Monday, 17 November 2008

HOME AGAIN......

Arrived home last Tuesday, having had a brilliant time cruising the Mediterrean and being thoroughly spoilt. Spent an awful lot of time here....... having found a 'good read' in the Library. The sun was really warm (in the eighties), fabulous food non stop, and young waiters popping up everywhere! You may be wondering where all the people are - I took this pic. on a day when most of them were off on excursions!!........
I did some watercolour painting during a couple of the days we were 'at sea'. There were Watercolouring Art Classes available (free - first come first seated so to speak) and this is what I managed ......

A sunrise (from a postcard) A sunset - also from a postcard
A 'storm at sea' from the same postcard - different colourway....

and a make believe scene, following the tutor's instructions, but doing your own colours. There was no 'pencil drawing first' on any of these, just straight in with the watercolours, which I found very similar to painting on fabric really, although of course the medium is very different. I am now ready to have a go in my sketchbooks, and have some great pictures to inspire me.
Here are just a few ..........




I shan't be blogging for a while, as I want to 'practice' a lot, and see if I can produce a Journal of my trip, as a memento. If I manage to create anything worth sharing I'll be back.

In the meantime, have a great Chrstimas, and thanks for dropping by - it is very much appreciated.

13 comments:

Sandy said...

It must have been a wonderful trip. I like your watercolors.

sharon young said...

Oooooo..........Val what a wonderful post! I love the WC's they are so lively and loose, absolutely super.
You gave me a lovely taste of sunshine in your gorgeous photos, I shall look forward to seeing how they inspire you.

maggi said...

Glad you had a good trip Val. Your watercolours are really evocative. Hope you get something done that you feel is worth sharing. Have a good Christmas.

quiltchick said...

Sounds like you had a lovely time Val. Enjoy being creative for the next couple of months. Look forward to seeing what you've done when you come back to blogging.

Aussie Jo said...

Fantastic photos, you sound very rested and inspired. I'll be watching out for more watercolours.

Heather said...

What a wonderful holiday - the photos are gorgeous and will give you plenty of inspiration to add to your collection of lovely watercolours. Looking forward to maybe seeing a glimpse of your journal when you have had a chance to work on it.

dot said...

Val, they're absolutely delightful. Will look forward to seeing the journal in due course.

Julie said...

Welcome home Val. Glad you had a great trip. Your watercolours are lovely and what a great idea to make a journal of your holiday. Sounds as though you are going to be busy. Have a good Christmas.

Genie said...

Welcome back Val,
Love the artwork and photo's

Jeanette said...

Welcome back dearest Val! So glad you didn`t decide to stay abroad. And what lovely photos. And the drawings..So beautiful!

Thank you so much for charing your trip with us!

Lots of love to you
Jeanette

Debbi Baker said...

What a wonderful trip! Love your watercolours and I will await your return (in due course!) to blogging. Have fun in the meantime.

Jolly Good Yarn Girl said...

I notice you were on the QE2 - how wonderful. I think you could get a job as a tutor next year!!!

Carol said...

Hey Val, I wanted to just leave you a quick comment to say hello and how are you??? I haven't heard from you for ages and thought i would drop by and see what you have been up to. Hope your well. love carol t