Saturday, January 8, 2011

A Little Messy?

Maybe. Inspiring? Definitely!!

We are having friends over tonight (the couple who got married yesterday) and so we have a busy day in the kitchen. I hope to remember to take photos to share pictures and recipes with you...

I did take an hour this morning though to spend in my studio and I noticed just what a happy creative mess surrounds me there. How do you like my pile of blank journals? Hey! Just because I'm no good at keeping journals doesn't mean I don't love blank books! (My friend Verena could tell you stories about my love for paper and pens that started when we were still in high school and has not changed!)
A collaged card with good wishes for 2011 from my good friend Beth,
a vintage image Beth sent me some years ago of a young woman looking very much like my sister, one of my very favorite spooky pastel paintings I created a while ago (must get it framed!), and photos of my sweet nephews in those fun frames they made themselves,
more of my paintings and other creative stuff,
my easel (ok, so it's really Daniel's easel) stacked with several paintings,
little pieces of art some of you, my blog friends, have made for me ... and more stuff (of course),
my favorite brushes,
some books and magazines -- all of those things inspire me to be creative right now!
And so I played with washes on a little canvas,
 a bigger canvas (don't know what I will do with that one...), and backgrounds for journal pages,
-- here a close up of some of the texture on one of the journal pages --
and a couple of very light washes on the canvas I had prepared with the papers.
Nothing is finished and with none of them I know where they are going to go in the end. One thing became clear to me though as I sat in my messy little studio looking at the women I have painted -- I miss them! I miss painting faces that then look at and speak to me. So... expect to see another woman soon!

But for now, it's back into the kitchen for me where Daniel is already very busy!

Wishing you all a beautiful Saturday! And thank you so much for your continued visits and comments! I always love hearing from you!! I hope to visit you all tomorrow...


  1. Liebe Silke,
    ein wunderschönes Wochenende wünsche ich euch!
    Ja, ja, ... unsere Leidenschaft für Stifte und schönes Papier ... wir beide hatten nie genug davon und werden nie genug davon haben.
    Alles Gute,

  2. Silke, it looks like you have such fun & inspiring stuff in your studio! I wish I could come visit you there. Someday. In the meantime, have a wonderful celebration with the newlyweds tonight! And expect an email from me soon. ☺

  3. Wishing you a wonderful evening with friends. Can't wait to see another of your beautiful ladies - and how your style develops with them.

  4. Have a great evening with your friends. I know you two will cook them an excellent dinner. Can't wait to see the woman that comes forth once you start your painting.

  5. Du bist schon im kreativen 2011 angAlles ekommen. Schön zu sehen. Ich brauche noch etwas Zeit. Euch ein schönes Wochenende.

  6. Yay Silke..what a fun spirited post..full of your creative magic and all those dazzling treasures and your photo of brushes..and yes very inspiring to enjoy your surroundings...magical! I love everything you shared..beautiful art..gorgeous colors and so dreamy! have fun with your friends!
    Shine all your beautiful creations!

  7. Deine Canvas kreationen sind wunderschön!

    ein schönes Wochenende, Rein.

  8. Silke - I am sure that you have no idea how much you inspire me! I still frequently look at your blog post of your "messy hands" and realize how much I have missed in life by being too organized and neat.

    I am amazed that you start so many projects not knowing how they will end up. I seem to think that I must know exactly what I am creating before I even start. I am my own worst enemy.

    I am trying to learn by your example.

    Have a lovely evening with friends.

  9. Love this post Silke! So fun to see pictures of where you create and some of your works in progress! I had to smile because on my nightstand I have the same issue of acrylic artist magazine and the kelly rae book! I love the landscapes in that issue! I had been thinking about the altered surfaces book. . . how do you like that one?

    I love your pastel painting of the face! Is that with soft pastel or oil? I am curious how you like pastel . . . I have been thinking of trying it! Would love to hear your thoughts!

    Have a fun night! :)

  10. Love it! It's always so much fun seeing other's studios. Have a great Sunday.

  11. have a fun party! i love seeing bits of your studio and love that you too have unfinished canvases all over. it's a great feeling when you find your inspiration to finish them.
    have a lovely weekend sweet lady!

  12. i love seeing all of these fun photos....a sweet little peak into Silke's world!!!

    all of your prepped canvas' and journal pages are so beautiful...eye candy!!

    happy weekend to you and yours

  13. Liebe Silke,

    das war eine Pracht mit diesen schönen Bildern.

    Dir und Daniel einen frohen Sonntag und liebe
    Angela und Elisabeth

  14. Einen wunderschönen Sonntag Euch beiden. Und gut zu sehen, dass nicht nur bei mir das kreative Chaos tobt:-)

  15. Treasures! Congrats on all the inspiration! Blessings friend!

  16. I love your 'mess' Silke :)

    I also do not journal but have a big collection of blank journals/sketchbooks around lol they are so pretty though and I love to have them even if I don't use them ;)

    Micki x

  17. Oh what a lovely mess indeed! You seem to have inspired Anne to post a dirty little secret today too! I love love LOVE new note books, journals, pens, and ink. I love hardback books, new and old. I love scrapbook paper. I think I have a paper thing going on! Happy Sunday, oh Beautiful One. **kisses** Deb

  18. Hello, dear Silke, I like the things you have in your studio, very inspiring! Have a Wonderfull week!

  19. Ich muss wirklich schmunzeln über das was du über die Blonkobücher sagst. Mir geht es ganz genau so. Ich bin nicht gut im Tagebuch schreiben, aber auch ich liebe blanke Bücher.
    Ich wünsche dir eine schöne Woche

  20. Silke-
    I had to laugh when I saw your pile of empty journals - me too! I am so attracted to beautiful journals - have a whole drawer of them - all empty! Should we start a club!

    I love seeing all the photos of your workroom - the photo of the brushes is my favorite - love seeing your work in the process of being~~

    Love seeing your creations - always!


  21. Wow! I really loved taking a peek at what's inside your studio, Silke. :) Can't wait to see your finished paintings - I know they will be lovely. Theresa

  22. Isn't there a saying that goes something like "a messy desk is a sign of genius?" - or did I make that up to justify my own messiness? I'm so un-German when it comes to tidiness (mostly because I live in a small space that gets cluttered easily) but when push comes to shove, I can hold my own with any other good Hausfrau!