Portugal – The window of the Convent of Christ in Tomar is a well-known example of Manueline style.

Portugal - Tomar Convento de Cristo Fenetre Manueline lo

In Tomar, there is a wonderful monument built by the Templars in the twelfth century, the Convento de Cristo, a monumental monastery perched on the hill overlooking the city: a maze of cloisters, corridors, stairways, chapels and refectories built over time in a succession of different architectural styles
Overlooking the cloister of Santa Barbara, the gothic nave of the church has an exceptional huge window, very emblematic of the Manueline architecture: a flamboyant decor with nautical elements inspired from the Great Discoveries: ropes, shells, corals, algae …
This drawing, hastily executed in the cloister with a brush and china ink has long staid in black, unfinished. The disappointing smoky result could not recall the exuberance of the architecture. Until one day, I decided to open a tube of gouache and try to to illuminate it with a few touches of white …
..and finally give it a little relief!

Portugal – La fenêtre du Couvent du Christ à Tomar,  emblématique du style Manuélin.

A Tomar, il y a un merveilleux monument bâti par l’ordre du Temple au XIIème siècle : le Convento de Cristo, un couvent monumental perché sur la colline qui surplombe la ville : un entrelacs de cloitres, de corridors, d’escaliers, de chapelles et de réfectoires construit au fil du temps dans une succession de styles architecturaux

La nef gothique de l’église s’ouvre sur le cloitre de Saint Barbara par une énorme fenêtre emblématique de l’architecture manuéline : un décor flamboyant aux éléments marins inspiré des Grandes Découvertes : cordages, coquillages, coraux, algues…

Ce dessin, brossé rapidement dans le cloitre, au pinceau et à l’encre de chine est longtemps resté en noir, inachevé. Le résultat charbonneux ne parvenait pas a restituer l’exubérance de l’architecture. Jusqu’à ce qu’un jour, je me décide à déboucher un tube de gouache pour l’éclairer de quelques touches de blanc…                                               …et lui donner enfin un peu de relief !

Will London cabs give up their black suit ?

Angleterre - London cabs loThe legendary “cabs” of London, part of the London cityscape are gradually leaving their black livery to become an advertising medium, sometimes with harmony i must admit …

Les taxis anglais vont-ils abandonner leur livrée noire ?
Les légendaires « cabs » londoniens, partie intégrante du paysage urbain londonien quittent progressivement leur livrée noire, pour se transformer en support publicitaire, parfois avec harmonie il faut bien le reconnaître…

London in black and red

Angleterre - London Noir et RougeI like the idea that a place could be summarized into a very small set of tones. With no doubt, London would be synthesized in black and red. There are a lot of towns that could go this way: Rome in ocher and green, New york in brown and yellow, Paris in grey and green… And you, which set of colors would you put for which town ?

J‘aime l’idée qu’un lieu puisse se résumer en une palette très réduite de couleurs. Sans aucun doute, Londres serait synthétisée en noir et rouge. Et Il y a beaucoup de villes qui pourraient se résumer à un jeu de 2 couleurs: Rome en ocre et  vert, New york en brun et jaune, Paris en gris et vert … Et vous, quelles couleurs verriez vous pour quelles villes ?

 

Portugal – Porto

Portugal - Porto viaduc Dom Luis loPorto is nested on both sides of the Douro gorge. The Maria Pia viaduct built by Eiffel spans across the river, while the Porto cellars stage on the southern slope of the river.

I thought i could play in two tones, white & brown until i realized i needed a third color to figure the light reflected on tile roofs.

Portugal – Boats in the ria d’Aveiro

Drawing in brown and white is great fun; however i could not resist to add a few strokes of color when i saw these traditional fishing boats (so called Moliceiros)in the little town of Aveiro. Every boat has its own pattern and set of colors which makes a enchanted place of this little harbor.Portugal - Aveiro Moliceiros lo

Portugal – Sintra Palacio National

Portugal - Sintra Palacio National 2006-08
Portugal was one of my most surprising drawing experiences. I was fascinated by the fact that this country (at least the architecture) seemed to be a two-tone land: brown from stone and white from lime on the walls.
Unusually, I had taken with me a notebook with brown pages. So, rather than allowing empty spaces on my sheet of watercolor paper to figure the white walls as I would have normally done, I decided to reverse things. I bought a tube of white gouache and loved playing in dual tone.