Monday, 17 July 2017

Quotes & Characters - in Aquarelle

 Elia's heartbreakingly beautiful rememberance plaquette for 14th of July

Last Tuesday we worked on large, self-made fonts, combined into texts, poems - and quotes. It is seriously interesting to create them in watercolours. That way the colours are flowy and spontaneous, adding an unexpected 'swing' to the rigid structure of a font...

 Great quote by Liz - looking as if they are the backs of a stack of books... Painted with watercolours over writing in masking fluid!

 The word "LOVE" in Thai... eh, that's what we hope 😝... Lots of fun about this text because it may just as well mean 'Buy our excellent chicken soup'. Also by Liz - and again watercolours, this time of the wet-in-wet variety, with masking fluid (to be removed)

Pre-pre stage of Elia's Remember Nice-painting: she wildly threw big splashes of watercolour paint on the paper and this great bubble appeared!

 Sandra created this painted poetry, with a delicate light and atmosphere - also beautiful poem in her handwriting - but unfortunately not readable in this picture (so sorry)

And last but not least - our correspondent in Bretagne Michele is back from her travels and painted this excellent text!! I love it, and not only because it is my name, it is also playful and colourful and funny...

And of course also other work was started, continued or finished!
Brenda continued with her abstract mushroom

 Sandra is working on this still life with spring onions, note the orange reflection

After spending a lot of time on finding the best quotes, Carol decided to first work on another still life. Going to be a gorgeous one!!
 Pots and jars come naturally to Sylvie. She started with this beautiful transparent set - elegant!
Sylvie also worked on her 'Texture' painting, a combination of waterclours and acrylic, with an irregular gesso fond. I love the stripey fence...

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Texture Tuesday!

Last week Tuesday Cathie once more hosted the Tuesday session and she organised a wonderful experimental afternoon, thinking outside the watercolour box. She called it 'Texture Tuesday' and it was a great success, to be repeated!The group used canvas that was treated with watercolour gesso, salt, acrylics, brou de noix (walnut stain)  Here are some pictures + her comments:

"So many different experiments going on from everyone. 
A very concentrated group, with Bev out of shot."

 Agnes brought in her finished Canadian monument. 

 Brenda re-created the subject portrait painting using acrylic on a watercolour gessoed canvas. 

 Sylvie used acrylic & salt on a board to make her pillar & sea scene. (Not finished)

  Michele experimented with salt & lots of watercolour & brou de noix.

 Cathie's 1 minute experiment putting watercolour on gesso. Plus brou de noix. She says: "It has potential use. Can’t wait to try it again with more time & thought."

 Beverly used pastel, rubbed back a lot then added watercolour & salt for her old wooden door.

 Carol used watercolour, salt and brou de noix to make this amazing old wood with nails & a lock.

Agnes made streaks in the gesso before it dried, which was a super easy way to create the effect of wood grain. Finished with a green/gold pot.

 Elia used a gesso board to create this pretty pot & says she loves texture now & that the colours are a lot stronger on this base than using watercolour paper.

Liz had an amazing painting, after 5 minutesof  using watercolour on a watercolour gessoed board. She went on to add acrylic at the end. As expected she is a big fan.

Cathie: "What an amazing and interesting mix of mediums, with interesting results. Everyone enjoyed the experiment and everybody created texture in one way or another. I certainly enjoyed watching and I am very proud of the results." 

Marina: "couldn't agree more - it all looks very lively and free! Thank you so much Cathie for taking over and making it such fun for everyone!"

Monday, 26 June 2017

Mushrooms & more...

Cathie hosted another zen Tuesday afternoon and the subject du jour was 'Weird Mushrooms'. We're talking shape and colours, not effect on your perception of course... They are often pretty abstract and therefore it is easier to be inspired by them, instead of copying...
She sent me pictures of the results and I am impressed!

Brenda finished another painting and started this intricate play of lines, which will next week become a full colour aquarelle inspired by complicated funghi

Michele painted these mushrooms, very well done! She used masking fluid and experimented with salt

André created a whole composition of brightly coloured mushrooms. I love the purple ones!

Last week there were bougainvillea, but also 'Weird Flowers' for inspiration. Elia used one of those to paint this stunning luminous flower

Agnès is back from Canada and started this true challenge of a monumental building, full of detail... She will add colours next time. Can't wait to see the results!!

 Brenda also added a bit of colour to het view on Lucca. Looking great. And finished!

 Sylvie finished her painting of an old door - and started with a new one. 
A high production as always - and 'garden pots' are clearly a great subject for her!!

Monday, 19 June 2017

Bougainvillea Branches

 This still life with fantastic vase and bougainvillea branches was set up by Cathie for Tuesday's mini-group...

 ...and painted by Liz -in psychedelic style with a hint of Shirley Trevana...
 ...and Carols' version, with a fantastic vase and looking so surrealist with these misty flowers...
... Cathie painted another set of suitcases. 
Take a good look and try to see their expressions...

Monday, 12 June 2017

Imaginary Garden Pots

What fun last Tuesday! It was a splendid, sunny afternoon, we got together, ate Brigitte's fantastic birthday waffles and painted garden pots. Not from pictures and only lightly helped by a couple of pots on the table that were meant to give an idea of the shapes. Actually, this is what that that looked like exactly:
 Bev sat down and painted the randomly put down pots. And managed to make them look pretty good!!
The other paintings are all coming from the Group's imagination, inspired by what was on the table, and sometimes with light influences of artists like Shirley Trevana and Mary Fedden....

 Sylvie painted this gorgeous looking bunch, with the use of a pinch of salt and lots of dark Mediterranean shadow!

 Carol's Big and Bold vases - yet her style is still recognizable!

John-Carol's-brother was our guest star. Never done watercolours before in his life - well, he must have it in his genes because this looks pretty amazing! And original!

Brigitte painted without an exercise to hold on to, and look what happened... the painting is not yet finished, but it has  potential for a  true Shirley-type composition!

Sandra worked on the Mary Fedden-inspired watercolour with distorted perspective. Great to see that the perspective is used for its shape and not to suggest depth - and that it attracts attention that way. Can't wait to see the finished painting!

André worked with a tiny brush on most of this big painting, the paint pot doesn't look out of place at all and he managed to almost finish it! I'm curious what has been painted with that red  paint...

And last but not least Liz, who worked with her typical bold gestures, and a delicate flower here and there. Also she must have been slightly inspired by Shirley Trevana, created shapes from empty spaces, and transparency where it can't be there. Interesting! Look forward to seeing it finished...

If you are missing paintings here - I am so sorry! I don't have them here, but will put them in asap. Of course it also means that you have actually read this post! Thank you so much for that!
 Brenda used her Aquarellista time to finish two drawings for our big Théoule exhibition in September and October (more about that later!) They are drawn in Lucca while we had our painting trip - and are both accurate and funny!

NB: I will be away for 3 weeks, doing art-projects abroad! Cathie will host the aquarellista sessions and I will still send out 'Weeklies' and post blogs - remote!

Monday, 5 June 2017

Beautiful Wild Flowers - in aquarelle

Anna-Karin has gone to Sweden for the summer, and the last watercolour she made during the Zen afternoon is so fabulous! The flowers, leaves and the diffused light are painted in a way that makes you smell the forest. Fantastic. Looking forward to September when we see you again A-K!

 Sandra used wild flowers and wild leaves for this painting. She put watercolour paint on them and pressed them on the paper. A great idea, and yet another experiment that makes me want to see more of that!

 Bev painted the bunch of wild flowers that we had in our still life and combined it with the sunflower from her own imagination. The result looks so very summery...

 André worked on his watercolour/ink painting of the square of Mouans-Sartoux! I think it worked out very well, it is a playful and light picture. Well done!

This modern industrial landscape by Liz  is not yet finished - the masking fluid is still on it. Yet it is already so good! The reflections, the crane, the bridge... I can't wait to see it in the next stage.

 Bev also finished her cherries... They look so yummy - both the actual cherries and the reflections

Sylvie finished a painting of an antique blue glass vase. She has really caught the irregular, slightly faded features of such a vase - using salt. 

NB - Cathie al-most finished the suitcases, you'll have to wait another week to see the final version - but I can tell you, they are absolutely amazing - and already sold!!

Monday, 29 May 2017

Paintings in Progress

A relaxed Tuesday watercolour-afternoon - with many different works in progress! 
Always interesting to see what everyone comes up with

Cathie is working on the amazing texture of old leather suitcases. I love the smiling one (not yet finished). Sandra and I also found a hidden cartoon-beaver in this painting! Do you see it?

Michele has finished all starters exercises and is doing well with the advanced painting-group. Also, she is taking time to document the things she discovers! Such a good idea... It is now officially part of the actual program, thank you Michele!
Here's Michele's painting in progress... a typical 'wet-in-wet' landscape.

Romantic Roses by Tana - also a big compliment for the transparency of vase and water!

 Here's the next profile photo of our Facebook page - an 'inbetweeny' by Anna Karin. Like with the previous version, the background is so deep and far! And it is abstract. Well done, love it.

 Anna Karin is in clearly in natural abstraction mode! Here her 'Slot Canion' and below the predecessor of our Facebook profile picture... Interesting!
Brigitte worked on a second transparency exercise, also very seriously doing the 'solvège' for colours!
It was great to see Vanessa again. She worked hard and smart on olives and lavender - to be used as decoration of menu cards for a wedding. Bougainville and Oleander coming up, for the other tables...

Sylvie created the second version of her lion, this one (not yet finished) will be much more light and sensitive...