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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.
 

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Another "BEWARE" !!!

I have been informed about a site supposed to be a dating site that is not. 
It is nothing but filth
They are using my paintings to attract hits.
Obviously stolen photos from various sites!

Unfortunately for them, I will not give their address.

Please, if you search for my work, FOLLOW ONLY the links given on my websites 
http://www.beatricecloake.com
http://www.beatricecloakewatercolour.co.uk

Monday, 3 April 2017

A lovely surprise on a Monday morning!

This morning I received an email from FineArtAmerica.

A kind buyer bought a print of Winter in St Andrews

This time  a Smart Frame was added to the Print.
It looks really great!

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Saturday, 1 April 2017

TEA ROSE

Time flies!!!
I cannot believe it has been such a long time between my posting.

I have had trouble trying to find a place where to sell my paintings.

I have at last landed on a permanent site. It is my very own site with secure payment!!!
Secure for my customers and myself. I can send my paintings either in UK or all over the world.
The choice is mine!
I am transferring my watercolours. If you wish to have a look:


There is even a blog there where I post the latest painting etc..
and you can subscribe to my email list.
You would only receive an email when I am adding a painting. No spam!

So, coming back to the title of my post.
I am presenting you with my latest Pure Watercolour.
On Fine Art paper Arches
Fine art artist paint Winsor Newton


"Tea Rose"

Monday, 6 March 2017

MY ENCOUNTER WITH WEDGWOOD

I was born just after the war and I truly feel blessed to have lived at a time when children did not have TV, electronic games, Ipad... the lot!

Life was very simple at the top of my father workshop (stained glass windows) 
We lived there until I reached the age of 
6 years old. We had to move to a house after my baby sister was born.

I had a few books, colouring pencils, paper, a doll and a pram given by friends, a teddy bear that I lost. When I was given an orange on Christmas day, I thought it was the most wonderful ball I had ever seen.
When my mother peeled it, I was gutted!

The city of Amiens was badly destroyed by bombs.
I vividly remember house after house gone under rubble and me walking with my grandmother Alice.
When I saw a flower I was mesmerised and my dear grandma was climbing among the stones to get it for me. Trust me, children of today, it was something so special I will treasure in my heart to the rest of my life.

So the centre of Amiens was completed reconstructed.
Meanwhile, the shops had been replaced by dark little black wooden barracks on (if my souvenirs are right)  the Boulevard de Belfort

There was a patisserie where once in a while I could have a "patate" a little cake that has nothing to do with the ones found on the net.
Une patate at the time was soft, with almond taste... delicious!!!

So... where does Wedgwood fit in my story?

Well among the shops there was one that drew my attention.
Being a 5 years old, my nose was with the level of the bottom of the windows.
One day, I stopped in front of one who was displaying the most exquisite little dish.
It was of a beautiful blue with a whitish design on it.
I begged my mum to buy it. Of course she refused explaining to me, the money we had was for food and essential and not for this kind of things.

Each time we went shopping, I wanted to stop to look at this gorgeous little dish.
Then one day, my heart sunk, it was gone! (probably to the relief of my mum)!!! 

I never forgot the blue dish with the exquisite design. While in France I never saw another one.

Then I came to live in England and discovered Wedgwood.
Imagine my face when I saw all the pots, dishes, clocks, name it you have it!
The love of my youth, the beautiful blue and white design...

This morning I was cleaning a tiny vase and was thinking how moments that have marked our little lives.
-What do children of today who got it all, fall in love with?
-Will they ever encounter such experience?

Another thought:
- Should we take notice of our youngsters delight in front of an object?
There could be meanings. May be we could foresee the future taste of our children or even understand more about their aspiration?






Saturday, 4 March 2017

I AM DONE WITH FORUMS!

I belong to an international site where I post some of my paintings.

Yesterday there was a discussion regarding Copyright.

An artist was complaining her design has been copied by Chinese.

Those of you who follow me, will know I am a great defender of Copyright.

My answer was removed from the forum. I am going to try to remember it to its authenticity :

"It is well known Chinese copy other people designs. 
China has no rules and no regards about Copyright.
They know there is nothing we can do if they copy our work.
I ended on a note that some people did not like:
It is a shame that such a big country with so many people have not got the brains and have to find ideas from other artists."

May be this comment could somehow be regarded as aggressive but who can blame me when I have so many artists friends whose works have been stolen to be turned into designs or paintings simply copied and for sale on Chinese sites.

So the reaction was:

- My comment was removed, the thread was closed and so when I arrived on it the evening I could not reply to those who attacked me.

- I was reminded that USA was copying other people's works. Chinese people had created designs for centuries.
"Well excuse me but we are talking of now, what is happening on the internet!"

Only a few weeks ago I was praising on this Blog the watercolour artists in China and so I never had the intention to include the entire country and its inhabitants.
Beside, I am backing up two brilliant Chinese artists on the site Grandmasters of Fine Art.

I think the nastiest of comments was from a guy from UK.
He called me a racist and told me I should be ashamed of myself for tarring an entire population!

  • I have never been a racist in my life. I have friends in all countries of the world, all colours, all religions, all politics.
  • I might be living for the last 46 years in UK, but I was born in France. I have suffered from racism quite a lot!!! Many people accepted me, invited me, have been friendly with me, opposite to some who have ignored me and some even told me they did not like the French!
  • For the last 15 years, I have defended artists whose Copyright has been infringed and I will carry on doing so
As for China, it is a country that copy big names, Clothing designers, watches, art, cars, even the latest Lego who now is fighting a company who is copying their product.
If you do not believe me, find out on this link:


As I explain, they have no regard for Copyright and us little artists have no way to fight back!


Monday, 27 February 2017

REORGANISING STUDIO!!!

Spring must be in the air!
I have decided to reorganise my studio.
I have always found tedious to paint In Oil and turn to Watercolour in the same work space.
Each time, I have to clean all surfaces to make sure there is no Oil Paint left around. 

Watercolour paper is very receptive to grease.

I am lucky enough to be able to split Oil And Watercolour into two areas.
These last few days, I have created space for only Oil And Acrylic painting.

So here is my new working space:


The studio where I am going to create Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
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The Studio where I will be working in Watercolour



Tuesday, 7 February 2017

HIDEMI TADA in front of a BOUGEREAU



"Hidemi Tada in front of a Bougereau"
Pure watercolour
Will find its way to Japan... 






It was time for me to thank the great artist Portraitist from Japan: Hidemi Tada

Hidemi has produced 2 portraits of mine, one In Oil, the other In Watercolour.
A BIG THANK YOU Hidemi!!!

Hidemi Tada is well known for his reproductions of Old Masters.
His favourite being Bougereau!

He is very prolific and has painted thousands of beautiful works.
Portraiture has become a passion and his friends have been lucky to receive
his creations.






Friday, 13 January 2017

PRODUCING A BOOK about ROSES in WATERCOLOUR

It was a matter of time before someone asks me if I have been published. I have had so many demands in the past by supporters of my work...

Well the answer is No, I have not been published.

But, with advice from a friend, I created a book that is now available.
I have received a copy and am very proud to publicise it.

Great printing. The perfect little gift for a friend or a mum...

If you click on the picture, the link will take you to the book.
You will be able to turn the pages and decide if you want to buy it.
There is a choice of SoftCover, ImageWrap or DustJacket, all at different prices.

It should not be too long before I produce another one!

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Going Chinese? Marie's Watercolour.

 Chinese have learnt, created and adapted and added the Art of Watercolour in the West to their traditional ways of painting.
They have wonderfully well interpreted landscapes and flowers.

With both styles combined, they create truly awesome paintings

It was time for me to find out a bit more.
I asked Father Christmas to bring me some Chinese watercolour paints.
Are they different to ours? Are the colours more subtle?

Could I mix the styles as they do or would I struggle?

I searched the net to find out if there was some Chinese watercolour sets sold in UK.
I found some.
 The difficulty was to find out how they look,  how they behave etc..
I have decided to give some help to artists that might be tempted to give it a go.

So, I chose Marie's watercolour Chinese watercolour paint. (The alone one on the market)





They come only in small size tubes of 5ml.

I was happily surprised to find that each tube was covered by a protective cap, probably aluminium stuck on the opening.
I wonder if it is to help with the longevity of the paint (in case it hardens like some do..)

I am showing an untouched tube.


Before starting a new medium or new paint, I love experimenting with the colours...


(On ARCHES paper)

Each tube has a number. The rest is written in Chinese and so, there is no way to discover the subtle difference between the Reds of the Blues...

I have made a reference chart. May be one day, I will have to replenish a colour or two.

At first glance, I truly thought the beautiful colours of Winsor Newton did not have to worry about the competition.

I suppose it is while working with these colours, I will appreciate their softness within the tints.

I can imagine a landscape painting with the charm of China or Japan.

Now let me show you if there is any difference of tones between the Chinese paints and the ones I use (Winsor Newton - Sennelier)


I have no difficulty in finding the one I prefer
but I will keep it secret!


I also wanted to know how well they could be lifted from the paper.


As you can see: No problem



I also got some Ink as it is the traditional way of Chinese painting.


They are beautiful.

I will find a way to grind them without to go to further expense.
I will give the results later.

I have experimented with them.

The Ink is permanent. It does not lift.
I dampened one stick and rubbed it on some of my watercolour paper.
Once dried I added some Sennelier watercolour.


Interesting texture

Chinese artists use Rice paper. I have received some too.
I still have to experiment with it but I see no reason why I cannot work on HP watercolour paper.
It is as smooth as the Rice paper.

To follow.....

Let me finish with a  painting by artist Qian Xuan [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 ON WIKIPEDIA

It is what I call a Chinese traditional painting
Such finesse, beauty within the style... freshness.

13th Century - On scroll - Ink and colours.









Saturday, 10 December 2016

Many thanks to a customer from Ashford in Kent

Many thanks to a customer from Ashford in Kent.

I have just been informed by pixels.com
I have sold another pack of 10 cards of Winter in Dungeness.


I am very grateful to all my buyers.

It encourages an artist to carry on producing...



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Belated thank you to my customers

Artists have a family life too...
It means that sometimes, it can be disrupted.

I would like to thank

A customer who lives along the Thames in UK who bought from pixels.com

One pack of 10 cards 

1 Card

1 Card



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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

A thank you to customer from Australia

A very big thank you to a customer from Australia who has ordered 
goods from my store on Pixels.com

You have made my day.
It means, I have to carry on designing...




Giving you a choice with galleries to explore






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