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.
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 →
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 →
A new sketch of Saint Germain en Laye, the regal town in an affluent suburb 20km west of Paris. I gave the watercolour a cartoon look by adding india ink on the drawing.
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 →
I have just begun a new series of sketches and illustrations depicting my surroundings in Paris' fourteenth arrondissement. To a certain extent, it is a follow-up on what I used to do 10 years ago in London when I was living in Brook Mews North. The latest picture from that series is the one depicting... Continue Reading →