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The dioramas are either made of wood painted with water soluble oil or paper painted with watercolours.

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):

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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

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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

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Tools

Ladies and gentlemen, and others, let me introduce to you my favourite tools: . The two on the left are called colour shaper tools and I use them mostly for scraping the paint and blending the colours in some areas. But for blending, I use mostly the flat brush on the right. I made a bad quality video of the doodling method with the “scraper”. First, I lay my colours down and then I shade them into each other with a brush in circular motion. I use Cobra oil paints which are diluted with water. They are FANTASTIC. A layer takes two days to dry (but a shorter time above a heat

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Trees

I need to secure them properly so they don’t fall over. There’ ll be many of them (mushrooms too, but felted or made of ceramic). Save Save

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Gardening

The dragon got himself a couple of trees, how cool is that? More photos coming. Save

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A Mystical Garden

The first of the painted trees which will go on my altar is finished. There will be many trees and many ornaments for my altar but I will change them according to the seasons of my soul. I love composing these little garden mandala  This one is a true alchemical tree: Save

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