Friday, December 29, 2017

Last Art of 2017

2017 is coming to a close and we've had a few busy months! I'm still making art right now that is much more realistic than my colorful paintings and I am so enjoying it! I got to draw this beautiful dog as a Christmas gift commission. I used watercolor pencils on Pastelmat paper as a first layer, followed by several layers of colored pencil, a technique I really like.
After I got this finished we went on a cruise to the Caribbean and had the best time! It's such a perfect way to relax and still see a part of the world. 
This time we both took art supplies. Daniel took watercolors and I took watercolor pencils, which I really haven't used very much at all. Daniel painted almost every day and I got two small drawings finished. 
This one is of one of the six-toed cats at the Hemingway House in Key West. I think it turned out alright.
In San Juan, Puerto Rico, Daniel took a photo of a large hermit crab that I found so fascinating that I had to draw it. Such great colors and fun detail. 
Before I started the commission of the dog above, I was following along on a tutorial about drawing with colored pencils. It takes a good long time, but it's quite relaxing actually.
Now that we are back I want to finish this. It should take me a few more days to get it done. After that I have another pencil drawing lined up, which I can't wait to start.
I'll be posting a few photos from our cruise after I've gone through them all. It truly was a beautiful trip!

I hope you are all doing well as we head into 2018. Our weather has become very cold for the South and is supposed to stay that way for a little while. Other parts of the country are going into deep freeze it seems. And many places are seeing a good bit of snow. I just looked at the webcams in my hometown of Münster in Germany and it was snowing quite heavily.

Wherever you are, I wish you cozy and warm winter days!



  1. No snow here, but we have seen very little sun all week and I do miss it.
    A carribean cruise sounds fantastic, and I love the idea of both of you taking art supplies and using your holiday to do some painting and drawing.
    A very Happy New Year to you and yours, dear Silke!

  2. WOW! As always, I am bowled over by your talent! Your love of animals comes across in your drawings of them, you know!
    Love to you! And Happy New Year!
    (I am enjoying the warmth and color of your knitted scarf that you made!)

  3. This is just amazing. I see you on FB. You are such an inspiration for me. I am sending all good things to you for 2018.

  4. You look so relaxed and happy sitting on that Caribbean bench! Happy New Year and best wishes for 2018, Silke!