Trees in St Saturnin les Apt, watercolour on paper, 20x20cm
Changing colours, watercolour on paper, 26x20cm
The aubergines in my potager aren’t ready for picking yet, so I had to buy at the market. The first image is my latest painting, and the last three I did some years ago. I don’t think much has changed in my style when comparing these sketches.
Aubergines, watercolour in Stillman and Birn sketchbook
I am busy doing portraits, a subject I haven’t done for quite some time. And I am having fun! They are all done in pen an watercolour.
I don’t have hyacinths in the garden, but I bought some forced bulbs and they ere just beautiful at their peak.I sketched them in watercolor, but struggled. So I left it for a while. Slowly but surely the blooms began to topple over, like hyacinths do and they started turning brownish in their color. no waiting anymore, I had to paint or lose them.
White hyacinth in watercolor
oil on board, 33X40 cm
Some subject are painted again and again and they never look the same, like sunflowers. I have done sunflowers in 2007, then in 2010, 2011, 2014 and now again. they are just wondeful to paint/sketch…the colour alone gives me huge kick when slapping it onto the paper. Sometimes my painting/sketching didn’t work, but I enjoyed painting sunflowers every time. So, before the season runs out, I need to get some sunflowers done in oil…looking forward to that.
Sunflower 1: Watercolour and pen, watercolour block, 30x30cm
Sunflower 2: Watercolour and pen, watercolour block, 3030cm