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 !
I am exploring new ways to have fun with watercolours using different media. This one was inspired by the bright colours used by the mixed media artist Karlyn Holman in a work in general. I used pastels and watercolours to obtain strong and vibrant colours.
As I was painting these 3 fish, the top trout seemed to jump at me and have a life of its own..Watercolours can truely be magical ! I used some gesso for the bubbles to enhance the textured effect of the background
A bit of sunshine in the middle of Winter with watercolours and crayons.
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.
After an Autumn break, I am back with fresh new original paintings at the English Book Centre in Valbonne village. The paintings feature the shop and its beloved mascot Maggie the dog as well as Valbonne and its surroundings.
I was walking up the street of a Hampshire town early Autumn last year, when I saw these lovely scarecrows for sale just outside of a shop pavement. Not only did they look very cute and not at all scary ….but also not too expensive ! Would they frighten birds away in a field… that is another story. Anyway, I took several pictures of them and decided they would make a perfect subject for a painting.
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.