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Xavier Francois

Xavier Francois

Long Beach, CA

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I have been drawing and painting as far back as I can remember with an immediate interest to realistic details such as gothic architecture and sweeping swaths of red taffeta. I have had only a few classes in drawing and painting. I love watercolors because I am working with water over which I rarely have any control and which constantly challenges me to adapt. Nothing can replace the brilliant luminosity of paper coming through successive washes of pigments subject to the rules of water and gravity that the artist carefully orchestrates, if he is even a little successful, into an atmospheric illusion of unparalleled clarity and enchantment. Unlike oils, which I have tried, there are few second chances with watercolors to correct an error without losing your principle allies, the brilliant rough texture of white paper and the spontaneity of water at different levels of dampness. Those first few washes, splatters and accidents take on a life of their own and determine the direction and focus of the work.

 

 

Country Road by Xavier Francois

 

Mountain Lake by Xavier Francois

 

Valentine Rose by Xavier Francois

 

Winter Snow by Xavier Francois

 

River Youth by Xavier Francois

 

Tito and the Fonz by Xavier Francois

 

Soldier Boy Jake by Xavier Francois

 

Bananas by Xavier Francois

 

Thaddy Boy by Xavier Francois

 

Watercolor Exercise Gladiolas by Xavier Francois

 

Watercolor Exercise Magnolias by Xavier Francois

 

Seth by Xavier Francois

 

Yellow Lily in a Vase by Xavier Francois

 

Adam or New Year's Baby by Xavier Francois

 

Swirling Grapes by Xavier Francois

 

Red Skater Lad by Xavier Francois

 

Zac and ZuZu by Xavier Francois

 

Sparky by Xavier Francois

 

Felix by Xavier Francois

 

Narcisses dans un Vase from Master Class by Xavier Francois

 

Green Lumberjack by Xavier Francois

 

Bandit Mars by Xavier Francois

 

Narcisse or Mirror Mirror by Xavier Francois