A Clouded Mind's Struggle for Balance

Did some more painting for a change tonight, finally trying out the A4-sized pad of aquarel paper I bought at Rusta last week. For its cheap price, it's remarkably decent actually.

God Jul / Merry Yuletide / Fijne Feestdagen

Thank you all for keeping me company and entertaining me throughout the year. :)

I've been meaning to paint again for quite some time now, and finally sat down to do so at the end of this (). Wasn't quite sure what to paint, so I started just with a gradient, and eventually ended up with the winter-inspired scene on the left. To contrast it, I made the second one with far warmer colours instead.

toot.cat/media/Ku0_yDcjmZoEni1
toot.cat/media/0liMRkCTEwZrR49

Inspired by a quote from @ljwrites in a limited thread, I made this sketch of my character hugging their laptop, and getting a loving embrace back from it.

I hope you enjoy a version with and without L.J.'s quote "It's janky and weird, but it's mine and I love it!"

Image licensed by FiXato as Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).

Spent a large chunk of last night making from pictures in my , because we would like to have some more of our photos, instead of having everything digital.

Most of them were family pictures though, so I unfortunately can't really share them here, even though I am rather satisfied with them.

However, I did make one with a couple of garden and other local flora photographs, so I'll share that one instead. :blobcatuwu:

Going through my I came across this idyllic lake scenery I shot during our last vacation. I've cranked up the saturation and the contrast a bit, but it's a dream-like location regardless. :)

It's been 15 years since @Siiw and I, during a late night talk on , decided to try and share our lives together as a couple, and now I can't imagine it without her. <3

To commemorate the milestone, I've painted an up-to-date version of an artwork I commissioned of @dm7755 6 years ago.

At that time wasn't part of our lives yet, so I had to include him. Sadly never got to meet our little boy, but I still wanted her to remain part of the , so now she's watching us from a cloud in the sky. <3

Creative with Kitchenrolls

is a bit of a fan of videos on YouTube (a combination of lifehacks, cooking, circuitry, construction and destruction videos), so when he wanted to watch the one where he made some children's toys, I decided to sort of copy the one he made in it.

Not as neat as his version (especially the wheels are crooked), but I first want to see how long this one survives before I make a sturdier properly measured out version. ;)


toot.cat/media/D_FGBVUeSl6yQhx

Quickly selected a couple of from my of objects or that I could perhaps use as a subject for a future water colour painting. :)

The Jain's Death and Rebirth in Water Colours

After reading "The Jain's Death", a comic suggested earlier today by @RussSharek, I wanted to paint two scenes from it.
Page 26, depicting a tiger hidden among jungle foliage at night, and page 45-g, showing some kind of a geothermal energy explosion or eruption, stood out the most to me. They also both had a limited hue palette, and were quite contrasting, which suited me well as I have been wanting to try a couple of fairly paintings in preparation for , after seeing @dona's huevember creation.

So, I hope you will enjoy my The Jain's Death and Rebirth in Water Colours.

Materials in unlisted follow-up post.

Relevant hashtags


Some progress shots of the I shared earlier.

The first one with just the hills and the sky probably more closely resembles @Siiw's original work, especially when it comes to the sky, though hers had a better and more prominent radial pattern to the skies, adding some more depth.
The second has the trees added, though only the first tree had foliage yet.

Show thread

Golden autumn view on Trøndelag in water colours

Today's painting involves a view @Siiw painted several years ago somewhere in , . Her water colour painting has been hanging on the wall her for several years, and as such is a familiar sight for me.

I started by painting a similar sky and mountain-side, but when it came to the trees I kind of wanted to put some foliage techniques I'd been watching, to use, so I decided to make it an earlier autumn setting instead, as her trees were mostly bare. Also added a bit more yellow to part of the sky (though perhaps a tad too much).

Certainly had fun drawing this water colour painting!

Water colours on budget acid-free watercolour paper

Bought a pad of paper from yesterday, so tonight I wanted to try it out.
It's 20 sheets of 230 grams acid-free paper, with a 100% () label, so I'm guessing this is wood paper, and not cotton, but at 32,90 NOK (2,80 EUR / 2,86 GBP) I guess that was to be expected. It has a nice texture to it; not too strong, but just enough.
Didn't curl much while on the pad, though now that the individual sheets are drying on the desk, the wettest one has some curling at the top and bottom; might want to leave it on the pad for longer, or use paper clamps.

Water and colour perhaps didn't spread as evenly as I'd liked, but that could also still be my lacking skills.

All in all, I'm quite satisfied with the results, and thus the paper; at least at its price while I'm still experimenting. Means I can keep the higher quality paper for when I'm more seasoned.

toot.cat/media/5gc9CkWNW1UXHvB

toot.cat/media/DataA6Wznw7VJjo

toot.cat/media/UmuV_ADQKM_4SBD

toot.cat/media/IPx2nCEWejKsL1Z

Another Starry Night

Gonna let this water colour impression of Vincent van Gogh's The Starry Night dry, and then see if I want to add something else, like the TARDIS that was in my friend's example I have on the wall here.
My friend's example lacks quite some of the details of the original, which also helped me keep mine simple, and to not get lost in all the (lovely) details.

Van Gogh's original is probably one of my all-time favourite paintings, even though Vincent considered it a failure himself. I guess it was to be expected I had to try to do my own version of it, to see what it could look like in a different medium.

Messed up again a couple of times with too much water, and going over parts that hadn't dried enough, so I expect to redo this one further down the road too.

toot.cat/media/b9e_V2zoVUFVRQr

Bought some new , my first 'proper' ones rather than the usual kids' set, and found an pad from my childhood that barely saw any use, and hope to bring some change to that.

Won't be tonight though. Maybe tomorrow during the day.

Toot.Cat

On the internet, everyone knows you're a cat — and that's totally okay.