Happy Mother’s Day 

Dear Mom, herewith I send you a small present.

When I was little, those presents would be new plants for your garden, or things I created at school. No matter how lame the present was, or how unoriginal, you always were happily receiving it.

Today, I ceated this small drawing. It’s a balloon, which I’m letting up to heaven, where I hope you are, smiling down at me.

I love you Mom, and I miss you. Happy Mother’s Day…

Created with Prismacolor pencils, markers and white acrylic paint on toned Strathmore paper.

Colon cancer awareness

I hadn’t had time to post this illustration. March is colon cancer awareness month.

My mother was diagnosed with colon cancer back in 2012. So the dark-blue ribbon month has a special meaning to me. Millions of people are battling this horrible disease on a daily basis, and they deserve an enormous amount of respect for their strength and optimism. I applaud all these people simply for getting out of bed each day, something we usually take for granted, but can be hard for them, because of the side effects they are experiencing due to chemo or radiation.

This illustration to me shows the strength people suffering from colon cancer are showing the world.


She was created with Prismacolor pencils, black markers and white acrylic paint on toned Strathmore paper.

Frost Fairy

Tonight I had some spare time (finally), and I had this little face waiting in my sketchbook. I started a couple of weeks ago, but up til tonight she didn’t know what she wanted to be yet. Today was the day.

She decided she wanted to be a frost fairy. She looks a bit melancholy, which probably has to do with the nice weather today, marking the start of spring.

For this sketch I used only white and four tones of blue Prismacolor pencils, and a black brush marker, on toned Strathmore paper (one of my best buys of 2016 😊).

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Rip Debbie

It was such a shock to hear of Carrie Fisher’s passing. My husband and I were both brought up watching the Star Wars movies, and we were both thrilled to see her reprise her role of Princess Leia in the Force Awakens.


And then the news came…

and then even more sad news, about how her mother Debbie Reynolds’ heart being broken by the death of her daughter, and wanting to be with her again.

Singing in the rain has always been one of my favorite musicals, and I can’t count the times I watched that movie. Debbie was only nineteen at the time, with no tapdance experience whatsoever.  So for her to take on such a role, is a hell of a an achievement.

I thought it only fitting to create an illustration featuring Debbie as Kathy Seldon, when she pops out of the cake in front of Gene Kelly.


She was created with prismacolor pencils, black marker and white acrylic paint on toned Strathmore paper.

The Grinch

The third one in my series of Christmas song inspired illustrations was the Grinch.

Now a cutesy Grinch of when he was little, up to mischief, but still with a sweet face. Still, you’re a foul one Mr. Grinch!

I had such a load of fun with these small illustrations. I can’t wait u til next holiday season!

The Grinch was created with Prismacolor pencils, black marker and white acrylic paint on toned Strathmore paper.

The Grinch pencil art

Baby it’s cold outside

After Santa Baby, I thought of making a series of illustrations based on Christmas songs. The next one was Baby it’s cold outside.
This was the second in the series of three. I hope to continue adding to the series in the next holiday season.


Baby it’s cold outside was created with prismacolor pencils, black marker and white acrylic paint on toned Strathmore paper.

The Beatles

While on holiday, I read the Paul McCartney biography. Such an interesting read on my favorite Beatle. 


It got me thinking about his songs I like after the Beatles era, and I have quite a few. One of my favorites is Once upon a long ago, which is usually being played during Christmastime. 


I decided to create an illustration featuring the Beatles in their Sgt. Pepper outfits. Sgt. Pepper’s lonely hearts club band was my first ever cd, bought to me by my dad as a birthday present. So what better way to come full circle? 


This illustration was created with prismacolor pencils and black marker on toned Strathmore paper. 

Christmas Friends

Each year I create our own Christmas card. This time I wanted some forest friends to be in the mix.


This cute little Christmas elf and her friends were created with Prismacolor pencils and black marker on toned Strathmore paper.


And here’s the end result:

The Lady Chablis

When we were in Florida, we went on a roadtrip to Savannah and Charleston. In Savannah, we visited several of the filming locations of the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. 

We learned that the Lady Chablis had passed away some months before. She had such a strong connection to Savannah for me, so I decided to create a small drawing in her honor.


She was drawn with Prismacolor pencils and black marker on toned Strathmore paper.

Crucio

When I was away on holiday in November, I was able to buy myself a Strathmore colored paper booklet. Now to fill it.

We were watching Harry Potter, and so I decided to draw a cute-ish Bellatrix Lestrange, or how she could have looked like as a young girl, thinking up mischivous spells. 


She was created with Prismacolor pencils and black marker on toned Strathmore paper.

I dream of Jeannie

on Instagram I’m part of a group called #SpecialDeliveryArtSwap.

This group was started by the lovely Charleen Juliet, and it’s meant for all artists who want to share their work with kindred spirits.

Each time you create a special themed illustration, and you send it to one of your fellow artists part of the group. 

Tthis one’s theme was magic, and I immediately thought of Jeannie, the tv-series (reruns) I loved to watch when I was a kid. 

  
Jeannie was created with colored pencils on coffee stained watercolor paper. 

Ostara & Beltane

It’s been a while since I last posted anything, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy 😊

I’ve been working two jobs these last few months, so that left me little time to paint.

However, I did manage to finish two pieces of my Wiccan Sabbats series, Ostara and Beltane.

So here they are. These lovelies were created with acrylics on wood panel.  

 
   
 

New paintings in the making

Yay, I finished my painting called Embracing Dragons, and I really like how she turned out.

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Embracing Dragons

I’m glad I made a concept sketch beforehand. I used different colors there, ‘more standard’, which I probably wouldn’t have realized if I hadn’t gone through that process. With these colors I think she really pops.

The thought behind this painting: you can try and battle your problems, or you can embrace them and try to learn from them.

Then a little illustration I did called Starcatcher. She was created with watercolor and Prismacolor pencils on coffee stained Arches watercolor paper.

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This was the first time I painted a galaxy kind of background, and I must say, this also turned out well 🙂

I’m thinking of creating a zodiac series with the same sort of background. (if I ever find the time…)

Right now I’m working two small projects. The first is White Rabbit. A little Alice/White Rabbit mash-up, based on the  doodle I did in my Daily Sketch Journal. This will be an acrylics on wood painting.

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The second is another illustration on Arches watercolor paper. This one will be called ‘Come with me into the woods’. I hope to finish this one tonight, so I can move on with my White Rabbit, and a new painting in my series of Wiccan Sabbats.

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Busy busy busy…

And there’s my Daily Sketch Journal which keeps getting fuller. If you’re a doodler/artist/hobbyist/etc. I highly recommend this daily practice. I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned in these last four months since I started keeping this journal.

Here are some of the last sketches I did and liked the best. For the complete list press the link above.

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This journal really helped me getting my sketching/painting groove back. It’s so nice to just sit and flick through it sometimes.

Ow, the little woolen dragons you see in the picture above, are also of my making…

I hope to be posting many new and finished projects soon! I hope to see you on Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter or in my Etsy store!

Imbolc, Embracing Dragons & D.S.J.

In my last post I completely forgot to mention that I also managed to paint my second painting in my series of Wiccan Sabbats. I started with Yule in December, and I finished Imbolc on February 2nd; the day of Imbolc.

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Imbolc

Imbolc marks the start of Spring, when everything starts to grow, and the sun begins to shine stronger.

The next one will be Ostara, also known as Easter.

Furthermore my Daily Sketch Journal becomes less empty every day. I just updated my D.S.J. gallery, so if you want to check all the sketches I did so far, go there or check my Instagram @saskiafrankensaers.

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Daily Sketches

Some of my last added sketches you see here. These are some of my favorites. Like the Goblin King from Labyrinth, aka David Bowie, on the sad news of his passing.

Also, my sketch of my later Imbolc painting in the middle. And I hope to create a larger version of my sketch of Alice.

Portraits are also great pastimes. I’m a big fan of the new tv show Lucifer, starring Tom Ellis. I like his devilish grin here (right bottom sketch). They couldn’t have chosen a better actor to play this part in my opinion.

But right now I’m working on a large version of Embracing Dragons. It started with my daily sketch, depicted above (middle row on the left), and after that I created a concept sketch with colored pencils.

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Embracing Dragons concept sketch

But after finishing the color sketch, I really thought ‘been there, done that’ regarding the colors. I want this painting to really pop, so the actual painting will have very different colors indeed.

Right now I’m working on the first layers of oil paint. I started with an underpainting created with acrylics.

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Embracing Dragons work in progress

This is the painting after two layers of oil paint. Many more to go. I will keep the painting in blues and whites, and only the eyes and the spikes on the dragons will be a completely different color. You get the idea.

This is a big painting. The same size as Compartmentalize, which is 60 x 70cm. So this might take a while before it’s finished.

Keep you posted!

Compartmentalize & Star Catcher

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Recently I finished my painting Compartmentalize. It was still a work in progress in my last blogpost.

See here the finished painting.

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I love how she turned out, with the soft but vibrant colors. The underpainting is created with acrylics, and the top layers with oil paint. She’s a large painting: 60 x 70 x 4cm.

I also managed to finish an illustration called Star Catcher. She was created with watercolor and Prismacolor pencils on coffee stained watercolor paper.

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Star Catcher

And right now I’m working on another large painting called Embracing Dragons. She will be the same size as Compartmentalize, and right now I’m finishing the underpainting.

I will post pictures soon!

 

 

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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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