Recently I came across an image of a painting from the series “Portraits of Valencia “. It is called Man on the Bridge. I made some paintings with this theme probably more than ten years ago. I dedicated more time then to paint subjects other than portraits. Maybe I should resume this and make some uncommissioned work again. The painting was not bad, I guess. I say was, because it no longer exists in this form. One day I wondered if another cut would be better. With strips of paper I covered the picture to get an impression of a new crop. Recklessly I took the rash decision of putting the knife in. I trimmed the canvas! The truncated version hangs now at a friends place. I guess they do not know about the original version. But I regret the error. Why didn´t I see, I was about to commit a big mistake and ruin a good picture? So I warn you all, don´t be too quick with decisions that are irreversible.
I want to introduce you to my very good friend Ajubel. Our friendship dates back from about ten years ago. He is a designer and illustrator. He is an Artist. He has received numerous awards for his work from Italy to Korea, from Cuba to Portugal. His mind is a fountain of ideas, each one more brilliant than the other. His critical drawings for the press are of a lonely height. I don´t know any illustrator so brilliant or a designer with such great graphic abilities. Years ago he designed my website and I’m still very happy with it. He and his partner stayed with us yesterday and it has become late as usual. At the outside dinner table we had a lovely evening filled with friendship & fabulous stories. You should definitely check out his website and see that I am not exaggerating about his skills.
The workshops at Table-Tableau are done and I’m back at work in my studio. On the easel is a portrait of a lady. In September she celebrates her 70th birthday, for which the painting must be delivered. I hope that the client once gives permission to show you some images. So, I’m back behind my easel. The best place to be!
Whilst painting I think of my students of the past weeks. Everyone comes up with specific questions and I try my best to answer. My aim is to provide solid coaching. It is striking that many people are afraid of the shadows. “Is that so important?” You might ask. I believe so. In my long video tutorial I show why. Starting with the light flesh colours often a portrait ends up too light. And it is a difficult job to obtain darker values. Making beginners aware that they are shy of shadows is one of my missions during the workshops.
The second course portrait painting in Mougny was also great. A new group, different dynamism but again a very good class. People worked really hard: a portrait a day! That’s a tough job for many students. At the end of the two workshops I would like to thank the crew. Year after year they make it a success. Sunday back home again!
Mougny, Burgundy, France. Last friday the first week ended and monday new students will arrive. Atmosphere here is always great and I really enjoy being part of it. Table Tableau hosts Bas and Agnes do their outmost to cherish the students. Large part of the success is due to their commitment and perfect organisation. It’s really a privilege teaching here. Regularly people ask me to start workshops in their country. I am very sorry to disappoint them. Untill now I don’ t have plans to teach apart from my courses here. My commissioned work does not allow me to wander so much. Maybe one day…