Trying out some New Watercolors

Some time ago I ordered several new watercolours, because Schmincke just recently introduced 36 new colors and I wanted to try some of them. Also they were giving a free dot chart to the first 100 orders in Jackson’s, so I thought it is a good idea to order now and get the dot chart, so I can try all the colors and decide which ones I absolutely must have… Along with Schmincke, I ordered some Daniel Smith too, three colors that I wanted for some time:

So, today and yesterday morning I was just making random doodles to try out the colors. I am happy with my choice, especially the Mars Blue and Green Apatite by Daniel Smith and French Ultramarine by Schmincke, which are all beautiful granulating paints. Also, I wanted that Opera Rose for a long time, and now I got a big tube (they did not have smaller) so there will be plenty of Opera pinkish paintings coming up. It will be great for my mandalas! Here are the two test doodle pages:

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!

She Thinks Positive Journal: 62-63

My holiday is definitely over and today is a working day. It’s cold but nice and sunny outside. I did not go out today and don’t plan to before tonight and tonight is a movie night, we will probably watch Fantastic Beasts for lack of anything more attractive. I do not expect much from that movie, but let’s see…

I have finished these two girls yesterday before my travel back:

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This morning I lacked inspiration to create anything. I did a few strokes on one unfinished journal page, gessoed two pages in my She Thinks Positive Journal and that’s all. I’ve been scanning the doodles I did over the past days to upload them to my Redbubble shop. I feel tired and nervous, probably because of the change of temperature and scenery. Everything seems to be getting to my nerves and I really need to make a huge effort to stop myself reacting negatively. I will take it easy today…

Watercolor-Ink Doodles: 27 November

Today I am travelling back. My holiday is over and I am not so happy about that, of course. I think I could have stayed here forever and would not miss civilisation at all. No use thinking about what cannot be at this point in time, so back to reality.

Here are several doodles in watercolor and ink I did over the last several days:

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It’s a beautiful sunny day here, and I hope that at least half of the way back will be nice and easy to drive. Back in the continent it will probably rain, but even rain is better than snow, right?

She Thinks Positive Journal: 58-61

It started raining during the night and it came to be a rather dark and sad morning. I have headache. I hope it will not turn into a migraine, so I have to take it really easy today. I will have to go shopping at some point, because we invited a neighbor to dinner, but right now it’s impossible to go out. Why is it that rain is always stronger at the sea?

Today, I give you four girls:

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I am really pleased with them. One half of the journal is filled and I can say that I made a rather visible progress in my skills, which, of course, makes me rather happy and eager to continue. I wonder how it will look once I reach the end of the book. It’s quite a journey and makes me wish to undertake similar projects with other topics. I seriously started considering it.

The end of my holiday is approaching and, of course, I am really not looking forward to going back to winter. I did plan a trip to Germany for December and then there is all that pre-Christmas atmosphere to enjoy. Advent is one of my favorite times of year, despite the cold and darkness. I love Christmas fairs, festive lights and decorations. We never do Christmas shopping, but we enjoy drinking mulled wine and eating street  food at the fairs. Having little pleasures helps get through December and then the days become longer again and somehow it gets easier…

Flower Doodle Journal: 1-6

The other day I was browsing the moleskine offer in a bookshop and I saw this small watercolor album. It was, of course, the only one on offer. I don’t know why it is almost impossible to find any of the moleskine art journals in shops I visit. It’s such a rarity that I always buy all of them I see (I saw two in two years).

I was wondering what to do with it and then it occurred to me that it would be perfect for quick doodles, and flowers just came naturally. So, here are pages 1-6:

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The paper is quite nice, I did not experience any problems, but to be honest I also did not wet it too much. It is, I think meant for quick sketches, and for that purpose it’s just fine. The first page was done with Ecoline, the rest with watercolor. I noticed that Ecoline dries darker, unlike watercolor, which was quite a surprise because it’s supposed to be liquid watercolor. I have several bottles, but haven’t used them much, so more experimenting is coming soon and this journal seems perfect for that. I just did not want to carry Ecoline to the seaside with me, watercolor was easier to pack.

The weather is not so good today, it was raining in the morning, but I managed to get out for a run and walk (I was too tired to run all the way). I found a nice spot to sit on a big rock in the middle of a clearing in a pine forest. I was sitting there and listening to the wind, watching the sea through the pine branches. Nature is amazing and life seems so simple when one is sitting on a rock and listening to the wind. I wish my holiday would last forever…