I love westies

westies

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.

Giraffe

Giraffe

Watercolour sketch done with brush pen and decorative tape in my moleskine sketchbook. I continue doing the animal series with bright colours as there is endless inspiration and fun with this subject matter.

Swan

Swan

I did this sketch using on purpose the elegant writer pen which bleeds when you touch the line with water. I liked the result which gives a watery colour to the feathers.

I found a Thai proverb  matching very well my double spread. Very meaningful!

Frog

frog

Today is a rainy day in the South of France and definitively a good day for frogs!

Interesting facts : Frogs are amphibians and the word “amphibian” comes from a Greek word that means “both kind of lives.” This is because frogs start their lives in the water and then live on land.

The British have been poking fun at the French for their penchant for eating frog’s legs since the 16th century by calling them “frog-eaters,” now commonly shortened to just “frogs.”  But did you know that the Chinese are known to have eaten frog’s legs for millennia, and the Aztecs were partial to them too ?

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

Map Old Antibes jpeg

Autumnal mix

Autumnal melimelo

I had great fun painting this semi abstract mixture of  Autumn leaves. I used a lot the negative painting technique. Marina from the Hangar Art Centre gave me one of the pictures she had to work on. Autumn leaves was the theme of the day. I started with an outline of some of the leaves and then I just made up the others without planning… The end result is completely different from the picture..and I hope you like it !

Friends and and their 2 dogs at Café des Arcades Valbonne

2 dogs café des arcades

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!