Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Around here lately

Just some random pictures I took over the past months, because that is my life too:


Spooky envying the sketchbook on my lap while he has to sit at the table. He was not amused.

Patterns and supplies all over my studio table.

Sunrise on the way to work.

Spooky feeling very content. Often he does get his way. :-)

The journal, always the journal.

Beach walk on a beautiful day.

This is a print of Escher's Metamorphosis II, a very long painting, which I think would make incredible washi tape. 

Nothing is as comfortable to sleep on as your humans sketchbook. 

Another journal al filled up!

To keep our beaches and coast line from washing away, sand replenishment is a regular necessity. 

Participated in Dewey's Readathon in October

My reading nest by candlelight. 

Low tide at the North Sea.

A book and a cat. A perfect pair to have on your lap. 

Forever fascinated by silhouettes.

Another sunrise on the way to work. 

Visited the craft supply fair Kreadoe again with sister and cousin. This was my loot of the day. 

A table full of joy!

The overseer at work. 

Beach pole on a quiet afternoon.

Fall is showing up everywhere.

Foggy Forest

A sweet surprise from an online friend.

Currently I'm fascinated by drawing tiles.

Walking along the Wadden Sea at low tide.

All over the island fresh new carpets are being formed on the ground.

Pictures like these keep me grateful for and aware of the good things in my life. It's important to keep your eyes open for the good stuff, otherwise the not so good, the annoying, the stressfull  and even just the mundane could overwhelm you and make you lose perspective. I try not to let that happen, which isn't always easy and certainly does not always work, but it is definitely worth the effort.

Hope you are focusing on the positive things in life a little more than the negative and wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Watercolour Mosaics

Mostly I express my pattern addiction through felt tip pens and markers, because they are just so convenient. Especially if, like me, you like to do your art with your feet up on the couch while listening to podcasts. ;-)

But I do love other media as well, so every now and then (not nearly enough to my liking) I do some patterning in paint or pencil or whatever takes my fancy at that moment.

Here are three watercolour mosaics that I did not too long ago:

All these were done in my A4 sized Seawhite of Brighton watercolour sketchbook. That is the same book I filled halfway with morning art when I was still doing watercolour mosaics every morning.  It's a beautiful book with beautiful paper, so one day I hope to have it completely filled up with painting like these.
The watercolour is the Rembrandt brand by Royal Talens, in case you wanted to know. :-)

There is a quality to doing patterns in watercolour that is different from using pens and markers. It's softer and a bit more alive if you will, because the colours are transparent and less solid. I really like the effect of different media on my pattern fascination, so I'll keep experimenting and trying out new things. It keeps things interesting.

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

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The last of the Moleskine XL

In May of 2016 I bought a Moleskine XL softcover notebook with squared/grid pages in it. By then I had become fascinated with patterns and especially how to work them on grid paper. I worked on the book quite regularly. It was my steady companion when relaxing on the couch and listening to podcasts. It was never far out of reach.

The pages I filled in it often took a lot of time, so even though I worked in it a lot and even though I only worked on one side of each page (to prevent bleeding) it still took me over two years to finish it. But finish it I did!

Here are the last six patterns in the Moleskine XL Squared:

As you can see I chose to use the same colours in the last six pages, very much inspired by the fact that it's autumn. As always they were done in my trusted Stabilo 68 felt tip pens. In fact the entire book was done in those. I actually have had to replace several colours over time, that's always a good sign of liking an art supply.

When I finished the book I made a very bad little video of me quickly leafing through it. You can only see a fraction of the patterns coming by, but my intention was to show the wealth of a fully filled up sketchbook, so I hope you enjoy this peek anyway.

Now that this book is finished I have immediately purchased another book. It's also a Moleskine XL squared, but I opted for a cahier style book instead of a regular softcover. The idea is the same though: filling it up with grid patterns. I have already done the first few in there, but that is something for another post.

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

P.S. For those who receive my posts by mail. You probably have to go to the blog itself to see the video. Blogger never  includes the actual video in their mail service. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Foggy Fall Forest

Autumn is here and that means that walks through the forest are especially pleasing to the eye, especially on a somewhat foggy day. Like on the day I took these pictures during one of my morning walks.

I especially enjoy the carpets of leaves that are being made on the ground by the different types of trees. We mostly have pines on our island, so any leaf shedding tree makes a big difference. Also the less leaves remain on a tree the more clear the shape of the branches becomes and I  am forever fascinated by the shapes of winter trees.

All in all I'm pretty happy the cooler season has begun and that winter is on its way. I just wish time would go a bit more slowly. Can you believe we are already approaching December? What happened to the year? If you have any idea where it went please let me know, for I am at a loss. ;-)

Until then I hope you enjoy the change of the seasons wherever you live (be it fall or spring or anything in between) and wish you all a wonderful and artsy day!
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