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Creating flowers and creatures

Spring has arrived and I'm sooo in the mood for flowers!
My worktable was invaded by a whole lot of them. There was hardly room left for me :)

And of course my brushes had to paint even some more on every flowerless spot they could find.

Here's a looping and very short video of the making of:

In a smaller journal I illustrated these:

And on a big piece of watercolour paper I started this portrait.

When on ski holiday, I drew my version of the Easter bunny:

Wishing you a joyful spring!

xx Wen

In search of our own art voice

Your own art voice, your unique style.
What is it?
How can one find it?

At the moment I'm really diving into this question,
reading blog posts and book pages about it,
watching interviews.

What comes to mind at first is:
do the work.

Just do it.

If you're a painter:
Paint more.

You need to practice a lot, create a lot,
before your own style will develop more clearly.

Second tip: Explore.
Seek inspiration by watching other artists.
Look at their work, look closely.
Then ask yourself: what is it what I like about this work?
The colours?
The story?
The drama?
The looseness?
Or the empty spaces?
The marks made?
The subject?

Then step back, put away the computer or the book or other source.
And just work and explore with the media you have at hand.
Without the other artist's work right in front of you,
so you will not be tempted to just copy.

That's what I tried with the first two paintings above.
And it worked!
Yes, you will probably still be able to see which artists inspired me.
But still, it came out of myself and is not merely a copy.

There are more questions you can ask yourself
and other things to try as well,
when you're in search of your own unique art voice.
But more on that in another post.

Happy creating!

xx Wen

Exploring freely

Hello sweet friends,

As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm searching for my own unique art voice and style
and to do so I'm exploring new-to-me terrain in art.
Way out of my comfort zone.

The painting in my art journal above is inspired by one of my fave artists:
So I want to give her full credit.

And below is a watercolour rose that I did following a tutorial video by
Dana of Wonder Forest.
(Ah, some blog names or instagram handles
can really make you wish you had come up with that wonderful name!)

And here is a work in progress.
A background I made for a new project in my art journal,
after feeling very inspired by all the beautiful art I had seen lately.

There will be doodling like the first painting on top of it, I think.
But I loved this background so much by itself, that I wanted to capture it before adding more to it.

I hope you feel inspired to explore art outside your comfort zone as well.
Do try, it's so liberating!

Happy smiles to you!

xx Wen

Artful play day

Seabluegreen is one of my favourite colours.
I think it's such a soothing hue.

The pages in my art journal above are not yet finished,
but I wanted to share a little bit of my artful play.

I had a young visitor this weekend and this sweet little girl loves to paint.
So I took out my supplies and we had some fun together.

I had no plans nor expectations beforehand and this can be a good remedy against perfectionism :)
as I surprised myself with the lovely background above.
Now, what shall I use it for... oh dear... too much thinking...

Anyway, what do you do with your left over paints?

Mixed with water it can be a wonderful way to dye some fabric scraps for other artful projects.

But usually the leftover paints end up in my bigger art journal.
I just apply them randomly.

But sometimes interesting pages emerge out of this.

I'm starting to like to make a bit more abstract art.
Or less realistic anyway :)

Although I still can't help myself and my perfectionism.
For example in the painting below, which I already shared at my other blog AppleApricot.

More background play with inks and paints below.

And then my perfectionist brain kicks in and I don't know what to do with these next, lol!

At the moment I'm working on some more experimental projects then I am used to.
Way out of my comfort zone!
But I love it!
I will share those projects another time soon.

But for now, wishing you a beautiful artful play day!

xx Wen

The witch and the kitten

Halloween is coming near.
I think it got me inspired to make a witchy art journal page.

Totally NOT on purpose she has this wart kind of thing on her upper lip, haha!

Can one fall in love with one's own created creature?
Well, I'm certainly in love with this little kitten I created!!
Wish it was real, it's so darn cute!

This page comes entirely from my own imagination.
But of course I'm influenced by work of others!

Enjoying the sun

Sunny Sundays are sweet days.

Especially when you have some spare time to create a journal page.

Today is such a yummy day :)

"Enjoying a sunny day in a field full with flowers."

This page is inspired by a video by Mindy Lacefield
that I watched this morning
where she uses water soluble crayons.

Wishing you a sunny day!

xx Wen

Catching sweet dreams

In Lifebook 2015 one of the lessons was about making a dream catcher.

Hm... I'm not really into dream catchers to be honest,
although I really loved watching Rachel Rice's lesson.

So, I came up with my own version.
Inspired by Rachel's work.

A little girl on a silver white moon.
Wearing her pink night gown.

Spiritual richness

Hello sweet friends,

If you ever feel like you'd love to add some spiritual richness to your art journaling,
then I really recommend the workshop Sunday Mornings (2) by Mindy Lacefield.
(Which is a Christian based workshop I should add.)

She's a sweetie and I find her lessons to be peaceful and inspiring.

Plus she helps you to go way out of your comfort zone.
Especially if you're a perfectionist like me.

It felt wonderful to add more spiritual richness and depth to my work.

Creating this page spread felt comforting and peaceful.
It brought my creating to the core of my soul
and brings me peace in my heart.

Making progress

Hello sweet friends,

Painting is what helps me to keep sane in a time of hardships,
like we're facing at the moment within the family.
So that's what I'm doing.
A lot.

I found this wonderful workshop of Mindy Lacefield

It's a faith based workshop,
which at the moment helps me with keeping sane as well :)

I haven't finished my painting yet,
but I so loved the background we created in one of the lessons,
that I wanted to share it here.
I love the richness of the layering and textures.