French Cafe

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Country style illustration

I have created this French Café painting as the part of brainstorming for a special commission for one of my dear customers. The customer said that she wanted a bicycle with the basket full of flowers standing next to the window. And she proposed the idea of some French cafe.
I loved the idea so much that I got cared away with tons of ideas, and this started a whole new series that I called
The painting above has a sweet little story in it for sure. 

I imagined a girl who was riding her bicycle to a flower stand at the local farmers market. Then, she placed the flowers into the bicycle’s  basket and went to the cafe to meet with the friend. The warm sunny day called for a good conversation that Saturday morning. The girls chatted long and even didn’t noticed the time passing by. The Sun was moving the shadows along the wall, but nothing would break that sweet tête-à-tête  between two girlfriends. 

Then, I have decided to create a few more stories and few more little painting on French Country before starting the new commission. In this case, my customer and I could work together on discussing the final composition details.

More painting to come soon 
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St. John’s Ranch – Mt Shasta County

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Shasta Mountain County

Shasta County Landscape painting realism in watercolor

Two lovely country scenes were waiting for me when last week long trip get-away brought us to Mountain Shasta county, which is five hours drive north from San Francisco Bay Area.

We were camping in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by the fields and mountains.. Not a sound of civilization, no Internet, not even a cell phone coverage. This truly made me think about serenity and peace.. 

I was painting both artworks in plein-air style, sitting under the warm California Sun. The light breeze was helping to dry my paints that I could move on and on. And only mooing of the cows and birds tweets accompanied me while I was creating. 
I hope the peace and serenity are shown in my works; as, usually, the artist’s feeling influences the paintings
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The original painting Range Of Mountains – 10″x14″ on 140lb Cold Pressed 100% Arches Professional watercolor
The original painting Bald Mountain – 12″x16″ on on 140lb Cold Pressed 100% Arches Professional watercolor
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