Watercolor sketches from India!!!!!

I am in India for a while and I can’t believe what I see and what I live. All of it is really stunning! The dreamy atmosphere, the smile of people, the colors, the business… This is so impressive!!

I am really happy to share with you some of my loose work in this colorful and exciting country.
Temples and statues everywhere, bright colors, gorgeous atmospheres… India is a real gift for the painter!

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I am packing for India!!!! (painting gear for my upcoming adventure)

Hey, time really flies!! It’s almost there! 😃

Next week, I will fly to India and will able to enjoy 17 awesome days in a different colorful culture… I am so looking forward to discovering it… and to painting it, of course! 🎨
Plus, I will have the amazing chance to lead a watercolor workshop there and I am so excited about it!! 😝


Leaving for India!! 🕌

Actually, I only made really few trips during these 15 past years and I even realized I have never been out of Europe yet!!
So, I am sure it’s going to be a life-changing adventure for me! Because of India and because of to the watercolor workshop too. 😊 Continue reading

Sketchcrawl day in Lorient

Last Saturday, I went to Lorient, another city in Brittany, to attend the 53rd Worldwide Sketchcrawl! 😃

We were very lucky with the weather, as we were able to enjoy a beautiful sunny day on this 22nd October! ☺️☀️
It was really nice to meet all the other sketchers. There are quite a few that I already know, now, as we met in several Breton cities for some Sketchcrawls or sketching meetings. This is really friendly! 😊


For a good start, in the morning, we found a sunny spot in a lovely square, with some nice houses from the thirties.
I especially liked the shadow casted on the wall but, at last, I really liked sketching the whole scene (btw : the house really was blue).
I am especially happy with the way I managed to add the windows wet in wet. 😌😝😊 And with the granulations. 😉

I was inspired, too, by painting this sketcher in a strong back light, as Hazel Soan does in this video. 😉
I like the urban sketching feeling this addition gives to the page.

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Travel journal. Catch the evocative details!

We reminded ourselves previously how much it is important to include wide views in our travels (and everyday) journals….

But, I am pretty sure that only such big wide views like that couldn’t make a the greatest travel journal on their own. That’s because memories like to hide in simple things, small details and apparently insignificant experiences!  

  I admit I especially like this spread, because of the sardine bones that were here on the page when I sketched this streetscape that I thought was rather successful. Together, they really tell the story of Alvor, a lovely Portuguese fishermans city. ☺️

Thus, it is essential to include these kind of evocative details drawings in your sketchbooks. And I am going to make a confidence… These are often my favorites sketches! Continue reading

Travel journal : the big picture. Wide views sketches!

I just came back from a 12 days watercolor workshop with Marc Taro Holmes and it was a blast!! 😀
Non stop sketching, impressive demos, adorable fellow sketchers, sketching talks, good food (I had never eaten so much fish in my life, before!! 😁), lovely and amazing places in Portugal… what an awesome adventure! 

Moreover, meeting Marc and benefitting from his advices were way more than the icing on the cake (or the fish?! 😂), of course! 😀 If you don’t already follow Marc’s blog, please visit it at citizensketcher.com.

I am going to share my sketches and my travel journal pages through several articles. I will try to evoke my learnings and to give you some advices for your own travel (or day to day) sketches too.
This first article is about sketching wide views. 😊 

 Prainha, Alvor. Portugal. (Because sketching wide view doesn’t necessarily means producing detailing tedious sketches. 😉 Sometimes, loose is more!!! 😝) Continue reading