Solitary bougainvillea :: Bougainvillier solitaire

Here is the last sketch from Cuba. I had so much trouble finding a composition on that day… can you believe it? I turned round and round and round… and then my eyes floated downwards to this very old tree stub where a very lonely bougainvilla was trying to grow — so lonely and beautiful at the same time. So I painted it. I first drew in the lines with a fountain pen and then applied the watercolours. The square format and the bigger size paper permits me to be more creative.

Voici mon dernier sketch fait de Cuba. J’ai tellement eu de la misère à trouver un sujet… pourtant… donc je tournais en rond et en rond, jusqu’au point où mes yeux se sont abaissés pour voir un morceau de bois mort, ou qui semblait mort, et ce bougainvillier qui poussait tant bien que mal. J’ai dessiné les lignes avec ma plume fontaine et ensuite mis les couleurs aquarelle. Le format de ce paper me permet d’être plus créative…

Paper:  Trav•e•logue series watercolor journals by Hand•book Journal Co. #8
Size: 8.25″ x 8.25″
Colours: French Ultramarine, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Aureolin Yellow and Winsor Red.


Plage Cayo Largo Beach

This is a sideview from our beach in Cayo Largo… quite nice. The sea was much more feisty than it seems in my painting — but hey! I was just happy to get the colours right!
Voici la vue de la plage de notre hôtel… la mer était beaucoup plus tumultueuse qu’elle en a de l’air — mais hey! J’étais juste contente d’avoir réussi la couleur.

Colours: Prussian Blue, Aureolin Yellow, Raw Sienna & Burnt Sienna
Sketchbook:  Trav•e•logue series watercolor journals by Hand•book Journal Co.Size: 8.25″ x 8.25″20130625_CayoLargo

Trip down south… and a few lessons in the making! Une couple de leçons plus tard.

We left in a rush, pretty much at the last minute, last Friday for a well deserved break to Cayo Largo… which turned out to be hot, humid and hot… the exact opposite of our Quebec weather conditions.

On the first day of the trip, my colour palette was exposed to close to 46ºC temperatures, and when I opened my handbag, all of the Winsor & Newton watercolours had dripped all over my handbag and over each other! Not so for the Daniel Smith nor Schminke watercolours. Yikes! So I spent the rest of my day trying to salvage and clean the mess up. Lesson #1.

When I started painting in the sketchbook, I did not notice that the sunscreen on my arm had touched the right-hand side of the page… and it acted as wax on the paper. You can see the effects of this under the bridge, on the left palm tree. Lesson #2.

In this temperature, the Daniel Smith watercolours all seemed to granulate and take in the salt from the sea air. They did not react well to the hot temperature. Lesson #3.

Sketchbook:  Trav•e•logue series watercolor journals by Hand•book Journal Co.
Size: 8.25″ x 8.25″
Bought at Avenue des arts, a fine arts shop in Westmount.
Recommended by: Shari Blaukopf

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