She Thinks Positive Journal: 37/120

Yesterday was a great day. I did another girl in She Thinks Positive Journal and I liked her.

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It was also a beautiful sunny day and I went to the town with my mother. We had a coffee in a cafe at the main square and set outside as it was gorgeous sun and rather warm. Then we had a walk next to the river and then an ice cream on our way back.

Today it’s again sunny and very warm. I went for a run and now I am back to my home office. It’s a working day today, but it’s fine, because there are only three days until weekend 🙂

She Thinks Positive Journal: 36/120

Here is a quick update in She Thinks Positive Journal:

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I am happy how this one turned out, all facial features being more or less where they should 🙂

It’s the last day of our long weekend, and I did my morning run in the sun. It was cold but beautiful. It’s still sunny and I am heading out for a walk in the town with my mother. Maybe a coffee if we find a nice place, who knows…

She Thinks Positive Update: 34-35

It’s time for She Thinks Positive Journal update. I have two girls done over the weekend. I am not too pleased with how they turned out but I am reminding myself that this journal is supposed to be totally imperfect. So here they are:



It’s a lovely sunny Monday and I enjoy it even more because it’s part of a long weekend. We are free until Wednesday. I will travel today, so I better get packing. Have a great Monday!

She Thinks Positive Journal Update: 33/120

I am continuing my work on house doodle, but in the meantime she wanted my attention:


It looks like a nice sunny Saturday. I already finished my food shopping and ritual breakfast and coffee outing. I am just having a small rest and then will head out for a run. Didn’t mean to go running today, but the day is too good not to use it to be in the sun as long as possible. Have a great Saturday!

She Thinks Positive Journal: 26 October

There is this lady I painted actually last week, but it patiently waited its turn to be blogged about:

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I used a reference photo online for shading, that’s why it is a bit unusual. I quite like the hair and background kind of merging together. I used watercolor and colored pencils on gessoed background. I like how watercolor behaves on gesso – it’s very forgiving, stays wet longer, does not get absorbed and can be lifted easily. Very handy if you make a lot of mistakes 🙂

It’s Wednesday, which means that less than a half of working week is left to face, which is always a nice feeling. The weather is warm, it was raining last night and this morning everything smells like dry leaves. The air is clean and it would be beautiful to take a long walk in a forest. Alas, I am closed in my office, using my lunch break to write my blog. Yes, I know, it could be worse…

Book of Days: Week 31

Week 31 of Book of Days finished:

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I could have worked on the face for some time more, maybe it would look better, but I wanted to finish it today because I have other plans for this week. I quite like the look of her and maybe she deserves more attention… Well, I can always go back to her, maybe next week. I loved doing the leaves, it was so calming and meditative. The quote is missing – it was supposed to go to the left hand side over the leaves, but as I liked the leaves so much I did not feel like covering them. Maybe I will reconsider, because the quote was nice too.

Here’s a close-up:

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There is a layer of clear gesso over the background and collage, hence the texture. While it looks interesting, I did not much enjoy doing the colored pencil and marker over it and I may decide to avoid it in future, or limit it to projects where no detailed work is required on top of it. Because no precision work is possible on top of it and because it destroys my markers :).

She Thinks Positive: 28-29

It’s been raining since last night. I felt a start of a migraine when I woke up, took the pills and now seem to be more or less fine. Here is just a quick update from She Thinks Positive Journal:

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These are the girls 28 and 29. These pages were gessoed before and I did not want to use my luminance pencils on them, so I skipped them and did the next two pages first and then went back to these two. Not so important though 🙂

I like the hair on the right one. Actually, not much of a hair, but I like the… Stuff… I think I will do more of this type. I quite suffered with the shading on her face, somehow I couldn’t get the chin part right I almost gave up and gessoed over, but I managed to pull it together and make her presentable.