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!

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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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new painting: two egrets

Happy New Year 2014 everyone!! It’s going to be a great one!

2013 was a crazy year for me, some ups, many downs… I’ve moved back to Germany now and am starting a new chapter. I have a good feeling about 2014, it’s going to be an exciting year :).

Just before Christmas I finished this painting ‘two egrets’. It was a commission and quite challenging. However, I am very happy with the outcome and especially love the reflections of the trees in the water.

I have loads of artistic ideas for the new year, so lots more posts to come!