Sketched rabbit onto a prepared background and a bit of collage …The long Summer holidays have started for the French kids. Parents know only too well that inevitable expression “I am bored” but in fact boredom enhances creativity so it is not all that negative !
It is time for children to run around (preferably not at home) but in fields or parks or gardens instead of staying in front of a computer or TV….
This painting was the result of a watercolour challenge proposed by Cathie Van Der Stel from the Hangar Art Centre . You can find the original photograph and the different interpretation on the French Riviera Art Facebook page.
Transparency and water movement are always tricky and I decided to tackle both without the help of masking fluid to reserve the whites : the technique consists of leaving the white from the paper and paint around it.
I went this morning to my favourite beach in Antibes and sketched people in front of me.
I follow a strategy to go to the beach there :
- I go early because it is easier to find a parking space
- There are less people early and it is not so hot
- I always carry a parasol because as I like sketching I could not do it with a glaring light. Shade is essential not just for the skin!
- I always swim to cool down and coming out of the water I “de-salt”myself with the showers conveniently built on the beach
- I leave the beach mid morning to avoid the heat and the crowd coming in.
Portraits done with brush pen and watercolour on watercolour paper and cartridge paper. I did these two portraits very quickly and just added a bit of white pen to the old man. I like to play with contrast and different scales.
Yes it is water but not rain falling onto a statue of an angel…We have had so much rain recently that the sight of a cool fountain is something we can appreciate only now with warm sunshine.At last real Summer has arrived on the Côte d’Azur and we can think of water as a refreshing sight !
My copy of the Times literary supplement has arrived ….Having fun with a mixed media background and a watercolour sketch of an ape in my sketchbook.
This is a watercolour and mixed media painting done for a friend who lost her little white terrier dog recently. In fact the middle dog was inspired by one picture she took of her beloved dog which was posted on Facebook. The result will give her hopefully a bit of joy and memories of happier times.