Saturday, July 19, 2008

Some Tuscan Rainbow Moments

In Jean's Garden - Watercolour CP paper

These are my additions to Ronell's Flying Pictures Sketchbook. The book is now with Casey in France. Ronell's theme is Rainbow Moments so these are some that sprung to mind. Above, a corner of a friend's garden here in Tuscany. The Rainbow Moment is actually when that old bell calls us to lunch!


First Scarce Swallowtail on our lavender

Our lavender bloomed on the terrace for the first time this year and attracted our first Scarce Swallowtail butterfly. Apparently this butterfly is so named because it is scarce in the UK, not here in Tuscany.

My Summer Desk - Acrylic, pencil & Stabilo fine liners

We are each attaching our own choice of paper to the concertina sketchbooks and it can be a challenge to carry an image across two different grounds. I resorted to an acrylic undercoat to try to pull this one together.

You can see the entire contents of Ronell's sketchbook, get a preview peek at what Casey is adding and follow its journey on the Flying Pictures Project blog.

18 comments:

Joan said...

Your watercolor of the garden is gorgeous!!! I love how it transitions to the butterfly and then the desk. I didn't realize that the paper changes with each person's work. That makes it even more of a challenge. Lovely!!!

kay susan said...

What beautiful watercolours! and I think the desk scene worked really well...

Lin said...

I am in love with these paintings, Robyn!!! The bell and desk are incredible!!! But those terra cotta pots and flowers and vine have me sobbing!! I LOVE THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SUPER SUPER WORK!!!!!!!

Toni said...

Robyn I sure have enjoyed watching the books fly! Thank you for sharing. wonderful work.

Genine said...

The garden is amazing!! and the texture of the brick on the wall is SO great

moreidlethoughts said...

I love your swallowtail.I've never seen one of those, not even in Italy.
A whole pageful of gems!

Katherine Tyrrell said...

Wow Robyn - your work is really taking off. I love the comp on the first and last - and your summer colours are just wonderful.

Robyn said...

Joan - Many thanks, I do feel I got a bit carried away with the detail here - I do it all the time.

Kay Susan - Thank you for your kind comment. I enjoyed looking at your textile blog and delightful coloured pencil drawings, particularly those hares.

Lin - Thank you. You always make me smile. :)

Toni - Thank you. I'm missing your frequent blogs.

Genine - Thank you too. I enjoyed finding your blog and your excellent sketches.

Dinah - I think the neighbours think I'm bonkers, stalking around the lavender with my camera. I found a slightly different swallowtail today. Very exciting. How's your sketchbook exchange going?

Katherine - Thank you, you see I have been reading all your colour posts! I will get back on track with my proper painting when this sketchbook exchange is over. I think I must limited myself to one per year. They are too much fun and too distracting.

mARTa said...

What a magical project this has become. I am carried away by such fine art. So beautiful and inspiring. Your unique style is a beautiful addition to this project.

africantapestry said...

I adore every piece that you did Robyn!I have just seen it today in RL and I coul'dnt stop touching it! AND I was SO happy when I saw you remembered to sign it!That swallowtail is beyond exotic,I love it and I am very impressed with that undercoat, it works perfectly. Thank you so much for this in my book...
ronell

janie said...

Robyn the light in your watercolour is fantastic, what a beautiful painting and the swallowtail is exquisite.
The coolness of your studio is a lovely contrast.
You really are flying:)

Robyn said...

Marta - Thank you, particularly for saying I have a 'style'.

Ronell - I did so want to do something special for you. That's a sure way to stumble! Thank you :)

Janie - Thanks, Janie. Glad you like my desk, that one was hanging by a thread.

Robin Neudorfer said...

I wanted to jump up and clap with joy when I saw these. You are progressing with your work by leaps and bounds Robyn.
I can't wait to see what you will accomplish the second half of this year.
I promise to be back more often.

Robyn said...

Robin - Always lovely to have you drop in. You saw pretty much where I started from, so it's great that you can see some progression. Thank you. :)

caseytoussaint said...

Beautiful work, but I know it(s even better in person!

Sharon said...

The garden scene is so inviting Robyn. I would be terrified to paint in someone else's journal, so I have great admiration for everyone who is working on this project. It's a treat seeing the progression.

juj said...

Oh!!! Ronell's should know I am going to jump her mailman when he stops to bring it back to her because I want to take it home for myself!

Exquisite...

Rick said...

You are very, very talented. I especially enjoyed the garden watercolor. It has a very nice feeling to it.

Don't crash on that scooter!

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