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Painting and more

Yesterday I went to a contest called Plumes et Pinceaux.  In addition to several art categories, there was one for writing.  This hollyhock inspired me.

 

La Rose Trémière

En passant la riche couleur

          de tes fleurs

          attire mon regard

Rouge soutenue, presque noir

Au bord du trottoir.

Je plonge, je rêve,

          le désire d’avoir

          m’effleure l’esprit.

Peu importe ta branche cassée,

          jaunie,

Tu ne demande pas beaucoup de place

          ni terre fertile,

Tu resplendis tout simplement

          Pour la joie du passant.

 

It was risky for me to write in French unarmed so to speak, no computer, no dictionary, but when I typed it up last night WORD only found two errors. That does not mean there aren’t more.

 

And my painting:

#placetopaint

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Three in a Row, Twice

This past weekend, I participated in an outdoor painting contest three days straight.

First day:

Lumière à tous les étages
65x50cm
Couleurs de Bretagne – Guerlesquin

 

These are called « sitting dogs » and one kind is a « nasturtium ».

 

Second day:

Pour nos grandparents jardiniers

La Martyre

The two watering cans and the stone marked remembrance garden made me think of my grandmother and my father-in-law.  I put some irises and pansies for them.

 

Third day:

A man drew another man who was painting…

…painting a woman…

…who was doing the stairs…

Portail est

Bodilis

1st prize amateur watercolour

 

I am sorry, I do not know the names of the other artists in order to give them credit.

 

For these contests we sign up in the morning, turn in our work around 3 PM.  The jury chooses a winner in each category and then there is a ceremony with exhibit at 5:30.  While I was hanging around the exhibit at Bodilis, waiting for the results, a man told me that I hadn’t drawn much today, and therefore I had not really done any work.  He preferred what I had done at Guerlesquin.  I replied that here, I had not drawn at all.  I really did not expect to win the prize; there were other very skilfully done watercolours in the same category.  You can see photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/couleursdebretagne/albums/72157683905358961/page2

 

 

Ain’t We Got Fun

Something different for me, I volunteered to participate in a traveling sketchbook.  Its theme is recipes.

First I had to translate and convert my recipe; then I had to bake the muffins.  Now I have to wait until the end of today’s fast to eat them.

Now I will return the book so it can go on its way for the filling of the remaining pages.

The thread for this project can be found here:

https://www.flickr.com/groups/urbansketchersfrance/discuss/72157671702237610/

 

Urban Sketching

It was fun to participate in a national get-together of Urban Sketchers in Lorient, France.

They had prepared circuits for each day.  The one for Saturday was in the port area.

I took minimal equipment with me and very much enjoyed myself.  The weather was splendid, albeit a bit windy.  I almost lost my eraser shield gadget. My paintbox kept flipping closed.  Hair was wild.

Here is what I did:  (all A5 format)

A Series of Apples

Don’t carpet your rut, dixit Brenda Swenson.  Ne pas mettre de la moquette dans votre ornière.  Don’t get too comfortable with your usual way of doing things.  Ne pas se contenter de faire comme d’habitude. Choose a simple subject and do it as many different ways as you can.  Choisir un sujet simple et le faire avec autant de techniques que possible. Alors, je suis tombée dans les pommes.

Link to her article:

http://www.danielsmith.com/content–id-876?utm_source=Body&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Web&utm_campaign=030717Swenson

Cinq Pommes I
24x32cm
Conté carrés esquisse

 

Cinq Pommes II
24x32cm   watercolour, no drawing

 

Cinq Pommes III
24x32cm
Staedtler pigment liner 0.6

 

Cinq Pommes IV
acrylic
24x32cm

 

Cinq Pommes V
acrylic
24x32cm

 

Cinq Pommes VI
24x32cm
Diamine Shimmering Ink–Magical Forest

 

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Inktober 24-31, 2016

And so Inktober comes to an end for this year.  With 29 drawings, I attain a participation rate of 93.5%. Little by little, I think my crosshatching is improving.               I hope you have enjoyed seeing these drawings.  Maybe you will give it a go next year. *

Inktober 18-22, 2016