08 mars 2008

Glazing / Le glacis : introduction

A glaze is a layer of paint, thinned with a specific medium, so as to become somewhat transparent. It is applied over another dry layer of colour. Each new glaze will tint or modify the previous layers, following the elementary rules of light reflection : the light travels through all the transparent coloured glazes, bounces off the canvas and finally reflects back at the viewer. Then, the viewer's eyes "mix" the different layers to "see" an unique colour. The benefit of glazing is that this technique takes full advantage of the... [Lire la suite]
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05 mars 2008

The versatility of soft pastels / La polyvalence des pastels secs

One of the practical advantages of painting with pastels is that this medium allows to work more quickly than oils. Indeed, pastels don't need time to dry and their colours are very bright and luminous. To depict the tulle of the ballerina's dress, an oil painting requires successive layers and a lot of time and patience, because glazing means building up colour by applying thin, transparent layers one of top of another, dry layer. Conversely, pastel can be used to draw and paint at the same time. It offers an enjoyable immediacy of... [Lire la suite]
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03 mars 2008

Neocolor II (Caran d'Ache)

Neocolor II are water-soluble wax pastels made of high-quality pigments. They are soft and easy to work and allow the artist to use a wide range of painting techniques, such as dry or wet drawing, encaustic, watercolour, wash and varnish, scraping, template, monotype, ... Because of their strong pigmentation, light colours cover dark colours and vice-versa. Moreover, their great covering power makes them very economical. The palette was expanded recently with 42 new colours and has now 126 colours of excellent lightfastness, available... [Lire la suite]
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01 mars 2008

Illustration Friday - Colin Firth

My entry for this week Illustration Friday's topic is this portrait of Colin Firth. As an artist, I am always looking for expressive faces, from joy to sadness. And a good source of inspiration, a good way to train your ability to produce resemblance, is to work on famous figures. This is how I discovered this talented British actor, his career and caritative work. To illustrate the "leap", I wanted to show a state of mind, and not the word in its literal sense. To face each obstacle, we need to leap. And, before, we need to do an... [Lire la suite]
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28 février 2008

John Atkinson Grimshaw

John Atkinson Grimshaw, "Knostrop Hall, Early Morning", oil on canvas, 1870. John Atkinson Grimshaw was a Victorian-era painter, born in 1836, in Leeds. At the age of 24, to the dismay of his parents, he departed from his first job as a clerk for the Great Northern Railway to pursue a career in art. After his marriage in 1858, John Atkinson Grimshaw was able to devote himself to painting. By 1870, he was successful enough to rent Knostrop Old Hall, a 17th century mansion which figures in many of his pictures. ... [Lire la suite]
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25 février 2008

The Winter Guest / L'Invitée de l'Hiver (sketch)

"The Winter Guest" / "L'Invitée de l'hiver". 22 x 30 cm. 2008. Toute reproduction,  totale ou partielle, strictement interdite. Any (total or partial) reproduction of this picture  is strictly forbidden. This is the drawing of one of my watercolours in progress. The background is a winter landscape and you must imagine that the whole subject is bathed in a warm late-afternoon light. Voici le dessin de l'une de mes aquarelles en cours. L'arrière-plan représente un paysage d'hiver et vous devez imaginer que l'ensemble du... [Lire la suite]
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22 février 2008

Leonardo, the European Genius

To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of the European Community (1957 - 2007), a Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition takes place in the Koekelberg Basilica on the outskirts of Brussels. For the first time in history, it shows all the facets of the genius : the man, the artist, the engineer, the architect, the musician, the inventor and the humanist. Many originals from various museums and private collections are shown on exhibit : drawings, paintings, reconstructions of Da Vinci's machines, manuscripts and an... [Lire la suite]
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15 février 2008

Friends from Cambridge

From Left to right / De gauche à droite : Hugh Laurie, Rowan Atkinson, Tony Slattery, Stephen Fry, Penny Dwyer, Emma Thompson, Paul Shearer. Some of them are part of the most talented British actors of all time ... They all met during their studies, in Cambridge. They were members of "Footlights Club", a theater group. Fry, Thompson and Laurie starred together in "Alfresco" (a weekly sketch show, 1982-1984) and in Kenneth Branagh's film, "Peter's Friends" (1992) . Quelques-uns d'entre eux... [Lire la suite]
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13 février 2008

Charles Napier Hemy

Charles Napier Hemy, "Among the Shingle at Clovelly", oil on canvas, 1864. Tyne & Wear Museums. Pure bright colour and sharp detail create the effect of light flooding the landscape / La pureté et la luminosité de la couleur ainsi que le détail des formes crée cet effet de lumière inondant le paysage. Charles Napier Hemy was a British painter, born on May 24, 1841, at Newcastle-on-Tyne. He was trained in the Newcastle School of Art, in the Antwerp Academy (Belgium) and in the studio of Baro Leys (a Belgian... [Lire la suite]
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11 février 2008

Zinc or Titanium White ? / Blanc de Zinc ou de Titane ?

White is the most popular colour. Among modern whites, we find Titanium and Zinc Whites. A good knowledge of their different working characteristics is important to choose which white to use. Le blanc est la couleur la plus populaire. Parmi les blancs modernes, nous trouvons les Blancs de Titane et de Zinc. Une bonne connaissance de leurs différentes caractéristiqes de travail est importante pour bien choisir quel blanc utiliser. Titanium White (Titanium Dioxide + Zinc White) is extremely opaque. This whitest white has a strong... [Lire la suite]
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