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April 2013

It’s been a busy day running errands, but I managed a quick sketch of a pot of orchids, ashtray and cow pottery on a side table in the house. Now off for dinner in Rognes with some new friends 🙂

Sketch of orchids

Bulann cushion SS2013

Since arriving in Provence 2 weeks ago and staying with designer from, I have been inspired by her. Here is the result of my new SS2013 cushion collection 🙂

Sketch of the day no 10: Garlic in #Provence

France, home of Garlic! It’s found everywhere and is my inspiration for my sketch of the day.

Sketch of Garlic in Provence
Sketch of Garlic in Provence

Sketch of the day no 9: tree branch in #Provence

sketch of branch in Provence
sketch of branch in Provence

La Fete Renaissance at the Chateau Lourmarin, #Provence

This historic castle was built in the 15th century by Foulques d’Agoult, on a ruins of a 12th century fortress, in the style of the Italian Loggia and Renaissance.

La fete de renaissance

Fete Renaisaance
Fete Renaisaance

Sketch of the day no 8: pot, jar and teapot in the kitchen in #Provence

Sketch of the day, day 6. Since the weather is still awful here in Provence, I refuse to leave the house and decided to draw objects found in the kitchen. But who sketches on a sat?? Someone who has committed to a sketch a day challenge…….

Sketch of pot, jar and teapot
Sketch of pot, jar and teapot

Saatchi Gallery art course #London: The Art World Unpacked with Ben Street

A few weeks ago, I went for this one week art course. I did not have any expectations. I just wanted to do something in London which was art related. I found the course from browsing the Saatchi gallery website.

The course really shared some light into the business of contemporary art. Ben street gave an insightful overview of the art world from revealing to us the workings of how up and coming artists work in their own studios to how large scale galleries curate and present exhibitions to the public. It is a fascinating world not unlike any other business. Ben street is knowledgeable and generous with his information. I felt the course was well worth it, particularly being able to meet the artists, curators and gallery owners in person. I highly recommend it to anyone, even if you are not artistically inclined.

A Beginner’s Guide to Contemporary Art with Ben Street

The course is taught by Ben Street. Ben is a lecturer and educator at various galleries including the National Gallery, Tate Modern and Tate Britain. He is a freelance curator and writer on contemporary art, and is the author of a number of catalogue essays for museums and galleries. Ben is a former lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum, New York, and taught A-level Art History in London for five years.

The Art World Unpacked

In this intensive, informative and enjoyable week-long course, participants will gain an insight into the workings of the contemporary art world from a number of perspectives. Meeting artists, gallery owners, and curators, and visiting a range of different spaces – from large-scale galleries to hidden gems of the East End to a working artist’s studio – you’ll have first-hand access to the complex and fascinating world of contemporary art.

The course will take place from the 8 – 12 April 2013.

The cost is £150 per person, excluding travel costs. Places will be allotted on a first-come first serve basis.

Here is what previous participants have said:

“The course was brilliant…the range of visits surpassed my expectations. The information was never overwhelming but clear, precise and relevant.”

“I found each individual tour effortlessly engaging in thought-provoking detail. Ben’s enlightening and succinct interaction brings the whole series together with fascinating clarity.”

“…a truly eye-opening experience; gaining insight into the flourishing art scenes of the West End, and having access to first hand knowledge from numerous curators was an absolute treat…”

“Ben thoughtfully plans his sessions in advance, and delivers them with high energy. Clearly an expert in his field. Very considerate of the group, and very approachable.”

“The beginner’s guide is really an insider’s guide. It was enlightening and enjoyable. Ben is generous with his knowledge and welcomes questions and discussions. I learnt and saw much. Would recommend it to everyone.”

For more information and to book your place on the course please contact

To read more about Ben Street click here.

Ben Street art world unpacked
Ben Street art world unpacked

I woke up today to a horrible rainy morning to head out to Lourmarin Friday weekly market. The place was still heaving with locals and tourists despite the weather. If you have ever been, I guess you will know why. It is one of the prettiest villages in the area and the market is probably the best in terms of variety.

here are some photos from the market

Lourmarin Friday weekly market #Provence
Lourmarain market costumes

The photo of the people in costumes were from the Fete Renaissance to be held at the Chateau Lourmarin over the long weekend. More info here

Sketch of the day no 7: Baby purple artichoke in #Provence

I must admit, sketch of the day is a hard discipline to master especially when I’ve been out all morning, feel exhausted and have so many other things to do. Hopefully, once it becomes a habit, sitting down to draw will become less of a chore and more of a pleasure 🙂

ketch of purple baby artichoke
ketch of purple baby artichoke

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