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).”
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…
A watercolour and pencil drawing from my sketchbook. I found an interesting quote about horses on the internet from an unknown author which illustrated perfectly my little sketch : “The earth would be nothing without the people but the man would be nothing without the horse”
Parrots are such colourful birds that I cannot resist to paint one and add fun facts about them.
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…..
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!
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” !
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….
This 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 !
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 !