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.
I had fun testing the elegant writer pen doing a painting of a dog inspired by Karlyn Holman. This pen gives 2 colours when you apply water once your drawing is done.
Watercolour can be used as well as pure water to mix different colours with this special ink.
More inspiration from my snapshots in Brittany last Summer : the buoys in the water on the shoreline and in the water make nice coloured dots in this seascape and the rocks are just simply beautiful .The stone tower with its flags provides us with a good counterchange to the light on the horizon.
I bought this beautiful pumpkin because it had a wonderful orange pattern contrasting with its blackish peel. I added rose hips for the composition and set up this still life on a marble bistro table top to add more texture. With Halloween approaching , this pumpkin could be carved into a lantern, but it is so nice to look at that I will keep it as it is !
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!
As I was working on the yellow roses painting last week, I was totally absorbed by the subject and did not noticed my husband taking this picture!
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 ?….