Cherry Blossoms and news

The series that took me on a memory lane tour of the Caribbean sea has been completed! The last piece will be published soon. Meanwhile, I have been quite a busy bee with around the village which is finally in full spring bloom.

During the past 2 weeks, the gardens were absolutely stunning to behold with so many hues and fragrances to turn one’s head! Below is the first piece dedicated to this marvelous spring bounty: Cherry Blossoms.

Cherry Blossom is available on the new Shop on my website as a print. Have a look herefullsizeoutput_1262

 

The best feeling

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Watercolor on paper

Today, I delivered this portrait to its owner which happens to be the model. When she had the piece on a table in good light, she looked at it intensely and did not speak for a long time.

I honestly thought she did not like it, but then something magic happened.

The lady turned towards me and said: “it feels like me.”

I felt such a warm wave of joy running through me because it was exactly what I felt like as I was picking the reference photo and painting the piece.

Truly unbelievable feeling when the viewer “gets you”. πŸ™‚

The hidden labor of creative magic

This year I will participate for the very first time in my local art festival,Β Oxfordshire Art Weeks.

I will be showing in my own studio and that is another first.

I had no idea how much work (and capital)goes into putting up a solo venue!

One of the things I decided to not outsource this time is framing.

Framing is a must for watercolor art as color are brought to shine and depth by a nice glass on the paper (not to mention a good protection from the elements).

I spent all afternoon today cutting the mats for a few pieces (yet another first!) and I have gained a whole new respect for the framers πŸ™‚

It’s hard work!

 

 

Gentle breeze

As heavy rainy clouds have been weighting on the sky over my studio all week, it was very easy to “step” into this painting and feel the warmth of the sun on my skin… wishful thinking painting is awesome! πŸ™‚

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A windy day

The Turks and Caicos are definitely my favorite islands in the Caribbean. Their turquoise waters surpasses even the Bahamas awe. This piece was painted from a sketch taken in Grand Turks.

Available for on my websiteΒ fullsizeoutput_1200

Shallow waters

This little painting takes me back again to the beautiful Bahamas Islands. I go back to my memories of the islands quite frequently these days… possibly as wishful thinking as the gray days of english spring are upon us.

Still, the shallow waters of Half Moon Cay that inspired this painting are an excellent subject to practice and improve my water reflection technique, which is the focus of this years work πŸ™‚img_5571

Island life

One of the most enticing aspects of life in the tropics is the constant contact with sun and water. I find this image (inspired by one of my journeys in the Caribbean Sea) sums up the essence of this constant energy and it make me feel so at peace that I painted it 3 times in different flavors πŸ™‚ The last two attempts in watercolor below.

Oceans – prep sketch

It was a pure joy to sketch and explore the palette for this prep sketch for the Oceans series.

After trying several blues, I found that Phtalo was the best one for my eye as the main color. Phtalo Green, Raw Sienna, Raw Umber and Payne Grey complete the palette.

Water has always been such a challenge to see clearly for me to paint, but this year I have decided to make it my goal to overcome it!

I am very excited about starting out on this series on coastal landscapes!

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Florida Gulf Coast