Tuesday, January 8, 2019

...among the ghosts of dreams...

A short quote from Pascal Quignard to start the year. It is taken from his novel Les escaliers de Chambord.
Made with walnut stain on paper, the composition is 9cm wide and about 22cm high.

a detail from the beginning



a detail of the end



and the full version



And I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy 2019!

Monday, December 31, 2018

Capri, it's over!!!!!

And to think that it was the city of my first love!!!!!!!!

Yes, well, sorry, I'm getting ahead of New Year's Eve or I'm late for Christmas, it looks like I'm drunk and not even 11:00 in the morning, it's not serious.

So I get it together, I try to stay decent for a few minutes but you will admit that putting the finishing touches to a composition started more than a year ago is enough to make you happy, even if it is expressed in the form of a song by Hervé Vilard... (hopefully, if you read my blog in english you may not know about this song, it seems that an english version with quite different lyrics exists)

Here, the rust has embedded itself, the varnish is applied, I love it (unlike my wife who finds it very ugly, we can't agree all the time).




As a reminder, the slate piece is about 30cm high

Thursday, December 27, 2018

More robins

As said before, I will not show you the text but I will deliver the robins that illustrate the pages of the little children's book.









Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Robin

 At my wife's request, I started writing a little children's book. As it is dedicated to a particular child, I will only post a few pages on this blog.
Nevertheless, I share with you the first one.


Monday, November 26, 2018

The soul of the cellos

Back to old studies.
Here is a fragment of a text by Villiers de l'Isle Adam.
One translation could be : "Is the soul of the cellos carried away by the cry of a broken string?"




I found a dead leaf already damaged whose shape reminded me of the instrument and the text came back to my mind.
So I acid-etched the text on a zinc plate and transferred the picture of the leaf using acrylic binder to accompany the quotation.
It is not totally finished, the author's name and signature are missing, but, as usual, I will try to make them invisible ; so you can consider that you are looking at the final version of the work.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

B as Blue

A initial for a little boy, so necessarily blue since his first name begins with a B ;-)

I show you some steps of the realization so that you can follow my progress.

the pencil structure to delimit the spaces


painting of the letter and gilding


some steps of the filigree






and the final version

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Guillevic

I have read again for the umpteenth time the collection Du domaine by Guillevic.
I find new inspiration with each reading.

A slate engraving, filled with rust & wax for a poem about time
(home made translation : Here the time, believes itslef innocent)



and a poem on rain (and time), engraved on a terracotta pot, which I have already posted in video but of which I give you a still image (I recommend the video, the problem of the pots being their roundness which prevents us to cover their entire circumference at a glance).