Saturday, 24 December 2011

Beautiful Mas in Provence

Haven't posted for a while - it kinda slipped my mind due to all kinds of fun distractions. But that doesn't mean I didn't work...
This one was for a client of my lovely friend Elayne Murphy. She sold this lovely Provençale old original dry stone 'mas'. And gave an aquarelle painting to the new owners at the signing of the 'acte authentique'

Saturday, 27 August 2011

House in Bargemon

Just finished, a painting of a pretty new house for the clients of real estate agency Maison2.
It is situated on 1000 m2 terrain, with a panoramic view. The house has a double garage, a living with fireplace, a large modern kitchen and three bedrooms.

Bargemon is a lovely village on 480 meter altitude amongst countless old olive trees. It is well-known for the pure water from the spring fountains all over the village..

photo: Andre Bouchaud

"La perle du Haut Var", as it is called, still has that peaceful medieval atmosphere, with its houses built around a very beautiful 15 century church.
Living is good in Bargemon: have a glass of wine on the square with the Beckhams, discover what the museum has in store, visit the market or have a walk in the old streets or the fort with a superb view on the green mountains...

Thursday, 11 August 2011

View from Tourrettes sur Loup

After the house for the buyers of the villa in Tourrettes sur Loup (see post below), I painted the view - for the former owners... with two pieces of their lovely garden furniture... a lot of work and a lot of planning, but great fun! Thanks to David Prince of RHF for the commission!

Saturday, 6 August 2011

House in Tourrettes

A picture of this beautiful villa in Tourrettes sur Loup, sold by RHF agent David Prince, will soon be handed over to the happy new owners. I am also working on a picture for the sellers, that will be from a different viewpoint, not showing the house but the fabulous view. Great to do too, I'll post it as soon as it is finished...

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Villa in Opio

This house may look familiar to you: I just painted it for the third time :) This time a real biggy! For the owners - this beautiful villa is their holiday home, they love it very much and commissioned me for a XXL version, to hang in their house in Singapore...  
I created a booklet about 'the making of ' that you can see below:

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Villa in Cap d'Antibes

These wonderful aquarelles are created by my beloved colleague Marina Teding van Berkhout, fellow aquarellista! She did two different versions for the seller of this house, who happens to be a friend of hers! Read more below about this dream home...

As you can see it is a beautiful contemporary house! It is actually located in an enclosed domain on the Cap d'Antibes, one of the most beautiful spots on the French Riviera, only a couple of steps away from the famous beaches of the Cap and the well known Eden Roc Hotel. The garden measures about 1000 m² and has a heated pool with salt water.
Another great feature of this house is the large rooftop terrace, big enough to house a summer kitchen, lounge and dining area. All of course with stunning views over the sea and islands.

Friday, 22 April 2011

Painting a sunny villa in Antibes

 This villa in Antibes was sold by Christopher Davenport of Riviera Home Finders - and he commissioned me for a painting to offer to his clients... I worked from pictures that he sent me, I loved the house - and initially chose this viewpoint:
But Chris suggested the one with the great reflection in the pool, and he was right!

I added oleanders  in the foreground - to enhance the overall composition...

The shadow makes it a sunny picture in this stage - an effect that will be slightly less as soon as you give the house its colour - because the contrast is less strong:

- by exaggerating the shadows, the bright, South-French sun comes back...

It was such fun to do... and Chris tells me the clients were very happy with it...

Villa in Grasse

Gorgeous aquarelle watercolour by Cathie van der Stel
Cathie painted this house in the Peyloubet area in Grasse, for her friend Kristine who is immigrating to Australia and wanted a memory of the house where she & her family spent many happy years. She commissioned Cathie and they chose the pool area, because represented to her where they enjoyed their outdoor lifestyle. Kristine is not taking the statue with her to Australia, so that's also a memory, along with the pots, the garden she tended and the overall sunny atmosphere...

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Country house in Sablet, Vaucluse

Villa Floravine

My latest house painting was a commission for an aquarelle of a luxury country house (or 'mas' in French), built from dry stone and situated in Sablet in the Vaucluse (Provence).  Painting it, I fell in love with the character of the house itself, the cypres trees, the terraces, the pool and the overall sunny outlook of the place!
The making of the painting 

The house is large but intimate, carefully restored and fully equipped with modern amenities. And the good news: it is a holiday home rental! During your holiday in the Provence you can enjoy the sun and the tremendous atmosphere of the house, with its own vineyard...
If you are interested, there's more information on luxury vacation villa Floravine in the south of France

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Painting a house in Antibes in aquarelle watercolours

This was a truly great commission! I received it from Chris Davenport of RHF Antibes and initially I almost panicked because there wasn't a better picture available than this one:

But as Chris said that I was allowed some artistic freedom and I realized that it was a great opportunity to do something nice with the foreground - and so I added my favourite flowers...
The drawing was relatively easy - not much detail there, grass was straightforward. The shiny yellow stuff around the painting by the way is masking fluid - helps me stay within the lines...

The front of the house was pretty recognizable, and I made up some garden furniture and a palmtree
The rest of this very sunny house - and a tree

 I hope I have correctly interpreted the darker spots as doors, shutters and windows
 Almost done... a tiny bit of contrast, removing the masking fluid - and off to the client...

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

House in Antibes

Here's a lovely house in Antibes, a commission of very nice Dutch people. They preferred a small painting and for one I found out that with my way of working, it is not faster than larger size, I just have to use a smaller brush... But I'm proud of the result!
I worked from 3 small photo's, one for the sketch of the basic shapes and the light, and two others for the plants in the foreground... and as always I started with the sky...

If you enlarge this picture you'll see that I painted the hard stone wall with the method I explained in an earlier post - wet drops in very diluted sepia, ochre and burnt sienna tones. They'll dry up with a rim -  which gives a logical and natural effect.

This is the stage in which I always want to stop, the white looks so nice here... but also unfinished and my clients will not be happy as they choose me for my love of detail

Almost finished, only a bit of contrast and I'm done... great project, enjoyed it! and now on to the next one, another house in Antibes!

Monday, 24 January 2011

Wonderful villa in Fayence

Just finished this painting of an impressive villa in Fayence, sold by friends Karin en Leo de Bruine.
I was still in holiday mood (with lots of visitors enjoying the Riviera sun - distracting yours truly) and... forgot about this painting in the planning...  oops!!

So I worked nights with the daylight lamp and luckily still could deliver in time!

Not many pictures of the how-to, lack of time... But in general a painting like this takes two 8 hour days, from stretching the paper to finished stage. And then an extra hour to cut a passepartout (mat) in the right size and attach it... On to the next one with a slightly more relaxed deadline...