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#1 Aquarellia

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 10:39 AM

I’m just back from a little astronomical voyage in the nice surrounding area in the north of my home village. 

I just want to share here that experience with you.

The first part of this little voyage was to go to the village of Mons.  From there, weather permitting, 750m up the sea level, we can observe the mountains of Corsica. 

 

Here the view of the village sketched from our B&B terrace during the breakfast

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Once a year, to offer to the public a dark night, the municipality turns off the lights of the village. 

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 10:48 AM

The second part was near Clamensane, a very small village (150 inhabitants) where the ACF - (Astro Club de France) organize a national event, 3 full  weeks once a year.  Here as well there’s no light polution from the village.

 

Here a view of two Dobsons on the field.  I saw some common DSO objects, mainly in the 25” Obsession (a real whawwww scope) of Jean-Bernard, a friend of mine.  This giant dobson is here to the left.

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during the colimation period, we saw a nice shootingstar

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here follows the three “stars” of this period, however only one is a star but a “new” one.

 

The comet 21P Giacobini Zinner

 

The nova Scutum 2018

And last but not least the Mars tempest

 

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Clear sky to you all,

Michel

 


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 12:28 PM

Fantastic! And I never saw a painting of a big dob before! smile.gif

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 12:49 PM

Michel,

 

These watercolors are just fantastic.

So glad to hear of your great trip to the Alps.

The observing and enjoyable times must have

been very energizing.

Wonderful that you shared this here.

 

Frank :)



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Posted 13 July 2018 - 01:51 PM

Michel

 

Nice watercolor sketches.

 

Good sketch of Mars smile.gif .

 

CS,KLU,

 

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Posted 14 July 2018 - 10:00 AM

Michel,

 

really amazing watercolor sketches . I have never seen a sketch of an observing scene before.Great with the red lights.

Thank you for sharing with us.

 

clear skies

 

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Posted 15 July 2018 - 01:35 PM

Michel, I so love everything in this post, from your beautiful art work to your descriptions.  What a joy to hear of a municipality that turns out the lights for a dark sky night! Thank you so much for sharing this with us here on this forum!

Regards at ciel clair,

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 02:47 PM

Michel,

 

I love seeing watercolors of your little corner of the world--thanks for sharing your voyage with us.  flowerred.gif


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Posted 30 July 2018 - 11:41 PM

Thank you all for your so kind words. 

Michel



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Posted 31 July 2018 - 05:44 AM

Dear Michel, I am fascinated by your watercolor work. Did you additional use chines ink? How do you sketch this in the filed? Do you use an easel?



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Posted 31 July 2018 - 06:57 AM

Dear Michel, I am fascinated by your watercolor work. Did you additional use chines ink? How do you sketch this in the filed? Do you use an easel?

Hi dear Uwe
Thank you for your sympathetic question.
Yes I use china ink to finish some quick sketches, but never an easel.  An easel is not helpfull for watercolor work because the inclinasion of the paper must follows the direction of the water holding the pigment, in other words the position of the paper while drying must change.
During this session on the French Alps I did a conference on "astronomical watercolor".  The night after some people wants to see me sketching on the field.  

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This photo shows a part of the group looking at the material that I use.  Just a table, a sketchbook that I made with good watercolor papers and a few other classical items, such as a special china ink brush coming from Japan.

You can see the first sketch of this post during composition.

Making a sketch in public is also an experience smirk.gif

 

Michel


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Posted 31 July 2018 - 10:17 AM

Nice pic!  Good to see the astrosketcher at work.  smile.gif   

 

"Making a sketch in public is also an experience"

 

True that--I have a really hard time sketching with anyone around.  I think it speaks to the concentration we fall into when sketching an observation.


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Posted 31 July 2018 - 12:04 PM

What a wonderful post.  I love that your traveling to small villages in France for special observing nights, awesome.  Beautiful sketches especially the second with the public area and scopes.  Thank you for sharing.  



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Posted 01 August 2018 - 10:38 AM

What a wonderful post.  I love that your traveling to small villages in France for special observing nights, awesome.  Beautiful sketches especially the second with the public area and scopes.  Thank you for sharing.  

Thank you a lot for your kind message !

Michel



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Posted 02 August 2018 - 04:03 AM

Lovely post Michel and beautiful art work.

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Posted 04 August 2018 - 03:29 AM

Thank you Mark

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Posted 04 August 2018 - 07:29 AM

Michel, your work is always amazing! I really enjoy it. Thanks for sharing. As always clear skies. 




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