My partner and I love Japan. We went for the first time last March and it was the best trip I’ve ever been on. So much so that we’re planning on going back for our honeymoon. We’ve got a bit of a Japan-inspired interior design theme in our flat (wallpaper, a screen) and it’s something that we both truly love.
Back at the end of May last year, I started this watercolour painting based on a photo I took from Norway:
I was in a bit of an art-funk, not knowing where to go with my work. Whenever I get into that kind of mood I like to go back to old projects and try taking them in a new direction. For my friend’s birthday I worked into a watercolour painting with pens to create this elephant piece for her:
I was happy with the result so decided to go back into my Arctic scene and inject some new life into it.
I started by staying as true to the original photo as possible and used the tones of the sky as a guide of where to add pen and what colour to add. After initially plotting out the pen work, I started following the tones of the watercolour paint itself, go back and forth between the paint and the photo.
I really wasn’t sure how to balance out the sky, the ground and the silhouette, but I think adding a little bit of colour here and there helped get the overall feel that I wanted. A big part of that trip for me was FINALLY getting to see the Northern Lights so I think that had an influence too. I’m not sure if it’s finished, but I think this is all I can achieve right now.
I would love to know what thoughts anyone has. I’m working on another piece that’s much more structured (the interior of a grand cathedral) and it’s proving to be much more difficult than this was which is not what I expected at all. I suppose today was just playing around, so there was no feeling of what it should look like at the end, whereas I started the other piece with a relatively fixed idea. Just goes to show you should never stop playing I guess!
P.S: Hope you’re all enjoying the first bit of Spring! I’m hoping to be able to start painting outside again soon.
In this post I mentioned that I’d been on a recent ADVENTURE (read: princess holiday) with my boyfriend and his family.
We went to Hong Kong (and flew on Christmas Day, no less) and we were there for New Years Eve.
Then we flew to Sydney for a wedding. It was BEAUTIFUL and we got so lucky with the weather! Warm but still cool enough to do some serious touristing.
Our final stop was in Bangkok, this time just my boyfriend and myself. We were only there for a couple of days but it was a great taster. You’ll notice that we have a real thing about visiting Aquariums. The one in Sydney had two Dugongs, Pig and Wuru!
The whole trip was just the best thing ever. I always love travelling, but I’ve never seen much outside of Europe. Each year I’ve been trying to visit new places, especially in terms of different climates. Who knows what the rest of this year will bring?
Has anyone else visited anywhere exciting? I’d love to hear all about it!