This is the first in a new series of posts where I will share all the art I have worked on for the month. I hope to be consistent with it, but life with a chronic illness is anything but consistent, so don't hold me to it. I am very grateful, though, that this month has been quite productive creatively and I am so pleased with the pieces that I have made. I hope you enjoy this little gallery too.
February started off with me being in bed for a few weeks, flaring due to noisy chainsaw action happening outside my house. The council has been cutting down some rotting trees in our area. I had so little energy, I was weak and spent my days drifting in and out of sleep in the back bedroom, furthest away from the noise.
Eventually they were done and I started to slowly improve. I had reordered some supplements and also a new pen I was excited to try.
Paintings, Lettering And Drawing
The first ting I did when my Amazon order arrived, was tear off a piece of the box and try out my new white pen. I fell in love right away! The paint pen is quite thick, but I already had a white gel pen which I love and using the two together is just perfect. The gel pen works very well for adding the finer details.
I absolutely love this pen and just want to draw on everything now! It reawakened my joy of drawing and I started doodling daily. I even decorated my Kindle and made my sister's birthday card - all while stuck in bed.
Of course I've not only used the white paint pen this month, I also started drawing with my fineliners, sharpie and gel pens again. I love playing with the different line weights of each pen.
I've also really had fun with my watercolours and gouache. Some of my favourite things to paint are leaves. They use simple strokes and are very forgiving when your arms are shaky and weak. And once they're done I can get lost in a colourful forest of greenery - or whichever fantastical colour I used.
Although I painted lots of leafy compositions, this month I started experimenting with new things, like picking up more than one colour on the brush at the same time, dipping my brush pens into paint before lettering, and trying out new botanicals I don't usually paint. Not every technique or layout worked well, but I will keep trying and I know I will improve over time.
Another favourite of mine is painting lake scenes. They are so calming and remind me of my many visits to the lakes up in northern Italy where our family would spend our summers. Such tranquil scenes.
Although they might seem similar at first glance, each one is unique. Whether daytime, night time or sunset. Including boats, clouds, stars or moon. And I have also changed the way I paint the trees - with practice comes improvement and I think you can tell which are my most recent attempts.
Something else I have started this month, stepping outside my comfort zone, is painting birds! I have loved having a garden again and it has reignited my love of bird watching, so I decided I might have a go at painting birds.
I've included the reference photo here since this bird is quite unique and I didn't want people thinking I just made up this rainbow fluffball - it actually exists! It's a Lilac-breasted Roller found in Botswana and this particular little guy was photographed by Praveen Siddannavar. He has some amazing wildlife photos over on his Instagram.
I only completed one bird this month, the second, a peacock, is still a work in progress - I cannot wait to show him off next time!
Well, that's is for February 2019.
Actually I'm quite impressed that I got so much done. I would love to hear your thoughts on my various pieces.
Which is your favourite piece?
Which style do you like best, the line drawings, watercolour sceneries or botanicals?
What would you like to see me do?
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