Striking building in Le Cannet

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Lovely building in Le Cannet done in my usual style in watercolour and ink. So many interesting subjects to paint in this village attached to Cannes.

Le Cannet : Le mur des amoureux de Raymond Peynet

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I have started a series of watercolour paintings this Summer about the small village of Le Cannet North of Cannes. I go there on a  regular basis and enjoy very much working with a theme.

This painting is inspired by a very famous fresco done on the façade of an old house in 1990 by the illustrator Raymond Peynet and the painter Guy Ceppa .

“Le mur des amoureux” (the wall of lovers”) has become an inevitable stop for newly-weds, a symbol of joy representing a united couple flying over the Garden of Eden.

Visitors to the gallery In the Old Town part of Antibes 19 bis rue St Esprit

Marina Kulik  (www.marinakulik.com) came to visit the gallery yesterday and as a watercolour teacher at the Hangar art centre (www.hangarart.org) she looked at my watercolours with her expert eyes to my great pleasure and gave me nice feedback ! Two more friends came at the same time and we had a relaxing cup of tea…What a great afternoon ! Walking to the gallery along the ramparts with magnificent views and sunny weather was fabulous… Please do come and visit the exhibition still open Monday to Friday from 3pm to 5pm up till the 16th March. Furthermore, I will attend the gallery (see map below) next week on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th same time and I will bring my watercolour sketching set to paint there in the company of Annette Von Borstel the artist and gallery owner. Hope to see you soon and thank you for your support !

Marina at the gallery export3 happy girls in the gallery export

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The manufacturing of wine barrels in Bercy, Paris.

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Bercy village today in Paris is a very trendy shopping centre which was built in the 1990’s . In the past Bercy used to be an important wine market. This sketch is done from a vintage black and white picture. I chose a main colour which evoked wine . I know some people use wine to replace watercolour but this is not the case :  I don’t think I would have obtained the same transparency and  and I am not sure  the paper of my sketchbook would have taken it well…