Last weekend we were in Paris. We went to the Palais Chaillot opposite the Eiffel tower to see an exhibition about Art Nouveau, but when we got there, we were told that the exhibition had been on 3 years ago…Big disappointment…. as on the internet the year of the advertised exhibition was not mentioned ! So as we were there, standing in front of ” la Cité de l’Architecture “, we got in to discover an amazing building with high ceilings and a fantastic view of the Eiffel tower.The figure standing in the foreground is me looking out of the window and admiring the amazing view well worth the trouble of getting to the wrong exhibition ! Plus the reflected light from the windows made an interesting subject for the painting.What you see on the walls and the right hand side are replica of pieces of masonry made of plaster.
I was inspired to paint a portrait of Charlie who is the creator of an online community of artists called #WorldWatercolourGroup . Artists can share their work and be part of a community of kindred spirits. For me, it is a joy to look at the work of so many amazing, talented artists. It is always uplifting to read comments of encouragement or advice from others. Doodlewash.com is Charlie’s blog name where he provides a new art challenge regularly where everybody can join in if they feel inspired to do so. I had the honour to be featured as a guest artist in his blog in 2016. I am very grateful for all the work Charlie ,himself a talented artist,does and this group would not be so successful without his commitment and will to share his passion for watercolours.
This portrait was done on a paper called Bamboo from Hahnemühle for mixed media 265 g/m2 125 lbs 24 X 32 cm 9,4 X 12,6 in. It is very strong and great for portraits as it is easy to lift the paint. The grain is equivalent to a cold pressed watercolour paper with a good tooth. The only drawback is this paper doesn’t take very well masking tape and tends to rip….But overall, it is a good paper to work with and I will buy some more in the future.
This is my last day for the 7 day challenge with the WorldWaterColorGroup. I set out at the beginning to do a portrait every day inspired by cutouts from magazines or newspapers with one exception : today. This final one is a painting I did last year. As I was finishing this portrait it reminded me of the famous painting “Aristide Bruant” by Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec, obviously just the scarf and the hat were the link…
I found this experience of daily painting very uplifting. I limited the size of each portrait by using my sketchbook with a maximum spread when both pages used of 26cm(10″)by 21cm(8″). Because of the relatively small size of each painting, it was feasible to sketch daily time wise. I enjoyed all the feedback and felt really part of a great community of artists family and friends. Big thank you to everyone for you support !
Another actor from the past : the very much loved Ronnie Barker. I just could not resist his funny stare… I used a 2B pencil and watercolour and played with the 7 day challenge sign integrating it into the painting.
Today I chose to paint the extraordinary British actor Sir John Hurt who died last week.
Not only he was a remarkable actor but I thought an amazing portrait subject to paint. I did this sketch very loose with pencil and watercolour in my moleskine sketchbook.
I simply used today a 2B pencil and watercolour. I noticed that doing a wash on this Moleskine sketchbook, the paint stays longer on the surface compared to the cold pressed 300gr Arches watercolour paper for instance.The advantage is it leaves more time to move the paint around, a bit like on a cold pressed paper. The drawback is the paint once dried is more difficult to lift… I liked the imposing hat for this portrait !
Today I have decided to use a pentel brush pen to give a different feel to the sketch and paint bright colours. I really like to use black and white photos as they give you tonal values as well as more scope for your imagination.
After having been invited to do a 7 day watercolour challenge by Alice Cox Humphreys an artist from New Mexico through the Facebook worldwatercolourgroup, I have decided to do a portrait sketch inspired by photos from newspapers or magazines lying around .The rule is to nominate another artist everyday to do the same “to keep the watercolour flowing”…
I decided to sketch today in my moleskine sketchbook using an 8B graphite pencil and my prize winning small watercolour set which I got last year thanks to the public vote for best watercolour ( Hangar group show with over 800 visitors)