Thursday, March 23, 2017

Morning Art

For quite a while now I have done art (almost) every morning. It started in 2015 with over 300 paintings in gouache and then last year I filled a special morning book mostly with drawings of patterns and abstracts.

Over the past months I integrated my morning art with my every day journal. Now that journal is about to close. In fact I just finished the last morning art page in it. So here are the last seven morning art drawings I did in my journal (the Allround Book about which you can see more here).

This may be my favourite pattern ever!

Now this journal is full it is time to move on to yet another form of morning art. I will separate it from the journal again. I do love the integration, but not all journals are equally suitable to make art in and also I like to have specific books with specific purposes, because...well...I'm a control freak and I like things nicely ordered. ;-)

I will tell you all about my next morning art experimentation when I have the first pages to show, but that's for another post. For now I just wish you a wonderful and artsy day.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Patterns in the Moleskine Sketchbook

I hadn't worked in my Moleskine sketchbook for a while. I mean the actual official sketchbook with the thick paper. I have been working in the ones with thin grid paper, because I have a grid addiction currently that won't go away, but because of that the actual sketchbook was a bit neglected.

So recently I decided to pick it up and do a few drawings. Of course they were also grid drawings (sigh), but at least I set up the grids myself, haha.

These drawing remind me most of colourful mosaics. They were drawn with a Pigma Graphic drawing pen and coloured in with Faber Castell Pittpens (brushpens). The paper of the sketchbook seems absolutely to be made for these markers, so I never use anything else in it. Never change a winning team. ;-)

Hope you are doing something colourful in your neck of the woods and wishing you a wonderful and artsy day.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Random Stuff

Just some random things from the last few months, because that's my life too. ;-)

Yes Easter is on its way, but I saw these easter bunnies in a store in January! Christmas was barely over.

The most beautiful latte I have ever been served.

I discovered Aliexpress and it is very dangerous. Two journal covers for next to nothing.

Sweet snail mail from my online pal Nicole. It's all about coffee and tea.

If I didn't have Spooky I would surely abduct my sisters dog Jinte. In June I get to take care of her again.

A quote by John Muir Laws from his beautiful book about nature journaling.

Preparing for a book club meeting I had to host. It's always a lot of work, but very rewarding.

A shopping spree in the city of Groningen. Also visited a Rodin exhibit there.

My beautifully marked midori.

If you look up the word 'smug' in the dictionary you will find this picture.

Exciting weekend plans.

A trip to the Frisian Museum. I combined an installation by Sybren Renema with the actual view from the museum. :-)

Spooky in the morning.

Taking many a forest walk on my lunch breaks lately.

Election day. It was a difficult choice, 28 parties wanted me to vote for them, but I only had one vote.

And that's how life has been around here lately. Hope you are doing well wherever you are and wishing you a wonderful and artsy weekend!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Allround Book (a journal)

In January I started a brand new journal. I had just finished my previous one which was a solely written notebook (which is also why I haven't shown you any of it on this blog). However after a few months of only writing I really started to miss my regular journals where I just throw everything together and I decided to do something completely opposite, namely put everything I was doing in just one book. My morning art, my reading log, my writing, my photographs, my regular art, etc. My idea was to simply fill a book with everything expressive I was doing and not use any other books during that time. I decided to call it the Allround Book.

I chose a Seawhite of Brighton sketchbook of about 8x8 inches (20x20 cm) for this, because if there's any sketchbook that I see as allround it's that one. It has the most forgiving paper for just about any kind of media and I figured that would be perfect for my purpose.

The book itself is quite plain in black, so I decorated the covers to make it look more fun. For this I used images from the calendar I had for 2016 which featured a lot of lovely painted cats.

As I am writing this post the book (almost 200 pages!) is almost full and I love it very much. experiment soon became a bit of a failure. It turns out I do the things I do because I like them that way (different books for different purposes) and if I try to change my approach it just doesn't work. So within a week I was already longing for my other sketchbooks and also doing my reading log in this book didn't feel right, mostly because the 'book reports' got lost between the rest of the journal. In the end the only thing that I kept doing in this book, besides journaling that is, was my morning art. But after this book is full I will separate that from the journal again as well. In short: the experiment will not be continued.

But...the book is absolutely wonderful and I feel totally at home in it and will be sorry to close it when it's full. I have that oldfashioned pleasurable feeling again of a steady companion in journal form that holds my life for future reference and current focus.

So here are some spreads from this journal for your viewing pleasure. Naturally I am only showing a small selection just to give an idea of what it looks like. 

The only drawings/art you see are from my morning art practice. In general my journals are not art journals, they are written journals with sometimes  bit of a layout or most often just added pictures and everyday ephemera. And that, as it turns out, is exactly how I like them.

Some of the spreads above are part of the travel journal I kept during my vacation to Schiermonnikoog. This is also a thing I will not do again. I like my travel journals to be separate from my regular journals so they are a special keepsake from a trip. Now, like the book log, my travel pages feel 'lost' in between the rest.

It's all a matter of personal preference of course. As much as I like the idea of one book for everything it's just not working for me. It's good to have tried it though just to feel more at peace with my own approach. Every now and then you have to try something different just to see if it's time for a change. Turns out it wasn't.

Hope you enjoyed this peek into my current journal and wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Ferry Variations

As you all know I love doing pattern variations on grid paper. I usually use an XL moleskine  notebook for that, but recently I decided to buy a set of smaller moleskine cahiers so I could easily stick one in my bag without it taking up too much space. I don't work in this cahier often. Mostly on the ferry when I'm traveling to or from the main land. But it's nice to have this little go to book if my pattern frenzy acts up when I'm on the road, or...on the water as is mostly the case. :-)

Here are some pages from this notebook I did in the past few weeks:

All of these were done with Stabilo 68 felt tip pens and I think the most fun of these drawings is simply trying out different colour cominations in different settings. A grid and some felt tip pens, that's apparently all it takes to keep me happy these days!

Hope you are enjoying something simple that makes you happy (tell me about it in the comments) and I wish you all a wonderful and artsy day.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Morning Art

Every morning I try to do 30 minutes of art in my current journal. Integrating my morning art into the journal makes it look extra nice, but I think that when I have filled this journal up (and I'm close) I will do it in a separate book again, because it's just more practical that way.

I have ideas about filling smaller thinner journals and sticking to a certain practice or theme during one journal so I can practice something specific. But then again I always have ideas floating around in my head, so that may yet change when the time comes. We'll see how it goes.

For now here are six more pages of Morning Art:

All of these pages took more than one sitting and it's nice to just take your time and not worry about finishing something. The first three were the inspiration for my freebie colouring pages that I shared a short while ago (you can find them here if you're interested). I like it when one piece of drawing influences the next, it makes art somehow feel like a living breathing thing.

Now as for the journal itself I will try to show some pictures of that soon, so you can see how these pages are integrated in the whole.

For now I wish you a wonderful and artsy day. 

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