• [Ever After] The little mermaid and Snow White

    I’m waaaaay behind with Ever After. I struggle with answering all the prompts (I’m in module 2) and struggle with copying. Yup that’s what we need to do first. We need to copy all the lessons, trying it ALL out so to speak and make notes on what we like and what we dislike. I like watching the video’s. I like the teachers. Their style. But I dislike copying and trying to make something my own which is not really my cup of tea. I know I’m stubborn (you probably know too, if you have read one of my latest blogposts) so I really do my best on following the lessons even if my soul screams: Nooo make it your own! It takes patience not to skip everything and go straight to the last lesson in which you have to make something in your own style. (Thinking about that now, that scares me even more than copying!)

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    This piece is for the first lesson in Ever After. It’s called “The little mermaid” and I probably don’t need to tell you who’s the teacher. (Spoiler: Tamara Laporte, Duh!) It took me a while to get over the whole ‘not being good enough’- fear but there you go. Once I got started, it was easy to continue the work. Until I had to finish the background and the animals. It was as if I forgot everything I’ve learned so far and had to re-do it all over. What I liked most about this work? Her belly. Actually the whole torso with bikini. I wish I could frame this part of the painting and leave out the rest haha!

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    And this beautiful lady is Snow white. A lesson by Annie Hamman. I’ve started to follow Annie very recently. If I’m correct, the first video I saw of her was a collaboration piece with her daughter. (I looked it up and yes, week 4 ‘Fearless art” in Lifebook 2016) I had difficulties with making the same collage like Annie so instead I used a different portrait picture. And somehow my own mixed black color, turned out kinda green? Not sure what I did wrong there but I was able to save her dress with black acrylics (no more color blending… I mean, what if she turned yellow?!) It has been years since I painted a portrait with acrylics. Since high school, maybe? It’s not perfect and my skills need lots of improving… but I guess patience is my priority here. Everything gets better with enough patience, right?

    If you are blogging about Ever After, I would love to see your work. Drop your link below. 🙂

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  • [LifeBook] Shadow Lands

    It has been a long time since I’ve used my watercolors. And actually it has been a long time since I did a Lifebook lesson too. You know, this is actually the FIRST Lifebook lesson I’ve finished this year (besides the warm-up exercise)…I must say I’m kinda proud of that. The girl looks a little wonky but, referring to my last post… that’s how I roll, it seems.

    This page is based on the Lifebook lesson “Shadow Lands” by Jane Davenport. I haven’t talked about Lifebook that much yet, so let’s see what I can say about it. If you think about joining, you still can. There are SO many people behind but that’s not too bad. A lot of people are in the same boat and so the support for the procrastination snails (oh, hello!) is MASSIVE…besides, isn’t it much fun to scroll all those lessons and pick your favorite? That’s what I did. I just knew Jane’s lesson would be much fun because it was also one of the few I did last year. (Few as in, I wish I did more but thankfully I still have them on my driver!)

    Lifebook is like a chest. And the more time passes, the more the chest fills with lessons. Which you can download and keep forever. You know, this is the second time I’m following a full Lifebook year. The years before, I simply didn’t know it existed. So.much.greatness.I’ve.missed.booo! (Honestly I did buy all previous Tam’s editions. Don’t tell me I’m the only one!)

    Now I’m not sure what to do next. Simply because there is so much choice! Shall I continue with my next lesson at Ever After or pick one from Lifebook? Do you follow any of these courses? Which is your fave so far?

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  • Inspiration cards swap (the making of)

    2 weeks ago, I mentioned an inspiration card swap in my gratitude post. And yesterday, I finally shipped my self-made cards to Jess, who have organized this swap. It will take some time for her to make new decks and ship them back to every artist who have joined, but for now – I can show you the making of my own cards:

    The first layer. As you can see, it was our task to use playing cards and paint them over.
    Layer 2 drying. After that I was painting the backside. As finishing touch I added more colors on the front:
    And a close-up:
    Every week I will put some of the cards online, not all of them at the same time to keep it a surprise for those who have joined the swap. When everyone have their new deck, you can watch all my cards at my Tumblr blog.