Watercolour of The Great Sphinx of Giza

WORK IN PROGRESS UNFINISHED STATE
DETAIL : ‘The Great Sphinx of Giza’
2008
Watercolour.
60 x 77cm
© The Artist.

Watercolour of Edfou Temple, Egypt.

WORK IN PROGRESS : Watercolour made in the studio from a quick sketch & some colour notes done on the spot, a reference photo & memory, shortly after my visit to Egypt in 2001. Part of my ongoing & unfinished project… my homage to Egypt the Eternal…

:: Carnet de Voyage :: Egypt::

 

‘Edfou’
2001
Watercolour.
25 X 32cm
© The Artist.

‘Capital of a Column, Edfou Temple’
2001
Watercolour.
Doublespread A5 sketchbook
© The Artist.
Sixth Column in the Peristyle Hall on the lefthandside
Ptolemic VIII – XII Period
Circa 164 -55 BC
© The Artist. 

 

Self 6 – ‘at the end of the day’

Self #6 – ‘ at the end of the day’
2008
Watercolour.
24 x 32 cm
© The Artist.

‘…at the end of the day.’

Using up paint at the end of the day. Just practising my craft. Painting with speed. Practising painting portaits — quickly. Nothing psychological. It could have been you … or it could have been me.

‘La Fontaine Guilliérè’

Carrying on with my review of rocks, cliffs & prehistory. Sorry it’s retrospective, but part of how I use this blog is to unfuddle my thinking. Here’s some paintings that I’ve never digitally recorded. Only got a few pre-digital camera badly exposed silver halide photos as records.

‘La Fontaine Guilliérè’
2000
oil on canvas
86 x 48 cm
© The Artist.
sold

‘La Fontaine Guilliérè’ # 7
2000
ink & Watercolour.
39 x 23 cm
© The Artist.
sold

‘La Fontaine Guilliérè’ # 4
2000
ink & Watercolour.
40 x 30 cm
© The Artist.
sold

‘La Fontaine Guilliérè’ # 9
2000
ink & Watercolour.
42 x 21 cm
© The Artist.
sold
By 2000, I’d figured out that you need to use smooth hot-pressed paper for pen & ink with a well-type nib. That’s if you want to dance, rather than make spider-webs.

 

 

Célé Valley Dreaming

‘Célé Valley Dreaming’
2008
Ink & Watercolour.
23 x 33cm
hand made linen rag paper
© The Artist.
200 euros

 

Thoughts without a Thinker

‘Self 5 (why me?)’
Wet on wet Watercolour.
26 x 33cm
© The Artist.

I was pretty upset here… the puddles of granulating pigment floating & eddying on the page like tears…i’m not being very flattering to myself am i? But that’s how i felt when I painted it. Indeed painting it was a way of dealing with the upset I was feeling.
detail
This wet on wet watercolour seemed to emerge out of the wet swirling puddles . As I spent time painting & being alone in the studio.. alone also in the sense that I no longer cared about you or another other person might think…alone with my upset state of mind.

Thoughts without a Thinker

I appreciate the wisdom here ab out not identifying with a passing state of mind :
Because of our craving, the Buddha is saying, we want things to be understandable. We reduce, concretize, or substantialize experiences or feelings, which are, in their very nature, fleeting or evanescent. In so doing, we define ourselves by our moods and by our thoughts. We do not just let ourselves be happy or sad, for instance; we must become a happy person or a sad one. This is the chronic tendency of the ignorant or deluded mind, to make ‘things’ out of that which is no thing. Seeing craving shatters this predisposition; it becomes preposterous to try to see substance where there is none. The materials out of which we construct our identities become useless and broken when the ridgepole of ignorance is shattered…    – Thoughts without a Thinker – MARK EPSTEIN, M.D.

 

Le Rayon, Monbazillac – 1999

‘Le Rayon, Monbazillac – 1999’
Watercolour.
40 x 27cm
© The Artist.

Another blast from the past, stripping out the frames (grr, non standard sizes but worth doing as there’s alot of them doing nothing in the storage racks, hélas, well free up the frames & move on hey-ho, hey-ho motivation = move on ).Another winey view of the vines, rain & sunshine this time, view from where I used to live for seven years… right in the epi-centre of the appellation. Nice.

Raincloud over Monbazillac

Raincloud over Monbazillac
1999
Watercolour.
33 x 24cm
© The Artist.
Stripping out old fames & replacing with new watercolours for next year’s shows. Here’s an oldie. Have I progressed since 1999? Well I feel more at ease with wet & spontaneous & alla prima watercolours, though I do like the rigour in this one.

St Aubin de Cadelech

‘St Aubin de Cadelech’
Watercolour.
29 x 42cm (16 x 11,5 inches).
© The Artist.
sold
Rows of Cabernet Franc on the heights of the Dropt valley. Sunset, long blue distances turning cobalt violet (series three winsor & newton substance that comes at a price).The silouhouette of Lauzun chateau faintly on the horizon (not that you can tell this from a blogger jpeg), the vine stocks captut mortum (again not that you can tell this from a jpeg – the colour in the shadows are nearly always crushed to black. I don’t use balck but adhre to a prismatic palette, with violet as my dark point).

The vines are going shaggy with the spell of bright days & frosty nights these last seven days or so. Their leaves turning brown crispy then falling off, whilst others give up their last grasp with a spectacular colour show of reds & golds. The neat rows of vines with ier summer haircuts all trim are going wild & spikey, like punk rockers, their hair all rebel. It is at this time that the wild trailing nature of the vine is loosen from it’s trellising & training & disciplining. In a month’s time, the annual task of pruning will begin & the cycle will start over again.

Sept Rangs de Cot Rouge

‘Sept Rangs de Cot Rouge’
Watercolour.
28 x 38cm (15 x 11 inches).
© The Artist.
sold

Red colour in autumn vine leaves

Seven Rows of ‘Cot Rouge’, a parcel of Cot (better known as Malbec) between fourteen rows of Cabernet Franc & on the otherside, I think there was a parcel of Cabernet Sauvignon rouge. If you want red colour in the autumn leaves of your vines, then malbec is your plant. BTW, this plantation had a glorious south-west aspect, the overcast evening sunlight sporadically shining through the leaves. I’ll be going back to this place for sure!

post script 2013 :

They grubbed out this field, probably beciase it was a pole-mole of too many different cepages & probably alos because i’m beginning to benieve that it(s’ the old, less intensely tended , wilder vines that give the bests colur in their leaves.

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