Many more sketches

Since my last blogpost in November, I’ve been quite busy with my Daily Sketch journal. I must say it helped me so much with finding back the joy I had in sketching and painting. Because I’ve been struggling for several months.

The main reason is the passing of my mom in 2014. I found out in the last months that I really relied on my mom when it comes to painting and sketching. No matter what, I always knew my mom would be proud of me. With her passing, that basis was gone and with it for some time, my pleasure in painting.

Then in October, when we were on holiday in Florida, my husband bought me this Daily Sketch journal. I started on November 2nd. And you will see in my D.S.J. gallery by those first sketches, very hesitantly.

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Some of my Daily Sketches

But with time moving on, I persisted in creating one sketch a day. Some would only take a couple of minutes, others would take up 45 minutes. But I kept on going with it.

And now, after a little over two months, I can happily say I regained the pleasure I always felt when I have a pencil or a brush in my hand.

I still keep my daily sketch journal, but I have created several other pieces as well.

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Spirit of Winter digital painting

Like my digital painting called the Spirit of Winter. He cloaks the world with his cape of snow. This painting served as our annual Christmas card.

I also painted Yule, based on one of the Wiccan Sabbats. I hope to create a whole series of them 🙂

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Yule

Yule is now up for sale in my Etsy store!

During our holiday, I bought a box of Prismacolor colored pencils, after seeing and hearing so many good things about them on Instagram. I haven’t had much time to play with them yet, but I did create these illustrations of Padme & Princess Leia, and two Flapper girls.

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Two Hearts, one Hairdo
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Flapper Girls illustrations

These illustrations can also be found in my Etsy store. They come in ornamental frames.

I must say that I like these pencils very much. They blend beautifully. So all the positive reviews weren’t exaggerated 🙂

Now with the new year started fresh, I thought it was time to reflect on the pieces I did last year (2015), en put my favorite nine together.

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Favorite Nine of 2015

Four of the pieces shown here have a personal meaning in regards to my mom, which is of course no wonder. Although I did not create as many things as I would have liked in 2015, I am very proud of the ones I did create. And I’m also very proud of how I got my groove back. Although I’m still very saddened by my loss sometimes, it doesn’t control my entire being anymore.

And with that note it’s time to show you my first painting of 2016. It’s still a work in progress. Right now I’m working on the underpainting. This is a 60x60cm. canvas. Quite a big piece, so it will take some time to finish. But I hope to post some work-in-progress pictures in the meantime.

If you’re reading this, then best wishes to you in this new year, and thank you for taking the time to read my story.

Love,

Saskia

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Compartmentalize work in progress

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