"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way-things I had no words for." ~ Georgia O'Keeffe

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Been away

I was away on holiday last week. Really enjoyed it. The fresh air and spectacular scenary was worth going there. Here are some pictures I have to share with you.
The Gronograte peak in the Swiss Alps did not want to show its face to us 😀

Hubby was thrilled to go up the mountain to see the Schilthron as he is a fan of James Bond. This is where they shot the film "On her Majesty's secrete service" The restaurant is not much of a restaurant but the view was amazing from up there. The mountains up close looked magnificent and awe inspiring  .

We did the Great Rail Jounery tour and enjoyed the train ride which took us through hundreds of valleys and over several bridges. The panoramic train was really nice. The only thing that we did not like was the hotels. They said it would be 4 star hotels but they were jus under 3 star I think. But all in all we enjoyed ourselves.

Friday, August 12, 2016

A doll in the making

A doll in the making. I am hoping to go for a doll workshop in the US so I am making a doll for that. Hope I can finish her soon. If it turns out the way I want it to I might make a pattern available. It is going to be a hanging doll so it's going to be pretty simple and easy.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Feel like a child

Today I want to show you some very cute pop up books that I bought. I feel like a little child when I look at them. I think any child would really enjoy these books. Here are some pages from the books. They have so many pockets of tiny pop ups which is a joy to open and look.

This cute little nursery rhyme book I found in a charity shop. I love the illustrations in it.  A lot of inspirations for dolls I think 😀

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Seed pods

I tried to sketch some seed pods but failed miserably. The sketch looks more like some worms or snakes 😀. At first I thought I would not show this awful sketch but then changed my mind. I did this sketch with Derwent watercolour pencils.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Dead leaf sketch

Painting dead leaves are challenging. I tried to do this one, not pleased with it. So difficult to get the variations in brown colour. At least I find it difficult.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Sketching away

I have a clematis in England which has a very similar flower to this climber. Only the leaves seem to be different and it has no fragrance. This one I sketched is in India. The leaves are nothing like the one I have in England, but it is a climber and it has a lovely fragrance. I don't have a clue what it's name is. It could be an Indian clematis if there is an Indian clematis. I wish I knew. 
I am finding sketching bits of plants and flowers very relaxing. My painting skills are not good though.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

De-stressing by sketching

Trying to de-stress by doing some more small sketches. I think I have over worked this one. The unfinished one was supposed to be a geranium but never finished it as I got side tracked with other things.

Friday, July 08, 2016

Another sketch of flowers

I did another sketch of couple of flowers a poppy whose petals had blown away and a dried anthurium flower. I find so hard to paint dark colours in watercolours. I might attempt the anthurium again as I am not entirely satisfied with what I have done.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

A little sketch

I had plucked a sprig of lavender and put it in a pot of water hoping to sketch it but I did not get round it for weeks and then when I did remember I found it all withered and dry. So just as I was going to throw it away I thought why not sketch it as it is. So I first sketched it with inktense pencils but I was not pleased with it so I thought of giving it a try with Derwent water colour pencils. Then thought why not try it with water colours as well. So here are the three sketches I did.  It was good picking up a pencil and brush after such a long time

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

I am still kicking

It seems like a life time since I have been away from my blog. In fact I have been away from many things lately simply because things sort of got on top of me. Trying to cope with everything has been hard and I seem to get exhausted quickly. To top it all we had visitors whom we were taking out and showing places etc. We visited Paris, Rome, Pompeii ,Sorrento, the Amalfi coast Edinburgh , Lake District etc. Then I got a bad cough and cold. It has really sucked my energy.  I don't think I was fit to travel so much. Since I had been to these places already once or twice before  I could not enjoy it all as much as I did before.
Anyway I hope I will get back to my normal self soon. 
Our pond life has grown beautifully. The baby fish are growing up fast. I keep wondering if there will be more baby fish this year. 
The water lilies are beginning to flower

So here are some pictures of the places I have been to this spring.


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