Thursday, 21 September 2017

Lots of things ...

I managed to almost finish my 2018 calendar this week! Here are a few of the months that are ready:

I had to use pictures of older work in order to get enough images, since I only finished 2 (two!) larger paintings this year .... I'll show the other months next week.

I'm still in doubt about my map-calendar. I would like to make one, and quite a few people asked me about it too, but I'm not sure what to do about the line in the middle that indicates the spine of the journal. Doesn't that look kinda weird in a calendar page? Here's an example:

I have tried to get rid of the lines in Photoshop, but I can't really make it invisible without making everything blurry in the middle. The problem is the text on the map. So I need your help :-) Would it bother you in a calendar page to see those lines? Please tell me in the comments, I would really appreciate your opinion!

I have been quite busy creative-wise this week. Probably felt like I should make up for lost time. It was quite an eye-opener to realize that I only finished 2 large paintings this year.... I made another watercolour-girl. Here are some in-progress shots:

And last but not least: my diary-pages from last week:

I have a lot of things in progress too, for a pop-up shop that I will be part of that starts in October and will be open for 3 months. I'll show those next week.

Will be linking to Paint Party Friday tomorrow.

I'll finish with some funnies :-)

 duhh ....

 not sure this one is funny ...

this one is though. Hahahaa :-D

And here are the ones to think about:

Thanks so much for your visit, and if you can spare a minute, please let me know how you feel about the map-calendar. Thanks :-)

Wishing you a wonderful day full of kindness and positive thoughts. I'll be back next week ♥ ♥ ♥

Friday, 15 September 2017

another watercolour girl

I'm late for Paint Party Friday this week. Work commitments and study commitments are wriggling their way into my life. But I love it, despite the busyness :-)

I painted another watercolour girl. I have so many of these drawings in my journal but it's hard to find the time to paint them. I love doing it though.

And here are three more weeks of diary-pages. From now on I hope to keep up with it every week.

I rediscovered my Dylusion sprays. I love the bright strong colours, but I hate the fact that they stay water soluble. So I hardly ever use them. But they are perfect to use in combination with watercolours.

I changed my writing too. My messy non-dominant handwriting was really starting to annoy me, so I tried something I used to do as a kid: writing while holding a ruler underneath it. At least it looks a bit less messy, plus it's a fun way to write.

I now really need to start my yearly calendar, but since I painted so little this year it's going to be hard to find enough images. I will have to use images from older work again. Plus I might make a calendar of my roadmap-faces. Hope to show a few pages next week already :-)

Well, that's it for this week. Except for the funnies of course ;-)

and the more serious ones ....

Thanks for your visit! Hope all is well with you! Wishing you a beautiful day, and something to look forward to in the weekend! See you next week ♥ ♥ ♥

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Finally blogging again ....

It has taken me longer than anticipated but here I am again! This week is the first week in almost a month that I finally feel as if I'm in control again. Phew ...

My market is behind me and in the end I was glad to have participated. Lots of people and they even bought things ;-)

Remember this mosaic?

I finally finished it and it sold right away :-)

After experimenting with different kinds of faces I now decided to make a "real" clay face. I like it better than the last ones I did.

I also made a new mosaic mirror, in the shape of a figure:

Hubby is having a lot of trouble with the fact that she has no arms, but I just wanted a basic shape and not too many details. It's just a matter of preference I guess ...

Meanwhile my group exhibition has started. I was in the gallery today and I love the variety of art on display there. It'll be on until the 24th of September.

It would be nice if I sold some paintings. I have been trying to make a living as an artist since 2013, but it's damn hard. So I finally gave in and decided to follow my first love: psychology. I started working as a psychologist in a group practice with 4 other people, only one day a week for the time-being, but I really enjoy having colleagues again. I'm also doing some extra training, so my schedule is pretty full. Especially with the end of the year lurking around the corner, which means it's time for my yearly calendar.

But I'm going to try to keep blogging every week. I missed it and I missed the interaction with other artists. So I'll be linking to Paint Party Friday again and this weekend I'll finally pay everybody a visit :-)

One thing I also kept up is my daily diary-entries. Here are a few from the weeks when it was still summer ... (already pining for those lazy summer days ...)

That's it for now, except of course for the funnies :-)

and some to think about ....

Thanks for visiting! Hope everyone is safe out there, safe from water and wind and fire and smoke. And from stupidity and ignorance and hate ... Wishing you love and warmth and compassion.

See you next week ♥ ♥ ♥