Monday, 29 May 2017


I am not gifted with doing videos!
I hate to have to spend time trying to understand technology. I would much prefer someone does it for me.

So I am using photos to explain how I produce a portrait in watercolour.
Actually, some people told me, it was easier to follow.

So here is the explanation:

My first photo is showing the drawing and the first touch of Watercolour.
The grandmother of this little boy is a professional photographer.
She provided several shots. I decided on which one I would be happy to work with.

This photo is not brilliant! It will do.
I transferred the drawing, using the grid method.
It is exact within the dimensions.
I have added some masking fluid on some part of the hair.
I am working on Arches paper 140lb.
I am using Winsor Newton Fine Art Artist watercolour paint.
My first layer is a mixture of Raw Sienna + Permanent Rose.


I am now working on the ear and try to add the edge of the cap between the hair.
I have added shadow on the neck.
At this stage, I am trying to establish light, shadows, colour.

Shadows are produced with:
Raw Sienna + Permanent Rose + a dash of Cobalt


Still searching to establish and position the shadows.
It is a shadow that will shape either the nose, the eyes etc...
I have started on the cap in view to find the balance between the colours of the entire painting.

The cap so far: Cerulean Blue + Cobalt Blue.


Working on the cap: Same blues + Permanent Rose for the shadow.
The front of the cap: Aureolin + Cobalt. Sha

The hair: Aureolin + Permanent rose. Later I will add shadows by adding a touch of ultramarine to Permanent Rose + Raw Sienna.


Now several layers of the skin colour has been added.
I add gentle tones with shadow colours mentioned earlier.


This is the finished painting.


Saturday, 6 May 2017

How did I draw this cat "Sophia" with Coloured Pencils?

I received a fine photo from the owner of Sophia.

I do not like to rush when I have to paint or draw. I need to study a portrait and decide how I am going to interpret it.
I had already painted 2 of her cats and so I was acquainted with cat portrait.

I decided to use once more the same paper Stonehenge. It has a very slight tooth, almost unnoticeable, but perceived when I lay the pencil work. In a way it is not a problem with the fur as it adds a bit of pattern. (this is my view)

So, I started to use the grid method to transfer the drawing.
For this, I am very careful to drew the line very faintly as I will have to remove them once the drawing is finished.

Then I drew the cat.

As I am right handed I started on the left, to carry on later on the right.

I love to take my time and this work took 2 hours. I wanted to achieve the first eye.
This photo was done late afternoon. The reason why I have a blue background on the photo

This next session took me another 2 hours.
I have used pencils: Derwent and  Prismacolour

Derwent pencils are either soft or hard, according to the colours (this is my find!)
Prismacolour pencils are soft. They are great to achieve the softness of the fur.

At this stage, I had already lost count of the hours spent on the face.
It was time to add some strokes. I was not really happy with the pencils I was using.
I remembered I had a few Faber Castell  Albrecht Durer pencils.
They were perfect to give the strokes.


It was now time to add some of her body. It took a while as I had to find the right direction of her fur. 
I automatically, went back on the features of the face. I found a few slight mistakes and would not be happy if they were not corrected.


Here is the final painting.
It will be sent under secure packaging to Danemark.

To conclude, I think I have developed a great love for Coloured pencils and cannot wait to find another subject to paint with this medium..

Here are a few links that you might find of interest

Like all Art medium, Artist coloured pencils are expensive to buy.

I would suggest to buy them separately, choosing colours that you already use in your palette.
Like myself, you might be painting in watercolour or other mediums. You know which colour you love best. Same with pencils.

However if you wish to buy a set, wait for special offers... 

You can find the reaction of the owner on my Facebook page


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Saatchi and I

Around 14 years ago, I decided to have broadband. It was the beginning of an adventure.
I was with Yahoo who was giving a little space for a website.
When I see how beautiful are today's sites, I am surprised that mine had caught the eyes of the Saatchi team.

But it was the beginning of people building a website and there were not many artists at all.
I had taken the domain name, the famous domain I had lost to a Japanese who used it later to sell hair remover, under my name with my CV on the front page.
It did not take long before he realised there was no future in it and once more my domain name came back to me..

So coming back to the first basic site, one day I received an email by the Saatchi team asking me to join their new site Saatchiart. 
They were giving artists the possibility to show some of their works for free.
Wow! After making a few researches I signed and added some of my paintings.

A few weeks later I received an email by Charles Saatchi thanking me for adding my beautiful work on the site.
I thought it had to be a scam, binned it but found out later it was not.

I also received an email from one person of his team. A lady telling me she loved my paintings, particularly the one of Venice.

Saatchi decided much later to give artists the chance to sell their work without claiming a commission.

These days has been sold in 2014 to Society 6.
I read that they are in dispute with Saatchi for carrying on their business under his name.
Apparently, he dislikes his name being associated with bad art.

Searching the site, It was not difficult to find among good art, some scribbles done probably by a child, for sale at high price.. a real laugh!

Personal thoughts will come in the next post.


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