Newsletter n°5 - july 2018

Hello everyone,


In June I went for a patina session at the fonderie Barthélemy, with which I have been working for twenty years.

I cannot resist the pleasure of sharing this moment with you ...



 A very small sample ofthe range of possibilities ! 

Once the sculpture in bronze is ready, that means chiselled and inscribed, the times comes to give it its final colors.

Composed of more than 85% copper, bronze left in the open air, would eventually oxidize naturally and take a green-grey hue.

To give a patina is to oxidize the metal in an accelerated and controlled way.

The process involves heating the piece with a blowtorch and applying various preparations with a brush, to give it its final color. 

Some are known, based on iron and copper,...others are more confidential and are the result of the researches of foundries and sculptors.

We are speaking  about chemistry... cooking, and everyone refines their recipes! 

Something I love !


Get comfortable and Imagine what photos can't capture...

Noise first, especially the blowing of blowtorches, bloguns and ventilation... 

Heat, generated by the flames ans reflected by the metal ... 

Smells, strong and sometimes unpleasant...

Mask required! most of the time, except on the photos ;-) 

Here we are !


These pictures at the foundry were taken by Doro.T, painter, whose sharp eyes know how to capture the key moments with accuracy ! 

Among the patinated pieces that day...

Ménine posing in a classic green, Le Ruban in shades of brown with a rusty aspect and Sous les flocons  wearing a cream dress with a brushed effect...

How does this work atmosphere inspire you ?

Please, tell me,

  I look forward to hearing your thoughts ...


... The one of June,  I shared with you the shock that can represent the meeting with an artwork. Thanks for your numerous responses! 

 It's difficult to name all the artworks... so there are the chilling Les Vieilles of Goya, The last judgement of Hieronymus bosch , Le cri of Much ,and also least famous works like the often fierce engravings of 19th ...

 And then I received a nice tale about the emotion produced by a sculpture of a woman by Henri Laurens, a cubist sculptor of the early 20th, that I also appreciate very much.

...I'll talk to you about my sources of inspiration , my tools, my  artistic "coups de cœur",my new ideas ,in short everything which makes up my work and why it still is and always has been a passion for me. 


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