Friends and and their 2 dogs at Café des Arcades Valbonne

2 dogs café des arcades

This is a commissioned painting as a farewell present for someone ‘s friend leaving Valbonne.

I went to the Cafe des Arcades as an incognito tourist taking pictures of the friend in question while she was having a drink at one of the tables. This friend did not know me so could not have guessed why I was around taking photos. It was such fun and exciting !

The painting will be a total surprise as a gift and will go to Australia!

I hope this sunny scene will trigger  happy memories  of some good time spent with friends in the buzzing village of Valbonne.

In the past year I have done other commissioned paintings one of which went to Singapore. I am so pleased that my watercolours find homes all over the world!

 

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Yellow roses still life

yellow roses

A beautiful still life was set up on the table at the Hangar last week. Here is the result. I limited my palette and kept the yellow of the roses as a dominant colour to be repeated throughout the painting. At the end I added a fallen leaf as I felt there was an imbalance in the weight of the composition.Was it a good idea ?….

Le Hangar Exhibition in Theoule-sur-Mer

3 paintings

Come and meet me at Theoule-sur-Mer

Espace Culturel  9 Avenue Charles Dahon

on Saturday 7th October from 2.30 pm till 6.30 pm.

I would be delighted to see you and show you this beautiful group exhibition and my 3 watercolour paintings !…..

Exposition 25 “Les artistes du hangar”

Exposition 25 "Les artistes du hangar"
  • Date de début:dimanche, 24 septembre 2017
  • Date de fin:mardi, 10 octobre 2017
  • Lieu:Espace culturel, Théoule-sur-Mer

EXPOSITION LE HANGAR CENTRE DES ARTS
ESPACE CULTUREL
80 artistes membres du Hangar exposent au total 180 œuvres.
Du 24 septembre au 10 octobre
10h30-13h / 14h30-18h30
Entrée libre

Sea turtle

Sea turtle

Marina at the art centre (hangarart.org) suggested turtles as they are always a great subject to paint. I did this one using masking fluid to draw the intricate design first before painting the shell. I love these amazing and beautiful creatures and here are a few facts about them :

“Sea turtles are one of the Earth’s most ancient creatures. The seven species that can be found today have been around for 110  million years, since the time of the dinosaurs. The sea turtle’s shell, or “carapace” is streamlined for swimming through the water. Unlike other turtles, sea turtles cannot retract their legs and head into their shells. Their color varies between yellow, greenish and black depending on the species.”

Wedding at a fairytale castle

Mariage TJ

I had such fun painting this wedding portrait as the whole picture is like a fairytale.

I used 3 different pictures to obtain this landscape and put a lot of details in the middle ground to balance out the quiet foreground. I hope that this picture will be a great present to keep as a good memory of a fabulous day and most excitingly … I was there to witness the magic !

Brittany, the Odet River

Riviere Odet

I was invited to a wedding last weekend in Brittany and the reception was taking place near the Odet River with its wonderful views. The weather was perfect and this gate between stone walls caught my eye as it created a beautiful contrast in shape and texture.

From a touristic point of view, the river runs past, or through, the towns of Bénodet, Combrit, Plomelin, Quimper, Ergué-Gabéric, Briec-de-l’Odet, Langolen, Coray,Trégourez, Leuhan and Saint-Goazec.