Saturday, January 30, 2010


oil on wood 8x9 in(19x22cm)
It is my 3rd contribution to the Virtual Paintout  for this month.
It is the path leading to Sainte Restitude’s beach , in the North of Corsica.
I’ve added this  hiker,to get the picture more lively.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

le phare de Benedetto

Gouache sur papier 13x18cm
2ème peinture pour The Virtual Paintout.

Sunday, January 17, 2010


A new attempt, in gouache.(6x8in)

Friday, January 15, 2010


Gouache on Jordan paper 6x8in 15X20cm
This little gouache was painted for The Virtual paintout; the subject this month is Corsica, an island I know quite well.
This village, situated in Balagne, between Calvi and l’Ile Rousse, towering above the whole bay of Calvi, was built in the XV th.C.
Sainte Marie baroque church, was built in 1800. It’s  36 meter steeple  was finished in 1880. There are several other similar ones in Balagne.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

the singer

oil on paper 6x8
I tackled this portrait for several days.
Someone recently wrote John Sargent said that if we were aware of a mistake in the proportions, we ought to start from scratch.
I decided to do the opposite, and see what would happen, and learn.
The nose was hard to paint, I did not want to do it too big.But, after a change, it was too small, and the space between the nose and the mouth was too short..The eyes were too spread apart, so I had to narrow it.
Now, the skin tone is not good, so I have to improve it and so on.
Well, of course, it is better to be right from the departure, I would’t have wasted all this time, but I have learned from my mistakes.
And, it is not finish!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


oil on Yupo, 6x8
in, 15x20cm
I painted this one yesterday, after Henri Edmond Cross, with his pointillist manner.
Yupo paper is quite new for me.
  I read about it last year. Apparently, it was an odd support: you could mix  water and dishwashing  liquid and get nice effects in  watercolour;
so, I bought it for gouache,but was not pleased with the result. I suppose I am not fond of impredicable things
This month, I tried again with oils, deciding to cover the surface with a layer of black acrylic,let it drying, and then paint.
it gives a smooth surface, easy to work with.; I will use it now, starting with small pieces (1/2 sheet, e.i. 6x7in).
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