Tuesday, 26 December 2017

AMIENS - commissioned watercolour gone to Canada

I can now reveal the commissioned watercolour gone to Canada.

I was requested for a painting of Amiens, the town where I was born.
It was a delight. The cathedral stand in the back of St Leu not far
from where my father, artist, had his workshop.

​I must thank Sophie Denizot giving me the permission to use her shot done during the Summer.

A big thank you to my customer.


AMIENS
Watercolour

Saturday, 23 December 2017

THE NEW ART OF BEING NOTICED ON FACEBOOK

I had heard of children, teenagers, being targeted on the internet;
Facebook being a prime site as the world meet on there.
Nothing prepared me to find out that artists were getting bullied too.

Not a month goes by without one of my friend artist get abused, violently criticised
and who by? Other artists! or can they really be artists?
I thought the world of Art was about the Joy of sharing our craft, the elating
Joy of discovering each other interpretation of our feelings within a painting.
I too have recently been at the receiving end of an abusing so called artist who
tried to intimidate me.
But I am glad to say, it did not worked!


I have seen artists who were so hurt, feeling so downgraded,
they wanted to leave Facebook.
It is their army of friends and followers who helped them survive this new trend of verbal
onslaught on the internet.


So who are really those morons who abuse others?

People who do not recognise that each artist got a unique style.
We can be hyper realistic, realistic, traditional, impressionist, semi-abstract, abstract
Some of us are not perfectionist and like to experiment, and show on their page what they
have created, only to be abused by those who do not understand.
The same goes for artists who are hyper realistic. They can be the ultimate painters,
but they are crucified too.


Why should these attackers  feel obliged to come on an artist’s page or group to put vitriolic
comments about their style, art, lifestyle etc…????
It is their way to be noticed on Facebook.

On Facebook, they start by inviting the friends of the “targeted artist” to be friend with them. Once they are established, they send the venomous darts to their victims.


These “Art Critics” need to look at themselves!
They are the nastiest of people, cruel human beings, jealousy consuming them.
It helps them to feel superior…. After all my attacker told me he was a “Rembrandt”


They are trying to make a name for themselves or attract a public by destroying another artist!
How can this be right. It is total cynicism.



Shame on them to use the World of Art as a battleground.

Don’t they know, there is more Joy of giving than Receiving?

So, artists, beware, be prepared that one day, someone, will attack you. Be prepared.





Monday, 11 December 2017

Aliya, the little bridesmaid

My latest watercolour with a touch of White gouache on the garment



On Paper Saunders Waterford
Winsor Newton Fine art artist paint

MANOJ Jonstew, A RAT ON THE LOOSE!

A scammer is going wild on the internet!

It has been reported to me, he is contacting a great number of artists trying to con them.

Of course, he has tried on me.
I received this message:

Greetings! My name is Manjo Jonstew from United Kingdom. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work. I'm also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too,You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase one of your artwork available at range of £100 to £1500 and ready for sale as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. Also, my method of payment is by Bank Cheque as mode of Payment. Thanks and best regards.

When you think he is sending the same message everywhere, I will assume his wife is spending her life on the internet while he is keeping an eye on her.
I would assume too that he is very rich and loving!!!!!
Not on me Manoj Jonstew!

I now know that you come from MANCHESTER with a Public Internet address.
I also got you IP address.... wow! this is a bit worrying for you, isn't?

Anyway, thank you for giving me your email address too... manojs2615@yahoo.com

Monday, 13 November 2017

wow! HOLLYHOCKS AT THEIR BEST

I am pretty happy with the new products created out of my design:
Hollyhocks.

You can find all of them in LA BOUTIQUE 
on my website: www.beatricecloake.com

I think they really look cool!





Saturday, 21 October 2017

REPRODUCTIONS

I have been known to paint a few reproductions

Here is one. Reproduction of one of Chardin's work. I am very fond of this artist.



Grace with Mother
A reproduction in Oil


Reference Wikipedia

Chardin was born in Paris, the son of a cabinetmaker, and rarely left the city. He lived on the Left Bank near Saint-Sulpice until 1757, when Louis XV granted him a studio and living quarters in the Louvre.[
Chardin entered into a marriage contract with Marguerite Saintard in 1723, whom he did not marry until 1731. He served apprenticeships with the history painters Pierre-Jacques Cazes and Noël-Nicolas Coypel, and in 1724 became a master in the Académie de Saint-Luc.

                                                                FIND MORE ABOUT CHARDIN >>>>>>>>> HERE


Woman peeling turnips


Thursday, 5 October 2017

Unplanned painting!

I always claimed I would never paint cars or trains or planes leaving it to the boys!

I know, some of you will find the comment sexist and why not?
I only paint what inspires me. A car would not.

However, I felt challenged to paint this beautiful little car for a very special couple.

So here it is done.
To all car enthusiasts, take note: it will be the one and only car painting.
​I will not paint another, even if I have enjoyed the challenge.


On paper Saunders Waterford

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

WHAT A WEEK

Yes, WHAT A WEEK!

This time it is not about me but about a delightful little book I have received by post.

I never publicised a book unless, I have read it and looked at the content carefully!

I feel I must give artist Debs Green-Jones the thumb up for her very first published children book.

It has been received by children of my family with curiosity and delight. They were attracted by the beautiful colourful designs. The story was easy to absorb with their little minds wanting to know what happens on the following pages.

Dottie, the main personage of the story meets animals, the rest is for you to find out.😏

Just what is needed with children !

Two bonuses: 

- Children are introduced to the sequence of the days of the week
- It is for sale at an incredibly affordable price, making it a Must Have for Christmas stockings.

To be found on Amazon @ £5.99

 Click  HERE ➽ ON AMAZON





Monday, 18 September 2017

MEET RORY

I have had the privilege to paint this gorgeous toddler: Rory

On paper Saunders Waterford, Paint Winsor Newton.


http://www.beatricecloake.com
http://www.beatricecloakewatercolour.co.uk


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Monday, 11 September 2017

NOSTALGIA

And another watercolour!
I am in a productive mood!

The Title NOSTALGIA, given as it is the very last time I am using this inkwell in my still life.
I have used it 3 times now!

Done on paper Saunders Waterford, Winsor Newton fine art artist paint


www.beatricecloake.com

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Vogue is for sale!


This gorgeous design is for sale at an astonishing price!
It is an original, Unframed.
It could look beautiful in a bedroom or a corner of any room.

Below an example how it could look like.... All it needs is to be framed!


Can be bought either from MY SITE
Or
In my shop on ARTFINDER

Sunday, 3 September 2017

LA FONTAINE DES AMOURS - AUDE - FRANCE


"The Lovers Fountain"

In French: "La Fontaine des Amours"
Size: 24" x 20" - on canvas ready to hang.
With all my thanks to my sister Florence Pasquier who has given me permission to use one of her shots.
This beautiful magic scenery is situated near Rennes Les Bains in the county of Aude in France.
I have executed this painting on Texture applied to canvas. This allowed me to play with the texture and add another dimension to the paintings

Friday, 25 August 2017

WILDTIME IS BACK!

 By popular demand, Design Wildtime is back!

Each design in different sizes

Find them on >>>>> THIS LINK




DESIGNS ON GARMENTS & HOME PRODUCTS


Once more I will be presenting a few designs on Redbubble.

I have had several messages asking for bags, cushions and tops.

So, I am reloading some very popular designs.

The first one: 

Three different sizes for this cushion


Three different sizes for the bags

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Sold a Print of Hythe

Nothing gives me greater pleasure than a sold painting or print of Hythe.

My beautiful home town, seen through my eyes and finding people who 
have understood how I feel and how I see this little corner of the South coast of England.

So a big thank you to the buyer of a Print of "Hillside Street - Hythe"
on Fine Art America. You have made my day!


Sunday, 6 August 2017

A Sold painting



A message arrived from Artfinder.com. They had sold my painting.

What a lovely surprise on a Sunday morning!



I had put if for sale on my website Unframed.
After a few weeks, I decided to have it framed by my lovely framers in Folkestone.
I was really pleased with the job so well done.



I scratched my head, wondering if I was going to exhibit it with a local Society.
In the meantime, I decided to put it for sale on Two other sites.
So, thank you to the buyer of Church Road - Hythe Kent.
​You have made my day!!!

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Church Road Hythe Kent

There is nothing like a watercolour presented into a frame.

Professional framer in Folkestone did a good job with this work.
He chose the colour of the mount which was perfect for the scenery.




Friday, 7 July 2017

A NEW WATERCOLOUR "Sweet dreams Lucy"

Just as well I have watercolour in my life!
At the moment, the heat is getting to me. I cannot imagine painting in Oil when I can barely breath!

Less again with Acrylic when it is drying so fast, even watercolour is drying at an unusual speed!

So here is my latest watercolour


"Sweet dreams Lucy"
Watercolour on Saunders Waterford paper
Paint: Winsor Newton
Brushes: Watercolour brushes Ken Bromley

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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

THANK YOU TO A CUSTOMER FROM BELFAST


I have been informed by FineArtAmerica of the sale of a print
of my work Bay of Hythe on Fire.

Whoever bought this work, has made my day!
​Thank you so  very much!!!

Monday, 26 June 2017

Time for decisions!

Today I have started on a major project!
I have a few paintings that do not meet my expectations.

I want sunshine, light, fun, something that elates me when I look at my work.
Well some of them do no longer sing a song.
So, from today, I am taking each of my work, examine it, decides if I love it as much as on the first day. If it does not, it means there is something to be changed.
It will be changed!!!
Today, I have started with a large canvas. St Margaret's Bay in Kent near Dover

Below is the painting as it was, in Acrylic ...


This painting was for sale. The more I looked at it, the less I felt for it.

It had to be the first work to be redone!
I am now working in Oil over Acrylic.
Many artists do so and even work with both mediums.

So here is the work so far...

At first sight, the light has been switched on!
I have worked on the sky, the sea (not finished)
The cliffs. They have suffered from erosion since my first painting and I took advantage of the bright chalk to boost the brightness.
More to come....
Visit again to see my next WIP.

I am working with Artisan Oil Winsor Newton

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Monday, 29 May 2017

WATERCOLOUR PORTRAIT DEMO

I am not gifted with doing videos!
I hate to have to spend time trying to understand technology. I would much prefer someone does it for me.

So I am using photos to explain how I produce a portrait in watercolour.
Actually, some people told me, it was easier to follow.

So here is the explanation:

My first photo is showing the drawing and the first touch of Watercolour.
The grandmother of this little boy is a professional photographer.
She provided several shots. I decided on which one I would be happy to work with.


This photo is not brilliant! It will do.
I transferred the drawing, using the grid method.
It is exact within the dimensions.
I have added some masking fluid on some part of the hair.
I am working on Arches paper 140lb.
I am using Winsor Newton Fine Art Artist watercolour paint.
My first layer is a mixture of Raw Sienna + Permanent Rose.

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I am now working on the ear and try to add the edge of the cap between the hair.
I have added shadow on the neck.
At this stage, I am trying to establish light, shadows, colour.

Shadows are produced with:
Raw Sienna + Permanent Rose + a dash of Cobalt

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Still searching to establish and position the shadows.
It is a shadow that will shape either the nose, the eyes etc...
I have started on the cap in view to find the balance between the colours of the entire painting.

The cap so far: Cerulean Blue + Cobalt Blue.

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Working on the cap: Same blues + Permanent Rose for the shadow.
The front of the cap: Aureolin + Cobalt. Sha

The hair: Aureolin + Permanent rose. Later I will add shadows by adding a touch of ultramarine to Permanent Rose + Raw Sienna.

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Now several layers of the skin colour has been added.
I add gentle tones with shadow colours mentioned earlier.

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This is the finished painting.


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Saturday, 6 May 2017

How did I draw this cat "Sophia" with Coloured Pencils?

I received a fine photo from the owner of Sophia.

I do not like to rush when I have to paint or draw. I need to study a portrait and decide how I am going to interpret it.
I had already painted 2 of her cats and so I was acquainted with cat portrait.

I decided to use once more the same paper Stonehenge. It has a very slight tooth, almost unnoticeable, but perceived when I lay the pencil work. In a way it is not a problem with the fur as it adds a bit of pattern. (this is my view)

So, I started to use the grid method to transfer the drawing.
For this, I am very careful to drew the line very faintly as I will have to remove them once the drawing is finished.

Then I drew the cat.

As I am right handed I started on the left, to carry on later on the right.


I love to take my time and this work took 2 hours. I wanted to achieve the first eye.
This photo was done late afternoon. The reason why I have a blue background on the photo
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This next session took me another 2 hours.
I have used pencils: Derwent and  Prismacolour

Derwent pencils are either soft or hard, according to the colours (this is my find!)
Prismacolour pencils are soft. They are great to achieve the softness of the fur.
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At this stage, I had already lost count of the hours spent on the face.
It was time to add some strokes. I was not really happy with the pencils I was using.
I remembered I had a few Faber Castell  Albrecht Durer pencils.
They were perfect to give the strokes.

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It was now time to add some of her body. It took a while as I had to find the right direction of her fur. 
I automatically, went back on the features of the face. I found a few slight mistakes and would not be happy if they were not corrected.

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Here is the final painting.
It will be sent under secure packaging to Danemark.

To conclude, I think I have developed a great love for Coloured pencils and cannot wait to find another subject to paint with this medium..

Here are a few links that you might find of interest




Like all Art medium, Artist coloured pencils are expensive to buy.

I would suggest to buy them separately, choosing colours that you already use in your palette.
Like myself, you might be painting in watercolour or other mediums. You know which colour you love best. Same with pencils.

However if you wish to buy a set, wait for special offers... 

You can find the reaction of the owner on my Facebook page


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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Saatchi and I

Around 14 years ago, I decided to have broadband. It was the beginning of an adventure.
I was with Yahoo who was giving a little space for a website.
When I see how beautiful are today's sites, I am surprised that mine had caught the eyes of the Saatchi team.

But it was the beginning of people building a website and there were not many artists at all.
I had taken the domain name beatricecloake.com, the famous domain I had lost to a Japanese who used it later to sell hair remover, under my name with my CV on the front page.
It did not take long before he realised there was no future in it and once more my domain name came back to me..

So coming back to the first basic site, one day I received an email by the Saatchi team asking me to join their new site Saatchiart. 
They were giving artists the possibility to show some of their works for free.
Wow! After making a few researches I signed and added some of my paintings.

A few weeks later I received an email by Charles Saatchi thanking me for adding my beautiful work on the site.
I thought it had to be a scam, binned it but found out later it was not.

I also received an email from one person of his team. A lady telling me she loved my paintings, particularly the one of Venice.

Saatchi decided much later to give artists the chance to sell their work without claiming a commission.

These days saatchiart.com has been sold in 2014 to Society 6.
I read that they are in dispute with Saatchi for carrying on their business under his name.
Apparently, he dislikes his name being associated with bad art.

Searching the site, It was not difficult to find among good art, some scribbles done probably by a child, for sale at high price.. a real laugh!

Personal thoughts will come in the next post.


Saturday, 29 April 2017

Another Print sold On fine art of America - A LANE IN RYE


Thank you so much to the buyer of a print of this picture!
You have made my day.
I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did painting this beautiful corner of Rye!





A lane in Rye - East Sussex - Watercolour

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

RYE - EAST SUSSEX

I am always excited when a buyer choose a card of a work in Watercolour and about England where I live.
Either the person knows this corner (Rye in East Sussex)
or simply has loved the colours and atmosphere.

A big thank you for your purchase...

Find it >>>>>>>> HERE

Thursday, 13 April 2017

FOLKESTONE HARBOUR FOR SALE


This beautiful painting of Folkestone harbour
is for sale.
Framed!
An Oil on canvas board.

For more info Click >>>>>>>> HERE

Saturday, 8 April 2017

MY NEW SHOP

                       
My new shop!
Fully secure with payment taken by a third party Etsy.

I am regularly adding more paintings.
Notice, there is a Blog on there where I can show the newly added work.

When I have some news, I will email to those who subscribe.



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House of Parliament and KitKat

                                             


                                                   Thank you so very much Ali S
for bringing a huge smile on my face.
I love a person with a sense of humour.
You have made my day lady.
 

Member of the Jury in International contest

I am so honoured to be with the jury in this amazing contest. Do not forget to enter! https://internationalwatercolourmasters.com