Monday, 15 January 2018

Flamingo's in Watercolours

On our first session in 2018, we did several things - touch base extensively after not seeing each other for a couple of weeks, paint wooden blocks for the Valbonne500 project and paint our subject du jour: Flamingos! And as one of us remarked, they all came out so differently - it is great (and interesting) to see the variety in styles and interpretations of our group! 

Fantastic, graphic painting by Celina. (Opera Rose and Permanent Rose were very popular last Tuesday!)

Liz had a completely different view on the Flamingo and created two portraits of 'Flora Flamingo'
She is so fluffy!! (click image to enlarge and enjoy the fluff)

Wonderful version by Michele - not yet finished, but the colour of the bird is alread perfect!

 Linda's flamingo. She was not delighted with it - but I think she should be. The face of the flamingo is really good. But! The artist decides, so the back of this one will be re-used!

There was also great work done on portraits. By Elia, she started this deep and quiet one, with expressive colours. Can't wait to see it finished!

Sandra is painting a series of portraits, of interesting artists. Artists who are no longer with us. And as you can see, she gives them a lot of character, both by strong expression and the use of unusual and subtle symbols

In the introduction I mentioned the Valbonne500 project. That is about the 500 year anniversary of our neighbour-village Valbonne. We are asked to participate in the construction of a wall, made out of wooden blocks. The wooden blocks are painted on 2 sides, one side represents 'war' and the other side is for 'peace'. Carol, Agnes and yours truly painted with watercolours on the blocks (prepared with Schmincke aquarelle gesso) and it works like a dream - and looks fab! Next week we'll varnish them. The other Aquarellistas will create their versions too - and we will show the results, and then in May, the whole wall, through the village...



Monday, 8 January 2018

Wrap-up of the19-December watercolours...

Just to remind you of the beauty and poetry in watercolours, after the long Xmas holidays, here are the last ones of 2017:
 The calmest early-morning atmosphere you can imagine in Liz's impression of the Taj Mahal.

Completely different, but no less poetic, this painting by Agnes - a fairytale castle and a beautiful girl

 And what about the ambiance with Carol's heron!

 And then the gorgeous, totally velvety party purse with jewelry - painted by Cathie - droolworthy!
Michele painted  great fireworks but somehow the pic of her work didn't come through, so we'll make that up to her next time - no pressure Michele 😅. Anyway, it was a perfect Zen afternoon that ended the Watercolour year 2017. This Tuesday we'll go for a fresh season. Can't wait - and will keep you posted!

Monday, 25 December 2017

Ideas for New Year Greeting Cards in watercolours

The past month some of us have been working on several ideas for Christmas cards - and they have been well-received! But many of you out there don't do Christmas, maybe New Year is more your thing and in that case, you might like to use one of the following 'the new year starts with a BANG!' cards.
1. Agnès experimented with a combination of watercolours, candlewax and black gouache:

Write your wish underneath in a gold or silver or white pen - best card ever!

 2. Using watercolours and Masking Fluid

 Write your wish underneath in a gold or silver or white pen and send!

3. Be inspired by great fireworks pictures:

 This painting by Liz is seriously better that he photo of Florian Gerus! 

And then of course you can let yourself be inspired (or just drool over) the fireworks by famous aquarellistas like Paul Jackson...

...and Alexander Cresswell (Thanks Bev!!)

Monday, 18 December 2017

Watercolour painting in the Hangar

 Carol's still life now finished and awesome!
After a heavy Christmas lunch together with Nelly's oil group, only 5 brave Aquarellistas + yours truly had it in them to paint! But paint we did and it wasn't half bad...
 Michele continued with the bronze candles! The metal works - the ribbon is lovely, only a bit more dark in the background and it will be such a strong aquarelle!

 Cathie is working on yet another impressive piece - this time a delicate velvet purse with amazing jewelry... to be continued, watch this space!

Brigitte worked on her candle below, and while the washes dried, she created more Christmas cards... The candle has come out very strong:

 Michele is very inspired by the gentle flames and started another. To be perfected next week - but already seriously poetic

 Liz is in the fist stages of the Taj Mahal. Such a good drawing! The colours will come - as will the reflection. Watch this space! 

This blog started with Carol's still life, it ends with a very alive heron. The watercolour is not yet finished - but already impressive! 

More  next week when we have our last session of 2017!!!

Monday, 11 December 2017

Candle light in watercolours

 Candlelight and an open Elia B.
Subject du jour: Candle light... The work is not yet done, but some of the half-way finished works are already so awesome... The most important is, that the candle light, yellow as it may be, is the lightest part of the total image. Even the reflection is darker. That said, Elia did not make the reflection darker and  look at her picture (above) Stunning!!
 Brigitte's candle is perfect - in shape and colour, and so is the flame - and it will work even better after she has painted the background!! More next post...

 Sylvie D.'s abstraction of candlelight. As always very original - and high expectations for stage II when the rest of the dark parts is added!! 
Michele C. worked hard on her copper candles. She is not happy yet, but everyone else, yours truly included, immediately recognized the quality - watch this space for the finished aquarelle.

A serious work of art by Carol. What do you think about the deeper meaning here? Makes you think, doesn't it...

 The Christmas cards by Anna-Karin... She made colours of the left one a bit stronger and put wishes for a Merry Xmas and a Happy new year in English and Swedish -click to enlarge!

 The awesome wreath, now perfected, by Michele C. What a fantastic painting it has become. Chapeau Michele!!

 A new card series! This one is created by Brigitte. Well done, the Xmas baubles are very well done! Shadows work don't they?

Other subjects were investigated too! Liz worked on a lighthearted picture of boats huddling together....

 Agnès started this gorgeous butterfly, it brings vague memories of summer...

  Cathie's work... That velvet is amazing. The shadow is not in the painting, it is mine, hadn't noticed, sorry!

 And how about this exciting still life!! 
A stack of books about to fall, a ball of wool about to roll... I see it too now Liz!!

Monday, 4 December 2017

Wreaths in Watercolors

Last week the Aquarellistas painted wreaths. A lovely subject, with so many possibilities for expression! But first I would like to show you a painting by our own great watercolour artist Cathie. I would never have thought that a stack of newspapers would make my heart beat faster - but this one did:
Fan-tas-tic painting by Cathie. Please create more of this!!

Not yet completed but syunning in this stage already, Michele C.'s wreath! She's certainly on a roll...

Celina has been traveling for some time (and will again soon) but she came in last week and worked on her cell. She has really achieved a fantastic effect, I am a fan! Very well done. And it happens to also fit the bill of 'wreaths' by the way 😛

Agnès painted a classic wreath in a very alternative way! You can read all about it in her blog (where I also nicked this photo because it is so much better than mine...)

 Anna-Karin started her own version of Christmas cards in her personal and attractive style...
More of this in the next post!
Michele C. finished her Funny Santa, Brilliant!!

Jane started the cards too - I think the finished tree and the other two are great - but most of all I love the Robin!!

Brigitte is back - and she worked on a couple of Xmas cards to get into it again. 
They will be so nice when they are finished! Next time - the results...

Sylvie D finished  two paintings, the ballet dancer - with a tremendous light, and the falling autumn leaves below, with so much atmosphere!

And we end with a work in progress by Cathie... The velvet is so soft already

NB: Michele F. & Sandra SD's  paintngs were so good - but my pictures didn't do them justice (to put it mildly) So Sorry - I owe them an extensive mention in the next post!