vendredi 23 septembre 2011

Study of dead leaves

Study of dead leaves in my garden, watercolor

Small sketches

Lebna dam lake

Chebika Montain oasis

Jebel Metloui

I usually make rapid small squared paintings in the side of the sketchpad a part of the main work, when in a hurry an not enough time to get details, just to rember the site or to have an overview of the surroundings.

First Collared Doves in Tunisia

Sketch of first Collared Doves discovered in Tunisia in 1991 at Bizerte in the garden of my friend Issam.


Sketckes of waterbirds, Black-winged Stilt, Gull-billed Tern, Little Egret, Wood Sandpiper and Black-headed Gull at

Black-headed Gulls

Old Marabout and Swallows

Spring landscape and flying swallows and martins around old Marabout, Béja. Watercolor

jeudi 22 septembre 2011

Oak with Ferns

Oak tree with Fens and moss, Ain Draham

White Stork

White Stork nesting with Sparrows, Ghar el Melah. Waterwolor

Fat Sand Rat

Fat Sand Rat Psamommys obesus  in a hole among salicornia végétation, Hchichina (Gabès). The Psammomys is a small rat found particularly around wetlands (Sebkha and chotts) mainly in arid areas and partly along the coast

Southern wetlands 3

Jemna wetland (south of chott el Jerid) early in the morning. Ink

Waders in the marshes

Black-winged stilt, Grey Plover, Ringed Plover and Curlews in the marshes of at low tide, Gabè: watercolors

Zaghouan Cliffs

Landscape of cliffs and bushes at Zaghouan national park

Oasis of Tozeur

Multitude of trees and plants : Palms, Banana tree, Grenade trees, Common Figs, Amand and lot of birds, reptiles, insects etc... It's Tozeur oasis

Boast and Cliffs

Zarzis coast lines

Cory's Shearwater

Breeding Cory's Shearwater on nest at Zembra national park. Ink

Brown-necked Raven

Outline sketch of Brown-necked Ravens on the Sahara dunes around small water stream at Ghsar Ghilene, south of Tunisia. Watercolor and ink

Southern Great Shrike

Southern Great Shrike, Cap Bon

Orchids and Stick insect

Sticks insect, Ophrys speculum and Ophrys tenthredinifera

mercredi 21 septembre 2011

Botanical Study : Crategus

Crategus : Fruits and leaves, Mornag

Galite Archipelago

Galite Archipelago is a nature reserve around 40 km far from the northern tunisian coast. Eleonora's Falcons, Audouin's Gulls and Shags are the main breeding birds in the islands

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail in my garden : watercolor and watercolor pencils

Two Golden Eagles at Ain Bou Saadia

Ain Bousaadia : a perched berber village, a spring, a forest, many cliffs and of course birds. This landscape was superb in spring and while sketching two Golden Eagles appeared flying over the horizon with a flock a Alpine Swifts.

Sand Martins

A big flock of Sand Martins was resting in Tamarisk bushes near dam lake in a windy day, just have a time to sketch some of them

Flamingos and Shelducks : El Hondo, Spain

This rapid sketch was made at el Fondo natural park (El Rincon) Spain. A sandy bank was hiding partly the birds so just the heads of the Flamingos appeared among the Shelducks.

Little Owl

Little owl among rubbles, Kalaat el Andalous marshes

Botanical study : Pittosporum tobira

Botanical study of Pittosporum tobira fruits in my garden

The olive tree

Lonely olive tree along oued Sejenane, Ichkeul national park 

Squacco Heron

Squacco Heron at Sidi Salem dam lake, north-west Tunis

Ringed Plover

Sketches of Ringed Plover at Kalaat el Andalous marshes 

Bluets and Buttercups

Bluets and White Buttercups at Endidha : Oil monotype on paper ( 21 x 13,5 cm)

Orphrys lutea

Ophrys lutea, Bizerte : Oil Monotype paper (21 x 13,5 cm)

Wildlife in my garden : Praying manthis

Praying mantis is one among of many fascinating insects that I regularly record in my garden

Drawing, drawing....

Slender-billed Gull and Avocets at Thyna Saltpans  ink and grey wash

Shearwaters and storm

Two Cory's Shearwaters flying alone before the coming storm ahead, Tunis north coast

Dry season

Lillte Egret, Black-winged stilts, Grey plovers and dead cow, late summer at Cap Bon wetland

Atlas Goundi

Sketch of Atlas Goundi family, rocky hills around Matmata berber village south Tunisia

Spotted Redshanks

Three Spotted Redshanks at Ichkeul national park : watercolor pencils


Two Avocets, Sebkhet Ariana : watercolor

Southern wetlands 2

Chott el Gharsa a lage salty depression north of chott el Jerid but partly fresh water near the oueds flow.

Black Wheater

Black Wheater among ruins : watercolor


Avocets , Sebkhet Ariana : Oil, Monotype

The sketch used for the final monotype