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!


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

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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.

Planting and Watering Seeds

The girls are back and they want to grow a plant from scratch for #growjune on Twitter.

Planting Seeds, for #growjune Twitter, Ink on tracing paper over pencil sketch
Planting Seeds, for #growjune on Twitter, ink on tracing paper over pencil sketch

 

Watering the Seeds, for #growjune on Twitter, Ink on tracing paper over pencil sketch
Watering the Seeds, for #growjune on Twitter, ink on tracing paper over pencil sketch

 

 

Cycle of Growth #growjune

Sequel of ‘Wind’ and ‘Raindrops’ from Twitter’s #movemay.

Water returning to the sky and growing back into a cloud.

'Cycle of Growth' for Twitter's #growjune. Pigment liner 0.8, 0.3 on tracing paper over pencil sketch
‘Cycle of Growth’ for Twitter’s #growjune. Pigment liner 0.8, 0.3 on tracing paper over pencil sketch
First go on inking using tracing paper over 'Wind' sketch
 Wind – Inking
Wind and Rain - Ink
Wind and Rain – Inking