Thursday, February 2, 2017

Video & Lots of Art

Well, it's been awhile but I'm back with another video and a lot of art! In the video I'll show you a couple of my paintings and also tell you about a class I'm taking and a book I'm reading. So it's not strictly show & tell. If you just want to see my art, I'm showing it all below.


Since my last post, I've finished six little paintings. A chicken,
 a camel (just look at those eye lashes!),
 an otter (I was stunned by the number of whiskers),
 a hedgehog (the cutest!),
a rooster (Happy Chinese New Year),
and a young leopard.
The stag on the other hand is a large painting (24 x 30 inches), which took a while to finish. There's so much to see in all the layers that went into this painting. It looks like worlds within worlds...



In the video I'm talking about a class I'm taking with Jeanne Oliver, called Wild Awakening: Painting Big with Expressive Freedom. It's wonderful!! In one video she suggested we go out in nature to find alternative brushes like branches, leaves and in my case pine needles and cones.
I used them all for mark making and had the best time!
Just look at some of this gorgeous texture!

The result was a stunning and large (12 x 36 inches) emperor penguin!  Just look at that intense expression! They are magnificent creatures!!

I hope you have all been doing well. I'm looking forward to seeing what you've been up to these last few weeks!

I'm linking to Paint Party Friday where inspiration always abounds!


Silke
P.S. The book Jeanne Oliver recommended, that I'm talking about in the video is called "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A Weekend Getaway

Last weekend, Daniel and I spent a couple of days on Amelia Island, one of our favorite places to visit. The island is just across the border in Florida and such a beautiful place.
We love the area around the pier on the Amelia River, especially around sunset! 
Some parts of it seemed quite unchanged and others are still not accessible because of damage sustained from hurricane Matthew.
The little town of Fernandina Beach was as pretty as ever. It is filled with small boutiques, galleries, cafés and restaurants.
We had dinner at the Amelia Tavern, which was excellent - followed by a little bit of yummy ice cream.
The next day, we walked around town for a good bit, looking at all the beautiful historic homes, which seem to be quite intact after the hurricane.





We saw this sweet old dog and had to stop to pet him. His face reminded us a lot of Winslow.
Look at this magnificent oak tree - the photo doesn't even come close to showing the size of it. After the hurricane, I am grateful for every old tree that is still standing!
Now, this is when you know you are close to the ocean - when someone's driveway is sporting sea shells instead of rocks.
I think this was my favorite photo - someone hadn't yet taken down their Florida-themed Christmas decorations. How fun is this?!
And, of course, we saw many cats. We especially loved the markings on this one!





The weather was perfect the whole weekend and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there! On the way back we stopped for lunch on St. Simon's Island and completely forgot to take any photos...

Later this week, I'll be back with some more art to show you!

Lots of love,


Silke

Friday, January 6, 2017

Video Post and New Art


I hope you enjoyed my short little video. In full disclosure, this was the second taping. I did the first one and then realized that I hadn't turned on the microphone...

I've included all of the paintings below that I showed you on the video plus the two commissioned pieces that I have mailed off already.
Tiny - acrylics on 6 x 6 inch gessobord

Take me Home - acrylics on 6 x 6 inch gessobord

Max - acrylics on 6 x 6 inch gessobord
(commissioned painting)

Nell - acrylics on 6 x 6 inch gessobord
(commissioned painting)

Standing Strong - transparent watercolor on 6 x 6 inch cold press watercolor paper

Looking Forward - transparent watercolor on 6 x 6 inch cold press watercolor paper

True Colors - acrylics on 6 x 6 inch cold press watercolor paper (NFS)

Sketch for watercolor painting 

New Horizons - acrylics on 10 x 30 inch wrapped canvas

Apple? - acrylics on 12 x 16 inch wrapped canvas
I'm linking to the always colorful and inspiring Paint Party Friday! Head on over to see more beautiful art.

In the meantime, I wish you happiness, peace and joy in 2017! I'm glad we get to be part of each other's journeys! Thank you for visiting today!!


Silke

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Happy Holidays!!

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! 
Peace and joy to all of our hearts, no matter what we celebrate! 














Silke