Friday, March 23, 2007

La Finestra


Our garden shed is getting a face-lift. What was to be my studio is now going to be a studio for HWEM. When it came down to it, he was prepared to share with his garden tools and boots and I wasn't.

So this is 'before' with broken window jammed shut with a piece of wood to keep out the generations of local cats who have lived and sometimes died in here apparently. I hope HWEM isn't going to be haunted - except maybe by guilt, for taking my studio!

This was the first outing for my new Moleskine watercolour sketchbook. I was very disappointed with the paper. It will be good for coloured pencil but watercolour looks quite dead on the page compared to my Clairefontaine Aquarelle sketchbook.

20 comments:

Dave said...

Despite your not liking the paper, this is a lovely little picture. I especially like the texture on the walls and the lintel over the window.

So where to you get to paint now? I have to make do with the kitchen table. :(

MrsSnowy said...

Thank you, Dave. I noticed as soon as I posted the jpg that I neglected the perspective of the bricks on the RH side. Now it's driving me crazy!
Where do I work? I posted about it a while back under the title My Life in a Cupboard - LOL. Actually when our electrician friend finally gets time to install the fabulous studio light, it will fine - even without windows. Did I mention HWEM has windows on three sides?!
I worked on the kitchen table for the first year we were here. It was quite cosy.

unclewilco said...

we nice to see before and after of your shed! maybe you can share it?

MrsSnowy said...

Now I know you're a connoisseur, Unclewilco, I'll keep you posted.

Lin said...

Oh how beautiful! It may be broken, but you've rendered the shed beautifully ... it looks so inviting just as it is! And what a great remembrance to look back !!

Stacy said...

I love this sketch! Like Dave said, the texture of the bricks is great. Try using watercolor pencils in your Moleskine if you didn't care for traditional watercolors.

I dream of having a separate building for my studio. Someplace where I am not distracted by dirty dishes, toys scattered on the floor or laundry waiting to be put away. I know you said HWEM (HWEY?) is prepared to share space with garden tools and boots, but what about those flowers?? Is he going to replace them with some vegetables he can snack on? ;)

MrsSnowy said...

Thanks, Lin.

Stacy - HWEM (He Who Encourages Me) is going to be feeling so guilty by the time all our visitors arrive and see him ensconced in the 'studio' and say: 'Wasn't that going to be Robyn's studio?' - he will be putty in my hands. I will have any flower, anywhere I desire ;)

MrsSnowy said...

P.S. Stacy - Since I've discovered art, I'm blind to washing, dishes, ironing - it's a miracle!

mARTa said...

Robyn....Cara, questo e bellisimo! Mi piace molto! This is so fresh and inviting.....tell HWEYou to give it up....I see you through the finestra at your new desk from IKEA! ciao, marta

Casey Klahn said...

This is my favorite one, yet!

MrsSnowy said...

Thank you Marta - as they say, it's not over 'til the fat lady sings!

Casey - Delighted you like it!

E-J said...

Robyn, whatever you thought of the paper (and it seems many of us are disappointed by our Moleskines, cute-looking though they are) this is a terrific first outing! It's full of character and the textures are great.

MrsSnowy said...

Thank you Emma Jane - I don't think my disappointment is going to sink Moleskines. They are cute!

Laura said...

We both did windows from this odd angle this week! It's really fun seeing your palette change as spring hits Tuscany.

HWEM said...

HWEM. I look forward to the peace and quiet of my shed, with or without the garden tools and wellies.

First things to go will be those tatty flowers! God only invented flowers because he'd run out of vegetables to invent.

MrsSnowy said...

HWEM - People who visit this blog have got your number, so if one tiny flower should come to grief, they will know where to look!

aPugsLife-laserone said...

Oh wow, I really love this painting! The bricks, the flowers, the colors. Really wonderful. :)

MrsSnowy said...

Thank you :) It seems old windows are popular.

Joan said...

Robyn, I've been away to a painting/collage workshop in South Carolina, so I'm slowly getting to see what I've missed in 2 weeks. I love this window!! It gives such a wonderful view of real life (and it's porblems). Even though it wasn't the greatest paper, this really looks nice! Ciao.

MrsSnowy said...

Laura - I'm sorry, my response to you has disappeared! What I said was - your window is stunning and has sent me off in search of sensual stone work.

Joan - I'm fascinated by the lovely collage work you did at your workshop. I see your tutor shares our passion for Italy.

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