Friday, September 15, 2017

A cat while you wait ...

This isn't a real post. Just a quick message of sorts.

Usually on Friday I do two or three posts for the coming week, but right now life is a little bit full and busy and I need a little relaxation before another full week comes along. Not fretting about the blog will help, so I won't be posting in the coming week.

But ... I don't want to leave you empty handed so here is the king of relaxation showing us how it's done:

I think we can all learn something from him, don't you?

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy week!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The next morning project (a step by step)

So I finished my last morning art project a few weeks ago. I filled a book with portraits and I enjoyed it very much. The nice thing about doing those portraits was that it was a pretty fast way to fill a page. I could draw one of those ladies in about 15 to 20 minutes, so every morning I did my art I filled a whole page in my sketchbook.

With that in mind my next morning project is extra daunting. You see, I have decided to fill a watercolour sketchbook with watercolour mosaics. If you have been on this blog for a while you may have seen some of my mosaics in older posts, but I have never really filled a sketchbook just with them. They are, shall we say...a little time consuming?

I do my morning art only 30 minutes every morning and so far the ones I have done (only two) have taken me eight sessions a piece! The book I am using is an A4 Seawhite of Brighton watercolour sketchbook and it has 35 pages. So with a little calculating that means filling this book will take me over 40 weeks! Probably a lot more, since I skip vacations as a rule and sometimes have to skip a day for practical reasons like travel or work.

That being said the actual doing of these mosaics is incredibly relaxing. It's basically drawing little shapes and colouring them in, pretty much the thing I love about all my patterns. So the project may take forever, but at least I'll be very zen every morning, haha.

I thought it might be interesting to show you the process of one of these paintings today, so you can see how such a page comes about and why the hell it takes so long.

Here's a step by step of the second mosaic I did:

That black blob on the right is my cat Spooky who likes to  join me sometimes. :-)

Each picture represents half an hour of work. I draw the mosaic out with a ruler and mechanical pencil and then do each colour seperately. It's a bit of an experiment to see how things turn out, but mostly it's jus a very meditative practice that I enjoy doing.

I will be sure to share some more pages from this sketchbook when I have finished them, but, as you may have guessed by now, the updates of my morning art project will be bit less frequent than before.

Hope you enjoyed this peek into my process and wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

And the winner is....

Last week I told you about the mistake I made in buying a sticker book that was not really suitable for me.

So I decided to give it away. There were not many takers, but that means that those who did enter had a bigger chance of winning. Still, I only have one sticker book, so with the help of a number generator I picked the winner from the comments and it is Mari! She had this to say:

Mari is from South Africa and we actually sometimes correspond through e-mail where she mails me in Afrikaans and I mail her back in Dutch. Because the languages are so related we can understand each other (almost) perfectly. Above she asked me to put her name in the sorting hat and thanks me for the opportunity to win. Mari, I sure hope you will enjoy those stickers! I think I still have your address, but would appreciate it if you confirmed it through e-mail (you know how to reach me). Thanks.

For the rest of you, I promise if I ever buy the wrong stickers again I will give them away on the blog so you can have another chance. ;-)

For now I wish you all a wonderful and artsy weekend!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Walking Pictures

Just some pictures I took on my many walks across this beautiful island I call home.

Hope you are surrounded by beauty and wishing you a wonderful and artsy day.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The last of the Morning Portraits

My last morning art project is fully finished. I filled a 32 page sketchbook with portraits, mostly done in multi-coloured pencil. In fact I only did two in watercolour in the very beginning and am almost sorry I did that, because it feels a little inconsistent, but then again I am anal like that, so it's probably just me.

Here are the last six portraits:

As always these are after a mail order catalogue, so no one I know. Mail order catalogue girls are simply convenient and always available to pose for me.

I really enjoyed drawing these and it was nice to draw with coloured pencil for a change, which I had never really done, especially these multi-coloured ones.
It was also nice to do a project where I could finish a page in one sitting. In fact most of these took only about 15 to 20 minutes. 

Now my next project, which I began about a week ago, is not nearly as fast. That one will be a real test of my patience, but that may be interesting in itself. I will tell you all about it in a future post.

For now I wish you all a wonderful and artsy day.
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