The American friend

L'ami américain
Did I tell you I collect little toy cars? Yes, it’s somewhere in the biography, I think. Well, Majorette toy cars can lead to all kind of things… Including, thanks to the themes forum on the web, to find one’s best friends hundreds or thousands miles away, in Netherlands, in Austria, in the USA… And ...

Commissions

Commandes
The commission is a peculiar exercise. To begin a watercolour, knowing that it is already sold is sweet. But you also have to create a picture that the customer already imagines… The final confrontation between his/her expectations and what you did is a big anxiety moment. It’s also an exercise of painting for the tastes ...

The young girl, the hotrod and the double bass

La jeune fille, le hot rod et la contrebasse
When I have an idea for a visual arrangement, it always starts with discovering one of the elements, and thinking “Mmh, interesting… What if…”. And then I hunt the other pieces of the puzzle, trying to sew them together until everything fits. Here, I found the double bass first. A nice rock’n’roll instrument, lacquered and ...

Cool Britannia

Cool Britannia
I like motorbikes, but I seldom paint them, because they are harder and take more time to do than cars. But, hey, rods and customs are almost as long to create, with their motors in the open and complicated paintings. So why not add a bike? Cool Britannia This one is a Triton, a British ...

Nostalgia

Nostalgie
Apart from the pinup girls, the other obvious theme to work on for an exhibition in a tattoo parlour was rods and customs. Like the stock models (and bikes, and trucks, and planes…) my favourite customs are the vintage models. From there, the choices for these two paintings were easy.   Dirt track nostalgia (Ford ...

Girls !

Des filles !
When I talked about the themes of the paintings for the Tattooed Lady exhibition, the idea of pinup girls came quickly. Pinup girls… I’ve wanted to paint them for a long time. But it’s so much harder (in my opinion) than cars! It was the perfect occasion to try. I’ve been influenced by Gil Elvgren, ...

Baja California

Baja California
I am fond of the American cars of the early sixties. After the excesses of the “Juke box” look at the end of the previous decade, they show a nice looking come back to sobriety. There are some specialists to argue that the sixties showed an impoverishment of the American car design. I suppose they ...

Meet me at the lake

Rendez vous au lac
After the landscapes, the need for characters came quickly.  I had all I needed for this composition, the landscape and the car. But something was missing… I decided somebody was needed. This is my first watercolour with a character. We’re here at Montreux, Switzerland, on the shore of Lake Léman, location of a famous jazz ...

The day I forgot how to breathe

Le jour où j’ai oublié de respirer
Painting is in essence a solitary pleasure. To perform in public is highly unusual. My exhibitions before the first of august, 2013 were in the region of …one. And it had been without a preview. This time, there was one. My first one. The 3rd of august at 8 PM. The day began with no ...

Souvenir from Mulhouse

Souvenir de Mulhouse
A few years ago, my birthday gift from my whole family was a three days vacation in Mulhouse, Alsace. It included the train tickets, the hotel room… and a Museum pass. You have to know that the Musée Schlumpf  is located in Mulhouse. It hosts the greatest collection of vintage Bugattis in the world, and ...