23 December 2011

Sunlight in Aups, Provence

Another little watercolour from the Summer, this time from Aups in the North of Provence.

Sunlight in Aups, Provence, Watercolour, £99
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22 December 2011

French Courtyard

I thought I'd post this little watercolour from the Summer. I'm not in the habit of posting any paintings unless they reflect the changing seasons as I experience them and have been painted just before posting, the idea of easel to email is what its all about for me. But today is an exception just for fun!

French Courtyard. Watercolour. SOLD
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20 December 2011

Winter Morning over Wheathills

When back in the UK for the recent exhibition I was able to search out some of my favourite  subjects to paint. This I've painted several times' 'Wheathills' the farm buildings in the middle of The Sibfords. The winter morning light and scudding clouds were drifting across the farm from the East, it heralded a lovely cool sunny day.

Winter Morning over Wheathills. Oil. £99
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Trafalgar Square ... again!

I came across this image today, quite amazingly the person who took the photo must have been standing in exactly the same place as I was! Looks like Winter and the same time of day, and the flags are flying in the same direction. Spooky!

Trafalgar Square. 
Photo by:  Pryderi Diebschlag

19 December 2011

Trafalgar Square

I am recently back from a ten day furlough and exhibition in the UK. The expo called 100 Small Paintings, was a great success, you never really know when you open up on the first day, but I'm fortunate to have done well, I sold 17 of the small paintings! Then had a day in London to see the annual expo by the Royal Institute of Oil Painters at the Mall Galleries. Then on to the National Gallery to see some of the impressionists. Monet particularly as I'll be painting a small series of lily pond paintings for the May exhibition.

Trafalgar Square. Oil. £99
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12 December 2011

The Abandoned

This I found while driving to Limoges, as with so many farms, old broken and abandoned tractors and machinery remain and lie around rotting in the sun. For me it's a wonderful source of material to paint, when they are accompanied by an old shed or two so much the better!

The Abandoned. Oil. £99
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8 December 2011

Mist through the Orchard

Mist through the Orchard. Oil, £99
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This is looking through the murky mist towards the Chateau at Rochechouart, a similar image to that of a few days ago. I liked the coolness and soft light and used a limited palette.

I have just finished putting up the exhibition which opens tomorrow (friday). I had to stop for fifteen minutes to chat to Jo Thoenes live on her afternoon show on BBC Radio Oxford. I'd appeared there before in May 2009 when I started the Painting a Day project and was asked to do so again to see how it has progressed and talk about the recent move to France. 

7 December 2011

Punch at Swanage Beach

Punch at Swanage Beach. Oil. £99.
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Todays painting is a little off season but fun all the same.  I must apologise for being a little hap-hazzard with the blog posts at the moment, I am in the UK and do not have a consistently reliable internet connection.

The reason I am here, as I have mentioned on previous posts, is to set up a mini exhibition at Swalcliffe Village Hall, called 
It will showcase 100 of the Daily French Sketchbook paintings plus a few larger paintings which are taken from my other website nigelfletcher.co.uk.

The Exhibition opens at 9am on Friday the 9th and runs to 5pm on Sunday 11th, so only three days. If you are in the area it would be great to see you, and there is a little wine and nibbles event on Friday evening starting at 6.

6 December 2011

Garlic Cloves

Garlic Cloves. Oil. £99
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5 December 2011

Clementines and Silver Pot

Clementines and Silver Pot. Oil. £99 
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Off to the UK today for two weeks to organise an exhibition showcasing a collection of the French sketchbook mini paintings taken from the ARCHIVE on my website. The Exhibition is called 100 Small Paintings, ideal meethinks for Christmas presents! I'll continue posting and blogging whilst in the UK but after next week the subject matter will have an English feel!

2 December 2011

Three Juicy Pears

Pear facts:

Apparently there are over 5000 different varieties of Pears worldwide.
It's a member of the Rose family.
And one of the oldest fruits known to man.
The Pear doesn't ripen fully when left on the tree to mature.

Oh, and they taste delicious!

Three Juicy Pears. Oil. £99
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1 December 2011

Chateau Rocher

Some friends told me about this chateau but I didn' t expect to see such a spectacular building when driving around the lanes near St Mathieu the other day. No grand build up, no amazing landscape just a muddy damp road and turning the corner there it was. There is no information about the place, just a private dwelling part of which is open as a B&B. The gardens are overgrown and untidy and the building looks like it could do with some TLC, but I loved it for all that, I should take up residence in the west wing.

Chateau Rocher. Oil. £99
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