Autumnal wreath on a wooden panel

wreath with watermark

Soon people will start to hang beautiful wreaths outside their entrance door to welcome the advent season. Time for me to do the same by painting one.

I liked particularly the colours of  this Autumnal wreath taken from a reference photo and chose to use them plus a bit of crimson to paint the wood panel behind. I put some gesso onto the watercolour paper to obtain the wood grain effect and applied several layers of watercolour washes . I originally thought of putting in the middle something Christmassy like a snowman but after second thoughts, the contrast of the sleek leaves with the grainy wood looked interesting enough and it would have been to heavy to add something else. So here you are …. a simple wreath of golden leaves on a wood panel.


Xmas tree angel

fir tree angel

While I was applying different washes on some watercolour  paper and without preliminary drawing, I could see the outline of an angel appearing through the layers. So to make it more readable I emphasized its contour by painting it negatively .Then all I had to do was to add the branches of a fir tree and a bauble to finish off the Xmas theme. I like the somewhat stylized shape of this angel which makes it special and different from the traditional looking ones..

Autumnal mix

Autumnal melimelo

I had great fun painting this semi abstract mixture of  Autumn leaves. I used a lot the negative painting technique. Marina from the Hangar Art Centre gave me one of the pictures she had to work on. Autumn leaves was the theme of the day. I started with an outline of some of the leaves and then I just made up the others without planning… The end result is completely different from the picture..and I hope you like it !

Getting ready for Xmas in Valbonne

joyeux noel de valbonne arcades watermarked

This is going to be my Xmas card for this year in Valbonne with Father Xmas serving a Xmas pudding to one of his customers.

When the weather is sunny people have lunch outside even in winter !

I will have this design printed  in a postcard format (with envelope) which will be available for sale at the English Book Centre in Valbonne from next week.