vide grenier

I saw this magnificent box of charcoal at a vide grenier yesterday. If I used charcoal a lot I would have been tempted but it was 70 euros.

La rentré

Eric and Jan had been to the ‘en plein air’ group at Bussiere Badil. I love these sketches by Eric

and this one by Jan was from a photo the previous month at Busserolles

Patricia just loves painting horses

A new member, Daniel, who is painting in water colour

This week Jane was using pastels

as was Cate

A very delicate water colour by Dawn -she is doing a series for the kitchen wall

The start of a painting in oil which will go in our family gallery

 

This is the finished portrait with the frame that John bought for 5 euros.

These three pictures were painted by Dawn this week

A couple of lovely pastels by Cate

One of Patricia’s horses

First time with oils for Francis – I love it

This is nearly finished – hours of patience by Jeanette

lots of painting and a few bottles

This beautiful pastel was painted by Cate

Two paintings by Steve

Water colours by Francis and Dawn

I think this is finished now

These bottles were painted and then a tiny string of lights are inserted with a cork. I can feel a workshop coming on …

 

 

recent activities

Cate likes a bit of glitter

 

Chris loves horses

Patricia loves to paint animals of any kind

Sally-Anne has finished her butterfly

Jan joined us and did this lovely watercolour

Maria loves a bit of wire sculpture

Jeanette and Sally-Anne were doing some very fine cross stitch

Cate likes to paint with pastels

Sue was using a hand loom to make some knitted dolls

Frances was doing a beautiful water colour

… as was Jackie

Steve finished his superb sunset

and had done this quick oil painting

… and I was finishing off my oil of the house

pastels and other stuff

I love seeing Cate’s pastel box – it’s art in itself – and her pictures are pretty good too

Dawn was also painting the day lily, in acrylic

We had a morning of painting outside – these are two of the successes. I personally found it quite frustrating as I was using acrylic on a small canvas and as it was drying so quickly, I could not get a good result. In fact, in a fit of frustration, I threw it across the courtyard which amused everyone.

Jackie was painting a card for a friend in water colour

Jane was experimenting and produced this lovely study in water colour

Patricia did another acrylic on paper

Maria was sculpting again – with beads

I am struggling with this painting in oils of our house. It’s good to take photographs because it immediately points out the problems with tone and perspective. I need to change the door !

this week

Jane did this beautiful water colour – there are poppies everywhere in the fields at the moment

Patricia finished her horse picture

Another week on and he is nearly finished

I extended his ears and I think he is finished now

Another wire sculpture tom Maria – not quite finished

bits and bobs

Jeanette, Jennie and Brigitte were doing some crafts on tuesday morning

Maria had finished her wire tree sculpture with some copper wire. It’s not a very good photo but it looks stunning

Mary was continuing with her portrait – I can’t wait to see it finished

Jane was doing an exercise in tonal values by painting an old black and white photo

Jackie was revisiting a sketch from Saturday’s life class session by adding a bit of water colour

Patricia, prolific as ever, was doing two pictures

I love this by Dawn – inspired by Aine Divine

Again not a very good photo but the dragon is taking shape

… and I am continuing with the hare

lots of interesting work this week

Maria was doing some amazing sculpture work with wire. I have taken a picture of both sides – they look completely different

Some lovely water colours by Jane, Dawn and Francis

Pauline is new to painting and making a really good start

One of Patricia’s quick acrylics – love the sky

This incredible painting in oil is by Mary

Cate was using pastel, with water, on a textured board

Jackie says she doesn’t like using acrylics but at the end of the morning I think she was coming round to enjoying them – you can’t tell but there is a lot of texture

I can’t decide whether or not to put more sheep in

… and I started the hare

 

some of the life drawings from this afternoon