Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Flowers up close

The other day I decided to play with the macro setting on my camera and see if I could take some interesting pictures of flowers in bloom. Well...it was immediately obvious to me that taking these kinds of pictures is an art in itself and I am not well trained in it. And also that on windy days it is hard to get the flowers to stand still, haha.

So keep that in mind when you look at these and instead just be in awe of the beauty of the flowers themselves. ;-)

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Morning Paintings #151-160

Time for a new batch of Morning Paintings.

As I'm writing this I'm nearing the end of my fourth sketchbook and when I look at these sketchbooks I'm a bit stunned that I filled them with so many paintings. How the hell did that happen? Well...one page at a time.

As simple as that sounds this practice is really teaching me about small but consistent steps leading to a bigger whole. Taking a little time in a day to paint is not all that challenging, but when you do it day after day after day, you actually end up with a collection of paintings and full sketchbooks. It's pretty exciting actually. ;-)

Here are paintings #151 tot 160:

#151 - Flowers on Green

#152 - Summer

#153 - Blue Skies

#154 - True to Form

#155 - Three Little Words

#156 - Good Afternoon

#157 - Flowers on Blue

#158 - Sunrise

#159 - Flourish

#160 - Flowers in a Field

My paintings always show my preferences of that exact moment. I simply paint what I want. In this case I wanted lots of mandalas and lettering, so that's what I did. It's nice to just sit down and paint whatever you feel like and not really care about repetition or be afraid of trying something new. It's all good.

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy weekend!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Walk with me!

Usually these days (not always) when I go on my walks I make a little compilation of the pictures I've taken with my phone. I put those on Instagram and Facebook and some people seem to enjoy them. I make them for myself too, because I often print them out later and can use the imagery in my journals or cards or collages or whatever I feel like. And as I've said before taking pics helps me appreciate the beauty of the things I encounter.

Anyway here are some photo compilations of some of my latest walks:

I don't know if you can tell from above pictures but the island is in full bloom right now. We're having one of those exuberant years when it comes to blooming flowers. The last time it was like this was in 2012. It's not as if nothing blooms in other years, there just seems to be so much more of it some years than in others.  It probably has something to do with how the weather has been, I don't know.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy taking these walks with me and I wish you wonderful and artsy day.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Snail Mail

I finally got around to sitting in my studio and make some art mail for my Snail Mail Listers. Yes, that's what I've decided to call the people on my Snail Mail List.

I made a series of eight collage cards and these were both quite challenging and quite wonderful to do, because the base cards were in grey colours (well ranging from white to black). I enjoyed putting in atmospheric images and adding just a touch of colour here and there. As you know I love love love bright colours, so this toned down style was different for me.

Here's how the cards turned out:

The cards are already on their way to their recipients and some of them may already have arrived by now. I sure hope they are enjoyed.

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

150 Morning Paintings

Every time I reach another milestone in my Morning Painting practice I get a little more confident and a little more proud of this routine I started last January. And for me a milestone is about every fifty paintings. I don't why that is, that just feels right.

So here are paintings number 141 to 150!

#141 - Flowers on Ochre and Orange

#142 - Circles in Squares

#143 - Abstract Nonsense

#144 - Flowers on Red

#145 - Mail Order Catalogue Girl

#146 - Mail Order Catalogue Girl

#147 - A Bit More Nonsense

#148 - Plaid

#149 - Flowers

#150 - 150 Paintings

With painting #150 I did my first mandala and I have done a few more since. I love drawing with the black paint and then later rewetting some parts of the painting to fill in sections with grey. I also love  mixing different colours together for the backgrounds. It gives a lovely grungy effect.

Hope you are still enjoying watching these paintings on a regular basis, because I don't think I'm going to be able to stop anytime soon. ;-)

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day. 

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