Flowers of Peace

For this evening’s #colour_collective colour Imperial Purple another illustration of ‘Flowers of Peace’.

I figured, we can never sow too many flowers of peace.

Flowers of Peace: digital drawing made with Photoshop
Flowers of Peace: digital drawing made with Photoshop

This world is like a flower…

“This world is like a flower. Each nation is a petal. If one petal is infested, does it not affect all the other petals? Does not the disease destroy the life and beauty of the flower? Is it not the duty of each one of us to protect and preserve the beauty and fragrance of this one world flower from being destroyed?

This world of ours is a big, wonderful flower with many petals. Only when this is understood and becomes deeply ingrained in us, will there be any real peace and unity.

The tug of war between nations is like a tug of war between the petals of a flower. Competition between the petals will only result in all the petals withering away. The entire flower will be destroyed.

Division will only dissipate our energy and vitality; real power is to be found in unity, not in division.” ~ Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi) #EmbracingtheWorld

May all beings in all the worlds be peaceful and happy.

Have a peaceful and joyous weekend!

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!

#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.

The Divine Mother

I might not have right understanding
But I know You are near
I might not understand Your ways
But I am sure I need not fear

In the middle of unforeseeable moments
My heart burns in longing for You
A sensation so bittersweet
Tears swell up from out of the blue

You take my hand
A longing beyond all longings
Caress my cheeks
I forget all worldly belongings

Your beaming smile so warm and gentle
I sink into Your warm embrace
A direct line, a connection transcendental
There it is, Your shower of grace

Drawing me closer and closer to you
You are my love, my courage, my power
Closer, closer into Your presence
My heart opens like a lotus flower

A wake up call
The phone rings
Awareness back
To my surroundings

Into worldliness I am brought back
In midst of a bookshop cafe
Grounding myself into the present
The here, the now, the present day

The connection may be lost
From my side of the line
But Yours is ever open
A constant connection divine

I will keep dialling
Dialling up determinedly
Until I get through
To your divinity

Drawing August Day 27

Cat Love II

I really adore cats. I am not sure if cats actually feel this, but they seem to magically appear in my life at the most unusual times and in the most unusual places. At most of the encounters an immediate conversation begins. And, regardless of place and time, we seem to have a mutual language.

The cat of this morning sat in the middle of a path to the left of mine. Upon seeing this little red tiger I decided to take the left path and slowed down as I headed toward her. She seemed like a sparkling little sunshine to me and I was very drawn to her. As I came closer I noticed that she had severe injuries below the front of her right ear. The right side of her snout had a larger layer of skin missing. She seemed to have recently been involved in a serious cat fight, I thought. Poor thing. But the injuries were also clearly healing.

Now there are cuddly cats, but this one was even cuddlier. She was so adorable I would have loved to take her home. She was not wearing a collar, so I was not sure if she had a home or not. I was running late to an appointment and after about 15 minutes I had to leave her and continue on my path. This was not an easy thing to do because she kept blocking my way by squeezing under my bicycle between the two wheels. Finally, I picked her up and put her on the side of the path and said goodbye. This cat was so beautiful and, despite her injuries, seemed of such a happy nature indeed.

I feel that cats are my little animal guides that appear often in real life or my in dreams to remind me of important qualities like waiting patiently for the right moment to jump at an opportunity. Cats are social and at the same time totally independent. This is a strong quality when used in the right balance. Maybe cat would like to remind me to balance when to be social and when to set aside moments of much needed solitude.

Well, and the cat of this morning clearly demonstrated how to – despite an unpleasant experience – maintain a positive, open, and fearless attitude. And yes, if nothing else, cat was my muse today and inspired me to do this sketch for #drawingaugust.

Drawing August Day 15

Some time back, I really was completely ambitious to try creating sketches with the iPad. Then I had the iPad and did few comic sketches on it. It was totally tiresome. So I thought that with one of those drawing and writing pens for the iPad sketching would get easier. Well, it did kind of get easier, but not how I hoped it would. It totally takes time to adjust and even more time to exercise before one gets something reasonable together. At least, this seems to be the case for me. After a while I lost patience, gave up and went back to traditional sketching tools. Although I neglected pretty much all the possible creative tools out there for many years, attempting to get back on the creative track with traditional tools, rather than digital tools, turned out to be more fun for a start. However today I totally felt like trying the iPad again but just could not find any of my iPad pens! Where on earth did I hide those?! I will still keep searching, I mean, they need to be somewhere. But for now and to get today’s sketch done in time I used my fingers.