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.

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. 

Getting back on track

It’s been such a hectic couple of months, that I’ve hardly had a chance to draw and paint. 

This is one of those pieces that seem to scream ‘finish me!’ at me.

  
Aspirations it’s called, and this is just the underpainting. Needless to say who or what she’s aspiring to become…

Acrylic underpainting on canvas.

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

Compartmentalize

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

My Daily Sketch journal 

Hi everyone! Greetings from my holiday address in wonderful, sunny and warm Florida. I’ve been here for two weeks and as always, I hate the idea of leaving on Thursday…

Our first day here, my husband gave me this wonderful present. A Daily Sketch journal. I’m so happy with it! These last few months I got so caught up in work, that I didn’t allow myself the time to sit down and sketch or paint. This little journal will help me to do just that! 

Every night for the last 13 days I sat down and sketched something that crossed my mind or my path that day. Already this book is starting to become a very diverse collection of little sketches. 

Here are some of my sketches so far.

   
    
    
 
I’m posting every sketch on my Instagram account at the end of the day. Do you want to keep up with my daily sketches? Then follow me @saskiafrankensaers

I hope to see you there. Love, Saskia

In loving memory

Last year today we had to say goodbye to my mother. She battled cancer for two years but, like many others, lost.

When she was first diagnosed with colon cancer, the doctors were very optimistic. She would have the tumor removed, and have a series of chemo. For a while she seemed to make progress.

However, after about six months, it turned out the cancer had spread. And from that moment on it slowly got worse. How my mom managed to remain positive while receiving blow after blow, I still don’t know. But I’ve never been so proud of her as I have been in the last two years of her life.

Shortly before my mom received the news that the doctors couldn’t do anything for her anymore, they told us that after more research on the removed tumor, it turned out my mom had the recently discovered and aggressive KRAS gen.

Unfortunately, recently discovered also means that there hadn’t been done much research yet, and my mom was excluded from the one trial treatment there was at the time, because of the fact that she’d had surgery a year and a half before.

Of course there’s no telling if the trial would have saved her life, or maybe would have bought her more time. All I know is that a year has passed, and we are making memories without my mother.

Yesterday my grandmother, my mother’s mother, celebrated her 98th birthday. What to give to such an old lady who has lost so many people already, and now also lost her daughter?

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The Missing Piece

After finishing the Missing Piece, this was my next painting. A portrait of my mother in happier times, as a gift to my grandmother. She was very happy with it.

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Mia Saers

I love and miss you mom….

Something new

After Brown Eyed Susan I have been very busy with a commissioned piece. It was something very different from what I usually paint. And that’s okay! I like stepping out of my comfort zone from time to time. I think that by experimenting, you learn the most of what works for you. And sometimes it even teaches you that you could perhaps rock this other style.

I’m happy to say that my customers were very happy with their painting.


They were looking for a colorful piece of art to brighten up their seating area, and they wanted a part of the carpet pattern to be represented in the painting. Hence the stripe and dot pattern at the bottom.

My customers are happy, and that makes me happy as well!

I liked this style so much, that I’ve been experimenting with it some more. Now in combination with a realistic touch. This is a tiny treasure of 10x10cm.


And after that I found that it was time to rearrange my Etsy shop. I’ve been updating it this last week, and am still adding pieces. If you want to take a look, check my Etsy store StarlaneArt

And right now I’m working on this surrealistic piece. I just put on the first layers of acrylics. Many layers to go…


I can’t wait to see the finished painting, so on I go! Have a great weekend everybody!

A busy week…

Wow, this last week was overloaded…

I was able to start and finish two projects, and started with a third.

My first project was Brown Eyed Susan, of which I posted works-in-progress. I just finished, and I’m so happy with the result! Just Susan’s sunny smile makes me want to smile as well. Limited edition prints will soon be available!

Here’s a progression picture of Brown Eyed Susan.

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Brown Eyed Susan progression

A larger version of the final illustration can be found in my digital art portfolio.


 

Then there’s this friend of mine, who is absolutely crazy about Sailor Moon. So I decided, as a birthday gift, to customize a pair of black sneakers with his blonde heroine.

First I sketched the pictures on the sneakers with a pencil. And after that, I started painting with my acrylics, the same way I always do, with the exception that this was another type of canvas.

Here’s how the sneakers look when finished.

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Sailor Moon sneakers

I can happily say that the receiver was overjoyed 🙂

And then there’s my third project. A commissioned piece which I’m working on right now. You can see part of it on the picture with the sneakers, where it served as a beautiful background.

This is another kind of painting than what I’m used to, but I kinda like stepping out of my comfort zone from time to time.

Keep posted for more works-in-progress to come!

Brown Eyed Susan

Do you know that feeling? When you finally tackled something difficult?

I had that feeling today, when I was drawing this sketch for Brown Eyed Susan, the second in my series of Charmkins inspired illustrations.

I wanted her to look like she’s pulling you into the drawing. But drawing that kind of perspective is something I still struggle with. Today however, I was completely in the Zone, and I was finally able to grasp it.

Lots of work to be done of course, especially with the finer details, but I’m stoked already! 

  

Morning Glory

A lazy Saturday afternoon? I think not. Working for several hours, and now I can say my Morning Glory illustration is finished. This is the first in a series of illustrations inspired by the eighties toy line called Charmkins, produced by Hasbro.

She was drawn with pencil, and colored with Photoshop.

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Morning Glory

The Legacy of Walt Disney

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Legacy of Walt Disney

After many, many hours of work, my triptyrch called ‘the Legacy of Walt Disney’ is finally finished. Of course, the characters featured on this painting are but a very small part of Walt’s legacy, but you get the idea.

Walt has been one of my creative heroes ever since I was a little girl. I only hope I do him justice by painting this.

This painting was created with acrylics on masonite, and it measures 122,5 x 51cm.

It will be exhibited from May 2nd until June 13th at he Prinsenhof care center at Leidschendam.

Bride of Franken finished

And many hours later, here’s the end result of what started as just a black and white drawing. Lots of changes to the hair…

Bride of Franken
Bride of Franken