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…..

Cagnes-sur-Mer : along the cycle track

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This is one of our favourite cycle tracks along la Côte d’Azur, from Antibes to Nice “Promenade des Anglais”. Here are cyclists stopped at Cagnes-sur-Mer in front of the boat which is permanently anchored on the beach . I changed its name and colour to make it more sunny as the weather was particularly beautiful and clear that day. Yes even in late Winter you can enjoy a great outdoor life. All you need is to wrap up well!

You and Me

Cat and dog

This is a watercolour done with the Valentine theme in mind from last week.

The challenge was the rendering of the soft fur and the expression of affection. I am pleased with the result as these two look very cuddly and  fluffy. I miss my two cats long gone and painting a cat is always an emotional act of remembrance. Dogs are lovely too but I am more “a cat person” !

Narcissus from the garden.

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These narcissus starting to appear everywhere in the garden and are the sign of early spring. I love the challenge of painting white flowers as it is always recommended to leave as much white as possible from the paper. Painting the “colour” white with watercolours means  not painting at all….

Oyster with pearl

1516807748263This oyster was created from a painting of an old piece of wood. I was invited by an  artist friend to a painting class which took place in a very beautiful Hampshire (UK) village in the countryside.

The theme of the morning was to paint a piece of wood placed on a table in the middle of the room and every artist present could choose in which medium to paint the proposed still life. I chose watercolours.At the end of the session, I had a good look at the result and liked the colours but not the overall painting.I turned it upside down and suddenly I could see the shape of an oyster appearing… That was it …several hours later the oyster and its pearl were replacing the not so inspiring chunk of wood !

Butterfly and angel

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The butterfly with its magnificent and yet short life, reminds us to enjoy the here and now.

I certainly enjoyed painting it. When I started to do the layers for the background, I saw the shape of and angel playing the trumpet appearing in the upper left hand corner. I accentuated its contour with watercolour crayons and added a few stars… Christmas is in the air !