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Atlas Addict + Other Things

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I am thrilled that the film photographs I took in Majorca – Sóller to be specific – are now on Atlas Addict! Atlas Addict is an amazing website that provides “photographic travel guides that allow readers to explore the world and plan their trips visually”. I’ve also included a mini guide – must see and eat. If you could check it out and tell me what you think, it would make me happy!

Other thing:
> The 40 Most Breathtaking Abandoned Places In The World – fascinating.
> I adore Nabhan Abdullatif’s clever illustrations.
> This DIY prom photobooth is awesome!
> I reeally want to take part of this Face-o-mat project.
> Artist Uses Sunlight And A Magnifying Glass To Create These Extraordinary Drawings – wow!

I’ve been stuck in my flat all week fighting my bad flu, which really sucked because I have so many things to do – the commissions to finish and christmas stall to prep, which is merely two weeks away. I would have dragged myself to the studio but with my photography job tomorrow night, I have to get better again otherwise I’ll be forced to cancel and let my client down massively, which I really don’t want to happen.

My cold seems to be improving today with dizziness gone so I am feeling positive about tomorrow even though I won’t be 100% better. GO ME. I am also looking forward to be able to go back to my work routine and continue painting commissions next week.

Please don’t think that I have lost interest in your blogs due to lack of comments/ replies from me – I just need to improve my schedule juggling! Any tips, do send them my way.

Have a fun weekend, you!

Columbo + Elvis

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This is a quick watercolour piece I painted for my friend’s birthday. She has two adorable sausage dogs, which I’ve met and dog sitted quite frequently.

I am up to my eyes in commissions. I’ve completed first one and I am currently working on both 2nd and last commissions and hope to finish them in a week, giving them plenty of time to dry.

I’ve posted off all Christmas card orders this afternoon! The post office man seemed surprised that I had so many parcels to post in one go!

I hope everything is good with you and that you are excited for Christmas. 44 days left!

Autumn Roses

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If you know me well, I am always struggling to paint flowers. I love flowers and I want to paint them all the time but I couldn’t seem to nail it. I am still experimenting. Steering away from perfectionist me and instead of worrying too much about details and colours, I focussed on basic shapes and choice of colours I can see in the image of bunch of roses I had in my head.

It was indeed a challenge for me as I usually rely on images to achieve a painting I am happy with. I quite like the vivid colours of the roses, I chose those autumn palette on purpose when roses are usually in summery palette such as white, yellow, pink etc.

Although it is always hard for me to judge my own work, whether it is good or crap I thought the painting is very nice, probably the most fun flower picture I’ve ever painted.

I hope you like it too!

Vintage Teacups Painting

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Even though I don’t own any real vintage teacups, I have a thing for them. They always look so lovely and delicate. When my sister lived back in Germany, she had so many and I enjoyed drinking coffee out of them when I lived in her flat for a bit two summers ago.

When I decided to paint teacups, I set out to make them realistic but it ended up to be more playful style. I had a lovely feedback when I posted the picture on Instagram, which I really appreciate. There is a part of me that thinks I should paint these teacups more carefully and detailed as you might see too that there is lack of meaningful details I usually create in my artwork. Hey, I can always paint more!

What do you think?

P.S. Before I got busy with the christmas commissions, I’ve painted several of sweet original paintings and they will be up on my shop for sale – once I get around to photographing them properly. I hope you are as excited as I am!

Lately

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Good morning!

I treated myself a bouquet of flowers yesterday afternoon after the week of working hard on my current commission in the studio back in Peckham. I’ve also got two more commissions to complete before Christmas too so my schedule for the next couple months is going to be really tight, if I predict correctly and I sadly had to turn down couple of commission queries. All three commissions are oil paintings, so they would take a lot of time to finish and especially dry.

I am always keeping myself busy with few quick commissions, projects and designing for future products but it has been a while that I get fully booked for few months. And I am not complaining! I am pleased that they chose me to paint something for them to give to their loved ones on Christmas Day! It is also nice to paint with oil for change and for a while.

The flowers are so pretty, aren’t they? I love the happy autumn-y colours in them. I got them from Lidl when I stopped by to get some butter croissants for this morning.

Later today, I am going to one of my best friends’ 26th and working on my personal project tomorrow.

Doing anything nice this weekend? Have a good one!

Embroidery Art + Other Things

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This embroidery piece is amazing, right?! I love the idea of continuing embroidering outside the hoop and turning it a masterpiece of art. I thought that blending different shades of green in this landscape is cleverly executed. See more artwork here

Other things:
> I wouldn’t mind to have that awesome egg rug on my floor.
> Check out Blue Eggs and Tea‘s new shop! Her style and products are just lovely.
> I really want to try out this Autumn Sangria!
> I am absolutely loving these photos of skateboarding kitten.
> This ‘Camelflage’ photo project is so clever!

My week has been busy and will be for the next few weeks with two commissions to complete. Well, Christmas is approaching quite quickly. 10 weeks! If you missed the news, I am selling Christmas cards for the first time over at my shop!

How is your week? Have a wonderful weekend, friends.

Whale Paintings

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Last week, I somehow got fascinated by whales. After reading about them and looking at the photos online, I picked up a paintbrush and painted them.

Then I remembered the time when I was little, I accidentally watched 1956 film called Moby Dick, which was pretty scary at that time. Even though I was scared, I was also amazed by the beauty of whales.

I plan to continue painting these beautiful creatures. Seeing them in real life would be awesome.

But this week, I am working on a commission where I am painting with black and white oil paints and I am excited. I absolutely love black and white paintings!

What are you inspired by currently?