Day 02: 30 Day Drawing Challenge

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Today’s prompt: Favourite Animal

My current favourite animal looks like a chubby red coon’ cat fox but its actually the first cousin of the great panda — Ailurus fulgen, the red panda! Its an omniverous nocturnal cutey patootey who loves to play in the snow and be a cuddly lazy lump during the day 😀 I love these kinds of community art challenges as it gives every one of us the chance to be a part of something together, plus it gives us local artists the possiblity to get to know each other in a fun, relaxed, non serious kind of way. Thanks to Munich Artists for organising this! See you tomorrow! ps. If you would like to know what artists are up to in Munich, please visit us and subscribe on the munichartists page.

30 Day Drawing Challenge

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Starting today, I will be participating in a 30 draw challenge with BCA Munich Artists and posting the daily results here in WP 🙂 The above sketch is hilarious, I think I made my eyes look a little bigger than it really is…don’t know what happened there hahaha! probably a result of the morning caffeine rush…

Preview Upcoming Show “Eden”

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I have to keep this post super short. Here is a rundown of whats been happening around here:

I am now a full-time artist! Well at least for the entire summer… I took a well deserved 2 week break– catching up with friends I haven’t seen for a very long time, catching up with Nature, took long nocturnal walks with DK, enjoyed many bottles of delicious wine and just relaxed. Also, I am super motivated and working on a series of paintings to show August 8 to 21 at the Friday Gallery here in Munich. Above is a slideshow (for some a recap) of a few of the paintings you can expect to see at the show. More information on the show to follow…Ok my pretties, have to get back to the drawing board.

Friday the 13th

I couldn’t be luckier on this Friday the 13th. I am ridiculously giddy about the adventure that lies ahead of me this year. I have a few shows planned. One in August and one in November. Right now, I am supposed to be taking a break from all art — which isn’t proving to be easy. This morning, instead of doing what I had planned to do (weed out junk, clean the floors) I decided to start 2 new pieces for the August show instead. I am extremely excited about this show, as it will feature two excellent writers who will  both be reading from their most recent work. I won’t give away too much, but I will say this, it will not be a reading to miss! Just as I thought that the day couldn’t get any better, my better half expresses his undying love for me and treats me to a delicious basil-elderflower ice cream. I love Fridays and I love the number 13. No triskaidekaphobia here. These underdrawings are on beechwood panels. Tomorrow I will start the Grissaile layer (or dead layer) I’m thinking of doing this layer completely in Acrylic and thin glazing in Alkyds to save time. Before I go, I leave you with this piece of trivia: any month that begins on a sunday will have a friday the 13th.     WIP_06132014

Misreable on a Rainy Monday in Munich

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Jade Lady, 30 x 20 cm Oil on Beechwood panel, Sold.

 

I had a fairly productive week last I posted here. Such a productive week, that I had to reward myself this past week with a trip to the Biergarten accompanied by good friends, after-hours Singstar which included a visit from the cops, dancing the night away in a small kitchen, hours of adventures fighting the wrath of the white witch, a delicious indian feast, catching up with friends I hadn’t seen in a while and playing with their sweetest baby girl…well, I overdid it and now I am ill with a cruddy throat infection and a bad cold :/  But Fortune, being a very practical mistress, has also decided “no art show for you this week missy” so the BCA Munich Art show which was planned to run from the 30th of April to May the 4th has been postponed to another date some time in June 🙂 Of course, I will be letting everyone know the exact details once I have them 🙂 Until then, I am going to curl up in bed and attempt to read my newly acquired book The Cats of Tanglewood Forest (written by Charles de Lint and illustrated by one of the best, Charles Vess) in between dozing off. 

Note on Image: please keep in mind that the lighting in my workspace today is not the best today…the original is a lot more subdued then this reproduced image. 

 

A Time for Hope

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Hope Dreams, acrylic on paper, 31.5 cm x 22 cm framed. Available for purchase.

It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow. Robert H. Schuller


This time of year is a time when millions of people celebrate this message of hope, rebirth and renewal. Continue reading

i <3 Monday

While cleaning my palette this morning, I got to thinking – I really really used to hate mondays. First day of a 5 day excrutiatingly long work week. Last October I said enough is enough. I refuse to spend the rest of my life NOT putting more time into something I love just because I am too mentally exhausted from making a buck for someone else. So I asked to have mondays free and I got it. Of course, I was given a salary cut — but i don’t give a shit, the one day of freedom to do what I love the most per week is worth it! I am a lot less stressed, less irritable and happier when I arrive at the office on Tuesday. Eventually though, I will have to make the decision to leave completely and start my own thing. I come from a family of risk takers, savvy merchants and entreprenuers so its no wonder that a spark has eventually been thrown in my direction and a fire ignited. I’m ready to take my life into my own hands…I feel it with the very fibre of my being…I hear that voice at every turn “take the initiative now, or live a life of regret”.

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Whats cookin in the kitchen?

What am I going to have for dinner?

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There are so many positive things going on for a lot of loved ones and the year has just started! There were also some issues we had to face before the new year…one of them was a water catastrophe in our kitchen 1 day before our flight back home for Christmas…It was still pitch black when DK woke me up while muttering there were strange noises coming from outside our bedroom door. He thought it was perhaps the noisy radiator. As I decided to ignore him and doze off again, I hear a “HOLY F_ _ _ !” over and over again. Now, you have to understand, one of the things I love about DK the most is his sense of calm, so the fact that he was panicking, made me jerk out of bed to stumble into the darkness and out into the hallway. Yes it was dark, because the lights wouldn’t switch on! All I could hear other than his cursing was niagara falls. He also could not find the flashlight, lucky for us, I had it hidden right close to our fuse box so I grabbed it flashed it into the kitchen and gasped…ever watch Amityville Horror when blood is pouring down the sides of the walls and from the ceiling? Well, luckily we had water and not blood. The source of the flood was coming from our neighbours directly upstairs from us and they were already gone for the holidays :/ But it all worked out, the firemen came and clamped the burst pipe in his dishwasher and left a note for his return. Anyway, that was in December and our kitchen is finally dry enough to be repainted this week. I was really starting to be one with the water stains that covered the walls

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and its a little sad that they will be painted over on Wednesday…even more sad is the idea that we won’t be able to cook in our kitchen for the entire week or two…So tonight, I am going to be like the girl in the above painting in progress… I am almost done the underpainting and have started to add kisses of colour…i also worked on 3 other paintings but now I have to stop for the night, as the oil paints have given me a headache.

So much activity this year…it sometimes overwhelms me, and I find myself wanting to just close the shutters and lock the door, swallow the key and not leave my safe zone — but life is not about staying and playing safe is it? So I have decided to shake up fate and be the master of my destiny — or is it the other way around – shake up destiny be the master of my fate? Well you know what I mean 🙂