Friday, 30 January 2015

Shades of green / Nature studies


To me green is a very important colour. I like to experiment with different shades and mix them together to get better results. Winsor & Newton's Winsor Green is one of my favourite shades. However Van Gogh and Schminke make splendid green shades as well.


I'd like to call these paintings my nature studies. It is a great challenge to paint as realistic as possible. Each time I go for a walk or a little adventure with my love I find the most pleasing and fascinating things. Occasionally I spot little insects, I'd take them home if they'd only sit still to get their portrait painted. 


At the moment I am working on a painting of lichen on a little twig. I might add a feather or an insect to the painting. In a minute I'll be enjoying a warm cup of tea a dear friend sent to me. 
It snowed yesterday and the sight from my window is delightful. 



Collecting, gathering, memories



memories























Shell

Curled up in bed
Outside it is misty 
Her lips painted a dark red
The books piled up next to her are getting dusty
(dust on the shelves
(frosty windows)

Long fingers gently wrapped around a freshly picked flower
Her breathing soft and slow
Closing her eyes to sleep for an hour
(ticking of a clock)
/ (the shadow of a spiderweb)

A moment of infinite silence
For a little while the world is timeless
(connecting freckles
(a bird flies past
(silence) at last




Songs



Monday, 26 January 2015

Misty Afternoon


I painted a little in my 'inspirational notebook', where I store little paintings I like. Copying beautiful paintings is a good way to practise and improve your skills. Also I already have quite a collection of wonderful paintings in a little notebook. (I found the notebook when I was at a flea market with my love and found it to be exquisite) 

Below a little video of the paintings I've collected till now! 

                   

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Making Things




I've been experimenting with buttons for a while and today I finally put the little clasps behind the cardboard buttons. The finches were supposed to be the Galapagos finches but some got wet while watering my plants and now I only have three left. However I quite enjoy making them so I even put two little mushroom pins in my store. 

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Two Paintings

I made this tiny painting last summer. The lavender is still hanging on my wall, because I didn't take it off yet. It smells nice so it isn't really a problem. The little butterfly looks quite satisfied between all these flowers. Oh, I am so excited for summer! 


Mushrooms are such peculiar, marvellous things. I am always fascinated by their form and their incredible diversity. I painted two little fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) mushrooms. Their bright red colour is impressing when you see them and I tried to capture their beauty in this tiny painting. 























Little paintings I created. Some were painted on frosty mornings, while others were painted on beautiful spring days. I made stickers of the "This Book Belongs To...." painting, they now stick onto the front page in some of my favourite books.

Selected Pages










Selected pages of my nature journal. I collected plants and dried them during my trip through America. About a year has passed since that summer, but these pages hold my memories. 

Notebook 2014

notebook

notebook