Painting progress April

Hi there! Remember this blog?
Yeah, I’ve been off the radar for a while.. Long time readers will know, it just happens and I’m not even apologizing anymore, there’s no point πŸ˜›
So what’s happened? Well, let’s look at the list:

– I’m graduating and writing a thesis. Not alone, but it’s a lot of work and it takes all my dedication and concentration, 40 hours a week. I’m exhausted at the end of the day, and some weekends, I’ve been too tired to even watch Outlander. I have made a change though, I started taking better care of myself:
– I started with Pilates, which takes some time at the end of my day, but it’s awesome. I’m getting stronger! πŸ™‚ I have been practising yoga for a little longer and I have to say, once you get over the whole.. what should I call it.. vague stuff, you know, it’s really relaxing and my mind is at peace after an evening session. So, I realized that taking serious care of my body, with more exersize and allowing myself to relax, is really important and I feel better. This has one downside: it takes time, meaning less time for other projects.
– I have been ill for two weeks. I was really ‘out’ for one week, but I had this infection called Sinusitis, really annoying..
– My best friend and I went to the first edition of Dutch Comic Con! It was so cool! That took a lot of time to prepare, we were cosplayers and I did our makeup. There is a video on its way! It has to wait though because…
– Last week my laptop died. I am now working on a computer that does not have the ability of performing properly with CS6. My thesis is not in danger because we save everything on Dropbox (THANK HEAVEN) and there’s a backup of my harddrive, but right now I can’t reach anything that used to be on that laptop and the whole situation sucks.
– Other than that, I have found a job while I’m not even finished with my thesis, so that’s fantastic!!! Right now, I’m searching for a house in Groningen, so I can live closer to the job. This whole travelling student has also taken it’s toll on me and I am done with all that. Plus, Groningen is simply awesome and it’s about time I start living my own life there πŸ˜€

Aaaaaand the sun has been shining a lot over the past 3 weeks! πŸ˜€ I can now paint my wall until about 20.00 p.m. which is great, because, I get home around 18.00, dinner, clean up, and then I can either feel like painting or feel like working out, or both, or whatever, I actually have the choice to go ahead and paint! After 18.00!

The changes are the rocks and flower things.
I painted the waterfall rocks and shadows, so the waterfall is now finished. I decided that the flowers need to be a whole lot brighter and happier so I used white over them, and that will make the colours pop out more. I roughly sketched out all the bushes with the white.
From now on, it’s all about the green zone. Which is a lot. But I’m getting there!

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I am not sure when the Comic Con post will be ready, not very soon I’m afraid. I do hope you enjoy the update on my artwork πŸ™‚

Love,

-M.

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Painting progress : Januari / Februari

Over the past few weeks I’ve had some opportunities to paint, since there has been some sunshine again! πŸ™‚

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So, what has changed?
The waterfall, I went right over everything that was there with blue and grey, to create shadows and background colours, and went over it with a big fat layer of white. The stones in the waterfall itself were also defined.
Then today and yesterday, the stones in the river on the right were up! These are finished.

I might paint more tomorrow, but the weather forecast is not looking good, so, I don’t know yet. All I know is that next up are the stones around the waterfall. And then… we’ll see!

I hope you will all have a wonderful weekend, I’m going to go to the city and celebrate Burns Night. I have never heard of it before and I have no idea what to expect, but there was a Highlander dresscode, so that will be fun πŸ™‚

Love,

M.

Painting progress: Christmas break

Happy new year!

The last few days of my break I’ve been painting again. Finally!
I feel like it has been too long, but now the sun is shining and I just had to grab my brushes and get to it.

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What has changed:
The tree trunks of the three most visible trees on the left side. The one on the right was finished, as I said previously, but now the others have gotten more definition and I’d say those trees are finished. Though who knows πŸ™‚
The path, I smeared some leftover brown on the start of the path, so it’s darker..
The grass, I filled in the empty space between Β the trunks, filled in some other white gaps and lighter areas so it’s slightly greener.
The grey dense forest behind the big tree on the left, I filled in those areas as well.
So, it was mainly about adding definition to the trees and their immediate surrounding areas.

High on my to-do list is the waterfall. I was going to try it today, but I have to leave in half an hour and I just don’t have the guts for it yet.

Other than that, it’s looking pretty great! One thing I have definitely learned this year is: Don’t be afraid to use darker colours. Mixing with black is perfectly fine!

Other news: I’m going to paint a wall for one of my best friends, I’ve been sketching/getting my hands covered in paint this morning and we’re getting somewhere.. I will show you more of that soon! I promise, that one won’t be such a long term project πŸ˜›

Love,

-M.

Painting progress – first half of september

As the month is not nearly over yet, I figured it shouldn’t be a september update, because I hope I’ll get some more work done next week!

What I did last weekend was this:

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The leaves have gotten their branches! I think it looks neat, really falling into place. One thing that really starts to bother me is the waterfall, I just have NO idea how to do that.. I guess I’m insecure about it, I feel like it’s the first stroke of paint all over again. I just need to take that step and get over it, you know? But I’ve been postphoning it for so long, really, it’s horrible. I kind of lost track of what should be up next in the painting, before getting to the waterfall adventure. I suppose it’s the tree trunks πŸ™‚

Other things that I did were: finding new knitting&crocheting patterns, doing mom’s nails, working on the embroidery for my costume that is still not finished, play guitar, oh! I discovered this AH-mazing show a while ago, or actually, my friend did (Thank you Loes!) and we watched it together and I love it. It’s called Outlander, if you like historical fiction, go for it my friend! Thank us later πŸ˜‰
And I can’t wait for the new Downton Abbey season to start today, so I can watch that episode tomorrow, as I just found out I can not watch the ITV player on their website. The bastards didn’t buy it when I gave them a random postcode that turned out to be Buckingham Palace, so it was ‘unavailable in my location’. Any other fans of other shows perhaps, who too live outside the UK or the US, facing this problem like, every week during the new season? Let’s go get those pirate hats…

And that’s it for today, I hope you enjoyed your weekend, or for the American continents, keep doing that while it lasts πŸ˜‰ I really want to continue my WILD series soon, so stay tuned for that.

Love,

-M.

Painting progress April

Hello again and welcome to all new followers!

I’m sorry for not being present for two weeks or something, but obviously I have definitely been working on something!!

Today I want to show you the wall, it’s a bit more coloured now πŸ™‚

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This is just a main background colour which will be covered by 2345686486416464Β layers, but, yes, it’s a bit more full now.
Also, the castle in the clearing has been drawn! Who can recognise it?

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I actually made a model for the castle, because usually it’s shown from the other side. However, the forest is magically not the same as the one originally placed forest next to said castle. This is kind of something in my head..

If this were all I did over the past few weeks, you are allowed to get mad. I didn’t really have anything going on for school, so, I am working on something big!
I’m telling you, it’s huge. Or, well, it’s very time consuming πŸ™‚
I think I’ve said it several times, but my elven cloak post is still my ‘most viewed’ post, and I’m extending it!

Can’t really say much more than that, but it’s going to be a long and detailed post.
I hope I’ll finish this week, because after this week it’s back to school, fulltime. I also wanted to do some more paintwork, including some on my face, and I started a new crochet thingie as well..

Love,

-M.

 

Another wall painting!

Hi everyone!

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Yesterday I started on another wall painting, that was finished today!
It’s a long story, but this is a wall at school. A teacher is going to use this room for a story about earthquakes during the Open Day.

Earthquakes are a hot topic in Groningen at the moment, it’s caused by gas that gets pumped from the deep soil layers.
The shocks are causing a lot of trouble for houses, there are cracks everywhere and people are becoming angry at the government.

So, on a friday afternoon, my teacher discovered my passion for painting on people and on walls, so he just came up with the idea to let me paint a scene for him on the wall. I would get paid for the job as well. I could get help from a friend in order to finish in time, everything would work out fine. Ofcourse I didn’t say no!

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The wall was white, with a dark gray area in the middle. It’s about 7 metres long. The classroom had been used for storage, it was quite a boring place really.. And then we came in and left it in full colour, haha πŸ˜€

We painted the gray area white, then we used tape on the entire wall to create a brick pattern, and we went over that with a red paint. Remove the tape and there’s a wall! Then I drew the cartoon, we filled it in with acryllic paints and my friend created the cracks. The finishing touch was to draw the black outlines for the window and the hysterical woman.

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So far most of the reactions were positive, our teacher loved it, most people think its funny. I think it’s wonderful to see how the room got turned upside down, it’s colourful and that’s something I consider positive.
So, yeah, this was my second real art job!

Love,

-M.