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Friday, 22 September 2017

HOW TO PAINT A LIFE-SIZE FIGURE

A TWO METRE TALL ADAM
My plan here is to paint a life-size male nude: Adam. 
And when it’s finished, I’ll do a life-size female nude, Eve. These two works will become part of my Adam & Eve series of paintings. 
Here’s a bit of maths to start off with: According to Wikipedia the average height of a male in France (where I live) is 175 centimetres tall. 
For compositional reasons I’ll need some space at the top and bottom of the painting, so I’ve decided that the overall canvas size should be two metres tall by one metre wide. 
STEP ONE
Get a mount (a canvas or board) with the right dimensions. For practical reasons I’ve chosen two canvases measuring 1 metre by 1 metre. Then I fixed them together.
I’ve used an acrylic sizing medium as an undercoat.
A stepladder is needed to get to the higher bits.
STEP TWO 
Block in your image. 
I’ve used a grid system to transfer the basic drawing I did on paper onto the two canvasses.
STEP THREE
Start filling in the colour—it's just like painting by numbers.
STEP FOUR
Keep going until the whole canvas is covered in colour. 
I’ll add a photo of the finished painting as soon as it’s ready.

WHAT’S NEXT
Watch this space for further developmrnts—and then for how Eve progresses.


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

A POLITICAL PICNIC IN THE FOREST

Every year , local farmer and politician Jacques Rapetti invites us to a grand picnic in a clearing in the forest on his farm.
It's a great outing, starting with apéros and snacks just get everyone into the right mood. This year a couscous entree was followed by lamb and feves.
All washed down with copies amounts of white, red and rosé wine. Dessert was a choice of north African pastries - followed by a large armagnac digestif! Naturally.
Not bad for a forest picnic hey?
Three tame Anglo Saxons waiting for service.
Jacques Rapetti, Ray and Jean Jaurès, founder of the newspaper l’humanity.
Thanks Bernadette for the pics. 

Monday, 28 August 2017

Thijs, Jose and Catherine

Our Dutch friends have been back to La Petite Galerie again.
Thijs and Jose were here for three weeks over the hottest part of the summer, and their English friend,  Catherine,  joined them for a week.
We went to Larressingle to paint one morning before it got too hot.


But the highlights (for us anyway) of their stay were two memorable meals they cooked for us.
A few nights before they left, the food Jose and Thijs prepared was nothing less than OUTSTANDING.
Plus he spoiled us with lots of wonderful wine that Thijs had collected - and a vintage bottle of Champagne they had brought with them.
This probably helped when a storm erupted later in the evening. But we were all enjoying ourselves so much that we ignored the rain and went on eating - and drinking.
Here’s what we ate (in my words which might not be accurate): 3 carrot based 'amuse bouches’, celery and parsley soup, avocado and Ricard puree with crab, white fish with coquille St Jacques and prawns in a reduced bouillabaisse sauce, Guinea fowl in a special jus with cauliflower puree & beetroot. A dessert that I can only describe as chocolate mousse - but it was much, much better than the mundane name I’ve given it.
Not bad hey?


I told Thijs that whenever he got tired of his practice and psychoanalyst role, he’d have no difficulty establishing a five star restaurant anywhere in France - and beyond.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

EGLISE ST-JEAN DE VILLENEUVE-DE- MEZIN

This is my watercolour painting of the church in the nearby hamlet of Villeneuve de Mézin.
It’s a birthday gift for Peter and Bernadette. 
Hope they don’t see this photo before they open the present. 


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

JIM’S PAINTING TRIP TO FRANCE JUNE, 2017


THIS IS A 13TH CENTURY MILL IN GASCONY.

At the moment it’s full of Americans. There are eleven of them. From Texas. Painters and holidaymakers.  Enjoying the sights and sounds of southwest France, and of course the amazing French food. Strawberries, cherries and melons are in season at the moment.
So here are some of them just after they arrived.
Team shot outside the Mill with the medieval bridge in the background.


On the first night it was Eddie and Judy’s anniversary. Here they are with a "50 years is a long time" cake.


50 years deserves a souvenir 
Eddie and Eric solving the world’s problems.


Tracy and Eric Junior hard at work.


Guess who dropped his napkin.


Our meal at the duck farm, Contes d’Albret.


Jim and EJ - some tips about composition.


Jim and Mo planning a painting.


Lunch at the Chateau le Frechou


Maya and a pigeonnier.


Dinner at the Mill


Rebecca admiring Rick’s work.


Sandy and Judy in the Orangerie at the Chateau of Le Frechou.


Later: a quick walk around Nerac.
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JIM’S PAINTING WEEK IN FRANCE

MORE PICTURES IN THE PHOTO ALBUM

Team shot with the Three Musketeers in Condom

Picnic lunch after painting at Blaziert

Breakfast at the Mill

Team shot at funny road sign

Lunch at the Duck Farm

Still enjoying that cake

The entrance to Fources - a 12 century watch tower

Painting in the cloisters at La Romieu

The Music Festival in Mézin and eating with the locals

JIM’S PAINTING WEEK IN FRANCE - LA FIN

Jim's demo at Le Bastard Hotel in the hilltop town of Lectoure (yes - that really is the hotel's name - promise it is). 
Becky (taking a photo) and Judy and Sandy hard at work (in their respective ways) on the terrace at Le Bastard.

Team pic taken by reporter from La Depeche, the local newspaper.


The evening of the last Friday at the Mill, and the traditional crit of all the work produced during the week.
Finally, bon voyage y’all. Have a safe trip. Hope to see you again sometime. 
Adichatz et au revoir. 



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Friday, 9 June 2017

BOB’S 70th



For Bob’s 70th birthday, his wife Debbie took him on a boat on the Clyde (the sentimental reason is that he’s from Glasgow). They loved it.
Here’s a painting of them on what is called a ‘Clyde puffer’ for obvious reasons.
Please get in touch with me if you want details of how you can get me to do a painting from a photograph you’ve taken.
Please contact me at:
ray@johnstonesinfrance.com

BOB’S DOG



This is a watercolour of Bob’s dog Luna. It was a commission done from a photograph, and given to him on his 70th birthday.
You can see another painting of a dog here:
https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-PAINTING-OF-YOUR-PET-DOG/183452/3316839/view

If you’d like to have a watercolour done of your pet from a photo you take, please email me for full details on how it works.
ray@johnstonesinfrance.com