Friday, 28 August 2015

Saint John statue by Salvador Dali in Alicante

This statue of Saint John by Salvador Dali is in the entrance area of Alicante’s Town hall (Plaza del Ayuntamiento, 1, 03002 Alicante, Spain), just by the stairs. It is dated from 1973.

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Sketching on the beach in Alicante

It's not always easy to find a good block of time to sketch. Going to the beach with the family gave me ample time to draw. The other advantage is that there are plenty of people around and nobody seems to bother if you are sketching.

You have to be quick and there are times when people will move. It will happen, and in this case I just start a new sketch (on the same page if the first one is not too advanced, like below). The trick is to start by drawing the people first and then the objects that are less likely to move.

For speed and freshness, I draw directly with the ink liner, without any pencil outline.

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Monday, 24 August 2015

Morning sketches in Alicante

I went with my family on holidays near Alicante, in Spain, and I had a time to do some sketches that I will share with you in several posts.

 Morning coffee - Ink pen and watercolour by Benoit Philippe

Urban jungle- Ink pen and watercolour by Benoit Philippe

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Friday, 21 August 2015

Hope II by Gustav Klimt - MoMA in New-York

Hope II (Oil, gold and platinum on canvas - 110.5 x 110.5 cm) by Gustav Klimt

Hope II (detail)

Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) was an Austrian painter. He worked in Vienna which was also home to Sigmund Freud. The topic is complex with the pregnant woman, the skull, and three women at her feet.

Klimt’s technique combines tradition (Byzantine gold leaf painting) and modernism with very ornate organic patterns and a rich palette.

Details for the museum

The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019-5497

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Reality Questioned Exhibition – Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

This exhibition is part of a series on Modern Art in Britain and is still on until the end of August 2015.

Paintings by artists such as Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, David Bomberg and Eric Ravilious are on show, with several paintings coming from the collections of the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.

The Hands by Barbara Hepworth

R 25 by Roger Cook

Night Sky by Jack Smith

Sea/Land by Ian Hamilton Finley

Buoys at Harwich by John Nash

Bristol's City Museum & Art Gallery,
Queen's Road,
Bristol, BS8 1RL

Thursday, 13 August 2015

River Kennet at Avebury II - Watercolour

In 2010, I painted a watercolour of this scene with a different angle. See  River Kennet at Avebury - Watercolour.

River Kennet at Avebury II – Watercolour (40 cm x 33 cm) by Benoit Philippe

This painting will feature in my coming exhibition for the Swindon Open Studios 2015.

Details for the Swindon Open Studios 2015

Benoit Philippe at the Swindon Open Studios 2015

Richard Jefferies Museum
Marlborough Road, Coate,
Swindon SN3 6AA

Parking by kind permission at the Sun Inn.

Opening Time:
Saturday 5th & 12th September, from  11.00am to 4.00pm
Sundays 6th and 13th, from 1.30pm to 5.00pm

Some paintings will be on show during the opening time of the museum until 26th September.

Make sure you also visit the blog and the website of the Swindon Open Studios and plan to visit as many artists as you can.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Shaun in the City - Bristol

This is becoming a tradition in Bristol (England). After a trail of Gromit sculptures in 2013 that helped to raise £5 million for Bristol Children’s Hospital, there is a new art trail of 70 giant painted sculptures of Shaun the Sheep, another character created by Aardman.

The sheep, each sponsored by a company, have been decorated by celebrities and designers and dotted around the City. You can see them until the 31th August.

At the end of the summer, they will be auctioned to raise money for sick children in hospitals across the UK.
Last week-end, I had the chance to see a few.


BEACH BOY by Mike Ogden


AIR FLEECE by Jacqueline Anne Harper

JUSTICE LAMB by Mike Ogden





To see more Shawn, head-up to the gallery.

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