Tag Archive | watercolours

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/

 

Two Paintings

La Betterave 38x50cm

La Betterave
38x50cm

 

Wonky Pot & Co 28x38cm

Wonky Pot & Co
28x38cm

The Main Idea

If you are in Arès during the August session of the pilgrimage, you can find a man who organizes an expressive arts workshop, very laid back, very open with an Arèsian theme. He furnishes art supplies and all are welcome. You can see some of his work here: http://mondechange.blogspirit.com/

My husband and I participated one morning. I decided to do a bit of graphics with the words that sum up the main idea of penitence– love, peace, forgiveness. (There is also freedom from prejudice, judgment, and spiritual intelligence, but it would have been hard to fit all that on the 21x14cm paper.)

ampp graphics

If I keep these words ever present in the back of my mind, they help me change and to change my actions which will change the world.

My husband does not usually do art work. Here is what he did:

l ile bleue

“L’Ile bleue”, the Blue Island (RA xiv/13)

From the notes in the bilingual English-French edition of The Revelation of Arès, here is an explanation of what the Blue Island represents. “The supreme, ultimate refuge of the just man in contrast to the dry island, his temporary earthly refuge. The Blue Island refers to the abode of the souls waiting for Eden to be gradually restored by good men and for God’s Day to make that restoration complete.”

If we practice love, peace-making, forgiveness, freedom from prejudice, developing our spiritual intelligence, we will get to that Blue Island which for the moment seems to be a Utopia, very far off.

Made in the Shade

Chêne place du 8 mai Arès

A hot day, what better place to be  than on a bench under oak trees near the shore?  I tried out something a friend had given me called Inktense, rather like a pastel stick but watercolour pigment.

Latest Work with Couleurs de Bretagne

These were done en plein air for a contest organized by Couleurs de Bretagne.

 

This one was nominated by the jury which is equivalent to being a runner-up.

 

Approchant Mézédern 44x30cm

Approchant Mézédern
44x30cm

 

This one won a prize because it was so far out of the box.  The translation of the title is “This seat is not free.”

 

Ce siège n'est pas libre 44x30cm

Ce siège n’est pas libre
44x30cm