In bed with… Ochre

Ochre? Ocher? I’ll choose the first spelling… No offense intended, ochre is simply more visually pleasing to me, in all probability only because it’s the same as the French spelling I have always been familiar with. Oddly in English (being the baffling thing it is) ochre and ocher are pronounced the same. Personal taste will…

In bed with… Isabelle Roché & Margaret Zayer

Hard to believe Margaret is not a direct descendant of one of Renoir’s favourite model… perhaps that rather cocky girl tying the ribbon of her hat? Or that one leaning her whole body to better hear her lover’s words in her ear… Although today positively more in the vein of La Femme à la collerette…

In bed with… Daniel Smith

(Well, John Cogley really, CEO of Daniel Smith art materials and the man who, for all intents and purposes, has now become Dan Smith) Any reason that would require to go to Seattle I would probably have been game for… I’ve always wanted to go there and see for myself this city of which I’ve…

Calligraphy, the art of fin(er) writing – Part 1

At some stage in the Western world most of our languages made the switch to a restricted number of symbolically meaningless shapes which, combined, made the infinity of words we needed to share our ideas and our emotions. There are still variations among alphabets and it took a while to agree on the number of letters…

Pigments… from ancient recipes to ‘modern’ colours

I first discovered the PIGMENT store in Tokyo on the web… it arrived one morning in my daily Flavorpill (thank you guys by the way you do an awesome job of weaving an international artistic community), and after clicking on the link, instantly, just like that, I was in love! In a second I knew…

in bed with… Art

Sorry but when I get a chance in a million to interview someone called Art, I then find it impossible to resist this title! (Although, as his family name is Guerra, it did cross my mind to go “Make Art, not War” but then again… this is supposed to be a serious blog so… maybe…

the oldest profession in the world?

Could my trade -swapping something useful to me (money!) for something useful to you (colour!)- be the oldest one human beings have ever exercised? Based on a National Geographic article: The first artists, how creativity made us human, that is totally the case… One day in 2000, Christopher Henshilwood and his team dug out in…

to you my reader…

whoever you might be… you are one of the first lovely persons who have subscribed to my blog/site and… never heard from me again! Contrary to appearances I have been working very hard: first taking over a charming artist residency in Provence, the Ateliers Fourwinds, while still running our beloved art store/centre in Byron Bay,…

In bed with… David Coles (and Louise!)

They are both artists. He also makes lovely paint and…  she sells it! How is this for symmetry and perfection? Well, at least on paper, all is well in the best of worlds. In reality, things are very very busy… Louise has just finished the Christmas tree in the shop (decorated with dried coloured swatches…