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!

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Sketchcrawl day in Lorient

Last Saturday, I went to Lorient, another city in Brittany, to attend the 53rd Worldwide Sketchcrawl! 😃

We were very lucky with the weather, as we were able to enjoy a beautiful sunny day on this 22nd October! ☺️☀️
It was really nice to meet all the other sketchers. There are quite a few that I already know, now, as we met in several Breton cities for some Sketchcrawls or sketching meetings. This is really friendly! 😊

 

For a good start, in the morning, we found a sunny spot in a lovely square, with some nice houses from the thirties.
I especially liked the shadow casted on the wall but, at last, I really liked sketching the whole scene (btw : the house really was blue).
I am especially happy with the way I managed to add the windows wet in wet. 😌😝😊 And with the granulations. 😉

I was inspired, too, by painting this sketcher in a strong back light, as Hazel Soan does in this video. 😉
I like the urban sketching feeling this addition gives to the page.

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Book review. The essence of watercolour, by Hazel Soan :

So, today, I am really happy to offer my first watercolor book review! 😊

I admit that, a few years ago, I was not a lot into books anymore. We already have so much things to read on the internet! 😯😉
However, my love for sketching and watercolor painting made me start to buy some books again.

I love watercolor books because :

– It’s so enjoyable to be able to see and observe the sketches on paper, even if they are just printed! Of course, the pic have to be big enough, with sharp reproductions.
– That’s more handy and pleasant to have a book open besides your sketchbook as an inspiration than an computer or an ipad.
– There is no problem with luminosity with a real book. You can browse it outside, during summer, on your deckchair! 😍
– I tend to prefer real books (or even ebooks pdf files) better than ebooks on e-readers because, on the laters, the page setting is lost. And page design is really important for me. ☺️ (Note : ebooks can be a good option for too small books or not so great layout books as they allow us to enlarge the pics. They are suitable too, if the book you want can’t be shipped in your country).

The first book I decided to review is Hazel Soan’s book because it’s my favorite these days. 😚
That’s not a perfect book – I don’t know any – but I really like to browse it and to read some passages again these days.

 

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Let’s talk about the book then! ☺️
This is this book we are talking about.

 

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Indian woman holding a jar demo

Hi guys!

I realized that there was a last demo from my Indian prep sketches I didn’t shared with you yet! 😉
That’s a short video where I sketch a woman wearing a yellow sari and holding a jar on her head. What a lovely scene to paint! 😊

I sketched this after a photo and I am really looking forward to painting this kind of subject, on location, in India, next February! 😀
I am so impatient!!!

I am sure that, on location, for some people sketching, I will have to paint even faster than 7 mn for a sketch! 😉

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Is sketching a better way of seeing and creating than photography?…

I am sure that, like me, you read so many times that sketching was such a better way to catch a moment and to really see than photography…
And I am sorry but I just can’t stand anymore reading this in all the sketching books and all the Urban Sketchers blogs I visit.  😫

So, pleeeeeaaase stop detracting photography to enhance sketching! It’s just nonsense…
Sketching is amazing enough in itself!! 😀 There is no need to depreciate anything to praise it. 😝 😉

 

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I am a sketcher and a photographer and I have to reveal something to you. 😊  

You, sketchers, think that photography is not interesting because it is not your thing so you don’t use photography in an interesting way.
And the way you use it is fine! But depreciating it like it’s often done is a bit like telling that cooking is not creative while defrosting a frozen dish in the microwave! 😉
Of course, cooking that way is not creative and that’s not even sure that you could call that cooking, lol! 

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Why negative painting is always a good idea! :)

So, that’s leaves season in the northern hemisphere! ☺️ I admit that this is one of  my favorite subjects, as it’s colorful, with an interesting shape, no ! So many different impressive shapes!… And I can make a cocooning sketching session with them, at home, when temperatures begin to lower. 😁😉

This morning, there were some red leaves waiting for me on the sidewalk, just in front of my house. I found them, going for the mail.


I sketched them in various ways and, of courses that isn’t new but this made me think, once again “who, definitely, negative painting is always a good idea!! Don’t ever forget it again!!”. 😝   Continue reading

Last video from the USK Symposium, with Nina Johansson.

Here we are! This is the 5th and last video I upload about the Urban Sketcher Symposium which took place in Manchester last July.
All good things come to an end! 🙂

Today, Nina Johansson is our common thread and we follow the progress of her sketch of the “The Salutation” pub, throughout the video.

 

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In the meantime, I leaf through my sketchbook and I take you to some amazing / lovely / crazy places in Manchester, especially the most incredible tea room of Manchester, “The Richmond tea room”!

We spend some time, too, with my new adorable sketching friends, Deborah and Clara…
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