Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Zelhem Slideshow - part one of three

The first week of October I went on vacation to my sister's house in Zelhem (Bronckhorst), which is a town in the east of The Netherlands. While I was there I looked after her sweet dog Jinte, the cutest little border terrier. 

Having a dog at my disposal meant I had a very willing walking companion, so basically that's what I did: I walked and walked and walked some more. It was fabulous! Of course I also took many photographs and this three part series serves as a little slideshow of my vacation.

I won't be explaining much about the pictures. Around Zelhem it is mostly farmland and it shows. ;-) If anything needs clarifying however don't hesitate to ask in the comments. 

Hope you enjoy these pictures! 

This is the only bike ride I went on - to Slangenburg Castle.

This is a donkey rescue near my sister's house!

Next time part two of my vacation. For now I wish you all a wonderful and artsy day! And yes...it's good to be back on the blog. :-)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

From the Morning Book (and a blog break announcement)

At the time this post is published I will have worked in my Morning Book for about 200 days! It's like a tiny miracle how the days add up with a regular morning practice, almost on their own. I just show up every morning and the book gets filled. Slowly, but steadily. It feels a bit like wielding some kind of artistic magic.

Here are six recently finished pages:

The two portraits are part of my endless mail order catalogue girl series. No models hold still so perfectly as those that just come through my mailbox. ;-) They were drawn with a Pentel Pocket Brush and further defined with a graphite pencil. Some colour was added with Pittpens (the Big Brush kind).

The patterns were all drawn with markers and in the last two I also added extra colour with coloured pencils. Especially the grid ones took a lot of patience to finish. I sometimes wonder how it's possible that someone who is at nature a very impatient person can have an endless amount of patience when it comes to drawing patterns and how do I translate that to real life? It would certainly come in handy! ;-)

And now for something completely different: I have a vacation coming up! Yay!
Like every year I will spend a free vacation at my sister's house just exploring the beautiful area she lives in while she and her husband explore another place away from home. This year I will have the added bonus of a furry companion in the form of their sweet dog Jinte.

She's the sweetest scruffiest little border terrier and I intend to bring her on my walks. We'll see how it goes.

My own furry companion will have a lovely cat sitter, so no worries about that.

I will be back on the blog somewhere halfway October, no doubt with some slideshows of the photographs I took. Until then I wish you all a wonderful and artsy time!

Monday, September 26, 2016

A bit of collage

I love doing collage so much, but somehow never get around to actually doing it much. Maybe it's because it takes a bit more effort than just grabbing a pen and some colours and setting up a pattern or doodle.

The way I do collage I use a lot of different media and it's something I really need to take my time for.

Recently I did these two collages in my Collage Book, which is a Moleskine XL Cahier.

I felt very rusty when doing them, but I do like how they turned out. I used anything from stencils, coloured pencils, gouache, washi tape to circle templates, magazine images, wrapping materials and paint markers. To me collage is like doing a big mix and match game.

I never have a plan up front I just start somewhere and the most important question is always 'what's next?', never 'what will this lead to?'. I think that's bascically how I do most of my art. Executing a well laid out plan just seems boring to me, even though with certain things you kind of have to. But not with collage. It's a very organic process and I like that.

Anyway, I finally added a new spread to my Collage Book and that's all that really matters after all. That, and that I had a good time doing it. ;-)

Hope you are all doing something you enjoy and wishing you a wonderful and artsy day!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Walking Pictures

Nothing keeps me more grateful than walking around my island. I am constantly aware of the beauty that surrounds me and how fortunate I am to live right in the middle of all this gorgeous landscape. Taking pictures keeps me even more aware of it all, because it helps me look around instead of getting lost in my own thoughts.

So, let's go walking!


These pictures were taken (with my phone) on the west side of the island which is a bit further away for me, so I usually take the bus there. It was one of those days with sunshine and lots of clouds that are always perfect for reflections on the water.

Hope you enjoyed strolling along with me and wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

From the Morning Book

I am slowly closing on on 200 days of working in my Morning Book. Every morning right after I get up or right after breakfast (depending on the day) I set my timer for 30 minutes and work in this sketchbook. I have filled about 70 pages that way. It's kind of slow going, but it's also a very steady practice and that is a good thing.

Here are some finished pages for your viewing pleasure (I hope):

All of these were done in Faber Castell Pittpens (brushpens). These markers work really well with the smooth paper of the Dylusions journal I'm using.

I am especially fond of the mandalas in this series. There's something very satisfying about both drawing them and colouring them in. And they're pretty, so there's that. ;-)

Hope you are doing something to keep your creative self busy and wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day!l
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