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!


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


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!


See you back here soon, Rosanna

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!