As part of a triptych, this mimosa girl was done on watercolour paper using mainly watercolour, and acrylic for the background. Although the mimosa blossoms in February in the South of France , I still want to use this flower in my design today, for its fluffiness and golden colour and a touch of softness for this dress.
For this portrait of a chimp, I did not use my sketchbook as I wanted to do a bigger painting and used instead a square sheet of watercolour paper .Searching for photos (copyright free) I found such a wise looking little chap that I adopted it straight away. It is strange sometimes to paint animals as they seem to take a life of their own. For this one particularly, I had even a name coming through my mind…
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.
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.
I bit of sketching while watching TV (obviously with not great programme on!)
Four mini portraits from an article in the newspaper about going bald. …Being bold and proud about being bald is very much trendy!
From my sketchbook a drawing of a funny face found in some junk mail .
This angel is particularly strong and I feel it is waiting for something. Patience came to mind as I was struggling to take a good picture of it so it was definitively a good name! I used a lot of texture in this painting and lines are a major element of design.
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!
Ink and wash portrait study of Shirley MacLaine from my sketchbook; I tried to keep my pen onto the paper without lifting to keep the line going as in contour drawing, a fun exercise to do and very relaxing….