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.

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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!

 

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 ?….