Drawing is an intimate caress filled with love. You are not copying, you are not tracing, you are gently exploring possibilities. Your pencil touch is light, it is an extension of your feelings, may they be of love, passion or anger. You are conveying the intangible. You are on a voyage of discovery. Your feelings and what you wish to draw may yet be unclear, your pencil is touching the paper here and there, spontaneously yet tentatively until the forms you are creating and what you wish to express become more clear.

You are drawing through a light fog until…


It starts with a thought or an image, although these words seems too precise, an ephemeral vision often brought by an emotion that I wish to capture and further address. It lasts but a second and leaves no details — just the fleeting remains of an image that simply wishes to be held. This conscious initial vision can not be taught, it is a precious gift that must be honored and with time, cultivated as one write down their dreams.

I first create a sketch in pencil, a quick and spontaneous drawing to recall this image, a few lines here…


Let your first pencil lines be strong, graceful and light. You are not tracing or trying to get it right the first time. Your first lines are simply exploratory. You are creating, doing at this moment what no one has ever done before you. Do not hesitate or draw the line in segments. Instead, let your intuition or feelings guide your line but press lightly that you may erase and change it endlessly until each line has the perfect elegance or tension. You will know the difference, one line will be good but improved when redrawn. …


Pastel is a dry medium that has been in use since the Renaissance and became popular in the 18th century. Pastel is the most lightfast of all mediums. Painters like Quentin de La Tour, Whistler, Degas, Manet and Georgia O’Keefe produced many works in pastel that are as brilliant today as the day they were made. The drawback of a pastel drawing or a pastel painting is that it must be framed as it is susceptible to mechanical injury (rubbing). A pastel drawing is what is commonly thought as pastel, it has a sketchy quality and requires less time. …


Often a beginner will ask me what should I draw?

How would I know is my answer. How would I know what you feel, what moves you, what you wish to express? If you were writing poetry, would you ask me what you should write? The answer is in you but you must allow it to come through. All of us have visions of what we would like to draw or paint. Vague ideas perhaps, but promptly squashed by a litany of negative thoughts, I could never draw this, it is too difficult, it will look stupid, no one ever…


This is a most common question as many new artists do not yet trust their ability to choose colors. They are countless books written on color theory. Pages filled with long paragraphs about the nature of light, complementary and primary colors with a few images to enliven the dense text. If you have difficulty sleeping, they represent a good remedy. They are dull and will not answer your question, what color should I use?

L’Arbre Rouge ( oil on linen 14" x 18"/ 36 x 46 cm )

When you get up in the morning and get dressed, you do not consult a color wheel to decide which dress goes well with which shoes…


For beginners or others wishing to expand their ability, the choice of colors and pigment is often overwhelming. With the fancy and often ridiculous names like Parisian blue or Autumn mist and the myriad of tints and shades, one is bound to ask where one should start?

Because paints can be expensive, it makes sense to start with a few from which an infinite variation of colors can be made. Do not buy a set as the manufacturer decides for you what colors it contains when each color is sold individually. Many are man made mixture of others colors. Then…


Introducing Christian Quintin Fine Art. An artful introduction…

A pleasure to present my art at Christian Quintin Fine Art a surreal classicist: Oil. Pastel. Pen and ink, graphite drawings.

Born in the town of Saint Brieuc, on the northern coast of Brittany, France, and studied at the Beaux Arts Academy in Paris before moving to Northern California in 1981. My drawings and paintings have been exhibited in many solo and group shows, in galleries and museums including the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. Have also been the recipient of numerous public and private commissions. Previously represented by the famed Vorpal…

Christian Quintin

French artist. Oil Paintings, Pastels, Pen and Ink and Graphite Drawings. Beaux Arts Academy, Paris. World class exhibits at museums and art galleries.

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