Hobbits are everywhere now (I’m going to see the new movie too, of course!) and that’s what emerged from this burst of popularity. It’s my favourite Tolkien scene ever. Inks, watercolors, white gouache… just all I’ve found on the desk. I had to repaint Gandalf’s robe. I’ve made it blue, but I’ve recalled Gandalf the Gray had to wear gray. I’ve left him a blue hat, though. I’m sure no wizard would mind a blue hat with golden stars.
Traditional watercolor drawing on traditional watercolor paper, no experiments this time… Our Jura Upland looks very similar at the moment, snow is 1 centimeter deep and dirt shows through. But it’s freezing cold.
First experiment with a very smooth paper sold under name “illustration board”. This is no board, just 250g paper, but it’s different then any paper I’ve used so far. I’ve finished an old sketch made a year ago, when I was reading Peter Pan again.
Most family visits will happen tomorrow, we have peaceful Christmas Day afternoon here. I don’t work tonight – this would be a crime! So I got my paints and a photo I’ve made a week ago (now the snow is gone) just behind our house. This is first thing I see every morning, when I go out with dogs: my neighbour’s meadow, chicken run and sheds. But it’s first time when I have tried to make a watercolor of it.
It’s bad time for painting pictures, just before Christmas; I’m not the best housewife in the world (sure not!) but even I feel like baking cookies now. Inspite of this I’ve made one new Zodiac sign tonight; it’s for Monica, for Christmas, it couldn’t wait any longer.
Crayons on Mi-Teintes paper. There’s a layer of sepia ink, too, to get the shadows darker. I know some people can do great shadows just with pencils, but I have no idea how they do it. The book is probably Grimm’s brothers fairytales, because the illustration floating above seems to be related to Sleeping Beauty story. The first idea was like that: the attic should be full of characters from the book, visible for the girl only (when her mother will come to see what she’s been doing so long up there, she will see just a girl and a book, of course). But I decided I need bigger format for this idea and more time, so this time just one fairytale scene shows up.
For Barbara, old friend… She sent me a Duo Estrella harp and flute music for Christmas (she is 50% of Duo Estrella). Chopin’s waltz played this way sounds pretty unusual. Without piano tricks and ornaments, it starts to resemble film music in the style of “Cinema Paradiso” soundtrack. Chopin was really born too early, now he would be cured from tuberculosis and he would live long happy life in Hollywood.
Quite adequate to what I see around; ice, ice, ice. Ink and watercolor, more ink this time.
Watercolor based on a photo. Sure! Winter attacks, day ends at 3pm, dogs refuse to go out, cat is invisible because she thinks someone might want her to go outside. She does not even steal sandwiches any more. Bottom of a year. Nothing left but photographs.