Watercolor-Ink Doodles: 21 November

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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.

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She Thinks Positive Journal: 52-53

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I haven’t been feeling well since Sunday. That’s when my headache started and then developed into a 3-day migraine. I’ve been half-functional almost causing a car crash in Austria the day before yesterday and almost getting hit by a car when crossing a street in Croatia yesterday. I hope it’s all got to do with my perimenopause and that it’s not something more serious causing me to be unable to focus on everyday business of staying safe and alive. I feel quite depressed and scared about everything and although I am doing my best not to disrupt my daily routine, I feel that I am just barely functioning.

I am on holiday. We arrived to Croatia yesterday. Today I tried to take it easy and get rested, which did not really go according to the plan, as I had to go to the bank and finish some money-related business. I tried to have a nap in the afternoon, but I could not fall asleep. I had a walk, but it was not refreshing. The weather is weird, warm but very windy, quite a change from the day before when we had almost freezing temperatures. So, I guess that also needs some getting used to. I am grateful though that the headache is gone and even though I am feeling dazed, at least I am not in pain.

I did my paintingĀ time in the morning, but I haven’t finished anything because the air is moist and watercolor takes ages to dry. So, today I will show what I finished two days ago:

I felt like changing their haircuts a bit, so this is where it took me.

I will try now to get some more painting done, even though it’s already dark. I feel like watching some colors mix… Hope it will bring some peace…

She Thinks Positive Journal: 49/120

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A quick note today.


This  one is my favourite so far.

After a whole day of rain yesterday, we woke up into a beautiful sunny morning. It’s freezing cold though and I am contempleting whether to go out for a run. Today is the travel day too so I am slowly packing. Have a restful Sunday!

She Thinks Positive Journal: 48/120

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It’s raining. I am waiting for the rain to stop so I can go to the market to buy my food for next week. I hope it will stop otherwise I go on diet…

And what better way to use the waiting time than to paint a girl or two…


The lighting is bad, of course as it’s cloudy and sad outside… So, let’s see if the rain goes away or I paint another one.

She Thinks Positive Journal: 46/120

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Today, there is one more bald girl.

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She obviously let go of her hair, as it was very warm this summer. She is having second thoughts now, I think. That’s why she looks so angry.

It’s Thursday and the weather is so very cold that I could hardly run this morning. My nose kept running all the time and my eyes were full of tears. I was breathing hard, and my muscles were stiff, as my body obviously couldn’t handle the cold properly. I am glad I went out though. It was actually sunny and quite nice and there were other runners and lots of fishermen around the lake where I run. I wonder how they manage to stand the cold as they are only sitting or standing for hours.

While I was driving to work, freezing rain started to fall. It looks like it could turn into snow if it goes on. I hope not, it’s still early for snow…

She Thinks Positive Journal: 45/120

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She is little bit different. I wanted to see what happens if she had no hair, or very very short haircut:

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I like her. I also like this black (called neutral black, which is actually a mixture of red, blue and black).

It’s Wednesday and we are half way through the working week and getting closer to the weekend, which is always good news. The weather is beautiful, blue sky and sunshine, cold but beautiful, especially looking from the inside of my office at lunch break.

Next Wednesday I will be on holiday and Thursday will travel to Croatia. I hope for more sunshine, long walks and long painting hours in between. So nice to have something great to look forward to.

She Thinks Positive Journal: 44/120

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As I said, this week it’s using the new watercolors. This is the second girl done entirely with them:

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Not my best work, but I very much like this yellow (called ‘golden’ which is not really gold just hansa yellow mixed with orange) and red (madder lake, which is not really madder, but alizarine). Anyway, I think they mix beautifully and give such awesome autumnal impression to her hair.

This week’s Life Book lesson has the similar color scheme. I plan to do it next week.

She Thinks Positive Journal: 40-41

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Meet girls No. 40 and 41:

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I did them before I bought those new watercolors, but they had to wait for their turn to appear in public šŸ™‚

I still have to work on improving noses and mouths, as I don’t feel quite confident with them yet. I am pretty fine with the eyes though, it was about time after two years of almost every day trying to improve them.

It looked very nice outside at around 8.00 am when I went for a run. There was lots of sunshine, but also freezing wind, so not a very pleasant run at all. Since then the clouds are accumulating and it’s becoming quite dull. In addition,Ā It’s Monday again…

Book of Days: Week 42

Art Journal, Mixed Media

I’ve almost forgotten to write a post today! The day was all messed up by frost and fog preventing me to go for a run first thing in the morning (I went only during lunch break when the fog lifted). So the morning routine was not followed and it made a disturbance in broadcast šŸ™‚

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The aim of the lesson was to represent a healing animal in a tribal tatoo style. Effy opted for a bear, but it did not quite resonate with me. I looked on the internet and found this wolf thing. Not that I am much into wolves or tatoos, but it looked easy enough to draw. Ah, was I wrong…

The first difficulty I encountered was caused by my great idea to have a mirror image on the oppositeĀ page. How on earth did I think I could draw it to be the exact copy?! In addition, I have this problem when I try to copy an object with many lines that I mix up the lines and cannot figure out which exact line I am drawing… So that’s when the frustration started.

I cannot tell you how many times I had to erase and start again. Another problem was the busy background which made it even more difficult to track what I drew. I used a white pastel pencil, which thankfully could be just wiped out by fingers (that was a good decision). So, after several hours of sweating and almost giving up several times, all covered in pastel dust, I managed to nail it. And I am pretty happy with it. Lesson learned: use gel imageĀ transfer next time, lady!

She Thinks Positive Journal: 38-39

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Yesterday I did two faces in She Thinks Positive Journal. The first one I do not like so much:

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What I like about her is her expression, sad and pensive. I tried to draw an ear, which did not really work quite well. Not surprising at all because I never draw ears. The next one I like better:

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I tried to do the nose in a different way and I think it’s a success. At least I like it much better than the previous style of noses I did, so I will stick to it in the future. I worked a lot on the eyes and that also worked well I think. So, two lessons learned on this one, which is quite a success. What I do not like are her eyebrows. I was so concentrated on the eyes that I simply did not pay attention and they became too strong and went out into her hair. I am thinking about filming one of these girls, maybe tomorrow if the light will be good.