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As David Hockney once said: "Place the eyes first, the side of the nostrils, the side of mouth and the rest follows". In short, to draw a portrait with appropriate proportions it is mainly a matter of placing a few essential points on the canvas.

This is the technique I use.

1) Head:
First I draw an oval shape. The contour of the head.


2) Eyes:

In the middle of the oval, I draw an horizontal line. On this line I draw a first eye. Let's say the eye on the left. Then, I place the second eye. The one on the right. I respect a distance of one eye between each eye and I draw the pupil in the center of each eye.


3) Nose:
Once the eyes are placed, I draw the nose. The tip of the nose is located a little less than

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Dent du Midi Hodler style

When I have to let go of a creation it is often heart breaking. But it is also a feeling of great pride because I know the painting is mature enough to live on its own and produce good feelings in someone else's house.

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What if your are the only one?

I have a few questions.

Should one do something only when one is ensured that he will do it well? Should one paint only if one is certain to create something beautiful? Should one exhibit at the unique condition people will attend the exhibition? Will one come to an exhibition if he is guaranteed to meet with acquaintances?

What is the drive? What pushes us beyond the scare of the unknown? Is it

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Happiness N°1

For whatever it is worth, the above painting humbly represents happiness and one's quest to grasp it.

Sometime we succeed at reaching happiness (stripes which go from one side to the other side of the painting) and at other time we simply fail (stripes which stop half way). Once we found happiness, we long to find it again. Thus all these stripes criss-crossing endlessly the canvas which creates a flow of colorful confusion.

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 My very first painting, "Moon in desert" painted with olive oil

With my first child, I discovered unconditional love. It happened instantaneously. In a brisk of a second, I knew I loved him. I could give my life for him, on the spot. It was an uncompromising sense of certitude. It all came so fast, yet so naturally. I also understood that each time I may experience a similar feeling, it may probably mean I was exposed to true love

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 Villa Chipewa, diptych 80x100cm

This beautiful villa is located in Evian. It used to be my grandmother's summer house. Now it is my uncle's. He lives there when he is not enjoying the sun in Miami. It's a gorgeous place with a magnificent view over lake Leman.

It is where I spent some of my summers when I was a child, while my parents ventured the world during the vacation. The house usually woke up late, at around noon. I used

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"Why did I paint this odd painting?" I wondered, while looking at the above painting on the right. I wanted to understand what had been my motivation behind this creation. To understand the process, I had to dig into my memories. It was a little hefty, but worth it.

In résumé, I painted this work of art in two parts. Part I (the painting on the left) was created when I was in a period of self-uncertainty. I

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Eiger Topo

Recently, I was intrigued by a climbing guide book of the Eiger. It showed a picture of the North Face and all the different routes to the top.

A climbing guide book is used by mountain climbers. It gives a description of the ascent and which line to follow to complete the climb. It is also commonly named in French a "Topo".

I was intrigued by all these different lines of colors which are struck across such a

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Red Disk

The faint stripes one can guess in the back of the above painting can symbolize the promising comfort and balance we all expect to come with money, work, health, happiness, love, success, status. However, can one truly expect life to be as simple as these straight lines?

Needless to say, it is more sinuous. More often than not, it is troublesome, fuzzy, scary, banged up, hazy, but also astonishing.

Yet, we all look forward to enjoying an easy

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David Hockney, landscape painting in Yorkshire

Of course to do something correctly one needs to spend time at a task and not jump from an idea to another. One needs to work on a project with dedication until the mission is complete. It is common sense, but should we undertake to do only one activity well throughout our life? Isn't there more to it? Too much of a single aspect can be suffocating, alienating. So what about a little impulsiveness

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Painting of Nymphéas by Monet at Fondation Beyeler in Basel

In a period of distress, painting can be soothing and help us get through difficulties. The thought of it alone can help. Painting takes your mind away from the dark aspect of things.

Life is not always easy. It does not always unfold as we expect. The unpredictables of life can sometimes be cruel. Moments of anxiety can make us feel small, disoriented and depressed. I believe painting can

Read more: Monet and the Nymphéas

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