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
Peu importe ta branche cassée,
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:
This past weekend, I participated in an outdoor painting contest three days straight.
These are called « sitting dogs » and one kind is a « nasturtium ».
Pour nos grandparents jardiniers
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.
A man drew another man who was painting…
…painting a woman…
…who was doing the stairs…
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
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:
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)
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:
This gallery contains 8 photos.
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. *