Oil pastels and an oil painting

Oil pastels and an oil painting

29 August 2017

Lea baby
An oil pastel sketch of my daughter when she was little (based on a photograph)


I have not usually favoured the use of pastels as I feel somewhat hindered by the amount of mess they often generate which cannot be somehow « fixed » unlike oils and to an extent acrylic and aquarelle.


My daughter on the other hand was so enamoured with soft pastels that it got me thinking I should perhaps revisit the subject. I had both oil and soft chalk pastels and decided upon the oils to complement the oil painting of flowers in a vase.


I hope you like all of them.

Miro like cat
A Miro inspired cat 🙂


Purple flowers
Oil painting of flowers in a vase

Colours of the wind – Vanessa Williams

Sixth aquarelle : Isis

Sixth aquarelle : Isis

22 August 2017


Yesterday I had an inclination to paint the Goddess Mother for my sixth aquarelle. Though she is meant to be golden brown, I wanted to use my Naples Yellow that was laying on the palette so changed the tone of her skin.


For those who don’t know who Isis is or who have been brainwashed by the adoption of the name to describe a bunch of fanatics which has absolutely nothing to do with her glory, here are some words extracted from Wikipedia :


« Isis was worshipped as the ideal mother and wife as well as the patroness of nature and magic. She was the friend of slaves, sinners, artisans and the downtrodden, but she also listened to the prayers of the wealthy, maidens, aristocrats and rulers. Isis is often depicted as the mother of Horus, the falcon-headed deity associated with king and kingship (although in some traditions Horus’s mother was Hathor). Isis is also known as protector of the dead and goddess of children.


In the typical form of her myth, Isis was the first daughter of Geb, god of the Earth, and Nut, goddess of the Sky, and she was born on the fourth intercalary day. » More information in case of interest at : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isis


I hope you like the aquarelle and the video from where the image is taken.


Temple of Isis – Diane & David Arkenstone

Trials of oils

Trials of oils

17-18 August 2017


I am delaying the challenge of 10 aquarelles as I decided to check how things would be with oils.

The following are a trial of sketches using oils alla prima on aquarelle paper and a ballerina snapshot from the below videoclip on stretched canvas.


As usual with most of my oils, I like using monochrome or a series of tone on tone which gives my oil paintings a naive painting look that I personally like. I hope some of you like them too.


oils 1

Oils 2

The second Waltz – Dmitri Shostakovic

Fourth aquarelle: Poppies

Fourth aquarelle: Poppies

12 August 2017


This is my fourth aquarelle using only aquarelle material. This is again a trial of the alla prima technique with a landscape of green meadows where some poppies and other flowers bloom.

I hope you like it.

Poppies Alla Prima

Un petit coquelicot – Mouloudji

Third aquarelle

Third aquarelle

12 August 2017


This is my third aquarelle using only aquarelle material. I have tried the alla prima technique with a portrait before I think of applying it to nature and to flowers.


I hope you like it.

Visage bleu chair

Merging two hearts – Stive Morgan


Second aquarelle

Second aquarelle

12 August 2017

Rose 1

This is my second aquarelle but with better material. The paper used is aquarelle paper and I finally bought a few aquarelle brushes instead of using my big acrylic brushes as I did in the previous painting.

I hope you like the result. The next will be with the alla prima technique and I guess a group of flowers or some landscape.


Rose 2

Moonlight Sonata – Beethoven


Resuming other arts

Resuming other arts

10 August 2017

I realised yesterday that it had been a while since I had either drawn, painted or even photographied anything with great beauty so I thought I should restart that other creative side of me.

For starters, I will go back to using aquarelle which was not my forte when I used to paint a lot. My best medium in painting has always been acrylic as it does not stay wet for so long as oils do and can be used with minimum care and cleaning required during and after usage. The flipside of acrylic is that as they dry faster than oil, any correction cannot be performed as easily as it could be with oil painting.

My first attempt at restarting the painting side is below with two boys fishing at sea. It is a simple aquarelle painting but not dedicated aquarelle paper. Instead I have used simple smooth paper which is usually used for sketching. The result is a rather hazy aquarelle but I am not unhappy with the result. I have challenged myself to produce a series of 10 aquarelles over the following 10 days changing from the normal technique to alla prima and then attempting other variations but all on dedicated paper for aquarelle. Regardless of the result, I will post it so be kind if you find the painting atrocious 😀

Meanwhile I wish all of you a good evening with a short nostalgic song from Cesaria Evora called Saudade.


Boat with boys from Greenpeace USA website 3


Saudade – Cesaria Evora

The Cleopatra Tales 1: Divine Union – Hieros Gamos

The Cleopatra Tales 1: Divine Union – Hieros Gamos

drowning wifflegif com

Artistic collaboration

1 February 2016

Painting again using oils but this time with my daughter, a beautiful experience!

So proud to see her painting is so much nicer than mine with all the beautiful flowers.


She advised me to add more flowers to my half of the painting as I had only put a few on her insistence and as it is an oil painting I might just do that this weekend.


What a lovely and enjoyable experience 😀






My chevalet is an improvised one as I gave mine to my daughter