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!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

It is indeed! I’m visiting my parents in Germany at the moment and have been helping them with Christmas preparations and decorations. This is one of my favorite times of the year and it’s been especially beautiful here this year. We’ve been making German Christmas cookies of all shapes and sizes, some worked out great and some didn’t. We have some cookies here that are so hard it’s dangerous to eat them! 🙂

Shown here are some simple stars with white chocolate icing.. yummy.

My mum taught me how to make an advent wreath with four white candles. It was much easier than I expected and lots of fun.

I collected pine cones with my dad in the woods and after our success with the first wreath, we took on the challenge of making a pine cone wreath for our front door. It was so much work and my hands really hurt afterwards but it looks stunning against the dark green door. Let’s hope it keeps a few years.

We also found some pretty holly with lots of red berries which I used to decorate the chimney piece and some furniture. It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

I wish you all a wonderful cosy advent with lots of tea, cookies and fun preparing for Christmas!

London is always a good idea

Hey everyone, once again I’ve been hiding in London.

I visited my sister and godmother in central London which is always amazing… London is always a good idea! The weather was pretty bad (no surprise there) but I enjoyed it anyway and tried to spend as much time as possible inside. Highlights of the trip included visiting a Christmas Fair and looking around the Christmas section at Liberty.

seahorse for my little sister

What to paint for your little sister when going to visit her? I thought about this for a surprisingly long time and then opted for a seahorse, she needs something bright and beautiful on her walls.

Seahorses are so cute and come in many colors, it’s crazy… They are also very mysterious!

To all October Birthday Girls and Boys

I painted this card for my mum. I thought that the image was very suitable for a lady like her. It oozes timeless glamour and charm. It also includes a flower, a teacup and cake, all things that my mum loves!

Happy Birthday to all October Birthday Girls and Boys!

gift wrapping mini-guide

Gift wrapping is surely one of my favorite things about the holiday season. When others are busy unwrapping their presents and getting excited about the packages’ contents, I’m usually checking out the wrapping and wondering which parts of it to keep for the next season. I even took a small collection of wrapping paper and essentials like glitter with me to Switzerland!

As you can tell, I start looking forward to gift wrapping quite early in the year… so let’s get started with this mini-guide! 

Step 1: Gather up your essentials and any other stuff you might be able to use. You can make your gift wrapping endlessly creative and fancy but today we’re sticking to some simple ideas. I love using kraft paper for wrapping because it’s extremely cheap in comparison to all the super expensive wrapping paper out there and with a few tricks it can work really well.

Step 2: Start by wrapping your gifts in kraft paper. Try to fold visible edges inwards so that the paper looks thicker and then use tape to secure them. Once your gift is wrapped there are two options. Either you now tie a ribbon around it and decorate it more afterwards or you start by decorating it. In this slideshow I tied a ribbon and some jute rope around it first. I like to use jute rope because it feels very rustic and therefore works well with the brown kraft paper. 

Step 3: Now to the really fun part – the decoration. In this example I used gold glitter around the edges of the present and then attached some tags. You can purchase these cute Christmas gnome tags in my shop or make some yourself.

The glitter, ribbons and tags work so well together… this one is finished!

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Here are some more examples. The little instructions explain the basics of how I achieved each look. Especially a mixture of different ideas that all incorporate the same materials, the same paper, ribbons and colors will look great under the tree!

Last but definitely not least, I decided to add a little color – icy blue!

The cold blue ribbon goes especially well with the icy glitter that I dotted around this ‘Merry Christmas’ wrapping. The glitter and blue remind me of ice queens and snowflake fairies….  oh I love that theme –  snowflake fairies! 

I think that will be the theme for my Christmas gift wrapping this year. What colors do you think are big this year? 

Stay tuned for more Christmas ideas later in the season!

 

 

Autumn in Geneva

Ahhh… It gives me such a sense of achievement to post a new painting 🙂

Every painting is a lot of work and when it’s done, I’m excited because I can show it to you and I can move on to the next project. Exactly 8 days ago, my fiancĂ© and I spent the day in Geneva. We visited the Patek Philippe museum and walked around the old town. I took photos of some of the gorgeous old houses there and immediately started painting this one when we got home. I love the autumn leaves framing the house and decided to accent them with some fake gold plating… what better way to bring autumn’s golden light into a painting?!

Some more pictures of the painting in a frame:

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I know some of you like to see how a painting progresses from start to finish, so here’s a short slideshow of the process. I always start out by drawing the complicated parts of the image in pencil. In this case, that was mainly the house and the window details. Usually, when using acrylic paint one should start with the dark colours and finish with the highlights, however, especially when painting houses and landscapes I like to start painting whatever is the furthest in the background first. Basically, I try to paint it like reality made it… I hope that makes sense to you.

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‘Autumn…. the year’s last loveliest smile’ – W. Cullen Bryant

retail therapy results

On Monday I was in need of some retail therapy. For me, the best way to do that is to go to an arty shop and maybe throw in a second hand market or DIY store!

Well, on Monday I got all of that. I visited a shop called terre d’artisans which is a little more in land from Lake Geneva where I live. Terre d’Artisans provides local artisans with a place to sell their work and exchange materials. They have an entire barn full of old furniture that a group of artists are painting and reselling in the shop.

I was in awe of the barn and it’s contents so I couldn’t resist getting this old wooden shutter. Saying that, is it really a window shutter? Or maybe a cupboard door?

I don’t know! I sanded it down and then oiled it and it looks much better already. I’m sure I’ll be using it as a prop for my photos in the future and I might even make something out of it… a side table maybe?!

Unbelievably, this super cute vintage tea cup (real British fine bone china!) with saucer was free. I love the combination of the rustic wood and the delicate china!

Christmas Paintings!

Hello! I hope you’re week has gotten off to a good start.

I’ve spent the morning uploading Christmas paintings to my shop and couldn’t wait to share them with you, they’re so cute! It does feel a little early for Christmas stuff to me but I had a few days when I was in a holiday mood and painted these small gnome paintings.

Head over to my shop to see the full versions!

I’m also selling these cute gift tags with golden wooden pegs… I’ve also used these myself to decorate some gift wrapping examples that I’ll be sharing with you later in the week.

I think I’ll spend the rest of today painting, I have so much to do! Have a good Monday!