Sunday, September 27, 2015

Vide-grenier 2015

Again was time for the vide-grenier in Crozet today, a huge garage-sell where everyone in the town (and abroad) can sell their old stuff. The day was quite humid and grey, but still there was a lot of people selling, buying and just having a nice time out. It started to feel kind of chilly though, drawing there outside!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Ancient farms in Villeneuve

Everywhere around here is full of ancient farms. Most of them have been reformed into houses, all lands have been sold... Sometimes what it comes out of it is not that nice, but there are many corners that preserve that rural spirit of what it was the unique way of living many years ago in this region. This is in Villeneuve, 15' walking distance from home, in a very sunny autumn afternoon.

In Gex again

I always pass by this crossing by car, always admire it, and continue to wherever I am going, thinking, I have to draw this some day! So today it was finally this day! But I still want to draw some other angles...

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Road towards home

These last days I have been a bit far away from my sketch book, and I missed it quite a bit. I've been with a paintbrush in my hand all the time, but varnishing varnishing varnishing!! Not quite the same ;) So today I took the first free moment I had and went to draw a little. I really had few time so I just went 5' walking distance from home. The day was again heavy and menacing to rain, but again, it hold! :) This is the Route d'Avouzon, when entering Avouzon from Flies, and it is the entry to my town that I like the most.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Discovering new places

Today I went to Gex with the idea of drawing the Rue du Comerce. Once in Gex, since I had some more time than usual, I went for a walk, and I discovered this nice spot. It is called Passage de la Voute, a little hidden street that crosses Rue du Comerce high at the top, almost where the church is. I found a place quite comfortable to seat, and I kept my fingers crossed that it wouldn't rain. And it didn't! :)

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Sun after the rain

Today it rained a lot. The whole day. Everything is getting so green before a big storm with wind comes up and removes all the leaves from the trees! I had some time, so in the afternoon I went out ready to draw from inside the car, hoping the drops in the windshield would let me see the outside. After a while it stopped raining, but everything was still heavy and wet, so I stayed inside. The road was empty and quiet. But suddenly, a super bright and clean sun came out to fill everything with colors. At that moment tough, I had to leave :) What a beautiful afternoon!

This one is the Chemin de la Fontaine, in Naz Dessus, a very small and very nice town up in the road that takes to the source of the river L'Allondon.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

One of my favorite spots

Just 10 minutes walking distance from my home there is this marvellous spot. It is one of my favorite ones ever since we moved here years ago. It is called Chemin du Moulin, a small little road with a stone bridge going over the river l'Allondon. Everything was so green after the rain yesterday. Capturing these colors before they start turning red!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Sketching my meal

I've never been fond of drawing still nature myself, but today, in the spirit of "everything can be drawn", I drew my lunch menu. I was also thinking, the same way they say any meal is tastier if it is one who's cooked it, I thought, maybe drawing them will make my vegetables tastier too? ;)

Sunday, September 13, 2015

A wonderful Sunday!

Today has been a fantastic day. Maybe because they said it was going to rain but it didn't, not a single drop, and instead it was sunny and warm, or maybe because we were all ready to enjoy it as it came. It was a Sunday as all Sundays should be, calm, relaxed, a family Sunday. 

Many days I want to draw and I struggle to find something that motivates me, but it is all a matter of attitude, as you can draw EVERYTHING! And we tend to think where to go... But today, maybe inspired by the calm around the house, I just went to the back yard. What a nice place to draw, our chicken coop!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

After a long summer... Poster for the 20th Art Exhibition in Crozet

Après un long été... Affiche pour la 20 ème exposition d'arts à Crozet

This summer has been a busy one for me, but it is only now that the various things I've been working on will start being public, and so it becomes the time for me to share them with you. Back in June, I worked in this poster for the 20th Art Exhibition in Crozet, an exhibition of arts and crafts by local artists, which will take place this October, in my little town, and in which I will also show some of my work.

During the exhibition, a contest among the participating artists takes place. This year's contest is themed about "voyages", and so this is what the poster is about, voyages from the perspective of the artist who goes everywhere with his pencils, paint box and sketch book, and captures everything that will inspire him.

Sometimes, when time allows it, I can myself be this artist, and so I could use some of the drawings I've made in the past, but I also did others specially for this occasion, and mixed papers with different textures to make the final effect. And yes, in case you're wondering, that aquarelle box in the bottom, yes, that one, is mine :)

Poster for the 20th Art Exhibition in Crozet, 2015

Cet été a été très occupée pour moi, mais il est seulement maintenant que les différents projects que j'ai réalisé commencent à être publiques, et il devient le temps pour moi de les partager avec vous. Au mois de juin, je travaillais dans cette affiche pour la 20ème exposition d'art à Crozet, une exposition d'art et d'artisanat par des artistes locaux, qui aura lieu en Octobre, dans ma petite ville, et dans laquelle je vais aussi montrer quelques de mes travaux .

Lors de l'exposition, un concours entre les artistes participant aura lieu. Le concours de cette année est sur le thème "voyage", alors c'est aussi le thème pour l'affiche, voyages sur le point de vue de l'artiste qui va partout avec ses crayons, boîte de peintures et son cahier, et capture tout ce qui va lui inspirer.

Parfois, quand j'ai le temps, je peux être moi-même cet artiste, et alors j'ai utilisé quelques dessins que j'avait déjà fait, et je n'ai fait aussi d'autres spécialement pour cette occasion. Après j'ai combiné des papiers avec des textures différentes pour rendre le effet final. Et oui, au cas que vous vous posez la question, cette boîte à aquarelles tout en bas, oui, celui-là, est la mienne :)