it was chilly, the same kind of weather they had for this picture, I suppose.
It is my first cityscape, and expected it would be hard to have the buildings straight!And it is!
So, I thought afterwards it was wiser to crop
the sky...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


acrylic on plywood 9x15

this is the latest challenge of Karin Jurick's Different Strokes From Different Folks blog.
She provided the picture of the marble statue of "a companion of Diana".
Diana was the goddess of the hunt and the moon, and daughter of Jupiter and Latona.
It was the 1st time I had the opportunity to paint a statue, I enjoyed it, and gave me the idea to paint another biggest one to put in a nude alcove we have in our garden...
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Wednesday, April 8, 2009


12x16, acrylic on canvas
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This is my 1st attempt for the april challenge Following The Masters set up by Michelle Burnett.
The original painting is by JW Waterhouse.
I was very attracted by this painting, the subject was delicate and rich in colour.I was very pleased to paint it, even if I had worries with the feet, it was the first time I had to do that, well, it is an opportunity, isn't?

Sunday, April 5, 2009



Today we went to the first wine festival of the year in Blaye, the little city in the neighbourhood.

It was a sunny day, with a sky absolutely cobalt blue , the temperature about 21° .

There were a lot of wine-tasting sessions everywhere, big tables outside , where everyone could sit down ,eat, drink, meet new people, it was funny, it is the country!

When In the middle of the afternoon we came back home,we were glad to find several sailing boats on the river, in front of the house, towards Bordeaux, and enjoyed the remains of the day in the garden.


Well, of course, at that precise moment, the clouds arrive, but did not stay!

I painted only this morning, after “Narcissus” from JW Waterhouse.

Friday, April 3, 2009


I begun this drawing this morning, in fact it is a first sketch before painting, if I'll be able to.
I discovered this project on Michelle Burnett's blog, who made me the honour to become my 2nd follower;
I am very proud, because she is a very talentuous artist, I used to go often on her blog.
By the way, I changed the title of my blog, because my eyes 've been operated 2 days ago;(cataract)
for the moment I haven't my short vision, so it is hard to write and read , but I have to be patient.
Maybe, my world'perception is going to change, who knows?
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Monday, March 30, 2009


It was the last Dsfdf challenge, and it was a pleasure to paint this, in winter!
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Thursday, March 26, 2009


Acrylic on plywood 9x16

In spite of my yesterday's eye surgery, I was glad to be able to finish this painting on time!
It is for VSD March challenge.I would like to paint a more elaborate background, but what to do?I prefer stopping for the moment.

It is like the reservoir with birdseeds, that Alan , my husband,installed and filled regularly(even more) throughout the winter, to feed our young disadvantaged friends.This knack is in front of the window of the dining room..Birds drop many seeds down, he was in order a huge tuft of grass, obviously it is a good manure!!But one morning, I had breakfast, and that do I see, under the guard eating? a big rat, of the size of a hamster, who ran, without hurrying, towards a gallery that he had just dug at the foot of the tuft of grass, to feed without getting tired! If I understood well, of course, it is the seeds which interest him!

information taken on Internet, it is about a fieldmouse, pest.Ma first reaction had been to think, "oh, of a nice small animal", but not, she transmits serious diseases to the man, and eats bushes by the root, and increases fast.But there is a continuation, it will be for the next time...Published by SYLVIANE at address 12:03 Publié par SYLVIANE à l'adresse 12:03
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009


this is a portrait I've begun for several months, I think,I don't know this nice grandma,but I was moved by her expression.
I don't know if I'll be able to paint in the next days, tomorrow morning, at 6am I have to go to Bordeaux, in order to have a cataract surgery, on my left eye.
I cross my fingers..
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Monday, March 16, 2009

The sushis gouache, 6x7
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I have to admit I've never eaten sushis, I am not attracted by them, although I like fresh fish, but not raw.

Monday, March 9, 2009


acrylic 11x14
Zoé is an old buddy's cat , I had not seen her for 15 years, (the friend, not the cat). We spent a whole pleasant afternoon in Paris, on the last week of January. It is my first attempt with a pet, and I was very plesed to paint her.
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