Monday, 16 July 2018

Balls Bags Bottles & Brushes! In Watercolours of course

Shona's fab spheres

We had a great session last week, with new and returning Aquarellistas -  and great stuff was achieved. But I also had a board meeting and it was very hot - and that's my excuse for not taking enough pictures!! I am sorry and will make it up to you next post. I can tell you that the above spheres by Shona are just gorgeous, but also Avril and Lydia created super cool ones, that I cannot show you now. Hopefully come later!  
They were joined by Cassie, and the 4 of them started the doodling-washing-voluming exercise, results in next post too 😝
There was a still life with straw baskets, that Marie-Claire and Vanessa worked on, with lovely result:
 Vanessa's Version
 Marie-Claire's... Not yet finished but it is going to be super! that scarf really adds something!

Michelle started a watercolour of a complicated and delicate flower and did a good job on the first brush strokes (her painting is much better than my photo of it).  Next time she will bring out the beautiful blue a bit more by changing the background...

And last but not least, we continued with the Bottle and Brush challenge! 
 Next new Aquarellista, Dee, started hers - and it's already a winner!

 Brenda continued with hers with fantastic progress! Will probably finish next week!

  Sylvie M. is contemplating a blue-green version and practiced a little bit on the bottle on the left. Love It!
And Vanessa tweaked hers while her still life was drying; Wonderful light version!

Monday, 9 July 2018

Bottle & Brush Challenge continued + misc!

This is what I saw when I downloaded the 'bottle & brush' results for the blog... seeing all those fantastic real glass bottles really made me proud and happy! 

And here below they are on a larger scale - look and enjoy, they are awesome (with more to come) - and also have a look at Cathie's posts on the facebook page FRENCH RIVIERA ART



Brenda! (discussion on Facebook still hot: should she go on or stop now...)



 Vanessa! (not yet finished - so will be even better)

Isabelle! (not yet finished - so will be even better)

 Sylvie M!


And then there were some ongoing projects like
 Bev's view on Piazza Ducale (going to be awesome!)

Abstract flowers by Sheila...

Summer with the kids - another brilliant painting by Carol-who-will-now-start-with-the-bottle&brush challenge!!

Monday, 2 July 2018

the Bottle& Brush challenge AKA 'Is It a Painting or Is It a Photograph'

Last week Cathie was 'Chief Aquarellista', and to the delight of all, she started  
"The Bottle & Brush Challenge".

It is all about this picture, posted on the Facebook group 'French Riviera Art' with the question - is this a painting or a photo?! The replies varied from"'certainly a photo!!" via "not really sure" to "looks like a painting to me"... Whatever it is, it is definitely a fantastic image, showing that moment in which the transparent paint hits the water. The weird thing however is that nobody can find the answer to the question 'is it a painting'. So Cathie (in the "it's a photo"-camp) decided that the painters should be able to prove that it is a painting.

And there's the challenge! This will all be explained and organised in the near future via the Facebook Group, but some Aquarellistas already gave it a first try. Both Cathie and I are very impressed with the results sofar!! It is truly awesome how Real they all look. Respect!!

 Sylvie M



Sylvie D.


Brenda finished her Tuscan view - I think it is breathtaking! 

Fantastic Flower - great work, by Patience (who else?!)

And before starting the Bottle&Brush challenge, Hélène finished her sunset through a glass... 
Very well done!
Thank you Cathie for your time & help & excellent ideas & input!!

Monday, 25 June 2018

5 Aquarellistas, 5 Subjects

It was not crowded last session - almost all Aquarellistas were elsewhere! But we had a fantastic, creative and energetic afternoon with Helene, Cathie, Sandra, Bev and myself.
We discussed all kinds of interesting art-related subjects and each of us painted different subjects - with so much pleasure!

Hélène worked on this amazing sunset through a glass...

...Cathie painted more on the cup and saucer watercolour...

 ...Sandra painted this small and colourful graphical composition...

 ... While Bev started an enormous challenge with the Piazza Ducale in Vigevano (we went there during the hangar Springtrip) as subject...
...and I painted hands....