And Summer is Gone

Art Journal, doodles, Mandala, Mixed Media, Ornaments, Watercolor

This is what I was up to these three last days:

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It combines my two favorite things: watercolor and doodling. My mood is not too happy and I think it’s due to weather. Well, the weather is nice enough, but it’s got cold and the house has cooled down and cold makes me miserable. Nothing too bad, only it takes some acceptance. It happens every year: I simply cannot face the fact that summer is gone and that I need to live through another six months of cold and darkness. So, I am miserable. That’s ok.

 

Life Book Update: 20 September

Art Journal, Mixed Media, Musings About Stuff

I was not excited about the last week’s bonus lesson in Life Book, but it was doable and I hate skipping lessons (until now I skipped only one), so here it is:

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I think it’s very obvious that I did not put much effort, but the point was not so much about drawing and painting. It was about healing and setting boundaries and in that respect the lesson was very good. The house represents myself, the space inside the fence are my closest people (probably family), the space outside are my friends, just across the river my working colleagues and other people I know but do not really ‘click’ with, and up on the moon the people I have to keep away from.

In my case majority of people  I know are on the other side of the river and just a few on the house side. I am glad that there are only two people on the moon though, which tells me that I manage my relationships quite fine. For an extreme introvert that is… May look strange to you, but I feel comfortable like that.

Play Journal Update: 18 September

Art Journal, Faces, Play Journal

The weekend is almost over. I did a lot of work and not too much art, but important thing is that I kept my practice and did something every day. Today I am giving you an update from my Play Journal:

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This was done at work on Friday, during lunch break and a long phone call. It’s partly based on a dream I had the previous night in which my late father was complaining about not inviting him to see my new home for many years, and partly on a weird idea I got about drawing a giraffe. The dude is the male figure from my dream (nothing like my father) and it’s pretty badly drawn I know, but that’s fine. The giraffe, on the other hand I love (I looked at a photo on the Internet for inspiration and reference). I did not know I could do any of this with just a ball point pen. I am seriously surprised.

And the next one:

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I looked at some photos on the internet as reference, because I decided I should practice drawing from reference and not just from my imagination. The male turned out much better, but his haircut is gross and he feels very intimidated for that reason 🙂 And her I do not like much… Important thing is this is all done with colored pencils and no erasing, which is again a surprise for me. It’s good – practice makes me more confident.

It’s late and it’s raining… There will be no running in the morning, but I can always aim to do some arting instead. I hope we will get some more sunshine this week…

Black Book Update: 16 September

Art Journal, black book, doodles, Mandala, Ornaments

I was almost late for work this morning because I got carried away trying to finish this one:

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Obviously I managed to finish and I was not late, but did not eat salad for breakfast because I did not have time to wash and cut… Ah well… Here is a detailed photo under artificial light with all shimmer visible:

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What else to tell you except that today is Friday. So, have a peaceful Friday and get ready for the weekend!

Something New: Play Journal

Art Journal, doodles, Faces, Play Journal

Surprisingly this morning I did not feel like Black Book-ing at all. So I just made my coffee and sat down at my desk and looked around and saw this one journal that I received from my American friend some time ago. It has a nice size, but very thin paper and I did not know what to do with it. Even if I gessoed it, it would not be ok for wet media. So, I thought I should just start sketching in it, just drawings to practice and play. And I took my colored pencils and my gel pens and some watercolor pencils (little water it can take) and did this:

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It felt good. I know that I need to practice turned faces and profiles, maybe figures, maybe hands, so what better opportunity than having a Play Journal and feeling free from thinking that what I create must be good. And if you are wondering about the text: I pulled an oracle card and it said: Trust your own understanding. Like, do I have a choice?? LOL!

Black Book Update 13 September

Art Journal, black book, doodles, Mandala, Ornaments

Did I tell you how much I enjoy drawing that circular pattern? LOL!

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You’ll have to bear with me, because more is certainly coming. It’s so easy to do and the effect is amazing. At least I feel it is calming me down. I could just watch it for hours…

Black Book Update: 12 September

Art Journal, black book, doodles, Ornaments

It’s Monday. The start of another long week in the office. But the weather is beautiful warm and sunny and it makes me happy. I hope it stays like this until spring 🙂

Here is the Black Book entry from yesterday:

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I am totally in love with this circular pattern on the outer part! This morning I started another one that will use the same pattern. Yay!

Have a good Monday (as much as Mondays can be)!

She Thinks Positive Journal: 21-23

Art Journal, Faces, She thinks positive journal, Watercolor

As I said yesterday, it is time for a She Thinks Positive Journal update. I haven’t done much, only three pages since my last post, but never mind, there is no deadline only the goal of completing the journal one day. Which feels very good!

I also like the idea of having a dedicated journal for a theme, so there is no pressure and whatever I feel like creating one day, I just reach for that particular journal… Takes a lot of pressure from me… Don’t know if some of you have the same feeling and if you understand my ramblings 🙂

Enough talk, here are the pages I did:

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As you can see, I did two half-turned faces, which is a new thing. I finally learned an easy way to do them from Jane Davenport, that is why they definitely have a touch of her style, especially in the hair. Never mind, I am happy that I can finally do it decently. I need more practice, so more will follow 🙂

I also bought two Ecoline bottles: bluish green and turquoise (used in the hairs of the two half-profile girls). I love them and will definitely have to get more. Unfortunately, they are a pretty rare find in places I visit and these were only two colors that belong to my favorite group. We will see what I can think of in terms of finding a decent source of them…

I am off for a walk (and possible ice cream) because the weather is too nice to stay indoors. Have a happy Sunday!

Black Book Update

Art Journal, black book, doodles, Mandala, Ornaments

It’s a beautiful Saturday here and another entry into my Black Book:

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Of course if the photo is made in natural light, the shimmer from metallic pens is gone. Here is a close-up made in artificial light:

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Actually I made another one today, but I could not make a photo because it’s already getting dark, so I will post it tomorrow. I worked in my She Thinks Positive journal too and will have a few pages to share. Maybe I do that tomorrow and leave the Black Book for later. Ah! So nice when there is lot to post 🙂 Have a beautiful weekend!

Watercolor Doodles

Art Journal, doodles, Watercolor

I feel better today. The rain stopped, but the weather is cold and cloudy. I went for my morning run and then did some more watercolor doodles. They are easy to do and help me relax. Here are the two pages from today and yesterday:

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And this is the close-up of the one on the left:

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Even though I decided to rest yesterday, I did manage also to start last week’s lesson in Life Book. BTW next year’s Life Book is announced. I am allowed to get it, but only if after 1st January I am done with this year and at least one more of my courses. Otherwise it will not be open for consideration 🙂 Ok, I said it, and you are free to stop following me if I break my promise…

Off to make some pancakes for breakfast now… Wish you a nice Wednesday!