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Red peppers in aquarelle

I have been struggling with a fatigue for a few days…it may well be the change of seasons? Just the thought of going out sketching already tires me..so I have been mostly in front of my table, fiddling with small sketches, moistly fruits and veggies, which is usually a good idea when all else fails.

I’ve noticed that I have actually never done red peppers..which is surprising. Et voilà..some red peppers for today.

..red peppers in aquarelle on watercolor block, HP, 18cmx26cm..

Red peppers Aqua

à la prochaine!

Ronelle


This and that in Bretenoux

I try to sketch every time I sit down for a coffee somewhere in a village. Not all my sketches are worth showing. Sometimes my people look like godzillas and my buildings look like mudhuts and sometimes I just sit and mess around with colour, because I simply love color. But, in the end they all serve one purpose. To sharpen the saw.

The sketch below is from different buildings; the top one just being a little pigeonnier that serves as the entrance to a park and the other a door of the church further away.

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One of the things I adore about our old Europe, is the church bells. Even here at Coin Perdu I can hear the church bells ring. Sitting in the old town centres sipping a modern Perrier, while hearing the church belles right next to me, sometimes feel completely surreal. Below is the old church in the center of Brive la Gaillarde, la collégiale St MArtin, dating from the XII th century.

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Some  of this and that in the street of Brive la Gaillade.

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September sketches: la Poste in Bretenoux.

I was enjoying a coffee in medieval Bretenoux with its lovely little cobbled squares and covered alleys. The sun was shining hot and I got tempted into a second coffee and drawing the post office just opposite me. Very lazily of course… as all sun lovers will know…the sun is a happy drug!

I added only a touch of colour, which I quite like, since the linework was very spontaneous and quirky..

Bretenoux

pen in Daley and Rowney watercolor sketchbook

bretnoux la post

à bientôt

ronelle


August sketching 18: Birthday sunflowers.

Is there any gift bigger for a birthday than a sunny day in august and a large bunch of bright yellow sunflowers? so was my birthday yesterday.

And as sketches…my sunflowers captured lazily today as I think I had too much birthday yesterday…

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watercolor and pen in Daler and rowney sketchbook

 

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birthday sunflowers 2

watercolor and pen in Daler and rowney sketchbook

birthday sunflowers 2

à demain

Ronelle


August sketching 15: Kitchen vignette

I did a lot of experimenting today..playing around with inks and rigger brushes, gouache paints and aquarelles. I finally played with  a kitchen vignette in aquarelle and Herbin inks. Not totally happy with the results, so a lot of work waiting  with the inks . the drawing was actually so much better before I added the aquarelle..should’ve stopped there.

vignette cuisine

 


August sketching 10 : Fleuriste à Toulouse..

We were in Tolouse, visiting out children and I had unfortunately only time for one quick catch of a fleuriste when we sat down for a coffee. A figure was standing just in front of us and the fleuriste was across the street…don’t now if that depth and perspective come across on the sketch… and of course the beautiful red brick of Toulouse…la ville rose.

..fleuriste à toulouse, in Stillman & birn Alpha sketchbook, vellum, 22.9×15.2cm

fleuriste toulouse

à demain

Ronelle


August sketching 7: Just half of a porcherie(pighouse) and three cows.

The rain came down by the buckets today. Beautiful of course, the rain, but not when you are on a roll and want to be in plein air, sketching or painting. I drank a cafe at out local café, waited for the rain to stop. Went home, waited for the skies to clear; Had another coffee. Starred out my back door, my only door…and looked into the  old worn porcherie, or old pighouse if you will. It will be fixed up one day, but for the moment its dilapidated charm will be immortalized on paper. Not the best sketch ever, but the goal wasn’t a great sketch today, it was all about the paper..so there we have it. Just half of a  porcherie. And three cows.

..Stillman and Birn Alpha series, vellum surface, 22.9×15.2cm..

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..Close-up of the watercolor on the paper..

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I went for the Alpha Stillman & birn sketchbook today, a real charmer! Much happier than yesterday with the Epsilon. It has a Vellum texture which is satiny an beautiful to work with in watercolors…like the HP of Arches and Fabriano. I like the color and yes…beautiful granulation…see the blue sky in the close-up above. (Even though it was a grey rainy day, I wanted to see what the paper does with cerulean blue which is known for having lovely granulation..on the right paper). The book opens nice and flat and I am surprised at how much water it can actually take, because I worked with even more water today than usual, really giving this little book a challenge. The buckling is present, but as already said, buckling in a sketchbook doesn’t bother me. All in all, a nice book for watercolor sketches and saying that only after one try, says a lot for me. I am an Arches and Fabriano HP fan and it takes a lot to convince me of something else better…or as good! Snob!!

Porcherie aquarelle in Stillman 4559x3161..à demain..

Ronelle


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