About Happiness

 
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The weekend started with a perfect winter’s day. The sun is shining, there is a slight breeze trying to blow more leaves from the trees and it is not too cold. I won’t have time to go outside, as I slept in a little bit and I have a lot of commission work to finish. So I will enjoy creating today and will go for long nature walk tomorrow.

I started watching “The Secret Book of Kells” and I am absolutely enchanted. Hopefully I have time to finish it tonight. Then I can tell you more about my thoughts on the film soon. I am about thirty five minutes in and can already say, that it definitely belongs to my favourite movie list. If you like 2D animation and beautifully created films, you will love it. This film is art.

Speaking of art, if you follow me on Instagram you might have noticed that there is change slowly creeping into my work and that it is a little bit quiet at the moment. Partly, this has to do with the Christmas commissions I am working on at the moment.

The other reason is that I have changed quite a bit in the last year. As I immerse myself more into my art, I want my illustrations to be more than “well made, pretty pictures”. I would like them to evoke feelings and to tell stories. It is hard to put this into a few words. I have so many stories in my mind and I would like to bring them alive with my illustrations. I also noticed that I follow a bigger variety of artists on Instagram, that the visual language I am attracted to has changed and I started listening to different music as well. This change has been happening over quite some time now and I am not sure where it comes from.

From the outside it might look like that I have art block at the moment. It is the opposite though. There are many images and stories inside me that I would like to share with you. I have been sketching to try out this new visual language. But I did not share it on social media as this work differs a lot from what I have been creating so far. Maybe I hesitated to share my new illustrations because I do not want to, in a way, disappoint the lovely people who follow me on Instagram. They joined my art journey because of the neatly painted watercolour illustrations of animals, plants and humans, most of them on plain white background.

However, at the moment I want to create messy, lively illustrations full of colour and texture, not necessary drawing in a “realistic way”. I want to show the process, including pencil lines that remain under the paint. I feel that a story is not only told by what the image depicts, but also by how it was created.

In my opinion an artist’s journey is ever evolving and change is inevitable. I am sure some people will be surprised to see my new illustrations/style and hopefully I can inspire them. For me painting/creating is also about happiness and staying true to myself.

I am excited to embark on a new creative journey and I would love it, if you would join me.

New prints: Autumn forest collection

Happy Friday, I hope you are well. Originally I wanted to write about the illustrations I recently created for a kids clothing brand. I will do this in my next post though because my new autumn prints are ready and I am so excited about them that I could not wait to share them with you.

This is my favourite time of the year, when the air is crisp and the leaves of the trees are dipped in the most beautiful colours. Fall is the season where I feel most inspired and ready for new adventures.

Many of us like to be cozy in the fall and decorate our homes with warm, autumnal colours when it gets colder outside. A few berry coloured cushions, a dark orange throw on the couch, maybe some foraged, dried twigs in a vase on the table and a pumpkin spice candle filling the room with a comforting scent.

If you would like to adorn your walls or fill your picture frames with autumnal, nature and botanical illustrations, you might like my new “Autumn Forest” collection prints.

 
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The original watercolour illustration has been printed on beautiful Bockingford watercolour inkjet paper, which is made especially for art prints. The print size is A5 (14.8 x 21 cm/5.83 x 8.27 inches).

I hope you like the illustrations and that they give you cozy autumn feels.

Thank you, until next time.


Cozy clothes for slow days

 
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Last weekend I decided to enjoy a couple of slow days which were very much needed. I stayed away from the studio, social media and let my paint brushes rest.

Instead I slept longer than usual, wore cozy clothes, ate comforting (but still healthy) food, read a lot, forced my mind to stay in the present, went for long walks in the park and drank a lot of herbal tea.

I find days like these very calming and relaxing. We live in such a noisy world that it can sometimes be difficult to hear our own thoughts. It is important to slow down every now and then. After this weekend I feel much better and more energised. Try it yourself, I can very much recommend it.

 

 

 

 

New work

The forest is definitely the place where I go to relax and recharge my batteries. So it is only natural that a lot of my work features green hues and plants.

However having grown up in a small town surrounded by two rivers, water is also very important in my life. And long walks along the riverbank meadows always made me very happy.

So far the colour blue and water is not really present in my art. But I would like to change this because I find it always very calming to look at blue paintings. Especially when they show a lot of white areas as well. I love the contrast.

I am starting with a watercolour painting based on a photo of artist and wood worker Aleksandra Zee.

 
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