Inspired by the picture from my previous post, here's a digital watercolour rendition of that still life.
I keep hearing that Montparnasse is no longer what it used to be, that the old spirit is no longer there, that the Montparnos, these bohemian artists aren't around anymore. Well, all the nay-sayers are at it to show that Montparnasse is a thing of the past, dead and buried. But rest assured you lovers of French culture, this is not true.
These are 3 miniature watercolours [10cmx10cm] which I have just finished painting. Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyers Volcano in the Normandy city of Le Havre (left) to start with; Secondly, the Rose Garden in Blois, in the Loire Valley (right); And lastly, more surreal and metaphorical, Sisyphus at rest (below). For the benefit of those who... Continue Reading →
here we are with my latest watercolour in the making. i have decided to present the various stages of the design of that watercolour. this watercolour depicts a 'villa' which in Paris speak means a privatised dead-end street (not the usual meaning of villa as in other parts of France or southern Europe). on the... Continue Reading →
this is my latest watercolour depicting the early morning hours in Saint-Jacques,our area around Montparnasse and Denfert-Rochereau in Paris. The idea was not so much to describe the area but rather to tell a story - as long as brushes can tell a story - about a day in the life of the people around... Continue Reading →
Here's the final version of the Eiffel Tower that I was mentioning in the previous post. In this version, a few final elements have been added such as the foreground crowd namely. I will show this watercolour together with my other most recent drawings at the open artists' workshops day due to take place in... Continue Reading →
this is the latest watercolour that i am currently working on. it represents the Eiffel tower a few moments before the kick-off of the fireworks on Bastille day last year. the characters in the foreground aren't finished yet but they will be soon. this is number two in a series of watercolours representing the Eiffel... Continue Reading →
Here is a sketch of a view of the London Eye seen from Plantation Place, Frenchuch Street in the City of London. The drawing was made using an EF Artpen by Rotring and crayons. The hatching and cross-hatching technique is meant to give the drawing an etching look, similar to what Rambrandt used to do.... Continue Reading →
At Number 38 rue Boulard in Paris (14th arrondissement), there is a huge arch leading to a group of buildings named Villa Louvat. At the end of the archway, two converted workshops can be found on either side of a charming paved yard. It used to be the workshops of the Paris architect Schroeder which... Continue Reading →
Back to Paris. Very close to the Port Royal (RER) underground station you may find the eponymous abbey. A famous religious place which used to be the centre of jansenism. Famous writers and philosphers like Pascal and Racine for instance were familiar with that place which was brutally closed in 1664. Yet, 400 years later,... Continue Reading →