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Sketches of a future kitchen window an an apple tree.

Work is still continuing here at Coin Perdu. I made a sketch of my future kitchen window from the outside in. It will be one of my most favorite places in our mountain home, that is for sure. From the inside it has the most stunning view and I can already imagine the inspiration on my cooking!

On a  late afternoon, while the fire was crackling for our dinner, I stood at a little table with watercolor, black Indian ink and a charcoal stick and just scribbled down an apple tree down below. The paper was far too small for such an exercise but it was the only ones I have here. I’d like to do this again, but with large pieces of paper. the exercise was good though, bringing a bit of freedom to a stiff wrist.


The bottom sketch (to the right, apple tree 2) is upside down. I put down the tree trunk in ink with a big brush, left it to dry, took off to see to the salad and when I came back, the wind took it from the table. I picked it up and watercolored int he foliage, only to realize after a while I did it upside down. Well, it still served the purpose, not needing to be good art.

All sketches done in Indian ink with Japanese brushes, watercolor and charcoal sticks on CP watercolor paper, 29,7x42cm (11 3/4″x16 1/2″)



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11 responses

  1. Jo

    I love the freedom of movement in these tree sketches; it’s as though you’re showing the trees moving in the wind. I want to try this with simple tools and less of my usual struggle to control.

    August 4, 2010 at 5:32 pm

  2. Pam

    I love the way you lay down lines and paint. Can’t wait to see progress on the new kitchen window :)

    August 4, 2010 at 6:14 pm

  3. That kitchen is going to be magical, can’t wait to see what comes out of it. Is the fire crackling in the wheelbarrow?… we used one for years to cook our weekend braais :) The apple tree sketches are wonderful – love to see them on bigger paper with even more movement!

    August 4, 2010 at 9:10 pm

  4. That kitchen is going to be magical, can’t wait to see what comes out of it. Is the fire crackling in the wheelbarrow?… we used one for years to cook our weekend braais :) The apple tree sketches are wonderful – love to see them on bigger paper with even more freedom and movement!

    August 4, 2010 at 9:11 pm

  5. I find these wonderfully direct sketches and thankyou for listing your materials.

    August 5, 2010 at 1:56 am

  6. pat

    Hi, beautiful and wonderful! Love love love them.

    August 5, 2010 at 2:13 am

  7. dinahmow

    “Upside-down tree!” It looks fine to me. Thanks for the smile ;-)

    August 5, 2010 at 7:59 am

  8. I love the expression in your setches, there’s something a little Quentin Blake about them. I’m very much looking forward to popping back and seeing more!

    August 5, 2010 at 2:34 pm

  9. thank you fro stopping by and taking the time to leave a kind comment…much appreciated!
    Ronelle

    August 5, 2010 at 6:54 pm

  10. The immediacy of these is fresh and fabulous.

    August 18, 2010 at 4:55 am

  11. Amanda Saakwa-Mante

    I am doing Art A Level and I saw your Sketches of a future kitchen window an an apple tree and I really loved them. I especially liked the watercolour drawings and the effect it creates. So, I decided to use as an artist study. I was wondering if you could send me some information about yourself and more art work that similar to that, etc.
    Thank you. :)

    November 22, 2010 at 9:00 pm

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