Monday, March 14, 2011

Illustration Friday - Stir

As she reflected on her future, hope began to stir within her. 
 Pastel drawing, 7 x 10 in.
It is curious to me. I lived without painting for 42 years of my life and never missed it. Now, if I go for one week without painting something, I have serious withdrawal.

So, just now, I took 15 minutes and did this little sketch - only with pencil at first, but I had a craving for color. A serious craving! But because I need to keep the guest room tidy (more friends coming to visit tomorrow), I took out my pastels instead of my paints.

Oh, how I love them! I had forgotten how satisfying this somewhat messy medium can be. At the end, I loved the sketch as much as the pastel dust covering my hands, and I felt ready to tackle the rest of my busy day!!

Wishing you a great Monday!!


  1. Le vert, couleur de l'espoir... Joli pastel...
    Un gros bisous à vous

  2. Liebe Silke,

    wir wünschen dir viel Freude mit deinen Gästen.

    Frohe Grüße
    Angela und Elisabeth

  3. This is gorgeous Silke,
    I love the collor green!:)

  4. Pretty amazing that you did this in just 15 minutes! Love the shades of green -- so springlike & fresh!

  5. excuse me, 15 minutes??????

    you are incredible!!!!

  6. beautiful!! and i feel the same way. i miss something that i never had in my life before...though i knew something was missing. i haven't felt that since i started painting.

    hugs, have fun with your friends!

  7. Silke, das ist einfach klasse!

  8. She is beautiful Silke!! I remember how you said you love your pastels! Glad to see new work with them! :)

  9. Hi Silke...Gorgeous work..the green essence in this piece is so harmonzing..thankyou..just what i needed! I love the intriguing look in her eyes! Beautiful !!!

    OOh I know what you mean..ever since I began the journey of painting..i have become a very twitchy person..i cannot stand still and need to paint.I find it very hard to go without painting or drawing ..It takes over me..i think about it wherever i am..even in the grocery store..i see paint tubes instead of zucchinni and would rather buy some new paint colors and go home and create ha ha!!

    I so understand your color cravinggs..we are such kindreds! it is like a big tall glass of water that finally quenches me after i express and play!! ahhh! i love when you make me smile!

    Happy creating my super talented are magical!
    Happy Spring..and glad you had a wonderful trip!

  10. Silke - You can create the most beautiful ladies - they have so much character - she seems to be thinking about something - I love her dress - she looks very chic~~