Painting, Sketching & Enjoying Arts

A chateau in Ferrassieres

Near the little village of Ferrassieres, there’s a building the owners call a chateau. It’s not exactly a castle, more like an old school that’s been turned into apartments. In fact, it used to be a summer resort for kids, not a school. Now it’s owned privately but can be rented. It sits on a […]

Haute Provence

In  Provence, whenever I walked my dog, I saw a tree in the middle of tall grass that seemed perfect to draw. First, I made a quick sketch, but then I decided it would be nice to paint it on a board. Since I brought all my painting things on vacation, I thought I should […]

The Mallow Coloured Garden (Book: Branko Ćopić)

I chose to read “The Mallow Coloured Garden” as a farewell gesture to the children’s books that once captivated me, and which I now plan to donate to a local school. I was a child when I first read this book, and I still love it. The author, Branko Ćopić, enjoyed such popularity that his […]

The Illusionist (movie 2010)

I really enjoyed  “The Illusionist” movie because of its awesome animation. The story might not be super inspiring, but the visuals are amazing. The atmosphere in the movie is great, and you can just enjoy the images without needing explanations. I tried to capture that feeling by sketching a scene from the movie with watercolours. […]

Maria Callas 100 years

Last year marked the 100th anniversary of Maria Callas’ birth, and many people celebrated this milestone. Despite not being a huge opera fan, I was pleasantly surprised when I received an invitation to a celebration. I didn’t have high expectations, but it turned out to be fantastic. Francis van Broekhuizen, who is not only an […]

Lavender Fields

Lavender Fields In the winter, the famous French lavender fields don’t have much color. All the pretty flowers have been picked, and what’s left are short, grayish bushes about 30 cm high. I’m not sure how long a field lasts, but it’s not as long as a fruit tree garden, certainly not for decades. This […]

French Colorado (Rustrel)

Nearby a small village Rustrel (35 min drive from Ferrassieres) is a national park called French Colorado. It is a colourfull landscape with its ochre earth. The colour has been used since prehistoric times but also modern mines were once here. Not anymore. It is all protected although I heard some hunting dogs in a […]

Ferrassieres

View from my holiday apartment in Ferrassieres. I made a similar sketch a year ago during a summer on the same paper with watercolour. This time I used crayons.

Ferrassieres

This sketch depicts the distant hotel in Ferrassières. I encounter this scenery each time I return from a stroll with my dog. It accurately reflects our location and provides information about the altitude as well.

Hercules at the Royal Academy in London

The colossal statue of Hercules at the Royal Academy is truly remarkable and impossible to overlook. Observing its masculine features, one might mistake it for any Greek God. A closer look reveals that the man is depicted with a lion skin and head held beneath his arm. So it must be Hercules after he  completed […]