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"Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe" d'après E. Boudin


After over a year of intensive Urban Sketching whenever I had a spare moment, there is nothing like copying an impressionist work to get me back to oil painting. 

Eugène Boudin painted his "Déjeuner" in 1866 with the inscription: "à Mme Eug. Manet" (Edouard Manet's mother). He used a small wooden panel (17.5 x 25cm) and made certain references to both Manet and Monet's "Déjeuners":

This is based on a reproduction but the book left me wondering about the inscription. I googled all the dates. Boudin was 42 when he painted this, Manet's mother (Eugénie) was 55 and had lost her husband 4 years earlier. He must have meant her because Berthe Morisot only married Manet's brother (Eugène) in 1874 and hadn't even met him yet when this was painted.

In any case, copying Boudin's beautiful skies are the perfect excerise before the start of the summer landscape painting season.  

"Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe de Boudin" d'après E. Boudin
18 x 24 cm oil on canvas

Parcours d'artistes Uccle-Linkebeek-Drogenbos 2019 -- Monday 10 June from 14h00 to 19h00




The 12th "Parcours d'artistes" will take place from 14h00 to 19h00 on 1,2, 8,9, and 10 June this year.

The Oxfam Bookshop in Uccle  will participate with an exhibit of paintings, drawings, and jewelry by four artists.

This is also an opportunity to browse their huge selection of good quality second-hand books, including many in English.

See you there!  (nearest tram stop: "Place Vanderkindere")

Download the complete catalogue of the open studios event here: Commune d'Uccle


Artist websites:
Martine Rome's paintings and drawings: www.flickr.com/photos/martinerome
Dominique's ethnic jewelry: https://www.befr.ebay.be/usr/ethnicdominique

Sketches of Uccle

"Eglise Saint Pierre", oil on 15x15cm canvas
I'm working on some small oil studies of Uccle. I found images of Saint Peter's Church in Google Street View but preferred the older links when Le Parvis had a brighter facade:  link


"Eglise Saint-Job", oil on 10x10cm canvas
Another iconic Uccle landmark is the church on Place Saint-Job. Here it is in Street View: Link



"Rue Xavier De Bue", oil on 13x18cm canvas panel
(private collection)
The painting above was started from my stand at "Place(s) à l'Art" in 2013 and recently completed using reference photographs. 


"Le Doyenné", oil on 12x18cm canvas panel
I also found a nice view of the 18th century presbytery behind Saint Peter's Church on Google Street View: link.  The building now serves as a cultural center with space for art exhibits.

Le Louis XV


This small painting was started in 2017 when I called it "Heatwave in May" to reflect the surprisingly early summer weather that hit Belgium that year. But that's no longer unusual since we had 20°C at the end of February in 2019. 

I just added some finishing touches and changed the title to the name of the restaurant that currently occupies the 18th century pavilion in Wolvendael Park.

Once I finetune a system for walking around with a few wet 10x15's, oil paints, and a chair, I could try sketching in oil at an outdoor USK event. 

"Le Louis XV"
18x13cm oil on canvas panel

"Clouds at Isaac Point" (final version)


I worked some more on this beachscape at the start of 2019. Here are the first stages: link. The US Virgin Islands was a great Virtual Paintout destination for practising ocean waves and sandy terrain. I look forward to "visiting" there again.

"Clouds at Isaac Point"
Oil on 8x10 inch canva
(private collection)

#Inktober2018

#Inktober2018 - "flowing"
 Click for my Inktober album on Flickr: CH Inktober 2018

This month is "Inktober", a daily drawing challenge taking place on social media. Jake Parker started this back in October 2009 to practise his "inking skills" and it caught on. He publishes a new prompt list every year to help everyone find ideas and motivation here: The Official List

I had never participated before but after following last year's submissions, I couldn't resist trying one or two of the prompts. After that, it's difficult to stop. In my opinion, they are designed to keep you going: easy ones interspersed with more difficult ones. Some people stick to a particular theme or style while others use alternate prompt lists. In my case, I'm just experimenting with some supplies I own but seldom use and trying to make it to the end of the month.


Flickr groups displaying work by other participants:
  Inktober 2018
  Flickr Inktober 2018

Virtual Paintout - Amsterdam - September 2018


As usual, I spent hours looking for the perfect Google Street View scene and finally settled on one of the first ones I found: 570 Prinsengracht

"Bike Tour"
15x10cm oil on canvas panel

Street View Malta - September 2018


This is the final version of the painting started when the Virtual Paintout was in Malta back in July 2017.
Based on this image:  Google Street View

"Marsaxlokk Harbour"
13x18cm oil on canvas
(private collection)



Virtual Paintout - U.S. Virgin Islands II - August 2018 (first stages)


After concentrating on urban sketching in coloured pencil for months, it was nice using oil paints again. I plan to continue working on this painting but had to sign and photograph today in order to meet the deadline for Bill Guffey's VPO site.

Here's the link I used: Google Street View

The three previous stages:




Link to final version

"Clouds at Isaac Point"
8x10inch oil on canvas

(private collection, Brussels)

Virtual Paintout - U.S. Virgin Islands - August 2018


What a great surprise this month: the Virtual Paintout is back and Bill Guffey selected the US Virgin Islands for his first paintout in nearly a year. 

As soon as I found out, I began visiting St. Croix in Street View. The Google images date from summer 2016 so a year before Irma and Maria struck the island. I didn't want to paint views of people's homes while wondering if they had resisted the category 5 hurricanes, so I settled on some quiet beachscapes. 

Here's the Google Street View link: The beach at Sandy Point 


“Sandy Point”
13x18 cm oil on canvas panel