She Thinks Positive Journal: 37/120

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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

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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

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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!

Colored Pencils Ink Doodle: 30 October 

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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…

She Thinks Positive Journal Update: 33/120

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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!

Colored Pencils Ink Doodle: WIP

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Yesterday I started another colored pencil doodle mandala shaped something. I had a sudden urge to draw houses. So houses it is:

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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:

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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? 🙂

She Thinks Positive Journal: 26 October

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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

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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 :).

Watercolor Ink Doodle: 23 October

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Another doodle:

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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!

Watercolor Ink Doodle: 21 October

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I did this one a couple days ago:

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I used blue, turquoise and sap green watercolors and ink markers.

Today I am working on Book of Days again. It’s been raining for 48 hours, so no running on two mornings. Yesterday I went for a walk in the afternoon, in the rain, because I felt like going crazy closed in the house for more than 24 hours. Today, I think, it’s the movies again. According to the forecast, there should be no rain tomorrow, so I may manage some long delayed garden work and maybe even a run in the morning. I really like autumn colors, but that’s about all I like about autumn. Rain is just awful, cold is horrible, and darkness is depressing. But no point in complaining, right? Plus, it’s Friday today! YAY!