Saturday, January 30, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
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
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
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).