London and rain

So I finished the ink drawing of the London facade. What do you think?

I suppose it’s a start. It’s crazy how many amazingly detailed facades there are in London. Endless streets to draw… if I were in London right now. Well, I’m planning on going back very very soon, in June actually, so more opportunities to capture my favorite city!

Talking of London… here’s a very simple typography drawing of ‘summer rain’. England is know for its rain even though we recently discovered that it actually doesn’t rain much there at all. It’s true, it rains more in Madrid, Miami and New York than in London. However…. in Miami and Madrid it’s also a lot warmer, more warm summer rain which we wouldn’t mind so much. And in New York it snows a lot more which is included in the precipitation statistics… and I certainly prefer snow to rain which can’t be said of most English people though. Life in England comes to a complete halt when it snows but that’s a whole other story!

I wasn’t really thinking of London when writing the words ‘summer rain’. I was looking out of the window yesterday at the most amazing heavy rain here in Germany. It was that kind of rain that smells good, that makes the air tropical after a warm day and the world somehow looks different and so much greener than after a winter rain… the kind of rain that one could dance in.

Following picture is a photo of a painting in progress. I think it might turn out to be entirely brown… like a vintage postcard… who knows?!

Wishing you all a great week!

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black & white

Wow, it’s been foreeeever!

I don’t have any excuses for my absence but I hope to make posting my artwork on here routine again. I recently bought some pigment ink pens and have been experimenting. It’s very impressive how good these pens are, I’ve tried to smudge them on purpose and they really are un-smudgable! So here are some fun little drawings….

I also took the pens to London and started drawing the beautiful house facades opposite to my window. This drawing is still in progress but I’m itching to finish it because I think it might turn out quite well…. which would mean that I’ll probably get addicted to these pens and you’ll be seeing a lot more black & white drawings!

green apple and graphite

Now that I’m going to art class again, I’ve been using some new techniques and new materials. This drawing is done with graphite powder and is actually painted with a brush onto beige paper. I really enjoy this technique and have already started my next graphite-painting which’ll be more architectural.

The little boy turned out slightly thinner than I had in mind but at least he’s eating an apple so he’ll be fine! : )

If you look closely at the bottom of the wall behind the boy, you’ll see a cool effect that happened here by accident. When using graphite powder on slippery paper, you can dribble water over it, let it sink in a little and then wipe the water off with a cloth. I had painted some brick-like pattern and then covered it is darker graphite. The pattern became partly visible when I wiped over it. The blodges and droplets in the background were also done with this technique.

an old painting

This is an old painting, actually a few years old that I painted for my dad on his 50th birthday. It’s pretty large and hangs above the stairs in my parents’ house. Since I’m temporarily living there at the moment, I walk past it all the time and realized today that I should really mention it on my blog… it’s beautiful.

I love the colors and her relaxed pose. The painting speaks of strong feminine women in trench coats and high heels. I think I’ll paint some more like this one some day.

Have a good week everyone x Rosanna

geometric craziness

Happy Wednesday everyone, half the week is over already!

So, recently I’ve been doing some more watercolor painting. When layering watercolor, it can look a little like layered colored glass. I suppose I was inspired by a dear new friend of mine (you know who you are 😉 who has a huge talent for architecture and loves geometric patterns and glass.

When sunlight falls through tree leaves it produces lots of little shadows that cross each other and make funny patterns on the ground. I imagined these patterns being broken up by window pains which resulted in a painting that also reminds me of sea glass (below top right). As you can see, when painting the bottom painting l was thinking of icicles.

 

 

new colorful painting!

Yay, it’s been a long time since I painted something this colorful!

The basket was a challenge that my art teacher gave me… she knew it would be especially difficult to get the woven structure right. And it was.

I love the colors, they remind me of hot summers in Southern France, terra-cotta pots and bright white summer light. I can nearly hear the crickets in the background, the gurgling sounds of a blue pool surrounded by Aloe Vera plants… I hope you can imagine it, too.

I still have a lot of winter ahead of me here but I’m already impatiently awaiting spring, the sun and summer!

 

fearful eyes

It’s the end of a great weekend, one of my best friends visited me from Munich and we had such a good time! On Friday, whilst waiting for my guests to arrive, I painted these watercolor eyes. Beautiful eyes are something that I used to draw a lot as a teenager. They’re so interesting because emotions are difficult to paint but eyes can really show emotions…. I think these look fearful, sad, maybe a little surprised. Well, I’m a little sad myself waiving my friends goodbye and knowing that Monday is just around the corner!

new painting: Frost

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Today, I got up early and started painting, even before having breakfast!

I don’t often use watercolor but it is much more practical than getting out my acrylic paints, so perfect for an early start. This is how it all began, some blue sky, blue fields and some trees coming along.

In this slideshow you can see how the painting progressed. In between slides I had a big yummy breakfast, went for a long walk in the cold, had lunch and many many cups of various tea. I’ve been battling a cold recently so I’ve been having hot fresh ginger, honey and lemon drinks as well as my all time favorite … green tea :).

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Here are some close-ups of the finished piece. You literally feel cold just looking at it. My only disappointment here is that I wasn’t able to make the painting look more ‘sunny’. Winter sun is so bright, it would be good if I could bring that across more. Painting light well is probably the hardest lesson to learn in painting and I haven’t mastered it yet!

Ta-da, this is what it looks like in all its glory! 😉

I like the result and I especially love the fact that I can paint a watercolor painting in half a day, that’s a mayor benefit when it’s Sunday and you’re not sure when you’ll get round to painting again. Therefore, I think I’ll be practicing my watercolor skills and hopefully use them more in the future. I’ll be on the lookout for more wintery frosty cold sceneries to paint but secretly, I am hoping that spring will come early this year.

Ok, it’s nearly 5pm and I’ll have to make a pot of English tea now! No matter how long I live away from the UK, I don’t think I’ll ever get over 5 o’clock teatime.

hand lettering ventures

 

I love good quotes and I love hand lettering… so once in a while I attempt to beautifully write a favorite quote. I had to draw everything out in pencil first and then used watercolor.

Don’t you just love this quote? 🙂

Its wise words relate to so many situations and I can think of a lot of things that this quote applies to in my life. Especially in times of change it’s important to ask, step forward and go after what you really want!

A few days ago, I visited one of my neighbors who illustrates books with pretty watercolors of plants and flowers. She gave me a little print of her ‘strawberries’ painting which you can see in the photo on top of the old Roberts radio… it’s such a cute print!

I’ve had the drift wood stick for many years and it has ‘lived’ with me in various apartments. It’s very faded and a few weeks ago I finally had the courage to paint some tribal white patterns on it. I hope you like it! 🙂 My sister gave me the bright blue tea light glasses for Christmas. She knows I love everything blue, so naturally this was a perfect present.

So, my friends, live by these wise words…. I’ll try!

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See you back here soon, Rosanna

sunny winter woods

Today the sun was out and I went for a long walk through the woods near my parents’ house. I took my camera and tried to capture some of the winter beauty. Walking is one of my favorite things to do and I tend to do a lot of thinking whilst walking. The woods are perfect for thinking! Being single again and concentrating entirely on myself, lots of new ideas have popped into my mind that I didn’t consider before. I have new ideas for how I want to live, what I want to do and where I want to go!

Recently I walked a good route with a friend and her dog which I wanted to take again. Today, it all seemed much further and steeper though… I guess I didn’t notice it when chatting with an old friend and throwing pine cones for her dog!

I’ve had to let go of quite a few of my old dreams recently. Most goals and ideas that I was dreaming of were shared with my ex-fiance and have become irrelevant now. As I mentioned above, I have lots of new dreams now that are not shared and are therefore entirely my own… weirdly, they seem so much more exciting than the shared ones did! However, one of the few dreams that were shared but I haven’t let go, is the dream of getting a dog. Walking is just so much more fun with a furry friend! Dogs seem to love their owner unconditionally which certainly appeals after a failed relationship. With a dog, you experience lots of priceless moments that are just hilarious or even shocking, they’re funny companions. Well, I will have to wait a while longer for that dream to come true. I wouldn’t want to get a dog until I’ve sorted my own life out and have the time and space.

Ups, I got sidetracked… back to the woods! The brown leaves covering the woodland floor are a strong contrast to the blue sky. Blue skies are pretty rare here in winter, it tends to be grey and dark… I think the seasons are becoming more blurred and mixed up. Is global warming changing our good old German weather?! It was muddy everywhere and I spotted lots of fungi on trees which must love the damp winter weather.

After seeing various types of moss, we walked over this cute little bridge leading across the local stream here. As a child I used to play in streams like this one, it’s perfect for kids, there are wide pools for dam-building and the water rushes over mossy rocks… I wonder whether it’s popular with the German kids in summer.

I think that when I find a new job, I’ll really feel like I’m starting a new chapter in my life… can’t wait. I can’t wait to move into my own space again, take on some new challenges and meet new people!

I’m also going back to my old art class which I used to do when I lived with my parents years ago. I’ve started a new painting so I’ll be posting more artistic stuff soon :).

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