Antibes beach end of June

Antibes beach end of June

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.
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The old and the new

Old young

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.

I love westies

westies

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.

Black bird

black bird

Did you know that the well-known English nursery rhyme “Sing a Song of Sixpence a pocket full of rye, four-and-twenty blackbirds, baked in a pie” could have been a coded message used to recruit crew members for the notorious 18th-century pirate Blackbeard.  His real name Teach was a shrewd and calculating leader who spurned the use of force, relying instead on his fearsome image to elicit the response that he desired from those whom he robbed…