Monday, 16 October 2017

Babuschkas, Matriosjkas, Nesting Dolls? - o well, great watercolours!

 Celina's two nesting dolls - so lovely and as always, original, colourful and well executed

We proceeded with the nesting dolls - and I love what everyone did with them! They are so cute and attractive. I had a new set with me that had at least 9 babies, the smallest one only 1 centimeter - but still completely painted, with eyes. Amazing. But it only served as an example, because the patterns you see here are imagination!

Liz's impression. Well done (can't wait to see it when the masking comes off) and per-fect depth in the fallen half!

Patience finished last week's setup by adding a darker background to bring the heads out.

Brenda chose  graphic patterns - with the exception of the tiny baby in the foreground...

the previous session, Anna Karin created the version above. We all loved it, but she was not happy with the composition and created a second version (below) equally well done. I still prefer the first one, how about you??

As always, there were also other projects going on:
Sylvie D. started an exciting painting of a backlighted ballet dancer! Next time she will fill in the details, can't wait!!

Sylvie M. has a commission, she has to create a colourful painting, for someone who loves sailing... Mission  Accomplished! Looking great already...

Patience was sitting across Sylvie M. and while waiting  for her watercolour to dry, she fast-sketched this portrait. 'Sylvie in leopard skin'. The leopard is very subtle! But the portrait is actually very good!

 Our new star: Audrey! She has no real experience with watercolour painting yet created this dreamy landscape with a big magic tree...

 This is a try-out by Anna Karin, she used a pieco of my 'Amsterdam Torchon' and randomly put Ultramarine, Ochre and Orange. The Ulramarine has granulated, and with the texture of the paper gives such a fabulous effect! As if she used salt, only she didn't... an effect to remember

 And on the other side of the spectrum: a delicate bunch of roses, in a chrystal vase, by Brenda!

Monday, 9 October 2017

Nesting Dolls - Matriochkas

That was fun: I found a set of nesting dolls and put them randomly on a wooden box - and that was our subject. And we decided to give them our own patterns. We'll do more of this next time we see each other - because most wanted to finish previous projects first, but what was created was superb!

 Celina's patterned dolls. Lovely and bright, very characteristic

Anna Karin painted this awesome set - with an unbelievable light! Very inspiring.

And Patience created an accurate, lighthearted and funny impression of the dolls with background

 Patience also proceeded with her broken plate - and is now contemplating the colour of the female figure... Will it be green? or red? watch this space...!

 The other week we were 'Ken Thrifting' and Brigitte, thorough as she is, spent one more hour tweaking it to perfection! I think not even Ken would know that it isn't his...

 this mixed media-painting (watercolours and ink) by Sandra started out as broken china, but is now so much more! I need to make a better picture but the detail is great - and the wet in wet is soooo deep...

Awesome portrait by Sylvie - mannn is she making progress! and apart from the portrait and the accessories, I am in love with the 'borders' on the right and the left. I want to see more!

 Work in progress - I know what it is gong to be and it is going to be awesome! (hint: the black dots are masking fluid, so they are not strawberries 😊

Brigitte started a masking fluid project - with leaves. Can I say that it is already interesting? It is not at finished yet, but I am so curious what will come out when the masking comes off...It will be a multi-leveled painting, a bit like batik. Well done!!

And as so often we finish with another fabulous painting by Cathie, this time a composition of little bells. Not yet completed but already True Eye candy!!

Monday, 2 October 2017

Broken China Watercolours

Anna Karin painted this awesome picture of a broken china plate. Did you realise how fantastic broken stuff can look?

Something from our wonderful Hangar kitchen fell & broke and there we had our subject for Tuesday! Something came up just before the end and I had to leave in a rush, and I am sorry, but I do not have pictures of all the beautiful work that was created! But here is at least some - and it is so worth your while!

Not finished, this helmet by Sandra. It will be broken too in the next stage - but I show it for the background! Impressive!

 Fabulous broken crockery by Celina - it is so 3D! And has great colours...

 Behind the broken bowl, we had the rest of the still life, with roses and unbroken bowls... Agnès chose that - and I think it is truly amazing, especially the contrast of the roses against the dark background...

 Carol painted this still life in her typical 'soft' style. It is so peaceful and deep! I love it.

Both really good impressions of the actual subject! I am in awe with the execution of both versions, by resp. Carol and Liz.. Big compliment!!

And last but by no means least, the broken china by Patience, with a deeper meaning no doubt. The female figure will get a colour in the next stage. Stay tuned for more!!

Monday, 25 September 2017

Inspired by Ken Thrift

Liz' Ken-inspired painting... I find it Fantastic!!

In general we choose a new subject every week, and alternate between 'figurative' and 'abstract'.
Here you see the results of 'being inspired by Ken Thrift'. Based on an article in l'Art de l'Aquarelle where he explains how he creates his watercolours... : start with a light, loose drawing. Then add a  light background. Let yourself be led by that to add the darker and brighter colours. Then draw the details with Chinese (black) ink. The results were so cool - and surprising!

Brenda's Abstract n°1

Brenda's abstract n°2

Brigitte hasn't finished yet, but it is already awesome!

Both Sylvie and Patience chose the painting in which a Bedouin-like figure is visble on the right...
Always amazing to see the different styles and interpretations!!

Of course there were also other projects going on. Brenda finished her abstract mushroom and I somehow forgot to take a picture... Next time maybe. And then some pottery:

Sylvie in her signature blue - with very attractive background!

Brigitte finished her still life with pots - there's plenty of clever little things in there, and also a lot of hours!!

And Carol with another brilliant still life, I am seriously impressed!!

Anna Karin is back! To get into the groove again, she worked outside and painted the Hangar trees, with mars black. With her big brush. The style is so unmistakably hers! I'm happy she joins us again, to add another, different take on expression!

And Liz took her gorgeous steering wheel a step further. It is so well done, symmetrical and metal versus wood! I love it.

PS1: If you miss your turtle, go have a look on because that's where I posted them
PS2:Now that I have your attention, could you all go to our Aquarellista Facebook Page and LIKE and LOVE and AWE the work? I am posting like crazy but it doesn't score as well as I had hoped...

Monday, 18 September 2017


Last week our subject du jour was 'Sea Turtles'. Just Because. Also, they are very interesting - and I have once in my life actually seen one in the middle of the Ocean, in a storm: he (or she) paddled calmly past us. And made quite an impression. They are ancient creatures, around for over 100 million years, from the time of the dinosaurs. I learned from Agnès that they cannot retract their flippers like other turtles. Well, and they are absolutely beautiful, intelligent and full of expression!
All of us worked on doing them justice in watercolours  - and I think that worked out! Here are the results:
 Doreen painted a baby sea turte of (as she called it) "a whole new species". She experimented with salt, very brave!

Brenda's turtle looks mildly at us while swimming...

This sea turtle was painted by Bev, 'Diving' movement very well achieved!

Celina's turtle - almost finished... I love her clear lines and the contrast between the flowy background, the interesting back and the almost mosaic-like flippers and head
Dave painted this friendly giant turtle - with a beautiful aura. Quite an achievement: it was his very first painting in watercolours!!

Another gorgeous sea turtle, by Elia. This one high up in the sea. Perfect use of salt and colour. I hope to show you the finished version next post! 

Sylvie already painted a sea turtle some time ago, but she started a new one in a new style, with pleasure!

This colourful version was painted by Agnès, I love it! For the story behind it, check out her blog
And last but by no means least, Patience painted this amazing fast andenergetic turtle... he swims just under the surface, and the sun shines!