20 septembre 2007

Doctor Who

"Doctor Who" is one of the BBC's most loved and successful dramas. The series depicts the adventures of a mysterious time-traveller, the last surviving Time Lord, known as "The Doctor", who travels in his time ship, the TARDIS, which appears from the exterior to be a blue police phone box. With his companions, he explores time, space, ... meets monsters or others adversaries and saves the world. As a Time Lord, The Doctor has the ability to regenerate his body when near death. Only 13 incarnations are possible (12... [Lire la suite]
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16 septembre 2007

Brighton

Brighton is one of the largest and most famous seaside resorts in the United Kingdom. The city is located on the South Coast of England, in Sussex. Brighton and its immediate neighbour, Hove, form Brighton & Hove. Brighton is easy to get by road, rail, air, sea and tunnel. Brighton est l'une des plus grandes et des plus célèbres stations balnéaires du Royaume-Uni. La ville se situe le long de la Côte Sud de l'Angleterre, dans le Sussex. Brighton et son voisin immédiat, Hove, forment la ville de Brighton & Hove. Des liaisons... [Lire la suite]
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13 septembre 2007

Girl With A Pearl Earring / La Jeune Fille A La Perle

Griet and Vermeer. © 2003 Lions Gate Entertainment. Delft, Netherlands, 1665. After a kiln explosion which rendered her father, a ceramic painter, unable to work, Griet (Scarlett Johansson) is sent as a maid in the home of the painter Johannes Vermeer (Colin Firth) in order to support her family. Vermeer's attention is gradually attracted by the young servant. He discovers her interest in painting and her intuitive understanding of colour, light and artistic composition. The painter takes her as his assistant and begins giving... [Lire la suite]
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10 septembre 2007

Eveil / Awake. Work in progress (7/9)

The painting of the foliage is nearly completed. I'll still have to depict the flowers and some details in the foreground. It was a long work because I firstly had to apply the clearest colours and then the darkest. The first wash (a wash is the application of diluted paint in a manner that disguises or effaces individual brush strokes to produce a unified area of color) was made with a very diluted green and, then, I added the details of the foliage with different greens, from the clearest to the darkest. I used a technique called... [Lire la suite]
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07 septembre 2007

The Unknown Monet

"Man with a Snuff Box", c. 1858, caricature by Claude Monet. Charcoal and white chalk on paper. The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. "The Unknown Monet : Pastels & Drawings" is the title of an exhibition which took place from March to June 2007 in the Royal Academy of Arts in London, before moving from 24th June until 16th September to the "Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute", in Williamstown, Massachussets, U.S.A. Monet has always have been considered as a plein-air painter. He... [Lire la suite]
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06 septembre 2007

Memories of Edale / Souvenirs d'Edale

Here is the final sketch for my next oil painting. I always use linen canvas because it has a finer and smoother texture than cotton. The canvas was first primed with three fine coats of Gesso. Gessoing the support allows me to paint on a smoother surface and its whiteness makes the colours look more vivid and brighter. The background depicts the Edale Valley. Edale is a small Northern Derbyshire village located in the Peak District (Midlands, England). The village is surrounded by hills : the plateau of Kinder Scout to the north,... [Lire la suite]
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02 septembre 2007

Using Gesso / Utiliser le Gesso

Gesso (the Italian word for chalk) is an initial coat used to prime the artists canvas (made of linen and/or cotton), wood, plywood, hardboard, cardboard, ... It is also used on alkaline surfaces (new walls and concrete). Originally, Gesso (Zinc and Meudon White) was mixed with animal glue, usually rabbit-skin glue, and water to use as an absorbent primer coat for oil and tempera paintings. Pre-gessoed canvases can be obtained commercially but, if you are looking for a smooth effect, then to apply Gesso may be useful. A smooth... [Lire la suite]
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29 août 2007

Les Carnets de l'Aquarelliste 2007/016

11.  LA SYMBOLIQUE DES COULEURS : le gris. Issu du mariage entre le blanc et le noir, le gris en possède les propriétés. Symbole de la mort terrestre, de l'innocence noircie et condamnée par autrui, le gris évoque également la tristesse, l'anxiété et la rêverie. Il peut aussi inspirer une attitude lasse, l'ennui, la froideur, l'égoïsme, l'indifférence, un souhait de paix et de tranquilité ... Le gris "cendre", quant à lui, symbolise la pénitence et le deuil. Un gris neutre, constitué de blanc et noir apportés dans... [Lire la suite]
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26 août 2007

The White Countess / La Comtesse Blanche (James Ivory, 2005)

"The White Countess" is a story of exiles. The first one is the exile of Sofia Belinskaya (Natasha Richardson), a beautiful Russian Countess, who comes to Shangai in 1936, after the fall of the Russian Empire. She is reduced to support her dead husband's aristocratic family and her child, Katya, as a hostess and companion lady in a dance club, where she entertains all kinds of men, dancing with them and having a chat. At the same time, Todd Jackson (Ralph Fiennes), a blind former diplomat, tries to escape the awful... [Lire la suite]
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24 août 2007

Another sketch / Un autre croquis

For a long while (about 4 years), I only painted with pastels or watercolours. Watercolour allowed me to have a better knowledge of pigments and of their properties. But my early works were oil paintings and, now, without any particular reason if not the need, I wish to paint in oil again. It doesn't mean that I give up the other media : new watercolours, or pastels, ... will also be part of my next creations. Here is the main figure of my future painting. The softness of her features will contrast with the dramatic but beautiful... [Lire la suite]
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