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!
I always try to compose a sketche simplifying the scene in 2 or 3 main elements if possible, as the flag and the sketchers in the foreground for this one, below.
I have a lot of fun, keeping going with my “more and more wet in wet additions approach”. 😛
Despite my fears, it is possible to do so even under the sun of India (but, in the shade, nevertheless, I am still not completely mad!! 😉 )
As usual, I try to put together in my journal some sketches of various subjects : buildings, people, food, street atmospheres etc.
Moreover, all of it is quite fascinating here in India! 😃
Below, I painted a sacred tree. I am pretty happy that my tree sketches are getting better and better!😊
For this one, I had fun splattering a lot to create the foliage, first on the wet sky wash, then on dry paper.
I keep working on sketching people and adding them to my sketches to give them more life, a sense of scale, and a more touching feeling.
Sometimes, I begin with the people then I grow the surroundings around them. And sometimes, they happen as a nice addition to the painted atmosphere.
Whoo, can you believe that such scenes are real?!
Indeed, one of the most striking thing I felt during the trip was this impression or unreality.
In India, you find yourself so often in crazy / dreamy / movie-like / unbelievable situations!! 😱😃
This sikh temple, white with its golden dome, with a big quiet pool and hundreds of people, barefoot, in their colorful outfit walking slowly in the place made a great impression on me!
Plus, I has never been so easy to sketch people! 🎉 👧🏾
It’s warm outside so it feels good staying in the street sketching, people are everywhere outdoors and children all around sometimes pose for you as another fantastic gift!! 😀
I focus on posture, hair styles and outfits. 😊
Of course, it’s not always easy to find a spot to sketch in this incredibly busy places but I manage to do so most of the time : sitting on a step or on my stool, or sketching standing trying to stay out of the way.
Even more than usual, I do my best to simplify the most the scenes I have the chance to enjoy, and to focus.
For example, in the painting below, I melted almost the whole content of this little shop as a variegated granulated wash, my focal points being the man in the shade behind its bags of goods and the shop sign.
Here is a first overview of my work out there! I hope you liked the sketches! ☺️
Leading the watercolor workshop is an amazing adventure too and I am really lucky to get motivated, talented and the kindest students.
I will tell you it all in an upcoming article! 😀