July 11th, 2019
Time is flying, and here is another finished Animal Alphabet (the next will be announced next week). "Sealife" was an amazing theme, you can use a lot of blue and other bright colours. It has become obvious that oceans and seas need protection. Living in a touristic area at the seaside, I see every day the amount of rubbish we produced because we are (still) not able to do without once-only packaging. Time to change many of our habits.
Here are my 2 favourites, Fangtooth and Zebra Lionfish, and letters A-Z in two collages. Enjoy!
July 4th, 2019
Summer is here again.
We had to go back to Iznajar.
Spain is a popular holiday destination in Europe, as it can also be reached with the car or train. But many visitors come to stay on the crowded coasts. Such a pity, as Spain has so much to offer! A suggestion: try the "interior" (= everything which is not the coast). Even in the summer. In Andalusia. Because climate is not the same everywhere, and people are different too.
We had to go back to Iznajar.
This small town in the province of Cordoba is close to Malaga. Though days are hotter (but drier) and nights cooler than at the coast. You will miss (or not) usual animation, facilities and urban noises, but will be rewarded with wild animals and a beautiful lake.
June 21st, 2019
Here some pictures from Sweden around the theme water.
I loved being there enjoying the silence, looking at the sky and water, with no need to check mailboxes or profiles. Although technology is indispensable, of course, I often think that we have become modern slaves and forget the essential.
I wish you a nice midsummer! I hope you can celebrate in the nature and enjoy the longest day of the year if you are in the Northern hemisphere!
June 17th, 2019
Month after month, the challenge @animaloonies (drawing an inflated animal every second Tuesday of every month) is going on Twitter. This week, I realised that half of the year is already done! January was yesterday, and today, Spanish neighbours are planning their midsummer party and some clients of mine are already sending me stuff for September or even December.
Here are my six animaloons so far. My favourite is the foxloon, because he looks so happy. Enjoy!
June 12th, 2019
Back from Sweden, I still have (again) so many impressions to share. I took some pics of water, trees, islands that I will hopefully be able to share soon.
In the meanwhile, a small abstract sketch about the two yellow car ferries operating between Furusund and Köpmanholm on the island of Yxlan (Stockholm's archipelago), and two black and white figurative sketches about Riddersholm and the island of Solö.
June 5th, 2019
I have been working for a longer time collecting pictures of art made by nature, walking on shores, through forests, along fields. I found barks and trunks, rocks, stones and soils, plants, shells...
I now have enough to begin this new series on Fine Art America (I will complete it gradually). Nature is an abstract artist too, we just have to open our eyes!
May 14th, 2019
It has been a long time since we last went to Lanjaron (province of Granada): last fall was too unstable, often too windy. It was nice being there again, meeting some people we know and hiking, enjoying the scenery (and, after that, eating tapas outside): the nature there is always a lot greener than here. I did not find so much rubbish to collect either ;-)
May 8th, 2019
Those last months, I have read so many lies about recycling, that confirmed me in my opinion that there we must reduce drastically our permanent overconsumption and change our use-once-and throw-away mentality (and also cure our severe travelitis). Nothing new actually, but is a debate now (more or less).
Every time we are picnicking on a small bay not far from here, I am carrying away a whole bag of rubbish that I found there. Why can you enjoy having a drink or party on the beach knowing that you will let it unclean? Why are empty bottles and packages suddenly so heavy that it would require superhuman craft to bring them to the next garbage container (about 20-30 m). Why?
May 1st, 2019
May already. I would have liked to participated to #movemay but knowing I won't have time to perform it till the end, it is wiser to tackle the next topic directly in June.
In the meanwhile, here are some small colourful sequences to begin this new month. It's about pastures, blossoms, water and crops.
Below, my version of the Puerta del Peso in Lucena (province of Cordoba, Andalusia), a town with Jewish and Moorish heritage, and full of historic monuments. This building though caught my eye, because I revised a bigger project about benefits of city greening an regeneration some years ago, and I am convinced that town centres have to become again places to breathe, live and walk.
April 21st, 2019
It is frustrating to have a long weekend but not being able to enjoy it properly because of rain, wind and cold... Of course, rain is always sorely needed for agriculture and human use here in Andalusia, but still. So, we stayed more or less at home, and I painted some coloured hills with olives and cacti (it could be Jaen, Cordoba or even nearer, somewhere in Malaga).
And I made a new picture of my little avocado plant, which will be called "tree" one day if it keeps growing well (we had to fumigate it once three weeks ago, but it seems everything is all right again).