jeudi 26 mars 2015

Mural classes at Lynne Rutter Studio

Here is the colored sketch for the first class I will teach at Lynne Rutter Studio this summer.
I had done a pencil study on paper and this week I have painted a color study on canvas.
I have worked from three different pictures I took at Lake Como a couple of years ago ; the door was shot in Provence,
The point is to see a series of technical points relative to landscape painting ( sky, remote hills, village, water), and some other in the foreground ( vegetation, balustrade, bench). The door itself is a nice subject for studying moldings , lights, shadows and various reflections. Linear perspective is also part of this class, for the tracing of the foreground tiles in particular. I hope you will like this.

jeudi 29 janvier 2015

Maison et Objet 2015

Here are a few pictures of my latest booth at Maison et Objet.
My exhibitions space was smaller than usual ( you do not always get what you want on such huge shows) so, instead of showing a variety of medium sized paintings as I usually do I decided to cover my three walls ( height 3,5 m / 10,5 ft) with three large murals. 
I wanted to show potential customers how a space is positively altered by such large artworks ...and I think it worked pretty well.

Full view of the booth.

The canvas on the left ( 3x3,5m) is a "modern" composition whose main motif is a fragment of a painting by Pierre Auguste Cot ( 1837-1883).

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The central painting ( 4 x 3m) is a grisaille based on an acanthus leaves sketch that I blew up to a very large size and a sketch by Leonardo da Vinci that I slightly modified .

Picture taken in daylight.

Small painting of a detail of a beautiful cake whose composition echoes the curves of the  acanthus leaves.

The panel on the right was inspired by an XVIIIth century watercolor ( did not find the name of the painter). I also transformed it a little ( removed buildings, changed the sky ...).

Small painting of XVIIIth century shoes ; I thought there was a nice relationship between these shoes and the style and colors of the landscape.

This was also on Maison et Objet , on Moissonnier booth. This is a copy of a portrait of Betty de Rotschild by Ingres , ten times bigger than the original , probably technically the hardest piece I ever painted.

dimanche 21 décembre 2014

Toulouse Lautrec for Hôtel St Jacques.

Hotel St Jacques, located between Pantheon and Notre-Dame is one of my oldest clients.
I did the first mural for them in 1994, in the reception.
This year, 20 years after (!) , we removed that canvas and I painted another one...dedicated to Toulouse-Lautrec.

I created a view that mixes different paitnings and models of the painter as well as a portrait of him, seated as if he were drinking an "absinthe" at the bar...

Toulouse-Lautrec really was a fantastic painter and it was a great pleasure to try and walk in his footprints.

Château de La Treyne

Here is marvelous Château de la Treyne , overlooking river Dordogne, one of the most beautiful hotels of Relais et Châteaux network.

We have totally redecorated one of their breakfast rooms and I have painted a few decorative panels on the theme of this castle's gardens.

View from river Dordogne

View from the gardens







Fake "original" sketch of one of the urns of the garden

...fully customized...

Topiary sketches , from XVIIth century originals.

As they sometimes have air balloons taking off from the gardens, I imagined the same scene in the XVIIIth century.

If you go there, have lunch or diner in the restaurant, their chef is fabulous !

Mountain grisailles

Here are a few more paintings I did quite recently for Au Soli, in Megeve.
I just love this "vintage" mountain feel and paintings those subjects truly is a pleasure.

We were in Megeve this afternoon and noticed that clothing fashion is quite in the same mood.
Old mountain boots are imitated and even the famous "fuseau" by Allard is available again.
It seems that these decades ( between 30s and 60s) really captured the essence of what being in the mountains means.

A mix inspired by two pictures of famous photographer Georges Tairraz

An inspiring view of a mountaineer contemplating Matterhorn on the italian side.

Inspired by an illustration of Armand Vallee

Also inspired by Armand Vallee

An old guide, of Chamonix probably .

Charming skier ...a mon was by her side but she looks better on her own...

mercredi 1 octobre 2014

Maison et Objet 2014

                            Here are a few pictures of my booth at Maison & Objet in January.

Views of my booth...

Detail of a painting by David.

Panel inspired by the Boudoir de Marie-Antoinette in Fontainebleau, on white gold.

Close up.

fragment of a still life panel by a dutch painter of the XVIIIth century.

Inspired by a portrait of Joshua Reynolds.

View of swiss mountains inspired by a german painter of the XIXth century.