Wednesday, March 24, 2010


oil on paper 7x10
Above is my entry for this month's A Day Not Wasted Painting Challenge,I had to struggle with the shades, but the  subject inerested me, I like the architecture..

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Clarice Orsini?

oil on paper 10x7

There are several assumptions concerning the identity of this young woman (Simonetta Vespucci, Clarice Orsini, Fioretta Gorini etc.), but I am inclined to believe her to be Clarice Orsini. The picture was partly repainted,and  even the attribution to Botticcelli , in 1475,is disputed.
I enjoyed painting this portrait for its colours, ;it is a pity I was not brave enough to draw entirely her dress, which was elaborate and would have been an interesting challenge...Maybe it will be for another time

Friday, March 19, 2010

What about my new hairstyle?

oil on paper 7x10 in
It is my 2nd portrait for Following the Masters. This one is after Paolo Uccello, (1397-1475)“Portrait of a lady” , 1450.
I’ve had an interruption for more than a week with my Internet connection, which allowed me to try different new paintings.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Masaccio 1401-1429

oil on Canson paper 7x10In

This young man could have been Tommaso Masaccio himself; he died at a young age, 27.
He is considered a Quattrocento painter of the early Renaissance
Despite his brief career,he had a profound influence on other artists. He was one of the first to use scientific perspective in his painting, employing techniques such as vanishing point in art for the first time. He also moved away from the Gothic style and elaborate ornamentation of artists like Gentile da Fabriano to a more natural mode that employed perspective for greater realism.
This is the fist time I have painted with oils, I used to paint with water-mixable oil, or acrylic,and it is not the same thing at all!I  enjoyed so much playing with the colours !
I did this painting for the March challenge of Following the Masters

Monday, March 1, 2010

Before the storm

 oil on wood 9x5in

It was before the storm Xynthia, which blew in the night of last saturday.The little boat felt away.
It was the conjunction of a very strong tide and a heavy  wind (160km/h)which devastated especially the Vendee, 150 km further  on, where 50 poor people died at home, drawned.
We luckily were spared, having no water in our house, as some neighbours had.