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.


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.

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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.

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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.





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.


Mana Tree: Painting with water colours by example

Quite satisfied how my version of the from for the turned out.
Feel free to compare it to the original art of the Secret of Mana Mana Tree.

While I used , I also realise I probably haven't really used the medium the way it is supposed to be used. Perhaps I should give acrylics a try too. :)

I like using it for backgrounds such as water and sky, but I struggle a bit with using it for mid- and foreground details.

It will be interesting to come back to this piece, and redo it when I've grown more accustomed to the media and techniques.

Got to do some experimenting with my new today, as well as trying my hand at some techniques from videos I've been watching.

Still have a lot to learn and practise, and need to get used to the differences between the various kinds of paper we have.

Especially with the big sheet of paper it dried up a lot paler than I'd expected.

I like the yellow, orange, green, light blue and deep purple from this set of water colour , though I'm a bit underwhelmed so far about the red and pink.

Maybe I'll also get some better results when I don't have to pay attention to playing with his own paints at the same time. ;)

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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.

And here it is with the rest of the experiments.
Wet-on-wet wasn't working as well as I'd hoped on this paper, so I'll have to redo those experiments another time.


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Ended up trying to the aforementioned with tonight as part of my four frames of technique experiments.
Didn't turn out quite as I'd hoped, but that's probably due to the paper and the small size I was drawing it on; will have to try again at a later point, but then as the main subject on a bigger sheet of aquarel paper.

Nevertheless, I don't think it's bad for a first attempt at repainting these from my own photo.


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I just realised I never shared a bigger version of my .

So, here is it, my of swirling around in a like fashion, lying in the sun on a grass field.

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Preview of the I was working on before it was time for dinner.

I guess I'm trying to create a ?

Mostly just wanted to play with .


Some more with today. This time a bunch of and some colourful flowers while the kiddo grabbed the colours for me, and added his own strokes and points to it. :)


and I had some fun earlier together with his .
He was mostly spreading water and random colours onto the paper, and I tried to bring it all together into this colour . :)


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