zondag 22 juni 2014

Sketches from Greece

Last week I was on vacation. On Lefkas (or Lefkada), a lovely island in Greece that is attached to the mainland by a floating bridge. We had a great time with lots of sunshine, beautiful beaches and lovely villages.

I did some sketches in my sketchbook.

A lovely cold frappé near the beach

Agios Nikitas, a village with one main street leading to the beach

Some random sketches, one laughing donkey (from a postcard I sent to my uncle) and some olives from a bread basket

We rented a cottage on a hillside, near Agios Nikitas. The winding road uphill was challenging. Especially the last part, were we had to reverse the car to take the last bend. Scary at first, but OK after a week. There was a beautiful twisted olive tree in the bend. 

donderdag 12 juni 2014


I am trying to paint in the same loose style as Jean Haines. Very difficult. I started with a wash in blues and greens as background for the lavender. Then added the flowers, but was missing something... The composition was not good, this painting is on a full sheet, but I cropped it to this size. And I finished it with a little bit of ink rubbed thru a stencil and added some text with a rubber stamp. Much better.

dinsdag 10 juni 2014

Painting with watercolors

This week I have been very busy. One of the projects I am working on has gone live this weekend and there was little time to paint. But, as soon as we sent out the LIVE message, I started to paint.

I purchased a book from Jean Haines, Atmospheric Watercolours and I love this book!! It gives me guidelines and tips on how to create lovely loose watercolors. This painting is made inspired by some of the images shown in the book. The size is 36 x 48 cm (14.2" x 18.9").

zondag 1 juni 2014

Yippie I won!

My colorful alcohol ink rooster won in the category Prettiest Texture in the Big Bold Beautiful Birds contest in the Alcohol Ink Artists group on Facebook. I am so happy :-). If you are not yet a member; please consider joining, we are a group of Alcohol Ink Artists sharing lovely images and techniques!