Monday, 19 November 2018

A few sketches from Japan

Tenryū-ji Temple in Tokyo 

Tenryū-ji Temple is the head temple of the Tenryū branch of Rinzai Zen Buddhism. Wikipedia article on Tenryū-ji Temple gives you more details.


In the Shinkansen 

The Shinkansen is the Japanese bullet train, a great way to travel between cities in Japan. They run like clockwork. You need to be ready to board or get out very quickly. I have been told-off once for not getting on board fast enough (and therefore making it leave a few seconds late…)

Train to Hakone 

Hakone is in the mountains west of Tokyo, in Japan's Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. It is a beautiful place and, when the weather is clear, you can see Mount Fuji.

Friday, 16 November 2018

Paul Gervais Room in the Capitole in Toulouse

Paul Gervais (1859-1944) decorated the former wedding hall of the Capitole in 1916. The theme is love and happiness.

L'Amour à 40 ans - by Paul Gervais

L'Amour à 40 ans (detail) - by Paul Gervais

L'Île de Cythère - by Paul Gervais


L'Île de Cythère (detail) - by Paul Gervais

L'Île de Cythère (detail) - by Paul Gervais

















LE CAPITOLE
Place du Capitole
31000 Toulouse
France

Closed when receptions take place, on Saturdays, on December 25th and on January 1st.

Free admission.

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Henri Martin Room in the Capitole in Toulouse


The room itself was built in 1605, which makes it one of the oldest part of the Capitole.

The painter Henri Martin was hired in 1900 to decorate the room after it had been restored.

The theme of the painting is “Le Temps qui Passe” (the passing of time) and depicts the seasons both in the countryside and in town. La Garone, the river flowing through Toulouse, features in many of the paintings.
 
Les bords de la Garonne_Les reveurs 


Les bords de la Garonne_Les reveurs (detail) 


Les bords de la Garonne_Les rêveurs (detail)


La Garonne - Les amoureux  

La Garonne - Les amoureux  (details)


Les bords de la Garonne - Le Poête

Le Pont Neuf - La Dalbade

Le Pont Neuf - La Dalbade (detail)

Le Pont St-Pierre

Spring

Spring (detail)

Spring (detail)

Spring (small panel)

Summer

Summer (detail)

Summer (detail)

Autumn

Autumn

Winter


LE CAPITOLE
Place du Capitole
31000 Toulouse
France











  • Closed when receptions take place, on Saturdays, on December 25th and on January 1st. 
  • Free admission.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

The old bike



The old bike - Ink pens and watercolour, by Benoit Philippe


Sunday, 29 July 2018

Sketching in Oxford

On Saturday, one of my daughters and I went to Oxford (England). We packed our sketchbooks and managed to do a few sketches during the day.

As usual, I have used different ink pen brushes that I like for quick execution, a range of black PITT artist pens (Faber-Castell), and my Sennelier travel watercolour box for the wash on one of the sketches. These are direct execution, without any preliminary drawing.



Inky Fingers Comics - Sepia Ink pen brush (Pentel)

Inky Fingers Comics is an independent specialized bookshop located 38 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1HZ. They stock the usual American comics (Marvels or DC) and Japanese manga books, but also some original graphic novels,‘indie’ and self-published books. And you can buy a coffee, seat and browse the "Library" box... Great atmosphere and warm welcome from the owner. Recommended shop if you like comics and go to Oxford.


Eating at Wagamama - Green ink pen brush (Pentel) and ink pen

I started with the ink brush and, at the end, used a black ink pen to give more definition to the main subject (that is until the bowl of Ramen arrived at our table).

After lunch and raiding a few bookshops, we went to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History to do more sketches. They have one of a rare specimen of a Dodo (another one is in London).


Statue of the Prince Consort - Ink pen and watercolour wash




Iguanodon Bernissartensis - Blue Ink pen brush (Pentel)