‘It’s been a long day’ – including creative process

Not having much time to invest in last Friday’s #colour_collective Duck Egg Green I took the scene inside.

‘It's been a long day’: #colour_collective colour Duck Egg Green
‘It’s been a long day’: #colour_collective colour Duck Egg Green: pencil 4B, black, grey pigment liner 0.1, frisket, white pigment ink liner, watercolours, mixed media paper made from 90% bamboo fibre and 10% rag, 24cmx32cm, 265 g/sqm

Also, because the past week was busy, the theme turned out to be a reflection of my own personal end-week exhaustion.

Besides, when I thought of the activities the kids and their pets were engaged in the past few weeks: from practicing the ‘Handstand’ (post: 23/08/2015)  to ‘Tree House’ climbing activities (post from: 29/08/2015) to a ‘Last splash before sunset’ (post: 05/09/2015) to staying up late into the night around a campfire in ‘Fascination’ (post: 12/09/2015) with the star-filled night sky – who would not be tired?


As for the creative process:

DuckEggGreenIn all the business, I kept the colour in the back of my mind – trying to find inspiration.

However, Duck Egg Green proved to be more of a challenge than I originally expected.

It was not an easy colour to research as there are many variations of it and mixing the tone with water colours also proved to be a challenge.

Finally, while days passed by mercilessly, ideas were stubbornly staying away.

It was Thursday night when I lay in bed – exhausted.

Then, in that split moment of still being awake and just before falling asleep I imagined how silly we can sometimes look while sleeping.

There was the idea – and with it came some much-needed deep sleep.


Next week’s colour for #colour_collective is Rose Tyrien.

Any theme, any medium, anyone. Post together Fri 19:30 GMT+1. Just use the #colour_collective hashtag on Twitter.

For more information see @Clr_Collective and @PennyNevilleLee (#colour_collective creator) and do check out the wonderful illustrations that were posted so far.

Wishing all a lovely Saturday night and a relaxed Sunday, too!


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