Sunday, 21 November 2010

Sunny villa in Opio

This week's painting is a fantastic house in Opio, a small  village near Valbonne. Valbonne is one of the most populare villages of the Riviera area, lively throughout the year, with great restaurants, terraces, shops, café's, a market and that true provencal atmosphere...
This villa is situated on walking distance fromValbonne, yet in a quiet area, facing due South with lovely views over the countryside - down to the sea.
Here's the "making-of" of the aquarelle:

The picture of the house - a couple of small things will be "beautified", like the sky, the contrasts and the empty foreground, but in general this is a fine picture to work from

the drawing - and the sky is blue

an extra lavender bush on the right

a couple of plants on the left

the details finished and more contrast added in the shadows to bring out the sunny atmosphere and I'm done!

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Les Issambres

And another one hits the dust! This time a commission for a lovely retired couple that bought this wonderful, friendly, sunny house in the village of Les Issambres, also in the departement 'le Var', close to Saint Tropez... The new owners will have it in their home in London to remind them of the view, a nice pool (they have two grandkids that will visit as often as possible to enjoy this!) and the bougainvillea ...
This is how I built up the picture:

here's the photo of the house I had to use, came from their realtors' website and had a very low resolution (little detail) and it doesn't look very 'lived in'

So I started with a sketch from the picture

And then added some nice details, like a table with chairs and a plant

I added flowers, removed the poolcover and painted a pool - with reflection...

And the result... signed, sealed and delivered - the feedback was positive... on to the next one!