Busy being lazy

Hi there. The title says it I work little but socialize a lot lately. Through the summer months we always have lots of friends and family coming to our place. So rather than paint or write I prefer to laugh, eat and talk about old times.

Nevertheless here are 2 images I started

I also started a website for French Doctors in turmoil. When I first went through hard times I would have loved to talk to others doctors in the same situation. But there's nothing on the web for that …

So I decided to build a site and see what happens.

I guess you can say I am more busy than lazy …

Have a wonderful day



I decided to start a series of portraits

Here's the first one.
The colors are a bit brighter in real. I'm rather satisfied because my brush strokes are becoming firmer. I guess the intuitive painting helps me a lot to free myself from too much timidity when comes to color choices and application.

I'm very proud of the ear ( that sounds weird !). There are blues,greens, orange and all kinds of other colors involved in it.

Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend.


Gardening pleasures

Some news from my partnership with nature. I like my messy garden. Good intended people keep telling me you need to treat here and cut there … but I prefer to let my plants live their lifes the way they want.

Ok I do cut some branches of tomato plants from time to time when they get too big or so. But I try to act like a good neighbor and leave my green friends alone as much as possible.

My white eggplants seem to agree with that attitude since there are 6 of them growing happily on their branches.

And how about my butternut. It looks like it has decided to conquer the rest of my park. I love these large leafs.

My productivity may not meet industrial standards but I don't care. I just enjoy my amazement seeing all these vegetables growing out of little seeds.
This garden is a celebration of life for me.

One day at a time …

Dramatic chaos 1

Before I left for Paris I had started 2 paintings. Both of them were causes of struggle. Somehow I couldn't find a direction to follow and turned around in circles.
I guess I needed some time off.
When I got back to the paintings they both seemed messy, unfinished and without rhythm. And within one morning things just got obvious and easy.

I call the first one "dramatic chaos" because of an obvious dramatic atmosphere due to the beautiful contrast between the red-orange and the other colors.

The second one is darker and kind of filled with less joyful emotions. So I called it "face fear" in order to play down the dramatic effect. Besides I'm sure that putting these emotions down on canvas is a good way to cope with them …

The sunshine blogger award

This is to show my gratefulness to Roda from growing self, not only for nominating me for the sunshine blogger award, but for the support and the friendship she has offered me for many months now.

Her blog https://growingself.blog is a wonderful source of happiness, love and emotional intelligence. So if you haven’t been there yet do so as soon as possible.

Spreading sunshine and inspiration on the blogosphere is a wonderful concept and I feel very honored by Roda’s nomination. I hope that I deserve it.

Here are my answers to Roda’s questions :

  1. Use one word to describe yourself : doubt but I’m working on that
  2. What is your favorite season and why : spring , springtime is the season of rebirth, fresh colors, awakening and the perfect moment to gain awareness of what being alive means
  3. Are you a city mouse or a country mouse ? Definitely a country mouse even though I love to go to big cities like New York, Paris, Rome and so on, I feel myself at home in my Gascoign countryside where I can sleep windows wide open and be woken up every morning by the sweet sound of birds singing, raindrops falling down or the purring of my cats. No cars honking no police sirens. As I write this I can hear the whispering sound of a warm summer rain tambourining on the leaves of the trees outside. Nothing can beat that …
  4. What is your superpower ? The love I share with my wife and my children that’s my answer for the question of the meaning of life
  5. Why do you write ? Writing is sort of a dialogue with myself I think it helps me to clarify my ideas
  6. What is your favorite book ? Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse a German writer far ahead of his time in the early 20th century. The book asks many of the questions I ask myself …
  7. What brings you joy ? Colors, flowers, new experiences, a child’s laughter, sunshine, summer rain, sharing a good meal with good friends, my wife’s smile, falling on “purple haze” while scanning radio stations, watching silly comic movies, my children’s happiness, …
  8. What is your favorite fruit : apples 🍎
  9. Who is your role model : there are many people I admire, some of them for their intelligence, others for their courage or their talents. But I don’t really have a role model and I don’t want one. I want to live my own little life, to see with my own eyes and to feel with my own heart.
  10. If you could visit any place in the world where would you go ? I’ve been all over the place during the last 40 years so right now my answer is probably : my garden
  11. What do you love most about you ? My fragility ???

Roda also asks me to nominate 11 other sunshine bloggers, people who spread inspiration, the light of intelligence and good vibes on the blogosphere. Here’s my list of nominees. They are all beautiful people and as you can imagine most of their blogs deal in some way with art and creativity (but not only …) :

I very much admire each one of them for their commitment to creativity and emotional intelligence, the two things able to save this world and its inhabitants. Keep on spreading sunshine and love !

Here are the 11 questions I would like to ask them :

  1. do you think there’s a difference between art and decoration ? why ?
  2. who’s your favorite painter (or writer) ?
  3. when you look at art what are you looking for ?
  4. do emotions have colors ?
  5. do you think that concept art is a joke ?
  6. does blogging help you to be creative ?
  7. Da Vinci or Van Kooning ?
  8. do you believe that artwork (paintings, photos, sculpture, literature, …) is more likely to speak to our mind or to our soul ?
  9. what is more important to you : technique or spontaneity ?
  10. is street-art vandalism ?
  11. how about young children as teachers in art schools ?
  12. why do people whisper when they talk inside of museums ?

There you go. I hope these questions inspire you and hey even if you who reads this are not on the list of nominees why not give me your answers or comments. I’d be happy to discuss any of those topics with anyone interested by them.

take care


In Paris for the week 

I left my brushes behind to wander around in the city of lights. A good friend lent us his appartement situated 300yds from the Eiffel Tower.

So here I am walking and walking and walking everywhere. There’s Art on every corner. The atmosphere is filled with the spirits of those who invented modern art : Picasso, Modigliani, Van Gogh, … they’re all over the place.

And there’s the young generation :

I love this place. No matter where you look there’s something beautiful to see. The walking and the breathing is rough but it’s really worth the effort.

Many good vibes from Paris.

Koân 1&2

Looking at these paintings I came to consider that their effect on me was close to what koâns do : they provoke awareness.

Awareness of beauty, of the wonderful experience of contrast and nuance. Every new pattern hitting my retina a reminder of the miracle of being alive on this tiny planet in the midst of the billions of others in one out of trillions of galaxies…