Beauty and the beast : My version

La belle et la bête

This is my interpretation of  “Beauty and the beast”. I particularly loved to do the beast out of my imagination. I feel sorry for the creature and it is repulsive enough but not frightening…. just the right combination for the story.

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A very wise chimpanzee

Chimp watercolour

For this portrait of a chimp, I did not use my sketchbook as I wanted to do a bigger painting and used instead  a square sheet of watercolour paper .Searching for photos (copyright free) I found such a wise looking little chap that I adopted it straight away. It is strange sometimes to paint animals as they seem to take a life of their own. For this one particularly, I had even a name coming through my mind…

So cute !

So cute

Watercolour and gouache portraits on a unified background. I like to use different subjects to paint and make them appear on a double page as a whole. I try to incorporate elements of design to give a sense of balance to the recto/verso spread of my watercolour sketchbook.

Antibes beach end of June

Antibes beach end of June

I went this morning to my favourite beach in Antibes and sketched people in front of me.

I follow a strategy to go to the beach there :

  • I go early because it is easier to find a parking space
  • There are less people early and it is not so hot
  • I always carry a parasol because as I like sketching I could not do it with a glaring light. Shade is essential not just for the skin!
  • I always swim to cool down and coming out of the water  I “de-salt”myself with the showers conveniently built on the beach
  • I leave the beach mid morning to avoid the heat and the crowd coming in.