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Happy 2016!

Well, hello in 2016! I’m wishing you a peaceful, joyful, healthy and creative year.

I took advantage of the overcast morning and started my first day of the year by sketching the sunflower in the garden. Sunflowers are such cheerful, solid, vibrant flowers. I planted two varieties this year (this one is Giant Single or Helianthus annuus), but I think next year I’ll plant few more.

Ink and watercolour sunflower sketch

Lamy Safari pen with DeAtramentis Archive Ink and Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolour in Strathmore 400 Series sketchbook (21.6 x 27.9 cm)

Afterwards I retreated into the coolness of the house to finish something that I wanted to get done last year, but frustratingly got sick & had to put on hold for few days. My daughter asked me to create a colouring page for her. She is very specific in what she wants, so I thought I’ll have a practice run first with the existing sketch to figure out the best way to go about creating colouring pages. Ta Da!
Goldfields New Year Colouring Page
As you can see I used the sketch for my Christmas cards. I retraced it with a Staedtler pigment liner pen. (My first attempt at using the pencil sketch didn’t work too great, because the scanning process turned the colour of the thin paper & pencil lines in too many shades of grey and was too hard to clean up.) After scanning the pen drawing I played around in Photoshop with various adjustments to try to get background as close to white as possible and the lines as close to black. My knowledge of Photoshop is very basic, so this step took the longest. I suspect that it would be faster to learn how to use Adobe Illustrator & my Wacom tablet (a birthday present from my sis) and trace the pencil drawing digitally in the Illustrator instead of by pen.

Anyway, if you feel like doing some colouring, you can download the PDF by clicking on the link Goldfields New Year Colouring page. My kids already had a go at colouring it in.
My kids go at colouring


In the Garden: Flowers

Hello! I’m on the spring-cleaning mission. Every room and every corner of the house has to be sorted and cleaned. I’m buying boxes for storing cooking ingredients, my and kids art & craft supplies, out-of-season clothes, etc. There are paintings that are begging to be framed and hanged to cheer up the blank light-brown walls (definitely not the colour I would choose to paint a house). I have over 9 (!) years of the computer files & photos to go through. I want to paint some illustration-type of images and would love to be able to use my own photos as references. However, it takes me too long to find the right photos and I want to learn to use Adobe Lightroom to index & cross-reference them all. And while I clean and sort, I’m also contemplating my priorities & dreams. I want to have a clearer direction of where I’m heading and what I want to achieve in the next few years.

While I’m trying to look inwards the nature outside is bursting out in flowers before everything complete dries up in the scorching sun.
The succulents are putting out gorgeous display of the flowers in the various colours and shapes.
Succulent with pink flowers
Succulent with white flowers
My friends are telling me that this is Jasmine and praise its scent, while I try to stay as far away from it as possible (I’m not a big fan of strong smells).

Inside of an iris
The irises are still blooming, but many of them are starting to wilt, so I painted one of the light ones and am hoping to find the time to paint the darker purple one.
Watercolour of light purple Iris

Winsor & Newton watercolours on Arches medium watercolour paper (10.5 x 15 cm)

Some houses have gorgeous displays of roses and our white & purple ones are also starting to open up. I’ll paint them next.
White roses

Favourite flowers

I’m getting over a flu and wasn’t looking forward to painting last night, but my dear husband brought me some tulips (my favourite flowers!), which cheered me up and sent me to my desk eager to paint them. However I definitely lacked the energy to scan the result and write a blog post, so I’m posting both 16th & 17th paintings today.
Watercolour painting of tulips

Winsor & Newton watercolours on Arches medium watercolour paper (15 x 21 cm)

Today I had another go at painting tulips, while youngest was in childcare. I’m not very happy with this one and will try again.
Watercolour painting of tulips

Winsor & Newton watercolours on Arches medium watercolour paper (10.5 x 15 cm)

I also snapped a photo of our flowering Iris for Annie, because I know she likes them.
Photo of iris flower
Do you have a favourite flower? Why do you like it?

Daffodil with Rosemary

The previous daffodil painting was done inside late at night and I didn’t think it captured the freshness of the daffodils. So today I went outside into the garden to paint in the warm sun. I wanted to try to capture a daffodil in a looser more flowing style. There was one daffodil growing among flowering rosemary and I thought rosemary would make a lovely contrasting backdrop.
Daffodil & Rosemary watercolour

Winsor & Newton watercolour on Daler-Rowney watercolour postcard

I love how the background of rosemary turned out, but not so happy with the actual daffodil. As often happens I forgot to stop and to wait patiently for the first wash to dry before adding small sharp details.

Did you know that rosemary has lovely blue-purple flowers? I only discovered this last spring.

Eucalyptus flowers

Another small painting done for the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.
Watercolour postcard of Eucalyptus

Winsor & Newton watercolours on Daler-Rowney watercolour postcard

Yes, I’m attempting to do it again for the third time. During my first attempt I managed to paint only 13, the second one – 18. Can I do 30 small paintings this time around?