Thursday, June 8, 2017

Around here lately....

Just some pictures of the past few months of all kinds of stuff that is my life too:

The journal. Always the journal, no matter what.

New beach pavillion. Approved.

King of the Castle and he knows it!

My beautiful handmade B6 Traveler's notebook by R Atelier/ Rosie Tian. It is my current journal.

The love of grids never ends.

Reading the Flow special about houses and interiors  made me appreciate my own.

Festival Time! Here Comes the Summer is a small festival on my island. Three days of music shared with a friend.

Impression of day one. The Reverend Shawn Amos (bottom left) was the absolute highlight of the festival for me.

Impression of day two. There were lots of fun activities for kids, like making protest signs.

Impression of day three. By the way, despite its name it was quite cold that weekend.

Drawing an egg on the ferry, because the holder was so cute.

The beach chairs are back. I guess tourist season is really here now.

Spring is definitely here!

Walking, walking, walking...what else is new?

Finished the Bunny Book journal.

View of the Wadden Sea through dead branches and fresh greens.

Somebody wants to move in....

....but somebody already lives here.

And that's how things are around here. Not bad as far as I'm concerned. So far 2017 is proving to be a much more pleasant year than 2016 and I am very grateful for it.

Speaking of pleasant things, I have another vacation coming up! Yup, it's my third vacation this year. How spoiled can you be?

In January I went to the island of Schiermonnikoog and in April I went all the way south to Valkenburg and the coming week I will be going back to my sisters house in Zelhem for a free vacation in the east of the Netherlands. This has become a bit of an annual tradition.

I will be having a furry companion there too, since just like last year I will be taking care of her cute dog Jinte who I would totally dognap if I didn't already have cat in the house.

I'm not planning anything special, just lots of relaxing and walking the dog and reading books, but I'm sure I'll have some pics for you when I come back on the blog. That will be in about two weeks. So until then you will have to do without me. I'm sure you'll manage. ;-)

Until then I wish you all a wonderful and artsy time!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Portrait Practice

With all my love of grids and patterns and doodles I almost forget that there is such a thing as drawing and sketching actual realistic things. But it's good to keep a bit of practice every now and then, if only because variety is the spice of life.

So recently I sat down and focused on doing some portraits. I chose to do them in my huge A3 sketchbook and for models I chose my regular ladies: the mail order catalogue girls. It is exactly what it sounds like: just open a mail order catalogue that has people in it (in my case mostly women) and draw them. They stand perfectly still, they are professionals after all. ;-)

First I did four sketches in a brown graphite stick:

I found it challenging to work big and as you can see I have a lot  more trouble with a three quarter view than a full frontal one. I did like working with the graphite though. The third one is my favorite by the way.

The next day I wanted to take it a step further and do a watercolour portrait. The paper in the sketchbook is not suitable for watercolour, so I got out some watercolour paper of a somewhat smaller size and tried to capture another girl.

I enjoyed the play with paints and trying to layer onto previous layers to get it looking at least a little bit right. I'm not a great watercolourist, so this is about the best I could do.

I used to draw women and girls all the time, but now I hadn't done it in quite a while and I feel like I grew out of it a little. There's only so many hours in a day after all and if one is obsessed with patterns and such, those take priority over everything else. It's however good to keep your art muscle flexible and versatile.

Hope you are doing something different every now and then to keep things interesting and wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Some Snail Mail

It feels like centuries ago that I asked some of you if you wanted to receive snail mail from me at some point, and almost is. I had not made any mail art in a very long time, but there were still people on the Snail Mail List that had not received a card, so it was high time to put an end to their suffering. It helps that I've been doing so much collage lately, I guess that finally put me in the mood.

Last weekend I sat down and made eight cards and here they are:

I enjoyed making groups of four cards in the same style, but not completely similar. It takes a little less time than making each card seperately, but still makes it so that everyone has a unique card. I don't like sending out copies.

The eight cards have been sent to their recipients (those abroad may not even have received them yet) and now everyone on my Snail Mail Listers has received something from me. When I start making a new batch I will just restart at the beginning of the list. By the way, the list has forty people on it, so I'm not taking on any new names, also because my productivity when it comes to mail art is obviously ridiculously low.

Hope you enjoyed a peek at these cards though and I wish you all a wonderful and artsy weekend!

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