I produced a final painting of this scene from Paimpol in Brittany today. The watercolour looks a lot better in reality, I wish I could take professional photographs but I just can’t. I lack the skills necessary. Still, I am happy enough with it, now it’s time to think about the next watercolour and try to improve on previous mistakes.
Month: June 2018
Back in town
I am back in Stockholm so a painting of the city hall seemed like a natural choice of subject.
Arches 26 x 36 cm.
Last sketch from a Paimpol
Ah, I had to leave. My last sketch from Paimpol in Brittany. Back home now and planning for midsummer.
28 x 19 cm Saunders Waterford sketchbook
I wrote on my Facebook page, “If I painted it, you wouldn’t believe it”. We came across this curiosity while out driving not far from where we were staying during our second last day in Brittany. It really was a “WTF” moment. Then after the initial bewilderment of the senses one starts to question, why? Why did they build it there?
La Maison Entre Deux Rochers. Plougrescant, Brittany.
A simple sketch
I realise it is just important to paint or sketch every day. The other day was difficult because of my poor health but just doing a quick sketch makes such a difference to one’s day. Just a simple watercolour can lift the the greyest of days. I feel a lot better now which is great 🙂
Sketched on Saunders Waterford fine grain, 300g 28 x 19 cm
I have been feeling unwell all week which is a shame as I love spending time here in Brittany. Yesterday I was so low in energy but I still tried to be positive and paint from the garden. I am truly spoilt when it comes to beautiful views. I only wish I hadn’t become ill. I suffer from a thing called Fodmap intolerance, I have to be very careful what I eat.
Anyway, this is a quick impression of the view of Paimpol in Brittany from Ploubazlanec where I am staying. 28 x 19 cm.
Sketching in Brittany
It is beautiful here in Brittany. I am staying at my mother in law’s house in Ploubazlanec which is not far from a Paimpol where I painted this plein air sketch. I come here every year and love it every time. The weather can be unstable but I am used to that growing up in Ireland. It is actually hard to create a successful watercolour when there is a blue sky, this is something I have learned over the years.
I was asked to do a painting of Ulf Ohlsson, Catch-Driver of the year 2017 back in January. The deadline was tight and I had 24 hrs to paint a watercolour and get it framed. I succeeded and the client was happy, ….but that is not the whole story. Because of the tight deadline I elected to paint 2 identical watercolours at the same time. This is the reserve, it’s smaller and I finally finished the last few touches the other day.
Plien air painting with Daniel Luther and Pavel Pugachev earlier last week. We painted the view towards the parliament buildings here in Stockholm. It was fun meeting Pavel, he couldn’t speak much English and no Swedish, and my Russian sucks so we communicated through Google Translate. It worked most of the time!