Swan

Swan

I did this sketch using on purpose the elegant writer pen which bleeds when you touch the line with water. I liked the result which gives a watery colour to the feathers.

I found a Thai proverb  matching very well my double spread. Very meaningful!

Ram

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Impressed  by this magnificent creature, I painted it in  my sketchbook adding some gold accent and framed the watercolour/brush pen sketch with some decorative tape. In the little lettering above the horn, I used the word learning curve  for obvious reasons !

Frog

frog

Today is a rainy day in the South of France and definitively a good day for frogs!

Interesting facts : Frogs are amphibians and the word “amphibian” comes from a Greek word that means “both kind of lives.” This is because frogs start their lives in the water and then live on land.

The British have been poking fun at the French for their penchant for eating frog’s legs since the 16th century by calling them “frog-eaters,” now commonly shortened to just “frogs.”  But did you know that the Chinese are known to have eaten frog’s legs for millennia, and the Aztecs were partial to them too ?

Marmots are coming out

MarmotsMarmots painted in watercolour and pen brush in my watercolour sketchbook.

Marmots can be seen in our region in the Mercantour National Park, North of the French Riviera running along the border with Italy. Marmots typically live in burrows, and hibernate there through the winter. Burrows can be as deep as 7 meters (22 feet).

They generally begin hibernating in late September and survive entirely on their fat reserves accumulated during the Summer.

They emerge through the snow in April and early May (now), during which time there may be nothing to eat, and when they are especially vulnerable to predators..

Puffins nicknamed “sea parrots”

Puffin

From my Moleskine sketchbook a double page done with watercolour and brush pen.

As ideal subject for a black ink brush pen sketch, here are a few facts about these lovely birds : “Atlantic puffin is a small bird. It weighs 0.5 kilograms (17.5 ounces) and can reach 25 centimetres (10 inches) in length. Males are slightly bigger than females. Nicknamed ‘sea parrots‘ – and sometimes ‘clowns of the sea‘! – Atlantic puffins have black and white feathers and a large parrot-like beak. Puffins are fab flyers, flapping their wings up to 400 times a minute and speeding through the air at up to 88km/h (55 mp/h).”

Meerkats

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I wanted to draw with a brush pen and  with no preliminary sketch : with ink you have one go and no correction. I feel the challenge is quite liberating and I enjoy the spontaneity and flow in drawing that way. These little meerkats were very cute and they were from different photos (copy right free). I just made this conversation happen…

Scottish visitors

Highland cow

Our friends from Scotland are coming to visit us which reminds me of the Scottish wilderness …its magnificent landscapes and the famous Highland cows . They are probably Scotland’s most iconic creatures as they are so amazing and impressive. After the wee and cute Easter chicks I did in my previous post, I just wanted to paint something radically different in my sketchbook and here it is…..