An hymn to color


I noticed that the compliment people make the more often about my watercolors is “I looooove your colors!!”. 😀🎨😳😁 Thank you so much, guys, by the way, for the kind words!! ☺️

That’s true that I am pretty at ease with colors… Maybe there is something special about my use of colors?… Not so sure… Do you think so?!


My critic self often thinks that I work too much with colors and that this does a bit of harm to the value impact of my pieces…Painters often say that values are more important than colors (which is highly probably true) so that’s not so good to be too much into colors !


So, I guess my challenge is to keep my bold bright colors while trying to catch, as often as I can, a strong sense of light too.


If I had a share a few tips about color, I would say…

🔹 Look for color in every subject, not only flowers but also urban settings or mundane objects!

🔹 Forget grey and brown. Use a broken blue / a light blue / a purplish blue / a blue-grey for blues and some nice orange or reddish colors for brown! You can always find a tint for these “neutrals”. 😉


🔹 Remember that watercolor fades when drying. Some colors make us think “whoooo, too strong!!” when applied and end up not bright enough at the end! So don’t grey down your colors, don’t make them dirty because of your fears. Use them pure and bright and you’ll see! You can always glaze something on top at the end if the result seems too strong,

🔹 Think of using color variations. To make this red subject exciting, use some red here, some pink there, some crimson out there and even a bit of orange… and let them mix on the paper ! Let you wash dry in peace 😉 before touching it again or saying it look too weird! 😁


🔹 Add a few really dark touches at the end to make the color pop. Once again, The painting can look garish if the values are too shy, too soft. With a dark area just near, you bright color will get a new impact. 🙂

🔹 Try to balance warm and cool colors. If you know you are going to paint bluish shadows (cool) all over your sketch, use a warm color (sandy beige yellowish color) for your building. If, at the contrary, the painting looks really warm (a lot of red, yellow, orange colors), dress your character with a cobalt blue shirt or add a purplish blue background or -once again- shadow.

Hope that helps! ☺️

It feels so good to publish a new article here! 😀 

I hope it feels good for you too!!!! 😅😜


I have a lot of painting adventures planned this late spring / summer so I hope I will find a chance to share it with you, maybe with shorter articles.

Take care and create!! 😘

An hymn to color


I noticed that the compliment people make the more often about my watercolors is “I looooove your colors!!”. 😀🎨😳😁 Thank you so much, guys, by the way, for the kind words!! ☺️

That’s true that I am pretty at ease with colors… Maybe there is something special about my use of colors?… Not so sure… Do you think so?!


My critic self often thinks that I work too much with colors and that this does a bit of harm to the value impact of my pieces…Painters often say that values are more important than colors (which is highly probably true) so that’s not so good to be too much into colors !


So, I guess my challenge is to keep my bold bright colors while trying to catch, as often as I can, a strong sense of light too.


If I had a share a few tips about color, I would say…

🔹 Look for color in every subject, not only flowers but also urban settings or mundane objects!

🔹 Forget grey and brown. Use a broken blue / a light blue / a purplish blue / a blue-grey for blues and some nice orange or reddish colors for brown! You can always find a tint for these “neutrals”. 😉


🔹 Remember that watercolor fades when drying. Some colors make us think “whoooo, too strong!!” when applied and end up not bright enough at the end! So don’t grey down your colors, don’t make them dirty because of your fears. Use them pure and bright and you’ll see! You can always glaze something on top at the end if the result seems too strong,

🔹 Think of using color variations. To make this red subject exciting, use some red here, some pink there, some crimson out there and even a bit of orange… and let them mix on the paper ! Let you wash dry in peace 😉 before touching it again or saying it look too weird! 😁


🔹 Add a few really dark touches at the end to make the color pop. Once again, The painting can look garish if the values are too shy, too soft. With a dark area just near, you bright color will get a new impact. 🙂

🔹 Try to balance warm and cool colors. If you know you are going to paint bluish shadows (cool) all over your sketch, use a warm color (sandy beige yellowish color) for your building. If, at the contrary, the painting looks really warm (a lot of red, yellow, orange colors), dress your character with a cobalt blue shirt or add a purplish blue background or -once again- shadow.

Hope that helps! ☺️

It feels so good to publish a new article here! 😀 

I hope it feels good for you too!!!! 😅😜


I have a lot of painting adventures planned this late spring / summer so I hope I will find a chance to share it with you, maybe with shorter articles.

Take care and create!! 😘

Watercolor sketches from India!!!!!

I am in India for a while and I can’t believe what I see and what I live. All of it is really stunning! The dreamy atmosphere, the smile of people, the colors, the business… This is so impressive!!

I am really happy to share with you some of my loose work in this colorful and exciting country.
Temples and statues everywhere, bright colors, gorgeous atmospheres… India is a real gift for the painter!

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Watercolor inspiration, and my upcoming workshop, in France.

So, I guess I am going to talk a lot about watercolor workshops these days… 😉
Is’t it so exciting to be able to paint together in some gorgeous places all over the world though?!! 😃

Of course, the group for India is full but we are currently setting the group for my future workshop in France.

 

It will take place next September (2 to 15 September) but Nancy, my trip organiser said it’s time for those was are interested in attending to register, as we have to hold the rooms in the hotels until then, thanks to the registering. 😊

A lot of people especially know Paris and Provence, in France but, believe me, there are many absolutely gorgeous places in the other regions too ! And, in my opinion, Brittany is one of the most beautiful, because of its stunning coasts, authentic villages and diversity of landscapes and atmospheres. 😍
There are so much awesome places and adorable secret spots that you could paint there for a whole year without feeling bored! 😅 😀

As I know Brittany really well, I chose myselft the places we will visit and paint. So I can speak in full knowledge of the facts. 😉 Continue reading

A few holiday sketches… And my happy new year wishes!

Hey, I know that’s a bit late to share some Christmas tree sketches but my mom likes to keep it up to the New Year eve to spin things out so… 😉 maybe that’s not so late after all?! 😅

The fir is too big and too heavy by now to go inside the house so we decorated it in the courtyard.
Isn’t it lovely? 😃 holiday3

 

I really want to wish you the best for 2017. 💚💛💜

More peace for the heart and in the world, more carefreeness, more love and happy little moments to create, to share and to enjoy… ☺️
and a lot of art and creative spirit in your life, of course!! 🎉😍 Continue reading

Full watercolor demo : Amanitas, during a creative walk in the woods [video]

So, here am I with one of the promised video. 😊😉

I really hope you will like this creative walk in the woods with me and the juicy red watercolor flowing on the page!! 😍
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It’s so enjoyable to paint on the spot like that, even if it’s not really “Urban sketching” ! 😜
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Work(s) in progress!

Hi everyone!

There is so much going on, here, and so much things so handle that I have not been able to share anything for a while…
Frankly, I will probably need one more week to offer a real content here so I decided to publish this short “work(s) in progress” post, so that you know that I didn’t forget you! 😉

I shot a lot of videos for you during the past few weeks, indeed.
I am looking forward to working on the footages to create the real videos! 😃

Here is a bit of a teasing. 😝

 

I made myself a new palette and shot the whole operation for you (with some comments about my color choices).
Here it is. You’ll see that it’s a very special one! I really like to use it. 😊

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Watercolor workshop in France. Let’s paint Brittany, my dreamlike region!

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Hey, I am so happy to announce that I worked on a new watercolor workshop to offer, 😀 with Nancy Walsh, from Going Places Together!
This time, I invite you to discover my home town in France, the amazing Brittany, and especially the coast near where I live : the south and center Finistere.

This is such an awesome region! I am sure you will like the places I chose for you, here. 😍
I think you could say that the atmosphere, here, is a bit between Ireland (celtic cousins!) and… France, of course. ☺️

 

A watercolor workshop in France. September 2017.
Here is Brittany!

Here is where I would like you to paint with me. 😃 Continue reading