Sunday 15 July 2007


This week end was extremely hot around Madrid (38°C or 100°F), too much for a plein-air painting. We spent anyway our week-end on the road finding some futur spots we could paint next september. We crossed a Sierra in the north called "Sierra de Rinçon"where the variety of colors and shapes reminded us many impressionist painters and also the "Sainte Victoire Mountain" from Cezanne.
For the people living around, it's the road called "GU 123"and "CM1002" between "Torrelaguna" and "Casa de Uceda".
Today, sunday, I had the pleasure to see in Madrid a beautiful exhibit about Van Gogh's last works. The last seventy days of his life, he made SEVENTY paintings and around THIRTY drawings. I enjoyed to see the ones presented at this exhibit.

The subject of my post is based on a two years old sketch. I colored it saturday evening just for fun and finally got something I wanted to show you.


Eric said...

Wow Guilluame.. this is beautiful work! Did you do this in Photoshop?

Guillaume Bonamy said...

Thanks Eric.
Yes, I did this work with photoshop. I first covered the all drawing with the main colors using a basic brush. And then, on top of it, I kept the drawing as a multiply layer with only 42% of transparency and worked on details.
The light was done on a "Color dodge" layer, playing with black and white.
Maybe it's not the best way to create light but for this kind of sketch it works, I guess.

Marcos Mateu said...

Nice! Love the light and the color.

Madrid treating you good?

Guillaume Bonamy said...

Hi Marcos,
I'm glad you like it.
Yes, the life is good in Madrid especially when my box of pastels and my sketchbook are not too far from my hand.
What about you? Are you now the king of the surf? Or maybe Harald?

Marcos Mateu said...

Both, both of us are the true and undisputed masters of surfing in southern california. It's official!!

Glad you are enjoying your time.

rusty said...

absolutely beautiful work on your blog! i especially like the pastels, have any pointers for someone just starting to paint with pastels?


Jared Shear said...

Nice piece...I like how you have added just the right amount of detail, so that the viewer can't help but wonder what's up around the corner.

Guillaume Bonamy said...

Thanks Jared and Rusty.
Rusty, I will be out for few days.
I will do my best to help you as soon as I will be back.