Pumpkin and rose hip on marble table

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I bought this beautiful pumpkin because it had a wonderful  orange pattern contrasting with its blackish peel. I added rose hips for the composition and set up this still life on a marble bistro table top to add more texture. With Halloween approaching , this pumpkin could be carved  into a lantern, but it is so nice to look at that I will keep it as it is !

Le Hangar Exhibition in Theoule-sur-Mer

3 paintings

Come and meet me at Theoule-sur-Mer

Espace Culturel  9 Avenue Charles Dahon

on Saturday 7th October from 2.30 pm till 6.30 pm.

I would be delighted to see you and show you this beautiful group exhibition and my 3 watercolour paintings !…..

Exposition 25 “Les artistes du hangar”

Exposition 25 "Les artistes du hangar"
  • Date de début:dimanche, 24 septembre 2017
  • Date de fin:mardi, 10 octobre 2017
  • Lieu:Espace culturel, Théoule-sur-Mer

EXPOSITION LE HANGAR CENTRE DES ARTS
ESPACE CULTUREL
80 artistes membres du Hangar exposent au total 180 œuvres.
Du 24 septembre au 10 octobre
10h30-13h / 14h30-18h30
Entrée libre

Seagull in Antibes

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A huge seagull looking at passers by at Antibes old town ramparts. The light was particularly warm giving this pinkish tone to the sea. I got a very close look and it did not seem to mind thankfully ! I know in general that seagulls can be quite aggressive specially if you happen to eat something..; All I had in hand was my mobile phone… not so appetizing!

Playing with texture.

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I used a traditional watercolour paper and put on top some gesso. Once dried, I made the wood effect scratching the gesso and glazed over with watercolour.

The cauldron got the veined effect of the gesso too. It was a fun exercise to do and gesso as a base can be imprinted with any design to obtain a more textured painting.

Classic car the MG and its romantic story

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This MG has a particular personal story for me as I was driven in it to the Town Hall first then to the church in a hilly Provençal village on my wedding day  ! I did a painting of that particular church in my blog last year if you want to get the feeling of the place … At the time, the MG had a warm yellow ochre coat and later, after having been sold  to a member of the family, was transformed with this beautiful British Racing Green colour which makes it even more appealing. I took a picture of it in the sunshine and you can see the reflection of the sun in the changing green tones. I like the effect of watercolour in its shadow still imbued with light.  Doing that painting was a real travel in time for me and reminded me of a very happy event indeed…

Coffee grinder

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I love the smell of fresh coffee beans being ground in an old coffee grinder like this one which reminds me of my childhood.

The appeal for this subject was to have different textures made with watercolour techniques like stipling for the ground coffee and the effect of old metal with its reflective characteristic.

Magnolia

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Magnolia trees are blossoming everywhere at the moment. It is a joy to see them every spring. I chose to do a very strong coloured background to give more depth to the picture.These flowers are very solid looking and they last for a long time for our greater pleasure. They are supposed to have a lemony scent but when you approach them, it is not really what comes first….

Spring is in the air !

white blossom

White blossoms have always had a magical appeal, so pure and so fragile at the same time. White blossoms don’t stay long and we have to make the most of them while they last. I had fun using warm colours to give the impression of first warm sun rays and a feeling of glorious days to come.The leaves appeared as negative shapes which I transformed into plausible features in this painting.

Still life with glass bottles and fruit bowl

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A very classical theme done in a modern style . I was inspired by the picture taken of a still life set up at the Hangar art centre (near Grasse) by Pim the art teacher. It was originally destined to be used during a drawing class. I approached it as a set of objects with bright and transparent colours. The light shining through was the real subject for me.