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February art: Café life.

February is a month in which many stores, restaurants and cafés close for a fortnight, taking their break before spring arrives with all its liveliness. Not much is happening in the mostly grey month of February. Everybody is cocooning and taking Prozac in front of their daylight lamps. Schools are also closed for a fortnight and the whole world goes skiing in February. Tradition. Except…this year is not a great skiing year with snow only on the highest peaks.

In the one café that is open during this month, I enjoyed my coffee and croissant. It is better than Prozac at least. It was stock full of people, being the only bar open in town, with everybody looking for a counter to lean on with their petit noir. I am not a counter girl, I prefer a table and a large one at that for all my clutter.

It is actually great sketching wise, when there are so many people in a bar. Nobody notices you giving him/her the infernal sketching glare, so drawing people is much more relaxed.

 

Streetview opposite café de la Poste in Bretenoux…Just a building across from Cafe de la Poste. I had my young German shepherd, Lindiwe with me who got impatient and I had to speed up the sketching.

Watercolor and Pilot Prera pen in Stillman & birn sketchbook, 22X14.5cm

Cafelife

sketching with Lindiwe

Café life 1, 2 3: In PMU, we all call it Cécile’s bar, life was busy and noisy and sketching went great. The only problem was that my pen got empty and it got more and more difficult to make nice dark lines.

Pilot Prera pen in Stillman & Birn sketchbook, 22×14.5cm

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Cketching at Cecile

5 responses

  1. iolacontessa

    I would LOVE to get MY HANDS on that BOOK of YOURS…………..I wish I had this talent!!!XX

    February 19, 2016 at 10:44 pm

  2. Je me place en file pour ton livre:) A venir:)
    J’ai encore ton enveloppe..:)Une oeuvre d’art du plus haut rang pour moi.
    I applaud your confidence to open up on a table like that..then again..if I painted like you..I just might open up also.
    Bon weekend.

    February 19, 2016 at 10:59 pm

  3. When we read your lines and see your sketches and photos we can feel how much you enjoyed this moment and how much fun you had.

    February 21, 2016 at 5:55 pm

  4. I agree with you: better croissants than Prozac!! 🙂 I love your sketches, they have such movements… your lines such energy… and I love your sense of color! Inspires me to go back to sketching..

    February 27, 2016 at 4:57 pm

  5. What a lovely way to spend February, with fabulous sketches.

    March 13, 2016 at 5:48 pm

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