Friday, 20 January 2017

More homework, some lunchtime sketches, and a lot more photos

More homework for this week's SBS A Drawing A Day class. I still have to catch up with last week, but I really enjoyed this week's theme: Colour. The main medium for colour was crayons, with some coloured pencils thrown in, and it was a great opportunity to get those Neocolors out again. I have a whole box of them and I haven't used them in ages. As the sketchbook I am using at the moment doesn't take any watercolours, they are perfect for adding vibrant colours to some of the pages.

I've also tried to do some drawing in my lunch breaks. There's not a lot of time, but it's possible to squeeze in five to ten minutes in a quiet corner for a quick pen and ink drawing (and add some colour later at home). And even a two minute drawing is better than no drawing, right?

I have three Art Pens, one of them, the fine one, I bought here, together with cartidges. The other two, including cartridges, I bought in England. They're both the same cartridges, black Rotring ones. But when you add water, the ones I bought here give a greyish tone, while the ones I bought in England are bluish. You can't see it that well on the scan, but isn't that strange?

Some more photos from my Christmas break. The walk across the lake to Rapperswil is always a nice one, in any season. Unfortunately, when we arrived in Rapperswil, our favourite café was closed. We had been looking forward to that hot chocolate with Baileys and a slice of cake!

We started the new year with a trip to the mountains. And what perfect timing it was, as the day before, the snow finally came. We took the train up to Davos, and spent some time up Schatzalp, waking around in the snow and taking in the views.

We then took the bus up the Sertig valley, but by the time we got there, the sun had long disappeared behind the mountain peaks, and it was bitterly cold. Also, the path was practically a solid ice field, so we soon turned round, warmed up in the restaurant and took the next bus back to Davos. But it was still nice to pay a quick visit to these majestic peaks. It is a bit of a special place for me.

Our last day trip was across the border, to Kontanz in Germany. It was a funny day, the weather constantly changed from heavy snow to sun and blue sky and back. Most of the time, when the snow came, we happened to be inside a café or restaurant, but found ourselves caught in the middle of it when we walked along the lake. It didn't last long, though, and soon the sun was back.

There was some really great graffiti art in the pedestrian subway that leads to the lake.

Have a great, creative weekend!


  1. Your photos are just wonderful. I enjoy looking the gorgeous sceneries and details.
    Your paintings are great as always.
    Have a happy PPF and weekend xx

  2. Your sketch book is looking great

  3. Wonderful photos and art. Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

  4. Lovely journal pages and wonderful photography! Happy PPF :)

  5. Love your poinsettia drawings, and your photos are really fabulous-stunning scenery! Happy PPF.

  6. Love all your art, but your photo, (which is art too) are dynamic!!!

  7. Your cookie drawing is my favorite!! And the winter photos are amazing! You are so talented!

  8. I love everything about this post — your art and your stunning photos. I wish we had a bit of that cold here as we swelter in high heat and humidity.

    Have a lovely weekend! :)

  9. Wow! Your post is packed with lots of eye-candy!
    First of all, LOVED your sketches...they are awesome! Your photos are exquisite!!! The seagulls pic, the aerial views, the quirky trees, the graffiti ones are all fab!

  10. I'm late visiting from PPF this week, but I loved this peek into your sketchbooks and your photos are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing - and have a great week!

  11. FABULOUS post!! Gorgeous art, colour and photos!! Love the little exercise with lines and colour! Also such wonderful everyday illustrations!!Thanks so much for sharing your photos with us... I love them all!! Such a great variety!!

    Hugs Giggles

  12. Love those colourful drawings! And that pen art is beautiful. You're right: even a 2-minute sketch is better than nothing. Although also frustrating sometimes because you want to keep going ... ;-)

  13. Hi! Your sketches are like looking at a rainbow and the other sketches are so wonderful!!!
    Your photography is dreamy and fabulous!!!
    Such a beautiful post~