A few weeks ago I decided to paint a birthday card for my Father in Law. I haven’t painted anything (except as an unwilling house decorator) since I left school. I drew a pencil outline by hand first then….coloured it in with water colours. I used a Letraset Promarker to fill in the lettering and here’s how the card came out. I think it took me about an hour start to finish.
Here are two more postcards to complete the series. The first is of an old street lamp I spotted high up on a wall in Nice. The second is a view of some very old trees in Cimiez, Nice. Both pictures were painted (perhaps unsurprisingly) on very hot sunny days. I hope the recipients enjoy their cards when they arrive in the post.
I am hugely grateful to Jay Kuhns, Sukh Pabial, David Goddin, Hazel Bedson, Alison Chisnell and Sarah Matthews for getting in touch and asking for a card. I’ve not tried something like this before and without the encouragement from others I’m not sure I would have kept this little idea going. As it turns out I’ve really enjoyed this painting experiment and I will continue it in some way later this year.
We visited La Musée Matisse in Nice. I’ve long been fascinated by Henri Matisse’s seemingly endless creativity and I’ll come back to this and what I think we can learn from the great man when I have more time to write. For now I want to share two more postcards I have painted. They are both different views of the musem building. I hope the recipients enjoy the cards when they arrive.