Saturday, 24 March 2012

Les prospères brocanteurs

Marché à la Brocante, Villeneuve-lèz-AvignonLast Saturday our sketch crawl group met at the Saturday antiques market in Villeneuve-lèz-Avignon. Sketching around the market was gorgeous fun. Here's a fun portrait fellow sketcher Marie-France did : with their round bellies she called them 'the prosperous antique dealers'. A while later I photographed one of them, seated. You might recognise his hat, moustache and yellow shirt...
Below, a prickly fish keeps a watchful eye over Fort St Andre and the area.
Samedi dernier, notre groupe de rando-croqueurs s'est réuni au marché à la brocante de Villeneuve-lèz-Avignon. Il y avait plein de choses à dessiner, on s'est beaucoup amusés. Voici un portrait fait par Marie-France, une de nos croqueuses : ventre rond, les prospères brocanteurs ? Un peu plus tard, j'ai photographié l'un d'eux assis : vous reconnaitrez sans doute son chapeau, sa moustache et sa chemise jaune.
Ci-dessous, un poisson très fâché surveille le fort St André et ses abords.

14 comments:

Jack said...

Her sketches are very good. She captures the essence of these men with just a few strokes of a pen for each antiques dealer.

Chri said...

Quels beaux portraits!

Françoise Dumon said...

De bien beaux portraits et une belle journée.

claude said...

Il est bien croqué, le brocanteur, par Marie-France.
J'en ai vu un poisson comme cela aux Antilles mais il était moins gros. C'est un poisson ballon.

│ˉˉˉˉ│∩│ˉˉˉˉ│ AVIGNON │ˉˉˉˉ│∩│ˉˉˉˉ│ said...

C'est donc pour ça que les brocanteurs sont souvent entourés de jolies femmes : c'est parce qu'ils sont prospères.
Prospère yop la boum ! c'est le chéri de ces dames...

Bob Crowe said...

I wish I had such talent but my eye-hand coordination is weak. It's a way to exceed the literalness of the lens and show a more personal impression.

Your bottom picture reminds me of a CDP from Cleveland that's been silent almost four years, although you can still find it online. It was wan on my favorites. It was done by a Vietnamese man who called himself iBlowfish. The images were lonely, mostly B&W and brilliantly executed. He was one of the few CDPBs (yours, of course, being among the elect) that made Blog Of Note.

Jilly said...

Such talent in your group, not least you, of course. I love that you photographed one of the men who had been sketched. Just rounds (!) out the story nicely.

JM said...

Super cool sketch! The puffer fish reminds me of one I found dead at a beach in Ecuador.

jeandler said...

Il était à vendre le superbe poisson globe ?

Nathalie said...

Oui Jeandler, le poisson globe était à vendre. Un beau nid à poussière à poser sur une console...

Yes Yeandler the puffer fish was for sale. A great dust catcher to have on a side table! :)

Thérèse said...

Le diodon est genial!

Nathalie said...

PS - you might find that there wasn't much of a crowd at the market. That's because it was still fairly early, the crowds arrived later. We got in fairly early (alright, 9:30 AM) and glad we did: it gets harder to sketch with too many people passing in front of you.

Sharon Creech said...

Thank you for taking us along to this market and for showing us those beautiful sketches, too.

Nathalie said...

J'ai retrouvé le nom de ce poisson : le diodon bien sûr !

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