Monday, 27 December 2010

My little studio...

I haven't had much time to do more paintings lately (too busy eating turkey, unwrapping presents, watching "The sound of Music" or finishing the Quality Street chocolate box) so I though I'll do a quick post about my studio in my home in Bath.

Here is below my small but very much loved painting studio. 

I tend to fill every inch of the wall with paintings or references I printed for inspiration.

Below is what I call "my organised mess". On the wall, amongst Renoir, Klimt, Seago and Degas's masterpieces the everlasting romantic in me couldn't resist sticking a picture of Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh's legendary kiss!

Below is a close up of my painting palette. For colour harmony purposes I use quite a restricted range of colours which includes mainly Naples Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Burnt & Raw Umber, Burnt & Raw Sienna, Cadmium red, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue and Titanium White.

When I paint, I love to get a bit messy and get my fingers full of paint so I wear this smock shown below to protect my clothes and also use it to wipe my brushes. It does look a bit cliché but does the job!

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Snow snow snow!

What a nice surprise to wake up on Saturday morning with my garden covered in snow. I spent all day thinking of going out to make a painting but got to the end of the day and realised I was about to miss my chance. I decided at the last minute to catch the last moments of the amazing sunset and did a quick 20 minutes study from my living room window (not crazy enough to go outside in the freezing cold). Here is the result:

My garden in the snow

Still in the snow topic, here is below an other winter landscape study I did a few weeks ago, this time from a photograph. A bit like the white flowers, I find the snow a very satisfactory subject to paint since it changes colours depending of the light. I'm hoping I will be able to do more snow scenes over the Christmas break...

Winter scene

Monday, 20 December 2010

Copying the Masters

Over the last few years, I've found quite helpful trying to reproduce my favourite masterpieces from Masters such as Seago, Degas or Turner. It helps me to get more familiar with their techniques and color palette. I can never make it anywhere near as good as the originals but still wish I came up with the concept and composition myself!
Here are below a few of my attempts to copy the Masters...

 Reproduction of Calm Morning, Pin Mill (Edward Seago)

Reproduction of Endeavour at St. Benet's Abbey (Edward Seago) 

Reproduction in pastels of a detail of
The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons

Reproduction in pastels of Yacht approaching the Coast

Sunday, 19 December 2010

The beautiful city of Bath

I'm very lucky to live in one of the most beautiful places in England (if not in the world!) which is Bath in Somerset. The graceful architecture, the honey-coloured stone of the buildings, the beautiful River Avon and the stunning hills and panoramic views make this city a perfect and inspiring place to paint. Obviously I'm not the first one to notice it since Bath has an history of great painters such as Walter Sickert, JMW Turner, and more recently the truly talented Peter Brown or Adebanji Alade.
I have been painting views and cityscapes of Bath for a few years now and still feel there is so much more to explore! 
Here is a selection of some of my latest Bath paintings...

Morning light, Union Street, Bath

Misty morning on Pulteney Bridge, Bath

The Avon, Bath, on a hot summer day

The Royal Crescent, Bath, on a frosty winter day

London Road from Cleveland Place East, Bath

Saturday, 18 December 2010

White Flowers

Lately I have been particularly inspired by flowers. And for some reasons, specially white flowers. Maybe because they reflect the light so well and end up shining with plenty of colours. When I paint, I try to create the main work in a few hours maximum to keep the spontaneity and freshness about it.

Small White Renoncules

White Roses
Renoncules in a green vase

Bunch of White Flowers
And this is me painting the "Bunch of White Flowers"
at the Bath Artists Studios with the Painting Group I joined in Bath.

First post!

Welcome to my blog! I will try here to share my love for painting, my influences, my inspirations and all the trials and errors that come with it. I hope this will be a chance to get in touch with other artists and exchange tips and advice. I will show here the progress of my studio work and also the result of plein air sessions. Comments welcome!