Tote bag painting inspired by one of my sketches

20190711_123954I used acrylic paints and inktense blocks to paint the giraffe which is permanent once activated with water. For good measure I protected the art with a matt spray varnish for acrylic paintings . I am very pleased to see that the 100% cotton material took so well the colours! What a great way to use your own art creations..

Gouache dog

Gouache dog screen print

I was inspired by a video on You tube done by an artist called JelArts who showed how to paint with gouache (thank you for sharing). I simply tried her technique which seemed to be very impressionistic  involving lots of spontaneous brush strokes. So here is my version of her  “blue dog”.

Gouache parrot

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I bought a cheap gouache set yesterday and tried to paint this parrot. Gouache is so different from watercolour and I am sure there are good techniques to know how to paint properly with this medium… Another challenge for me but I have to keep learning and in the end I just enjoy doing something out of my confort zone..

Clever Fox

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People use the phrase “wily like a fox” or “sly as a fox” for a reason. Foxes are very smart in ways that matter: finding food, surviving in weather extremes, outwitting predators, protecting their young. They’re smarter than most, but not all, dog breeds and on top of all…they are so beautiful!

So cute !

So cute

Watercolour and gouache portraits on a unified background. I like to use different subjects to paint and make them appear on a double page as a whole. I try to incorporate elements of design to give a sense of balance to the recto/verso spread of my watercolour sketchbook.

Summer holidays

Rabbit

Sketched rabbit onto a prepared background and a bit of collage …The long Summer holidays have started for the French kids. Parents know only too well that inevitable expression “I am bored” but in fact boredom enhances creativity so it is not all that negative !

It is time for children to run around (preferably not at home) but in fields or parks or gardens instead of staying  in front of a computer or TV….

 

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.

Elephant

elephant

I chose to put this elephant behind the foreground decor to give a feel of space and depth. I painted the background with a graded wash for the light effect. I was inspired by the African theme when I chose the golden pattern reminiscent of African design.

This sketch was done mainly with watercolours and brush pen. I did not feel the need to put any comment or lettering as the elephant was naturally taking a lot of space already in this double spread.

Giraffe

Giraffe

Watercolour sketch done with brush pen and decorative tape in my moleskine sketchbook. I continue doing the animal series with bright colours as there is endless inspiration and fun with this subject matter.