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!


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An Evening in the Tree

For this evening’s #colour_collective colour May Green:

An Evening in the Tree: May Green, made with Photoshop
An Evening in the Tree: May Green, made with Photoshop

Anyone who has ever joined me on walks where a cat crosses my path can confirm, I really do love cats.

Actually, I love pretty much all animals. This used to stress my mother as I would want to pet every and any animal that I came across (excluding spiders).

In her eyes, everything was ‘dangerous’ and in my eyes everything was beautiful. I suppose, at times – on some level or the other – we were both right.

As s child, it would break my heart to see other kids maltreating animals and I would try to tell them how animals should be treated correctly.

I would demonstrate: ‘You see, you should stroke a cat softly like this, and not squeeze it!’ Then, I would let them show me how well they imbibed my ‘teachings’ by demonstrating their newly gained skills (I’m such a teacher, I know).

This did not necessarily always make me the most popular girl on the block. However, animals and I, we always connected. They have so much unconditional love to share. I guess that explains why I love to study power animals and their messages, too.

Each December (which is soon!), I recall the past year, lessons learned, things I would like to improve etc. and see how well I cooperated with my current year’s power animal. At the same time, I also start tuning in to the new year to draw the power animal energies closer that will be relevant for the upcoming year. With all my yoga practice and meditation, this helps me stay grounded.

But, as for cats and me, we certainly have a very special connection. They find me. They communicate with me. Often, when I am down, a cat will cross my path to cheer me up. It always works. They have perfect timing and senses.


May you have a blessed weekend!


Poppy Flower Field

This evening, I combined #colour_collective ‘s Venetian Red and #pinchpunchpost ‘s White Rabbit:

Poppy Flower Field with White Rabbit: made with Photoshop on a Cintiq 22HD using Kyle T. Webster's water colour brushes and Belgian Comic brush.
Poppy Flower Field with White Rabbit: made with Photoshop on a Cintiq 22HD using Kyle T. Webster brushes.

Today’s illustration comes with a little ‘making of’ clip that I posted onto my Facebook page ‘Babybluesnowflake‘.

As for the creative process

First the Idea
Ideas can be tricky. Sometimes, they can be quite difficult to come across, which is nerve wrecking, tiresome and annoying.

I commonly experience idea voids when I am not at ease or experience too much interference and distraction from life.

To be creative takes a relaxed state of mind.

The antidote to absent ideas
When ideas stay away, sitting down and scribbling nonsense can help.

Searching for ideas on the Internet can also help, but can be somewhat tricky too, as it can be distracting as much as it can be helpful.

Long walks are often the best antidote against inspirational meltdowns.

The too many ideas syndrom
When an idea Tsunami strikes, at one point one needs to just pick and work with one.

At least, get the one idea to a foreseeable completion before pondering another one.

I do like working on multiple projects, but they should not only be happening in my imagination.

There is no point in having innumerable ideas if we don’t act at least upon one!

Work
Blessed are the moments in which an idea, including a clear vision of its end result, strikes my mind in a fraction of a second.

Truth be told, these are rather rare situations.

Usually, I have but a vague idea where I am heading to and need to go with what I’ve got.

Whether the idea came easily or not, perseverance and hard work is what gets you to the final goal (illustration, artwork).

Trial and error
Whether the end result is clear or vague, the path is never carved in stone.

There is a lot of trial and error involved. The good thing is, it carries a high learning potential.

Through trial and error, I am often lead to non-anticipated and awesome effects that completely change the outcome of the original image I had in mind.

Giving into a creative process often leads to a better-than-anticipated outcome.

After all, it’s the mind that is limited, possibilities not.

Let go of control and miracles can happen.

Ok, I believe I’ve rambled on enough for this evening. 😉


Good Night World and the Sweetest of Dreams

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First Love

First Love with a pinch of Rose Tyrien for last Friday’s #colour_collective.

‘First Love’: #colour_collective colour Rose Tyrien
‘First Love’: #colour_collective colour Rose Tyrien: pencil 3B & 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

 

Rose TyrienUpon researching Rose Tyrien, one of the first things to find online was the Hermès Birkin bag from the 2011 Spring/Summer Candy Bi-Colored Collection.

Viewing images where the Rose Tryien Birkin is placed next to a Hermès Orange packaging not only reminded me of how Yves Saint Laurent also liked to use these rich colours in combination, but it also took me on a mental journey to India, the queen of vibrant colour combinations.

I do adore combinations such as Orange/HotPink as well as Peacock Blue/Emerald Green or maybe even Emerald/HotPink – all teamed with Gold, of course.

 

Next week’s colour for #colour_collective is Cadmium Yellow.

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 Sunday and a good start into the week!

Fascination

For last night’s #colour_collective colour Phthalo Blue another beach scene – but at night and around a campfire:

UnderTheStars
This artwork can be purchased as print and more at my Society6 store

Phthalo_BlueUsually, I mix colours using Cyan, Lemon Yellow and Magenta.

This time, I actually had Phthalo Blue available as such.

However, when I looked at what came out of the Phthalo Blue tube, it did not really look like the digital reference. I felt that the contents of the Ultramarine Blue tube resembled the digital reference much more.

Nonetheless, I was sticking to Phthalo Blue and in those few locations where water and pigment gathered together on paper in greater intensity, the digital reference and the watercolour Phthalo Blue I used drew near in likeness.

 

Next week’s colour for #colour_collective is Duck Egg Green. Hm, let’s see if I’ll manage to create and illustration without ducks or eggs.

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 weekend!

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Last splash before sunset

For last night’s #colour_collective colour Tea Rose a beach scene:

‘Last splash before sunset’, #colour_collective colour Tea Rose
‘Last splash before sunset’, #colour_collective colour Tea Rose: pencil 4B, black pigment liner 0.05, frisket, watercolours, mixed media paper made from 90% bamboo fibre and 10% rag, 24cmx32cm, 265 g/sqm

TeaRose

Tea Rose is such a delicate and soft colour.

So, originally, I had planned to do a bedtime theme.

You know, a cute room, lovely bed with Tea Rose coloured bed sheets, the kids all comfy on or beside the bed as well as Archie and Medes all snuggled up in the sheets.

But then again, with nature supplying so many magnificent colour combinations at dusk and dawn – including Tea Rose – I could not mentally lock myself  indoors and took the scene outside.

Interestingly, upon completion, it felt indeed like I spent a wonderful day at the beach.

Next week’s colour for #colour_collective is Phthalo Blue.

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 weekend!

Tree House

For last Friday’s #colour_collective Chartreuse: Tree House

‘Tree House’, #colour_collective colour Chartreuse
‘Tree House’, #colour_collective colour Chartreuse: pencil 3B, black pigment liner 0.1, frisket, watercolours, mixed media paper made from 90% bamboo fibre and 10% rag, 24cmx32cm, 265 g/sqm

chartreuseAlthough I felt as (un)comfortable with this yellow-greenish colour Chartreuse as I did with the blueish-grey Payne’s Grey, I was pleasantly surprised by it.

Initially, I felt the colour had something rather artificial about it.

But it also reminded me of the Limoncello filled bottle we had once bought on our trip to Menton, France.

I researched and discovered that it indeed was named after a French liqueur produced by monks.

So I pondered, looked at the colour, and pondered some more.

The main image that kept returning (apart from the liqueur, which, to get it out of my head, I needed to sketch in form of a Chartreuse filled shot glass) was of what would be seen when gazing upward in a forest on a very sunny day.

But not wanting to ‘just’ draw a bunch of leaves and branches I wanted to find a way to incorporate the three kids as well as depth of field.

Slowly the setting came together and although Chartreuse turned out to be quite an adventure, it was one with a happy ending.

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

Any theme, any medium, anyone. Post together Fri 19:30 GMT+1. Just use the #colour_collective hashtag on Twitter. For more information see @PennyNevilleLee (#colour_collective creator) and do check out the wonderful illustrations that were posted so far.

Have a lovely weekend!

Summer Evening with Archi and Medes

For last Friday’s #colour_collective colour Champagne:

#colour_collective, Champagne: ‘Summer evening with Archi and Medes’.
#colour_collective, Champagne: ‘Summer evening with Archi and Medes’. pencil 4B, grey and black pigment liner 0.05, water colour, rough water-colour paper 17x24cm 450 g/sqm

Next Friday’s #colour_collective theme colour will be Magenta Haze.

Run Archie, run!

For this week’s #colour_collective colour Forest Green a forest theme:

‘Run Archie, run!’, #colour_collective colour Forest Green
‘Run Archie, run!’, #colour_collective colour Forest Green: pencil 4B, black pigment liner 0.05, watercolours, mixed media paper made from 90% bamboo fibre and 10% rag, 24cmx32cm, 265 g/sqm

Next Friday’s colour for #colour_collective is Champagne. Any theme, any medium, anyone. Post together Fri 19:30 GMT+1. Just use the #colour_collective hashtag on Twitter. For more information see @PennyNevilleLee (#colour_collective creator) and do check out the wonderful illustrations that were posted so far.

Wishing all a lovely week!