Detailed, Gestural Watercolor by Sophie Blouet
Sophie Blouet is watercolor painter who currently resides in Santa Rosa, California. Originally from Paris, Sophie has spent most of her life honing her skills, rendering her surroundings in detailed, gestural watercolor.
I enjoy the wide variation in Sophie’s chosen subject matter. Where in our previous feature we focused on the artist’s seascapes and watercraft paintings, she also has a substantial body of still-life and portrait work. Sophie is as skilled at rendering human figures as she is at depicting trees and stones. The slightly looser, expressionistic style that Sophie uses works really well for subjects that are shown in movement, such as in the artist’s genre paintings of horse races.
In her still life works, the artist uses a classical style, posing collections of objects and painting them at the center of the work. The nature of the watercolor lends these a light and sunny tone, as if each piece is painted in a room filled with sunlight.