Sunday, September 14, 2014

My very first commission

I'm over the moon!
A lovely friend of mine asked me to paint for her.
I can't believe this is for real.
But I LOVE to paint,
so I am giving it my best.
With every stroke I think about how much I'm enjoying it,
and I think of her cute and beautiful kids,
and I think of my friend, of course;
how during our first few conversations
I kept thinking: Yes! Exactly! Where have you been all my life?

Here are the first few layers.
Love how the metallic paint shows through.

Below are a few sketches in my journal before attempting it for real ...

And here is where it is now.

Thank you Z,
for this opportunity!
As Jasmine would say: it rhymes,
so what I am saying is really is true :-)
(Random. I know.)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

My brain is full (but happy) ...

To see my kitchen is to see my brain.

A total mess.

We are entering our 5th month of home renovation. 
And although I LOVE living in our small pool house, 
I am ready for more counter space, cabinets, and big closets :) 

I have started the second year of homeschooling my girly girl. 
Sometimes I toy with the idea of sending her back to regular school.
Maybe next semester ...
or next year? *lol*
But truthfully I have also had many moments 
where I thought: I love this! 
We should homeschool at least until middle school.
Life is never certain in this household.
In the meantime,
my brain is always fully active preparing for the next lesson.
I have learned so much in the past 4 weeks!!

In between moments,
while the washer is running,
my girl is working out her math problems,
my boy is in school,
and the contractor doesn't need reminders,
I try to be creative.
It's not easy.
Well, I guess it's never easy.
But I am trying :)

Can't say I have produced a lot of pretty paintings or journal entries.
But there are always pretty pieces!

I know I need to start editing my photos more.
I need more of those in between moments :)

Monday, July 21, 2014

In my journal ..

A little bit of watercolor,
a little bit of colored pencils,
markers and a white gel pen :)

The picture above is a little bit inspired
By my kids who joined the summer swim team this year.
They got to participate in a few meets -
Which was really fun to watch.
(Although I must admit I do not enjoy some of the parents from the other teams - 
Talk about competitive and killing the joy of swimming!)
Anyhow, I'm glad for the experience
And it's always funny to watch the younger ones,
Who pop up their little heads in the middle of the race
To check where everyone else is :)

To all team swimmers - you are amazing!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Brain dump

Just a few random journal pages,
created during a few coffee shop visits
and kids' swim practices :)

PS. I am still journalling in the Haestens catalog.
So any photos with beds ... 
Well, those are the Haestens' catalog pictures :)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The ups and downs of a journal page

My art journal pages may not look pretty to everyone,
but I usually work them until I am happy with them.
Unfortunately, sometimes I get stuck ...
and I am unable to continue or change my work 
into something that makes sense to me.
I find it ironic that something that can neither be right or wrong
can make me feel so unsettled.

There has been a page recently that made me unreasonably uncomfortable.
It had an element that I loved.

But as a whole I hated it.

I couldn't leave it alone though.

A few days later I transferred a beautiful image of a young woman onto it.
I had an inkling that it may not work,
because my background was too dark.
Should have listened to my intuition;
the transfer didn't show at all,
except for a part of the girl's face.
(I challenge you to find it :)

Halfway through transferring I got frustrated,
and because the image on the back of the transfer page looked pretty,
I stopped the transfer process,
cut my losses 
and kept the picture of the pretty bowls 
before everything was lost.

What do you do though with a picture of bowls? 
Flowers came to mind. 
I started liking the journal page again.

But what to do with that face?
I tried to resurrect it - unsuccessfully.
I loved the reddish blob, that looked like a flower in her hair.
So I drew another face,
just so the flower could decorate something pretty :)
I really like my drawn face, 
but she doesn't belong there, 
sticking out of those flowers she looks odd.

I am stuck again :(
My brain tells me that this is just an exercise.
It's okay to move on.
Still, my heart mourns for the girl on my journal page,
being in such an odd position.

I am weird, I know. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

In my art journal

I love transferring magazine images to my art journal.
They offer quick (with advanced preparation) interest to start my journalling.
Sometimes I prep the page by painting it first and sometimes I paint on top of it.
However, after transferring 3 images on this page I didn't have the heart to cover it too much.
To me it looked refreshing and peaceful.
I just added a bit of journalling - 
my reaction of how I felt right after the transfer was complete :)

I hope you have a chance to rest and relax this weekend!

Monday, April 7, 2014

My style

I think I have found my style.
Random doodling.
Is that even a style? 
I don't know.
But I like living in the land of randomness.
Drawing one thing that leads to another thing and then to another -
Expressing what's on my mind at that exact time.

Maybe this is why I have hard time finishing real paintings. 
I get bored.
It's hard to keep my mind on the same thing for days. 

Here is my latest random art journal entry.

I have quite a few other journalling exercises that have been waiting to be finished ...

Maybe I'll turn them all into random works of doodle pages :)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Dreamy journalling

I am still following Misty's class
I love the variety of inspiration she gives us.

I especially love the iphone art
and journalling prompts.
It's surprising to me, 
because I signed up to improve my painting techniques.
I wanted to know how to REALLY paint.
Instead, I have fallen deeper into 
the dreamy, random and surreal way of art making.

I'm learning that sometimes the most satisfying things
do not have to be complicated.

The last journal entry is dedicated to my new, best friend -
who continually encourages me to make something out of my "art making".
You are the best Z!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

From the garden

I have always loved sketching flowers.
While living in the condo,
I used to buy flowers from the supermarket,
but most times the flowers would die
before I got a chance to really sketch or photograph them.

Now that we have a garden,
I don't have an excuse anymore.
The previous owner, an avid gardener, was absolutely right
when she told me that we will have many surprises throughout the year.
I'm continuously amazed and delighted what pops up.

These ranunculus I have planted myself
and it is my first step to finally sketch nature more often.

I have been much inspired by Mary Ann Moss at Dispatch From LA.

Obviously, I must practice more :)
But any start is a good start, I say!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

On to the canvas

A few days ago I sketched girls
in my little journal.
So while my kids were building leprechaun traps,
I took the opportunity to draw my favorite girls onto canvas.

I'm not sure why I painted two of them.
It just sort of happened.
I guess it's what happens when you have
a lot of unfinished paintings around :)

Monday, March 17, 2014

One more in the art journal.

For those who know me,
every single journal entry or painting
is a huge achievement.

Can't say enough how happy I am to have this one in my journal.

I'm still happily following Misty's prompts, 
and deviating from it in many ways.
This one consists of many magazine transfers ... 

Love the effect!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Lazy Sunday

Did a bit of yard work this morning.
It's hard to work in the garden
when one is so allergic to outdoorsy things.

Taking a break in the coffee shop now,
with the family -
who is amazingly busy with
reading and looming :)

So I get to sketch a little.

Those girls in the second drawing
don't look like they want to be there,
do they?
I know that look ...

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Thanks to my kid's imagination

The other day, 
I was chugging along on an abstract painting.
I really like abstract paintings.
There is no pressure
for it to look like anything,
no right or wrong.
And towards the end,
you can look at it 
and let your imagination run wild.

I imagined that the light blue was the ocean
and so I drew a sailboat.
I imagined the blue peaks were mountains,
so to emphasize nature, I drew some trees in the back.
Then my 8 year old came along and casually said: Oh nice buildings!

What? Where?
I explained to her that they were mountains
and she craned her neck as if to figure out 
from what angle I was seeing the mountains.
She left without argument.
But for some reason, by now all I could think was 'buildings' ...
I started drawing in windows.
And oila!

I couldn't imagine it any other way.
They were meant to be buildings.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

In various journals ..

Still following Misty Mawn's prompts and examples.
Life is good :)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Digital creations

For Christmas, my hubby asked me what I wanted and 
though I was tempted to ask for a new dishwasher,
I chose an e-course called Full Circle by Misty Mawn.

For a few weeks we will be painting, journalling, and creating digital art.
All of which are totally what I LOVE to do!

I can't say I have been the best of students,
because I am skipping and re-arranging the order of assignments,
depending on what I have on the table 
or what's going on in my week.
But hey, who cares, right?

Here are a few of my ipad creations,
using my photos and sketches, and
PicTapGo, Brushes, Waterlogue, and/or SuperImpose.

I love how convenient an ipad can be.
The possibilities are endless!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Hello 2014!

It has crossed my mind many times 
to abandon this blogging thing.
I get easily distracted with life,
stuff, ...

However, as I look through my entries of the past,
I realize that it is important to me to have these little proofs of creativity. 
As I bemoan the realities of life sometimes,
(you know, like laundry, vacuuming, cooking, ...)
I seem to forget how productive I have been
in other, more exciting ways.
This blog is a tiny reminder of it.

And so I will continue.
For my own future sanity.
No matter how small my contribution to this blog,
I know I am always thankful for it months later.

So here I am :)

Earlier this year,
While I was looking for a word of the year,
I stumbled upon this phrase.

That is exactly how I feel. 
And so it will be my motto for 2014 :)