Day 2 and 3 of #paintseptember

Day 2: How to tie an Indian sari:

'Indian Sari' - "Are you sure about this?": Black pigment liner 0.3, water colours
‘Indian Sari’ – “Are you sure about this?”: Black pigment liner 0.3, water colours

Day 3: ‘Cat Nap’

'Cat Nap': Black pigment liner 0.3, water colours
‘Cat Nap’: Black pigment liner 0.3, water colours
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#GrowJune Sketch Collection

#GrowJune inspired me to put together the following sketches for an illustrated children’s book on how to grow a plant.

I will ink and colour them. I might add one or two sequences more.

But all in all this is the how the story goes:

"Look! I've got some seeds!"
“Look! I’ve got some seeds!”
"Let's plant the seeds! Maybe it will grow into a tree!"
“Let’s plant the seeds! Maybe it will grow into a tree!”
"There must be pots we could use in the garden house!"
“There must be pots we could use in the garden house!”
"Let's take one of these pots down there."
“Let’s take one of these pots down there.”
"We'll just put some earth in the pot and bring it back into the house."
“We’ll just put some earth in the pot and bring it back into the house.”
"Have we got everything we need?" "Think so."
“Have we got everything we need?” “Think so.”
"Here's the pot and the earth." "And here are the seeds and the watering pot."
“Here’s the pot and the earth.” “And here are the seeds and the watering pot.”
"Now we push the seeds into the earth."
“Now we push the seeds into the earth.”
"Some water for the seeds."
“Some water for the seeds.”
"On the windowsill it will have enough light to grow."
“On the windowsill it will have enough light to grow.”
"It is said that loving the plant will help with growth."
“It is said that loving the plant will help with growth.”
"Look! A seedling!" "Ah! Let me see!"
“Look! A seedling!” “Ah! Let me see!”
The plant answers to the efforts, love and affection of the girls with growth, beauty and unconditional love.
The plant answers to the efforts, love and affection of the girls with growth, beauty and unconditional love.

You kept me waiting

This iPad finger sketch took about 10 minutes and I used in total three layers.

It was not an intended sketch. It just happened. I just followed my index finger where it took me.

It was a bit like unwrapping a parcel where one has no clue what’s in it, and in the end, is pleasantly surprised.

Although she does not look quite happy, I am happy with the expression of her moodiness.

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iPad finger sketch, SketchbookX, three layers

But slowly I do feel the urge to focus on creating some good old traditional art again.

Strangely, the digital sketching does not seem to be as rewarding at the end of ones efforts, at least, that is the way I feel.

Maybe it is because I am still an iPad digital finger sketching rookie?

Maybe, had I the SketchbookPro on the iPad with more options, I would feel differently?

Don’t really know, but willing to explore and to find out.

The Nerd Bird

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The Nerd Bird, iPad sketch with SketchbookX using finger, pencil and layer function

While I was busy updating my web design skills, watching Apple’s keynote (being completely thrilled by all what I saw by the way), checking out YouTube tutorials, and reading interesting blogs and tweets…

ok – to clarify: while one can find heaps of nonsense (a matter of definition, I agree) and waste a lot of time on SoM platforms, they can also be a great source to learn to master new skills and update existing ones, and expand or deepen ones knowledge (that is, if one is capable of selecting meaningful content). E.g. on YouTube, many really skilled people share their knowledge with the world and make life for others a little or much easier.

But, I was not only busy with the rational part of me, aka feeding information into my brain, but also creatively inspired to do this little iPad sketch.

Is it not wonderful that inspiration can be found under the most unexpected circumstances!?

Lucky Koi

Transformational times can be quite challenging and chaotic. Often, they even tend to be frightening, because of their unpredictable nature. Letting go of the old is hard when the new is yet unknown.

Luckily, experience shows time and again, that we actually do land on our feet. Yet the ground we land on might be other than expected. But, even if not evident upon landing, in the long run, the outcome is usually even better than expected.

In any case we all are walking the journey of life with more or lesser challenges. Circumstances arrive and disappear and may not always be influenced by our own efforts. But, let us say we wake up to a rainy day. Well, we can be as grumpy at the weather as we like, it will not change the rain from coming down. So why not decide to be happy despite the rain? The only thing we actually can influence at any point in our lives is – after all – our own attitude. The key to being able to influence our own attitude and with it our life’s colours, is awareness.

Feng Shui is one of the great ways to practice ones awareness. The way we pay attention to our e.g. home, office, environment, and clothes gives us a lot of insight into our conscious as well as unconscious behaviour and thought patterns.

Despite our efforts to stay aware, we often lose awareness and certain areas of our lives become neglected. Much time can pass before we actually realise it. This is usually reflected in how we (do not) organise our living space. Bad habits sneak in, colours fade, corners get dusty, clothes get tired, purses and wallets get worn out, things get forgotten and clutter is gathered in the most amazing spaces. These are signs for necessary awareness trainings.

It is a great habit to declutter from time to time, to redecorate and to harmonise each and every area of one’s life time and again. In those parts of our lives, where we feel that things are not quite happening as anticipated, we might want to pay attention to that particular area in our home or office.

So, being currently very busy with rearranging my home, from painting walls, restoring furniture and frames, decluttering cupboards, shelves, the attic and cellar there is not much time left to work on my art project and for #paintseptember on Twitter. But art can be used as a wonderful way to enhance the chi of our homes and life.

Among other areas, I wanted to in particular enhance my life path area and painted two Koi fish swimming upstream. Before painting, I meditated well upon each detail of my life path and how I wanted it to improve and how the relevant elements involved should support each other. No line nor colour was a coincidence. The painting is now hanging on the wall and already bringing about a positive effect with a huge and wonderful transformation taking place.

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Lucky Koi, Acrylic on canvas, width 50 cm