Troll Mother

Still having fun with handmade stationery. Here is one I customised into a Troll. The excerpt is from a Swedish fairy tale :

These photos were taken these two past weeks. The weather is now really fine. No more snow (but it was still snowing yesterday)

A Faery Glass

Keeping on with the idea of scrapbooking. This is a “pocket” for a Faery Glass, the kind of magical object that allows you to see the Faery Folk when you look through it. You can also open the window.

Now, I’m going to work with digital painting on similar ideas, a cross between scrapbooking, art journal and cabinet of curiosity. I am brimming with inspiration, you have no idea…

Scrapbooked Letter

It was 8 degrees today! It feels like snow weather is now over. Spring is in the air. But no green trees before the end of May (maybe even June). Meanwhile, it is so nice to see colours again, the rich textures of rock and moss. During my walk, I found a heart of moss at my feet. It was totally by itself, obviously carried here by a recent storm, so I picked it up. That’s what you do with lonely hearts.  

I finished my first “Scrapbooked” letter ever and had immense fun creating it. It’s in response to a beautiful hand-crafted letter from one of my penpals. I love this kind of exchange. I’ll be certainly putting a lot of work in my penpalling in the future. I’ve got so many ideas…

Bright April

It is still snowing quite a lot and now with the (almost) permanent light, it is very bright outside. The oyster-catchers have come back, and so begins the festival of light.

I’ve been reacquainted with an old passion for penpalling. I love hand-written letters, and I’ve met a couple of very nice German ladies. It is very cosy. It also motivates me to keep on studying German. This and reading Walter Moers.

It also gives me the opportunity to decorate my letters with some little cutouts (paper, inks, colored pencils and watercolour):

Quiet on Lofoten

 Dear dreamers,

Strange days to say the least, but I hope you’re all well and are taking many precautions. Like many, I’m now out of work. I am not confined, I am still free to go on a long walk every day, and naturally, with all this free time at home, not only are my girls delighted, but I can also devote most of my days to my art. Safe at home. I am applying glazes on some hand-built ceramics and I’m about to start a new painted paper diorama. But mostly, I paint on my graphic tablet and it’s a pure delight. I’ve started work on a project I had been thinking about for a long, long time: creating libraries of elements by theme. I’m currently working on greenery, but there will be lots of boards like the one below, filled with mushrooms, moss and lichens, birds, little characters, etc. I love the idea of creating many collections and playing with them, arranging them in a composition. I absolutely love this! Of course I’m aware it will take a huge amount of time before I can paint enough elements to start a composition but why the hurry? As long as I’m having fun, it works for me.

I also did a bit of spinning:

Lofoten is now very quiet, there is far less traffic. You can feel the birds are having the time of their lives. They are everywhere and so much closer. Tourists have gone and it feels like what Lofoten used to be 20 years ago. Of course, I am worried about where this epidemic will lead but we are not there yet. We have to hope that everybody will take their responsibilities seriously and do what is necessary.

As you can see from the pictures, it feels like spring is on its way, but don’t be fooled, it will snow again, as late as the beginning of May. Meanwhile, it was a very nice walk, 5 degrees celcius and the sun was shining.

Serenade

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.