Monday, 16 January 2017

Scarves!

Liz painted this beauty

The first session of the Aquarellistas in 2017 was dedicated to Scarves! We used real ones and pictures, and because are all patterned it was quite a lot of work. Most will be finished next time, but I really want to show them in this stage as they are already absolutely fabulous!

 Colourful and strong like the lady herself: Bev's scarf

 Michele C's soft colours working so well for this kind of subject!

Agnès painted a real still life of fabulous shawl & vase
 

 Laura has been away for a couple of years but surely hasn't lost her touch...

 Our man André considered painted a scarf and then decided on a pair of old boots.


Michele F. is working on the starters' exercises and spent last Tuesday afternoon experimenting with spheres. Look how great these look - and notice how the ones without shadow seem to 'float'

 Carol started a painting of one of our favourite subjects - the candyjar. She has just started but I can see it is going to be very good and special

Sandra did some excellent work on her 'Essence of Amy' and it is the best from the series so far

And last but not least, Elia's beautiful kitten with butterfly... the spatter-pattern was created with a toothbrush!

Monday, 19 December 2016

The last watercolours of 2016 - by the Aquarellistas

In our last session before the Christmas break, a lot of great work was done!! I will post it all, hoping it will help you get through the dark, watercolour-less days of December... Just kidding of course!! Or am I?
 Fabulous 'Journey to the centre of the earth'-inspired watercolour by Agnès. Read more about it in her blog: https://hobbysketcher.com/


 Another painting inspired by 'Voyage au centre de la terre' - not yet finished but already super interesting! Painted by André.

 And last but not least - Elia's exciting painting of the entrance  towards the center of the earth!

 André did finish his ballet shoes. They look as if they have really worked hard, like ballet shoes should! Well done

 Carol already finished hers last week - but I had to post the picture of her ballerina shoes after being framed: Despite my crappy photo you can see that they look breathtaking!!!

Sandra's 'Essence of Liz' now complete and finished. Great work!!!

 And next in the 'Essence' series will be... Amy!
The lunacy is already there and the resemblance is coming too - can't wait to see the next stage!
  Carol brought her son Alfie and as you can see from his first ever watercolour (!) he inherited his mother's talent...

 Michele's second exercise, washing and then giving volume with flowing colours and patterns. Well done! Michele clearly understands what this is about...


Tana started with her first rose. It is so delicate and fragile, fantastic!

And after a good scrub Tana's still life with grapes looks even better!

What a beautiful girl, painted by Sylvie. The combination of the intense look and the soft lips is fascinating...

And last but by no means least this fabulous blackbird painted by Carol. She has such a beautiful, soft style, very appealing!




Monday, 12 December 2016

Faces, Funghi and Fantasy with a journey to the centre of the earth...

Interesting faces on the watercolours of today! Sandra has almost finished this famous face (Liz) - and started with the next challenge: Amy! The picture of the first wash was so light that I will keep it for next time, but it promises to be very interesting...

 Sylvie as always very active, finished not one but two faces of mysterious and beautiful people

This great 'perspective from above' comes from Celina - as always a bit different from everyone else! I love it, so original!

Sylvie's pink mushroom, now perfected...

Not completed yet, lots of masking fluid still on, but very interesting already, this expression of the journey to the center of the earth by Elia!





And a really good version, by Michele... Her light colours work out so well for this subject...

Brigitte is the new kid in town and here's how she tackled the abstract colour-exercise! Amazing huh!


Same artist - Brigitte with a fabulous start of the washing & volume exercise...
And then last but certainly not least, the two heroes who painted the still life of my old ballet shoes, and both did an amazing job!!
Carol took the least-worn pair to create this breathtaking and subtle painting.

André painted the worn pair and gave them a lot of character. Well done both!

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Girls, Great Santas, Grapes & other Goodies: In Watercolours!

Another great watercolour session in the Hangar - with the usual suspects - and a new talent!

 
 Sandra's fabulous Liz Taylor to be finished before Christmas!

André painted the Lady with Flowers at home - but he deserves a mention for it! So well done - reminds me of an old Indonesian tapestry

 This painting was also created by André - in the Hangar. He gave his own interpretation of a black and white picture. Good work!!

 You'll see several paintings of Anna-Karin in this post, because -shame on me- I forgot to take pictures.😳 Making it up to her now...

Very Serious Santa cat with antlers, by Elia 

 This Santa Cat by Agnès is So Fluffy

 
Elia also finished her pinguin reflection - love it!

And the funniest and sunniest Satin Santa (taking a selfie here) was created by Michele!

Anna Karin painted this colourful mosaic-like fir tree for her December greeting cards

Although she planned to just add a couple of brush strokes to it, Tana couldn't help herself and worked admirably concentrated on her grapes-still life, and the result is fantastic, it has the atmosphere of a classic fresco!

 O, a painting by Anna Karin! The chestnuts she painted a month ago now have a very typical A-K background which works so well!

 Liz finished her painting of Portofino (that's what it was!) and we all agree that it is superb and sunny -and those boats! Wonderful Work Liz!!



 And then there's a new kid in town - Brigitte! She started with the assessment exercise and did an almost perfect job there!

 
 And then she started the colour catching exercise - and this is the first round - Very good again!

... more next week...


Monday, 28 November 2016

Aquarelle-Tuesday from 2 - 4.30pm - with Marina

 Mushrooms & Much More...
 Last week there was a board meeting in the Hangar, and we didn't have time for a 'line up'. I promised to write my comments about the paintings in our blog, so here they are...

 Celina painted these cantharelles - they have her clear and determined signature - and don't they look tasty!

André's 'mother and baby' mushroom has worked out so well! With an extra compliment for the dewdrops

Sandra's wild mushroom is now finished - there are 5 animals in it, click  the pic toenlarge and find them...
 
 Michele's autumn picture (L) is almost finished, she used light colours and they Are Working! My only remark would be, to leave parts white only on the sunny side for a slightly more 'logical' picture (R, photoshopped)... 

This is the feeling of October in Sweden - created by our Swedish correspondent Bibbi! So full of atmosphere and of a natural simple beauty...
  
And how about these old pots with hydrangeae, by Cathie! Another masterpiece for the flowershop, almost finished (some shadows still needed)

Carol finished her Oil paint tubes still life - and it is amazing! So well done - nothing but compliments!

Liz also worked on her tube still life, added a couple of tiny shadows - and now it is perfect. Interesting by the way to see the different styles of the two artists!

Magnificent reflection of a winterpinguin with Santa hat! By Elia B. -who else - funny and so well-painted

Another funny one, by Michele, of Santa taking a selfie. She will finish it next time, adding more contrast and details, but the funniness is already in!
 
 Colourful Kingfisher by Sylvie. She will lift some of the blue to show the feathers better, add a shadow here and there and then it will be finished!

 Apart from the tube-still life, Liz started a view on the colourful village of Amalfi (Manarola?) Funnily enough it looks quite wintery in its unfinished stage, next week there will definitely be more sun in it!

André worked on this 'Roaring Twenties' girl - it's looking promising already! Hair and hairband need to be painted, and then some work on the hand and the shoulder. Plus some details...

Lovely still life with grapes by Tana. Looks like the effect of salt is now completely under control - great! I love the soft shine on the grapes - and look forward to seeing it finished, with shadows in place...

Agnes started another wonderful painting of a classic car - look at those wheels!!!! If you want to see it finished, click here to go to her blog 

 And the new girl in town (Michele 2) fit in immediately! She did her starters exercise really well and did an extra one with complementary colours!