The other day I was browsing the moleskine offer in a bookshop and I saw this small watercolor album. It was, of course, the only one on offer. I don’t know why it is almost impossible to find any of the moleskine art journals in shops I visit. It’s such a rarity that I always buy all of them I see (I saw two in two years).
I was wondering what to do with it and then it occurred to me that it would be perfect for quick doodles, and flowers just came naturally. So, here are pages 1-6:
The paper is quite nice, I did not experience any problems, but to be honest I also did not wet it too much. It is, I think meant for quick sketches, and for that purpose it’s just fine. The first page was done with Ecoline, the rest with watercolor. I noticed that Ecoline dries darker, unlike watercolor, which was quite a surprise because it’s supposed to be liquid watercolor. I have several bottles, but haven’t used them much, so more experimenting is coming soon and this journal seems perfect for that. I just did not want to carry Ecoline to the seaside with me, watercolor was easier to pack.
The weather is not so good today, it was raining in the morning, but I managed to get out for a run and walk (I was too tired to run all the way). I found a nice spot to sit on a big rock in the middle of a clearing in a pine forest. I was sitting there and listening to the wind, watching the sea through the pine branches. Nature is amazing and life seems so simple when one is sitting on a rock and listening to the wind. I wish my holiday would last forever…
I am still on holiday and feeling much better. Today is a beautiful warm sunny day and I went for a run in the morning and then for a walk in the early afternoon. It’s so warm that I was able to go out in short sleeves! I feel that my body is relaxing after days of being cramped due to cold. I am simply not made for cold weather…
I’ve been spending my days mostly painting, reading and walking and evenings having dinners with neighbours and watching Netflix. I am enjoying every moment of it!
Today, I present you several pieces that I did over last two weeks, thinking that maybe I will use them to send to my Instagram friends (some of them already sent happy mail to me, so it’s kind of already overdue, but I thought it’s ok to ship it around Christmas, I am so lazy…). Anyway, they are very intuitive, just play with watercolor and then doodling around with pen, but I quite enjoy doing them and like how they turn out.
Just a quick Sunday note to let you know that it’s done:
I am not at all thrilled with how it looks, but I tried and have ideas for future and that’s what counts.
We are having a very windy weekend and it currently looks like it’s going to rain. I had my morning run and breakfast and now I am tucked in my bed with the phone and my kindle. The plan is to read and doze off and then do some more art. Let’s see what happens…
There was not too much time to work on my doodle this morning, but I am posting a small update:
I have all the houses now, need to finish coloring and then to add more inky doodles. I started doing some doodles around the branches of the tree, simple circles, but they look cute to me. Here’s a close-up:
It’s a beautiful sunny day outside, but very cold. The morning was really cold (only 2.5 degrees C, which is around 36.5 F) but I went for a run anyway. The lake around which I usually run was covered in fog and the atmosphere was so wintery, but quite nice. I did have a mild headache when I woke up, but it disappeared after the run. So, all is good! Moreover, it’s Friday, at last! YAY!
Yesterday I started another colored pencil doodle mandala shaped something. I had a sudden urge to draw houses. So houses it is:
There is also a big tree there and we will see if something else will appear over next sessions.
Here’s the full photo, so you can get a better picture of how it is supposed to look:
I truly enjoy my colored pencils and cannot wait for the morning play every day.
Otherwise, I feel rather shaky. I think it may be the weather or the hormones of both. So I will go easy on coffee today, will try to keep the stress low and will hope for the better for tomorrow. I missed my running this morning, because I did not feel up to it. I thought to do some yoga instead, but kept drawing until I was late for work, so that did not work either. Maybe I will manage a late afternoon walk when I get back home. I learned not to force myself to do things, because resistance is there for a reason. So, I am taking it easy.
On the positive side, it’s Thursday, which means that tomorrow is Friday and one more working week is almost over. And then there is a long weekend to look forward to, because we do not work Monday and Tuesday. A whole lot of reasons to feel better, right? 🙂
I brought some smooth cartridge paper with me, so I could try my Luminance 6901 pencils on it. It’s A3 size, which is a bit too large for me, but if I fold it in half, it seems to be perfect. I could do a bit larger drawing than usual, and it feels good:
Also, it’s very smooth and pencils do well and quickly and evenly cover what needs covering. I was again inspired by autumnal colors and leaf shapes. I find it hard to make good photos lately, because it’s so dark outside, but I guess that’s it. Nothing to do to help it, and as you can see one side of the drawing is darker and one is lighter, even though I put it under a roof window to photograph.
It’s a warm cloudy day today, probably it will rain later on. I used the opportunity to go for a run this morning and not get frozen. It was very enjoyable. It’s only Tuesday, so we are still far from the weekend. I have to concentrate on school because I need to do a follow-up on two case studies and have only four weeks left for that. Of course, I do not feel like writing and researching, but that will be one step closer to my degree, so it has to be done. No use thinking too much.
I used Stabilo water-based markers for the dots in the middle. I am not sure if I like them, as the dots are not really round because the marker tips are rather big, so it looks kind of weird. I am also not sure if the markers are lightfast. I assume not, because it’s not written on them and that’s not something the producer wouldn’t brag about. So… Meh…
I am still working on the spread for BOD and it’s getting there. It will be finished today, so I hope tomorrow I can show it to you. It’s looking good.
Today is the travelling day. I am waiting for the fog to lift to go for a run. It’s very cold, dump and sad outside, but it looks like it is going to be another sunny day. Good for driving, if one has to.
Have a beautiful Sunday!