November 28, 2012

Fruit studies...

I'm asked to put up some sphere drawings. As they are completely associated to these fruit sketches and and done for the "sphere and fruit lesson" that I gave to my students, I ad them here, today, much later as 27 of March 2013. 
Funny that I talk about "sunny fruits" below, I remember I felt for sun and ripe fruits back then, in november! A strange year we got to cope with! No warmth yet and only little sun!! It never happened since I'm living in France (86) that a winter was as cold and ugly as this one. Well, I hope it can't last for ages, even if we can get a short spring and a lousy summer. I wish for the best! 
Hope you all get a nice coming season too! 

These feel quite "sunny" in this typically november weather! Good that some fruits are ripe this time a year! Even though they are not always as tasty as the should, at least not in France. The other day I saw some oranges from Australia in my grocery store nearby, isn't THAT absurd?! What happened to the fruit trees in Europe? This global living and warming will hit us when it's too late, and for many it is already. 

Lately I do these kind of basic studies for a few students of mine. I can feel it does me good too! I have to pay attention to; what's happening on the paper, at what moment, with how much water and color, ... to be able to transmit it in words.

November 15, 2012

Figures in watercolor and conclusions today...

Lots of thinking about process and result most of the time... trying to do better everyday... one step at a time... little by little. I might one day produce something that feels 100% like my own, hopefully.
An odd feeling today, the feeling that we learn a lot from our errors. I mean much more than we really think. These are quick sketches. I'm quite happy with the session and the result, specially as I've been feeling this autumn that progress is slow. And many times I end up saying to myself "this is how I DON'T want to paint". So, today I kept my last days errors in mind. And it felt like it worked. My conclusion is also that we don't obtain anything difficult without firm determination, and we need a special way of active thinking, it all under a great concentration. 
I finally got something out of my efforts! This might all be very personal, and maybe YOU don't like the result, but that doesn't matter much, as we are only doing sincere work listening to ourselves, not trying to please others. We can only produce original work, when obeying our nature. And I'm only sorting out what my nature is since I started drawing and painting, it takes time and efforts working hard, but it's worth it!

Some of these are painted on my beloved "top-paper" I just got a few sheets left of it, and actually using it today reminded me again how wonderfully it reacts! (It's not that I like hurting myself, I just thought I should use the few sheet left) But! I also tried out a "new" drawing paper, which I had bought for drawing, but finally it felt fine to paint on! And which might get better after testing it a bit more. The two "sitting men", here above, are done on it; a Sennelier paper, 200gr, fine grain, for sketching and painting with water soluble paint.
I have a bunch of blocks and papers I should use up at home. Findings might come through with old paper blocks, and without spending time and money searching more new stuff!