Life Book 2017: The Star Girl

This was the main lesson in Week 1:

I took my time with her, but that’s fine. I used gesso and water based markers for her face and hair (I bought Koi Coloring Brush Pen some time ago and wanted to try them out). It worked pretty well and I am quite happy with what I could do with the markers. I made her dress out of washi tape. She was supposed to have a basket full of stars next to her left side, but I did not feel like it and just filled the empty space with some doodles. I am quite proud that I managed to give her hands that actually look like hands.

I know I am terribly late with reading your blogs. I will get to it today and tomorrow, I promise. It looks like I have more time when I am working. That is impossible, but somehow seem to be better organized maybe. Ah well…

I was pretty sad yesterday again thinking about all the things in my life that did not really work out the way I would have liked. I am trying to make peace with the past that cannot be changed and opportunities that were not realized. I know that I must make peace with all that in order to stay healthy and happy, so I am working on it. Whenever negative feelings overcome me I try to repeat some affirmations to counter the negative feelings. I am not sure if they really work or is it just that my mind starts paying attention to affirmations rather than the negative feelings. Whatever it is, it is helping me to go through the day feeling much better and going to bed with the thoughts that the day was a success, which is a step forward definitely.

Life Book 2017: Warmup Exercise

Seriously… I promise I will practice drawing and painting animals this year. The animal from my meditation was a cute fawn and what I managed to produce is this:

 

Ok, I did not try to reproduce it realistically, it is supposed to be cartoonish and whimsical, but this is just… the best I could do at this point [blush].

Anyway… I saw a symbol in my meditation, it’s up there in the left corner, and there is also my word of the year. I have no idea what the symbol means, but I will go with it anyway. It must have some meaning to my subconscious. I quite like the color combination and doodles. I used Ecoline and water-based markers, lots of gesso, black markers and pencil. Ah yes, and some oil pastel in places.

I have started the main lesson this afternoon and I spent at least an hour trying to get the hands on mu girl looking anything like hands. I’ve had enough of painting mittens instead of hands on my girls (Tam also does it, nothing wrong with it, but I would like to learn how to do those fingers). So there is another challenge for this year: learn to draw acceptable hands, not realistic or anything because my faces are not realistic…. But enough about the challenges.

It was the coldest day this winter so far. When I woke up it was minus 17 and around midday minus 8. We did not go to the market, we just went to the mall and had the usual breakfast and coffee and bought out vegetables in the supermarket. Real pity, because the day was actually beautiful and it would have been nice to go out for a walk or skating. But I guess that’s it, I have to accept the cold, or rather to detach myself from it, right?

Have a great weekend people!

Play Journal Update: 22 September

Just a quick sketch from yesterday in my Play Journal:

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Done in colored pencils with some watersoluble pencils for background. She knows she is pretty, but is not so self confident anyway. Something is bothering her…

Marie Planktoinette

I love Vitamin Sea course with Jane Davenport! The lessons are full of challenging content and bonuses and I am really learning and pushing my boundaries. I often feel out of comfort zone, which is unsettling and scary but so rewarding when I dive into it and experience the feeling of being able to do what I believed I could not. I am behind of course, but the course is open forever, no pressure and no need (and no possibility) to download videos. It’s awesome! This is what I did yesterday:

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It’s a collage on black acrylic background. Even the face is glued down. I drew it on printing paper with colored pencils and glued it with matte medium. The rest are drawings of Ernst Haeckel, royalty free, so can be used without worry. Have a look on the internet – they are amazing. I just printed them with laser printer and glued them down. So beautiful!

Friends?

I managed to finish two Life Book lessons this week. One I already posted here. The other one was a collaboration between Tam and Jane, hence my attempt to paint two different style faces. I do not know if they are supposed to be friends or mother and daughter, or both at the same time, because that’s possible too.

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Mermaid Rhythm

Vitamin Sea course is very good, I admit. It’s very challenging for me and I learn things. I’ve worked on the kind of bonus lesson for two days. It would have been piece of cake if I knew how to draw full body, but I did not. So, after an hour of just drawing two mermaids in movement (preceded by many exercises), I was finally happy with how they looked. I had to stop though because I felt exhausted! So today was just painting and shading with color pencils. I am not sure if they are finished, but I am leaving them for the time being. Maybe I will go back to them at some point later…

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World Watercolor Month: Days 17 and 18

Ok… I had a major emotional break-down and missed a post or two I think. Anyway, life goes on and I keep painting because that’s keeping me… No, I should not say sane, because that I am definitely not. It’s keeping me going. Yes, that’s the word.

There was a small bundle of happiness waiting for me in the office yesterday morning:

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I am really happy to get these. I never had a Strathmore journal before. I also never had Daniel Smith watercolors. I also bought 12 empty half pans and filled them last night and placed them in my Schmincke box, which conveniently came with 12 half pans of their basic colors and empty space for 12 more of my choice. How great is that!?

So last night I tried some of the Daniel Smith colors. Here’s the ATC I made:

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They are very colorful and rich and I will definitely love them. I haven’t tried them on my new journal yet. But I am going on holiday in a few days, and taking it all with me. Oh boy!

The second ATC I made the day before, but I was too emotionally knocked-out that I did not post it anywhere until this morning. Of course, the mood shows well:

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