Monday, August 31, 2015

Giverny

Visiting Clod Monet's place


Visit Claude Monet's Pond at Giverny
watercolor, 25 x 15 cm
© ANDRE STASHINSKI 2015

Monday, August 10, 2015

Carnet de Voyage - Aquarelles from Normandie

A very happy and productive week with dear friends - Lois and Phillipe in Normandie. Endless painting and sketching combined with lot of laugh, wine and sea-food. Astonishing beauty of the cold (!) sea , landscapes, towns, villages , forest , rain , running clouds. Wind , rain , sun , rain , sun again. You never know if you need the jacket or sunglasses , frequently you need both. Horses , boats and sunsets . Too emotional - to describe it . Come to see photos and paintings !



Église Notre-Dame de Dives-sur-Mer , Normandie, France
Watercolor, 30 x 20 cm
© ANDRE STASHINSKI 2015


Dives-sur-Mer , Normandie, France
Watercolor on cold pressed 300gr ARCHES
Size: 15 x 25 cm
© ANDRE STASHINSKI 2015


Seaward
Watercolor, 30 x 20 cm
© ANDRE STASHINSKI 2015 - in Cabourg, Normandie, France


Rain is coming. The coast of Normandy. 40 X 20 cm
So windy that my box with colors was cowered with sand in few single seconds.
Watercolor (not recommended in such weather conditions).
© ANDRE STASHINSKI 2015 - in Cabourg, Normandie, France


Ebb Calm The coast of Normandy.
Watercolor, 40 X 20 cm
© ANDRE STASHINSKI 2015 - in Cabourg, Normandie, France


Seagulls on the North Sea.
Watercolor on cold pressed 300gr ARCHES
Size: 15 x 25 cm
© ANDRE STASHINSKI 2015 - La Manche, France.

Three of us ( Andre, Vanessa and Lois) started plein air day in sunny and warm day. Then , in few minutes, it turned into heavy storm and we run into the church . You never can plan for the weather in Normandie ! So, we had to return to this village in another day - to finish our paintings.



Notre Dam in Aubervile (Normandie , France)
Watercolor, 31 x 23 cm
© ANDRE STASHINSKI 2015

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Beautiful Normandie


Kites above La Manche
watercolor, 40 x 30 cm
© VANESSA STASHINSKI 2015 — in Cabourg, Normandie, France.



Here we are, in beautiful Normandie.
It's France, but it's different . Humid breath of La Manche and spectacular sky. You can feel the sea everywhere , even when you are not on the cost. Shorts with raincoat , flip-flops with jersey, sunglasses with umbrella - everything that doesn't seem logical in other places , but makes sense here , in Normandie


Petite aquarelle de Normandie
Watercolor on Hahnemühle paper , 21 x 15 cm .
© VANESSA STASHINSKI 2015 — — in Cabourg, Normandie, France.


Dives-sur-Mer (Basse-Normandie, France )
watercolor, 30 x 20 cm
© VANESSA STASHINSKI 2015


It's pretty old, 12th century church .
Notre Dam in Aubervile , Normandie , France
Watercolor, 31 x 23 cm
© VANESSA STASHINSKI 2015


Path trough the forest, Normandy
watercolor
© VANESSA STASHINSKI, 2015

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Normandie : Cabourg , Dives-Sur-Mer and Houlgate

We loved Normandie!

CABOURG
Every day at 5pm huge ebb . Sea is sucked inside , leaving crabs and shells on the wet sand. Ponds mirroring the sky . Everything is light-blue , calm. Brave French dressed very light , barefoot , children are splashing in ponds.



No matter how hard you try to do it well - selfie always looks a bit silly ! ( Photo above)

Lois and Andre are painting the ebb. Half an hour earlier the sea was here ! ( Photo below)



Ebb Calm The coast of Normandy.
Watercolor
© ANDRE STASHINSKI 2015 - in Cabourg, Normandie, France


Vanessa is painting the sunset from the balcony with new-brand watercolors . There are dots of DANIEL SMITH . Great quality ! Thanks to mom and mom's friends who brought it from States.


Here are Lois and us together . Phillipe was photographing . "Big Hair" - he said.


And here is another try to capture all four of us, together in one shot. Made lot of laugh doing this



DIVES-SUR-MER
What a lovely place !



Very nice church , and also it was useful - we hided from the rain under the arch !



Painting is almost done ...





HOULGATE and around it

Houlgate is rainy town. It's shiny and sunny , and then switches to the rain with no any warning.
Next photos are about : (1) the rain in Houlgate, (2) We escaped inside cafe because of rain ( 3) sketching in rain , etc.





And then the rain, thanks God, stopped for a while - and we are sketching outdoors !
Philippe was the project manager !



Each time we went to the fores - rain started again ! It took 3 attempts ( in 3 different days) to reach it with no storm , but we did ! Hurrraauu !





Beautiful in it's minimalism 12th century church of Notre Dam in village Auberville. We came in the sunny day , said "wow, awesome" and run to paint . In less then an hour 'the typical Normandie weather" switched to the serious storm . Happily church was opened and they invited us inside. It was an exhibition of ritual garment - embroidery and handmade ornaments, etc.
The rain passed and "our light" passed. We had to return another day - to complete our paintings.




Friday, August 7, 2015

Friends

This post is about our dear friends and their place.


Pukeko in the garden
watercolor
@ VANESSA STASHINSKI 2015

Our fantastic "French Holidays" happen thanks to Lois and Philippe , who invited us. It was such a fun together ! Very warm memories and lot of paintings to show.

We sketched and painted together, but except of professional field we just had a very pleasant time - talking, cooking, going to other places, picking mushrooms and shells (!) , meeting people and so on , so on .

Lois is an artist . At time of our stay there all three of us were doing watercolors and live sketching , but she also doing oils.


@ Lois Pougnet


@ Lois Pougnet


@ Lois Pougnet

Philippe is a serious man, he is a scientist . But he was just wonderful : so sweet and patient to three of us ( you understand what I'm talking about if you ever travelled or lived in company of artists ;-) ) It took about a week : seeing us sketching everything and everywhere , he suddenly begun to sketch too ! ( Again , will show you if / when receive permission ! )

Other members of the family lives pretty far away. But here is TUI - 14 y.o. , but still in good shape ! Tui was deeply involved in all our forest activities and he was supervising kitchen , painting and other house-keeping works as well.


Sleeping tight.
Watercolor .
© VANESSA STASHINSKI 2015


Le fauteuil de bonne maman
Watercolor, 21 x 15 cm
© ANDRE STASHINSKI 2015


Geranium in the Lois's garden.
Watercolor.
Ⓒ VANESSA STASHINSKI 2015