My name is Nelly, and I live in Lyon, France. I am a happy mother of twins girls and we share our life with my Antoine and our beloved dog and cat.
When Charlie contacted me to be part of Doodlewash and asked me to tell a little about me, I told myself it could be a good exercise to do, because I was not sure to have so much to tell. So let’s try!
First of all, creation is part of my life for almost everything. I used to make “crasy lamps” to decorate kids rooms. I’ve been painting now for 7 years, but I was thinking about it for a long time. I spent one year in French Polynesia, 20 years ago, and I was fascinated by this book called Tahiti Sketchbook from Jacques Boullaire. I felt in love with his sketches, colors and little notes to explain the context. I was thinking I would love to be able to do that too.
I began with sketches and, several times, participated in sketchcrawls. I met a lot of people with the same passion and I could see different ways to work. Flickr and Pinterest are also a very good source of inspiration for me.
The academic approach is good, of course, but does not fit me. It’s so much fun to try by yourself and mix what you want to. I add glitter almost all the time in my paintings and you know what, it works (from my point of view). Too girly? Probably, but at least everybody and everything shines a little in this home!
Watercolor became my favorite medium when I decided to stop trying to control it! It ‘s nice to realize that an unexpected splash can be a good surprise (sometimes!).
« To let it down » ( le lâcher prise in French ) that is something that I ‘m trying to learn with watercolor! Not easy, I know, but when I try to do something too nicely, it is not good!
This pressure to have a nice painting… Hmmm… my best shots are probably when I’m not trying to but when I’m “just practicing”.
I love painting people, silhouettes, not portraits (the pressure remember!). My romantic side brings me to making illustrations for wedding invitations, and it’s exciting to be part of these wedding projects each time. I paint flowers too, still romantic. I would love to improve myself painting urban landscapes and I’m working on it!
To finish, I found this English artist My Dog Sighs who gave his art away for free. I found this concept so great that every friday (#fridayfreeart ) now I leave a little painting somewhere in the city hoping it will find a nice owner ready to shine a little…
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