I finished my first diorama made of paper and every bit of it was fun. I think I will really invest my self in it along with the digital painting (which I’m not giving up on). I used some ordinary sketching paper, cut my shapes, painted them with water colours and enhanced them with colored pencils and felt tip pens. What I really love about dioramas is the way the light changes according to the angle, the time of day and the source of light. It’s very much alive. I also loved not having a precise plan, it was very relaxing adding items as I went along. I’m currently experimenting with this approach within my digital painting, no draft at all. A draft feels sometimes like a prison. Especially when you have to stay within the draft for more than three weeks in a row. In three weeks time, my inspiration tends to change. A lot.The river must flow freely, otherwise it gets blocked. I’m aiming now for something more accidental  more organic , a channeled painting in real time.

The Rekindling of the Flame

2019 has been a struggle with digital painting and it seems to get worse and worse. I must accept the fact that I am not having any fun any longer. Any fun at all. My Soul craves something else. Something wild, magical and full of suprises. But also, kind of risky. A friend of mine this year is planning on working with paper, cutouts and collage. This is something I tried before and I liked it very much but I always prefered digital painting, it gave me more control. While researching images for my friend, I came accross a few lovely paper cutouts and it kind of rekindled the old flame. I took out my scissors and my old watercolours box and spent two fabulous hours just playing around. And above is the result. My Blue Bird of Happiness is back and I think I’m going back to traditional media for now. I’ve been too unhappy digitally, I need a proper break. Perhaps a long break. Perhaps, I’ll combine both traditional and digital in an experimental way. I will see. For the moment, I feel like creating something really special with my painted paper, scissors and glue. Maybe combine all sorts of things in a diorama, felting and ceramic included and who knows what. I want surprises. Good ones of course!

Meanwhile, it’s been snowing: 

Solstice Eve

Tonight is the longest night of the year and from tomorrow, the sun will turn, slowly, day after day, making its way back to us. In about two weeks, it will shine again upon us (if we’re blessed with a clear sky on that day).  My soulmate is cooking for the Solstice dinner tomorrow and I’m just enjoying a precious green tea flavoured with almonds (along with a marzipan bar for good measure).  This is a very cosy  evening, the last of a long and dark introspective time. Tomorrow is a new dawn, almost like a new year, but the new year for me will start on the 7th of January with the first ray of sunlight. I’m now entering the in-between period, the transition time, a cleansing from all the toxic wastes of the year.

I hope this coming year will be for all of you a year of very positive changes, a step closer to bliss and happiness.


A batch of hand-spun hand-dyed yarns I made for a very special lady’s Yule: