Lightning Bugs

This evening’s #colour_collecitve colour was Lightning Bug:

#colour_collective colour Lightning Bug made on a Wacom Cintiq22HD with Photoshop using Kyle T. Webster's brushes.
#colour_collective colour Lightning Bug made on a Wacom Cintiq22HD with Photoshop using Kyle T. Webster’s brushes.

I couldn’t help but use the name of the colour for portraying a myriad of lightning bugs!

Though, I was torn between the land ones and the ones in the sea.

Whichever way, both encounters are magical and make me think of fairies and elves.


May you enjoy a delightful and magical weekend!


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Aaaand Jump! – Indy Grab

Last Friday’s #colour_collective colour Dark Sky Blue reminded me of cold Winter days in the snowy mountains and this is exactly where I took the scene:

‘Aaaand Jump!’: #colour_collective colour Dark Sky Blue
‘Aaaand Jump!’: #colour_collective colour Dark Sky Blue: pencil 3B & 4B, black pigment liner 0.1, frisket, watercolours, mixed media paper made from 90% bamboo fibre and 10% rag, 24cmx32cm, 265 g/sqm

 

DarkSkyBlueAlthough Autumn has become a little more mild in temperature as of late, the previous days did give a strong reminder that Winter is really just around the corner.

Being accustomed to subtropical climate, Winter can be hard on me.

But, I have found a way to overcome Winter blues by escaping to above cloud and fog level to the mountain tops.

Activity in fresh air activates circulation, the sun’s rays support vitamin D production and uplift the spirit too, and the high amount of negative ions in the snow and mountains neutralise the body’s energy field.

Not only fun, but also the ultimate immune system boost, I’d say.

🙂

 

Next week’s colour for #colour_collective is Apricot.

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 evening, relaxed Sunday and great start into a wonderful week!

 

 

Still at the Museum

For last Friday’s #colour_collective colour Russian Violet, I decided to do a sequel of the museum scene.

I used gouache for the Rothko inspired ‘expressionist museum painting’ as the colours are more opaque and intense than watercolours.

‘Still at the Museum’: #colour_collective colour Russian Violet
‘Still at the Museum’: #colour_collective colour Russian Violet: pencil 3B & 4B, black pigment liner 0.1, watercolours, gouache, mixed media paper made from 90% bamboo fibre and 10% rag, 24cmx32cm, 265 g/sqm

Russian_VioletViolet was never really a favoured colour of mine, quite to the contrary.

It is a colour I still prefer to avoid. However, meanwhile I do feel differently with other Violet shades like Lavender, Lilac or any type of Violet that has a lot of Red in it.

Some time ago, I had a coat in Violet that I mainly bought for the multi-coloured lining in Orange, Yellow, and Green squared shapes. I adored the lining!

Teamed with say, a strong green or red shawl I was able to make it work for me and made my peace with the coat’s colour.

Generally, Violet on its own makes me not only look rather dull and tired but also makes me feel rather dull and tired.

So coming up with a theme for this #colour_collective colour was a challenge as even thinking about it made me feel rather dull and tired too – or wait – maybe it was really just due to another overly action packed week!

Next week’s colour for #colour_collective is Indian Red 🙂

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 week ahead!

May all the beings in all the worlds be happy!

At the Museum

For last Friday’s #colour_collective colour Cadmium Yellow I decided to create a scene in a museum.

I used gouache for the two ‘museum paintings’ as the colours were brighter and more opaque and intense than watercolours:

‘At the Museum’: #colour_collective colour Cadmium Yellow: pencil 3B & 4B, black, grey pigment liner 0.1, frisket, white pigment ink liner, watercolours, gouache, mixed media paper made from 90% bamboo fibre and 10% rag, 24cmx32cm, 265 g/sqm
‘At the Museum’: #colour_collective colour Cadmium Yellow: pencil 3B & 4B, black, grey pigment liner 0.1, frisket, white pigment ink liner, watercolours, gouache, mixed media paper made from 90% bamboo fibre and 10% rag, 24cmx32cm, 265 g/sqm

Cadmium_Yellow

Next week’s colour for #colour_collective is Russian Violet – this will be an interesting week!

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!

 

 

 

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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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!

The Dream

For yesterday’s #colour_collective colour Magenta Haze a dream scenario.

‘The Dream’, #colour_collective colour Magenta Haze
‘The Dream’, #colour_collective colour Magenta Haze: pencil 4B, black pigment liner 0.05, watercolours&gouache, mixed media paper made from 90% bamboo fibre and 10% rag, 24cmx32cm, 265 g/sqm

Next week’s colour for #colour_collective is Payne’s Grey.

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 everyone a lovely weekend!

When I’m big I’ll be a surf chick

Bit of a haste, this one; this week’s #colour_collective colour was Cyan Azure Blue:

‘When I'm big I'll be a surf chick’, #colour_collective colour Cyan Blue Azure
‘When I’m big I’ll be a surf chick’, #colour_collective colour Cyan Blue Azure: pencil 3B, black pigment liner 0.1, watercolours, mixed media paper made from 90% bamboo fibre and 10% rag, 24cmx32cm, 265 g/sqm

The colour for next week’s #colour_collective is Fire Engine Red.