In the Name of Roses

Hi there!

How is life treating you lately? I hope all is well on your side of the world.

Today was a really dreary and cold day. The kind of day where all I’d want to do is stay in bed with a hot cuppa chai or a hot almond cinnamon chocolate drink and a good book.

But there were enough tasks to do, and so I got out of bed, took a hot shower, did my daily yoga and meditation and was off to work.


Appreciating the small things in life: roses. Digital sketch made with Ps and Ai.


One thing I got done today was to colour in my roses sketch I did on the weekend as part of the MATS Bootcamp roses study.

Roses are really tricky to draw. It’s like you see something and then when you put it down on paper, that what you had in mind looks nothing like what you executed on paper!

So, I tried again, and again, and again… until, after many failed attempts, I kind of got the hang of it. Or let’s say, I am not as intimidated by drawing them anymore.

In the following are the results of my weekend rose exercise sketches I dare to share:

Wild Roses: Pencil and black ink pen


Rosa Bourboniana: Pencil and black ink pen


And finally, the above shown digital sketch in pencil and black ink pen straight from my sketchbook. I made this one as a compilation of my rose exercise:

Appreciating the small things in life: roses!


I think this weekend and for the moment, wild roses turned out to be my favourite roses.

Not just because they are relatively simple to draw; because they are. But, their simple shape and pink colour tossed around haphazardly in a juicy green bush is so beautifully chaotic and charming. A bit like an abstract painting.

I guess it’s kind of in my nature as a Sagittarius to like all things wild. 😉

The other thing I noticed is, I must have quite a vivid imagination because while sketching, drawing, inking and working digitally on all roses, I had the feeling I could actually make out the scent of the roses as if I were sniffling in a bunch of roses as depicted in the above sketch.

Now where many artists and designers participating in MATS Bootcamp mentioned having had this on their mind ‘Roses are red, violets…’, I couldn’t help having the song: ‘I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden,…’ on my mind.

After a while, it felt a bit like a broken record, I must admit, and I am glad that I was able to knock it out of my mind.

But as for roses, what more can I say than: they are simply beautiful.

May your week be beautiful!


Mountain Spring

For last night’s #colour_collective colour Butter a dandelion field in a mountain setting:

Mountain Sprin: digital sketch for #colour_collective made with Photoshop using a Wacom Cintiq22HD
Mountain Spring: digital illustration for #colour_collective made with Photoshop using a Wacom Cintiq22HD

It’s been a while since my last #colour_collective contribution as I am quite busy with painting.  But in the last two days, I felt the need to incorporate last weekend’s beautiful mountain scenery in a digital illustration.

Despite the current 32° C outside and the additional heat from my Wacom Cintiq – the urge to realise what I had in mind was stronger than the need for personal comfort.

This way — in my mind — I was able to relive the beauty of the majestic mountains that I was a witness to, last weekend.

And because everything is in full growth up high and above the valley, the theme also fits well with #growjune.

I was quite astonished to find that it’s still the beginning of spring in the mountains.

For the last couple of years, I tried to catch the spring season, but the tiny rivers across the fields and the waterfalls on each side of the valley had always already been dried up by the time I got there.

So, this time, nearing the end of June, I did not anticipate a mountain spring anymore and was pleasantly surprised.

Spring mountains are so beautiful, they take my breath away, every time.  And it’s exactly in the spring season in which they give me the feeling: I must be in paradise!

From all directions you will come across untamed riverbeds — large and small — with crisp and clear water rushing down to the valley.

There is an abundance of waterfalls and flower-filled* fields. The green of the grass and trees is so intense and juicy.

And this time, we were even lucky to have a shy fox cross our paths!

There are two nature sites that never cease to fill me with awe and reverence: the ocean and the mountains.  It’s in their presence I become present, and feel truly alive!

Wishing everyone a beautiful weekend!


*There was much more variety of flowers than in my illustration. Maybe I will do a sequel with a more accurate mountain Spring field.








Thank You!

For today’s #animalmarch a very simple sketch of an elephant and a duckling:

#animalmarch day 28: elephant and duckling. iPad finger sketch made with Paper53, text in white: Over
#animalmarch day 28: elephant and duckling. iPad finger sketch made with Paper53

“An egg, for me?”, asked baby elephant surprised.

“Sure!”, replied duckling happily.

“How did you make this?”, baby elephant asked admiring the colourful egg.

“Well”, began duckling, “after my sis hatched, I glued the pieces back together and painted the egg especially for you, my best friend.”

“Wow!”, said baby elephant moved by this affectionate gesture.

“Thank you, duckling!”, baby elephant said with a trembling voice and shed a little tear of joy.

And in the spirit of gratitude:

Thank you

for visiting, following, liking, commenting and sharing the contents of this blog,

I very much appreciate each and everyone of you.

Hope you are all having a lovely Easter.

Dandelion field

Although there is little to no sign of Spring, we have the power to let flowers blossom in our minds.

If we wish, we can transfer these images onto paper (or the digital version of paper/53) to share the joy with others.

Or, and best of all, of course, is when we share the flowers of love, compassion and peace – which blossom in our hearts – with flora, fauna and our fellow beings.

Dandelion field for #colour_collective’s Dandelion and #animalmarch, iPad finger sketch with the fiftythree app

Wishing all a joyful Friday evening and a peaceful weekend.

Have an animal sketch wish for #animalmarch?

Feel free to post your wish in the comment section below.

Yellow Duckling

Today, a very quick iPad finger sketch of a yellow duckling for #animalmarch day 3 experimenting with the 53 app.

Yellow duckling for #animalmarch day 3 using the 53 app on an iPad

I like the watercolour effect that the 53 app offers. Colour mixing is also fun. Being used to using layers, I did miss them though. Would have liked to make my signature a bit thinner too, but did not find the option to adjust pen/brush size.