Saturday, 30 October 2010

House in Les Adrets

The first house-painting of November is a sunny villa in Les Adrets de l'Esterel, a lovely village in the South of France.To be precise, in the departement 'Le Var', part of the Rivièra, especially known for its nature and beautiful red rocks.

The village of Les Adrets has the forested hills of the Esterel Mountains behind it and also offers a panoramic view oni the bay of Cannes and the Iles de Lérins. It is close to the beaches of the coast and the lake de Saint Cassien and that makes it a perfect place to live...

To see how the painting came to be, watch the movie below...
video

 

Monday, 11 October 2010

A modern house in Valbonne

As the start of a well-filled last quarter I painted the house of a lovely retired couple. They actually "won" this painting as a prize in a lottery - and I loved doing that, it got me started again!

The sky (the only thing that still, after all those years, goes wrong sometimes), the drawing and then starting a small part of the painting - to get a feel for the colours, the shapes, the character of the house...

Very important, the name of the house - Somalo - (Sophie Marie Louise) the owner welded the letters himself, so it has to look like the real thing! Same goes for another sculpture on the wall...

There it is, in the middle (click on the painting to enlarge it). I also added some flowerpots and furniture, and a lot of foliage.

The grass, the lower stone wall (pool below but they didn't want it in their picture) and I've reached the other side...
The finishing touches - and another one done! I hope they like it - I'll be working on the next one, a lovely villa in the Var...