Friday, 21 April 2017

Georgia O’Keeffe


Georgia O'Keeffe (November 15, 1887 – March 6, 1986) was an American artist who has been recognized as the "Mother of American modernism".



White Rose (1928) - Oil on canvas by Georgia O’Keeffe (Collection of The Phoenix Art Museum)

White Rose is an example of her paintings of enlarged flowers she was best known for. 


Pink Abstraction (1929) - Oil on canvas by Georgia O’Keeffe (Collection of The Phoenix Art Museum)

Pink Abstraction is most certainly derived from an enlarged flower and shows how her figurative paintings led O'Keeffe towards abstraction.


The Apple (1920-22) - Oil on canvas by Georgia O’Keeffe (Collection of The Phoenix Art Museum)

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1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004 – USA
Website: www.phxart.org/




Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Drawing at SIP Coffee & Beer Garage (Phoenix – Arizona)

While in Phoenix, I had lunch at SIP Coffee & Beer Garage. As the name suggests, it is a converted garage where you can sip coffee and beer… They also make nice salads. As I was driving, I stayed away from the beer and had an iced-coffee instead. I recommend this place: great atmosphere, good food, good music, and welcoming staff.




I did two sketches.

Singer-Songwriter Brian Keith Wallen (https://bkwmusic.com/ ) was playing some live music. I like his music and bought his last CD, "Going Back Home"  

Brian Keith Wallen

Iced coffee


SIP Coffee & Beer Garage
3620 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018
http://sipcoffeeandbeergarage.com/


Thursday, 13 April 2017

French sculptures at the Phoenix Art Museum



Head of the Old Warrior (from La Marseillaise relief on the Arc de Triomphe, Paris) terracotta by François Rude




The Kiss, bronze by Auguste Rodin



Voltaire, plaster by Jean-Antoine Houdon



Watteaux Monument maquette, by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux


The Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004 – USA
Website: www.phxart.org/

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

French paintings at the Phoenix Art Museum


Self-portrait (1804) – Oil on canvas by Jean-Batiste Greuze




Madame Victoire (1791) – Oil on canvas by Marie Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Le Brun


Courtyard with nuns (1855 – 1860) – Oil on board by Camille Corot


A field at Beaune-la-Rolande (c.1865 – 1875) – Oil on canvas by Camille Corot


Jeune fille italienne (Young Italian girl) - Oil on paper laid on canvas by Camille Corot 


Souvenir de Ville d’Avray (Souvenir of Ville d’Avray) – Oil on canvas by Camille Corot



Flowering arches – Oil on canvas by Claude Monet


Flowering arches (Detail) – Oil on canvas by Claude Monet


Landscape at Varengeville, Grey Weather – Oil on canvas by Camille Pissarro


Paysage Provençal (Provence landscape) (1891) – Oil on canvas by Leon Pourtau


Paysage Provençal (Provence landscape) (1891) [Detail] – Oil on canvas by Leon Pourtau


Madame Lucie Hessel Working at a Dressmaker’s Table (1808) – Oil on cardboard by Edouard Vuilllard


Madame Lucie Hessel Working at a Dressmaker’s Table [Detail] (1808) – Oil on cardboard by Edouard Vuilllard


Beach at Honfleur – Oil on canvas by Louis Eugène Boudin


Le vieux port de Touquet – Oil on canvas by Louis Eugène Boudin


The Harbour at Antwerp (Le port d’Anvers) -– Oil on canvas by Albert Lebourg



The Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004 – USA
Website: www.phxart.org/

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Arizona trip sketches

At Heathrow Terminal 3

This first sketch is literally a 5-minute sketch done at Heathrow Airport in London, while waiting for boarding. I love the Pentel brush pen for these quick sketches. No preliminary drawing, I just go for it.

The great thing about technology is that people on their smart phone are totally oblivious of the world around them and make perfect subject for drawing.

While in Arizona, I had some time over the week-end and went for a trek on the trails of the Lost Dutchman State Park (6109 N Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ 85119). The ascent to the Platiron was long and sometimes difficult but the view from the top was breathtaking.

After I finished the 3.5 hours trek, I sketched the mountains from the car park.


The Lost Dutchman State Park - Ink pen and watercolour by Benoit Philippe


On the way up to Platiron

View from Platiron

On top of Platiron