A birthday card for someone special

1487861205068It is my sister’s birthday and I have decided to paint a special card for her : I picked up a watercolour bloc 23×30, 5 cm 300g/m2 and painted on half the page so I can fold it into 2, thus creating a standing card. I will do some calligraphy inside with the brush and will make it original and unique. I used lots of water to obtain that loose effect. I prefered fruit to flowers they are more juicy looking which makes perfect for the watery look.

 

 

 

Charlie O’Shields’portrait #WorldWatercolorGroup

charlie

I was inspired to paint a portrait of Charlie who is the creator of an online community of artists called #WorldWatercolourGroup . Artists can share their work  and be part of a  community of kindred spirits. For me, it is a joy to look at the work of so many amazing, talented artists. It is always uplifting to read comments of encouragement or advice from others. Doodlewash.com is Charlie’s blog name where he  provides a new art challenge regularly where everybody can join in if they feel inspired to do so. I had the honour to be  featured as a guest artist in his blog in 2016. I am very grateful for all the work Charlie ,himself a talented artist,does and this group would not be so successful without his commitment and will to share his passion for watercolours.

This portrait was done on a paper called Bamboo from Hahnemühle for mixed media 265 g/m2 125 lbs 24 X 32 cm 9,4 X 12,6 in. It is very strong and great for portraits as it is easy to lift the paint. The grain is equivalent to a cold pressed watercolour paper with a good tooth. The only drawback is this paper doesn’t take very well masking tape and tends to rip….But overall, it is a good paper to work with and I will buy some more in the future.

The cockerel : French symbol

cockerel

Ok, everybody knows this is the Chinese year of the rooster but it is also the French national symbol…why ?  Here is a bit of history :

THE FRENCH ROOSTER

In the Middle Ages, the Gallic Rooster was widely used as a religious symbol, the sign of hope and faith. It was during the Renaissance that the rooster began to be associated with the emerging French nation. Under the Valois and the Bourbon kings, the royal effigy was often accompanied by this animal, meant to stand for France, in engravings and on coins.
Although still a minor emblem, the rooster could be found at both the Louvre and Versailles.

Scarecrows

scarecrows

I was walking up the street of a Hampshire town early Autumn last year, when I saw these lovely scarecrows for sale just outside of a shop pavement. Not only did they look very cute and not at all scary ….but also not too expensive ! Would they frighten birds away in a field… that is another story. Anyway, I took several pictures of them and decided they would make a perfect subject for a painting.