A night, unplanned. Where the night takes us, who knows. A gap in the fence. Moon light, couples in a secret search for a special spot, a sky painted with rich blues, yellows and orange. A feeling, a place and time irreplicable. A moment alone. The heat of the sandstone below my feet. The silence of nature. A daze as the lights of the city flash. A dash back in the dark. Last ones to leave. The trill of nearly getting locked in. TD x
You may have a tendency to think you haven’t achieved enough… perhaps you are naturally pessimistic when it comes to the way you see yourself. Having a Journal helps you to count your blessings, cultivate gratitude and live by your values.
Every year I set up a new journal for myself. I have done this for three years now. It helps me document my year and to remind me of what I care about. Keeping a journal helps me review my values, goals and vision for the future. So far it has helped me to see how much I can achieve in one year.
Lately, I have been looking into manifestation and really have experienced the power of creating and holding a vision. I did Debbie Millman‘s exercise called “A 10 year plan for a remarkable life” and it was incredible!!
I use the below prompts to help me to reflect on my year and then come up with a vision. This is how you can set up your Journal:
1. Thank you 2021
Say good bye to the year that has just past, say thank you for all the moments you’ve experienced this year. A few headings that will help you to reflect on your year are:
- In 2021 my greatest achieves were
- Things I struggled with in 2021
- Three words I would use to describe 2021
2. 2022 Time Line
Draw a line in the middle of the page and the months of the year down that line. List events, milestones and projected deadlines e.g. birthdays, deadlines. This will be how it would look: link 1 & link 2.
3. Passion Road Map
- Life time
- 3 years
- 1 year
- 3 months
- 1 month
Make sure you record the date. This exercise is inspired by the Passion Roadmap Planner.
4. Start, Stop, & Continue
- What do I want to start doing this year?
- What do I want to stop doing this year?
- What do I want to continue doing this year?
Example of this: link.
This will do for now, next time I will share what I do on a weekly and monthly basis in my journal to self reflect and reconnect with myself.
Remember not to get too caught up in the details, the magic is the in the process. Celebrate what you have accomplished and review what you haven’t, this way every year you become more you.
Have an awesome new year kids.
I had to joy of painting this weekend. This is my second attempt with oil paints. I found some close ups from Vincent Van Gogh’s painting and attempted to recreate the images to learn the techniques that he used in his vibrant art works.
Best part of this painting:
- I love how the paintings turned out – they have a lot of character.
- My favourite painting is the one of the flowers – I enjoy the value range and the placement of the white flowers.
- Look at images on Pinterest and choose a few to recreate – as a study!
- Think about how much paint you need for the painting.
- Prepare your palette, I stuck an A4 piece of paper onto my wooden board.
- Squeeze out the paint on to the palette based on how much of that colour appears in the painting.
- Get your paint brushes ready, look at the strokes on the painting and pick paint brushes you think might do the job. (It’s a good idea to do test swatches to get an idea of the brush strokes at an earlier stage so you’re not fussing about at this point)
- Stick tiny canvas’ on cardboard or an old magazine to keep it stable as you paint.
- Have tissues next to you.
- Set up the work space, with the palette on the right and canvas in front of you.
Things I learnt:
- I would use waterproof surface as a palette. I thought printer paper might work…. WRONG! it just absorbed the oil and made it difficult to mix the paint.
- The canvas’ were small 7cm x 10xcm so in order to create those lovely brush strokes I could have used a thinner brush.
- It was hard to apply paint to create those stiff lines by using paint brushes with softer paint bristles. The one you might use for acrylic paint blends the paint and makes the strokes flat, you can see this on the yellow trees.
- Stiff paint brush with oil paint is better for impressionist Van Gogh type paintings.
- Working from dark to light works well.
- Prior preparation: I found photos of art that I loved and made me happy. I pinned these on my Pinterest board.
- I have a rolling to do list on my Iphone note and wrote this “Tiny Canvas oil paintings” down as one of the fun projects I could do in my spare time in the month of August. This got me excited and geared me up each day to paint.
- When inspiration stikes me and I have a spare few hours, I take out my paints and act quickly.
- Painting for about an hour to an hour and a half on small canvas’ is a good amount of time before you’ll become fatigued.
- The more you paint and mix colours the better you will get at visually identifying the warmth and coolness of a colour and adjust accordingly.
- Find inspiration before you sit down to paint, the creating process is much quicker. Save pictures and photos through out the week in preparation for the moment you sit down to create.
- Post editing tricks: 1. Use channel mixer to get the WB levels right, meaning getting the whites as white as possible. You will need to adjust the reds, greens and blues to make the image cooler or warmer. 2. Use Curve layer to adjust the value range which will determine the level of contrast of the photo.
What I used and other resources:
- Close up references from Twisted Sifters website.
- Pinterest Board – fine art close ups
- Gesso – mont marte
- Phoenix Oil colour set – 12x12ml
- Hog paint brushes from Office Works. Mine was from Woolies but the pack they come is no longer has the hog paint brushes
- Old glass jar
- Old magazine
- Book stand to hold the magazine upright from Office Works
Hoping that you are all safe and well, esp, those in Sydney.
Let me know how you go, you can contact me via my instagram @365daysofscribbles.
Hey there friends,
Things haven’t changed much the last few weeks, still in lock down and I am grateful to have this time to explore art and drawing.
I spent some time in the sun in my parent’s garden on Saturday. The sun was so lovely on my back. Under the shade of the plants hanging in the garden, I sat with my Ipad and stylus to draw the things I see in front of me. I spent about 1 hour lost in nature and the warmth of the sun just doodling. This is what I drew.
I used the Tayasui Sketches, it’s an app you can download on the Imac and the Ipad. I paid for the extra features and am actually really happy that I did. It’s really easy to use and love the textures and effects you can create on the app. So I looked up the meaning of Tayasui and it actually means easy and simple!!!
What I learnt through doing this:
- I really enjoy using digital apps to draw textured drawings – it is really forgiving if you make mistakes.
- The difficulty about using these apps is that you need practise to remember where the controls are. It took me a few months to get into the rhythm of drawing, knowing where the buttons were to increase and decrease brush sizes, picking the right tool for the right stroke, intensity and colour.
- What helps is having a limited pallet and working with one tool at a time so you get a handle on how it lays on the digital surface … just like mediums in real life.
- Doing swatches, why do they not talk about this more often!!! It has really been the best thing in my art making practice is to test the tools I have before creating something with it. Make Swatches. They look really pretty as well.
- Drawing from life is so so so great for your soul. It adds so much life into your art naturally. The colours and movement really pop too!
Take care during this time,
…..the lockdown continues in Sydney, NSW. I attempt oil painting on a small canvas. My favourite part of this painting is the texture and strokes.
This is my first attempt at using oil in this impressionist way. This was really fun and intuitive, I found the medium much more forgiving then watercolours because you can layer over and over again to achieve the colour you are looking for so mistakes are rectifiable. I only used a bit of paint of each colour, mostly white, red and yellow to achieve these peachy colours.
- prep surface by painting one layer of gesso on canvas (10 x 7 cm),
- once dry, tape the corners of the tiny canvas to a piece of board to stabilise it,
- set up on an easel,
- work off a photo on my phone,
- use two paint brushes, one for warm colours and one for cool colours,
- work from light to dark colours,
- block out shapes large to small.
Some things I learnt about using oil paints as a beginner:
- Adding white gesso helps the paint dry faster and gives your painting texture,
- Have a rough idea of how much paint you need before you squeeze paint onto your canvas – you don’t need the same amount of each colour,
- After a while all the colours start looking the same so be intentional with the values you are trying to achieve before you start painting,
- As tempting as it is …. don’t touch the painting for 24 hours at least.
Hang in there, when this is all over we can embrace the freedom together!
Hoping you are safe and sound!
Here are a few photos I took the other day.
I feel a stillness, coziness and a closeness when I look at them. It’s an ideal state when in winter.
They were shot with a Nikon D90 camera body and 50 mm NIKKOR (5201461) lens with a focal range of .45 to 5 metres. The aperture is 1:1.4 meaning it is great for low light. This lens is great for indoor low light conditions and shooting plans in a shady garden or a dark room. The images feel intimate because you need to be up close and personal. As it is a prime lens (ie. fixed lens) I am forced to move about around the subject. The lens is made in Japan.
I purchased the 50mm manual focus lens second-hand for around $100 at Sydney Camera Market hosted by Ultimo Community Centre. The lens slso came with a nice Cokin 0-52mm UV filer too. The markets are currently on hold due to covid, hopefully one day we can visit them again.
To understand what the above numbers mean I found this article to be helpful.
Stay safe and take care,
Literally looked out the window of my car and thought I can draw that so I took a photo!
I’ve always wanted to draw buildings but they have always intimidated me because of the proportions – I’ve practised my lines so am seeing better results.
It gave me an idea… I could map these building all around Sydney to see the what buildings look like in certain areas. Lets see how many I can draw!
This picture was taken in Merrylands in Western Sydney.
Drew it on in my sketch book!
Drew this on my Ipad – I love the Bamboo Paper App!
Coloured it in.
Let me know which version you like better, B/W or coloured?
I hope you have a lovely day. Teresa x
It was the long weekend. A spontaneous trip was in order! I grabbed my SLR camera and my puffy jacket to head off on an adventure to Apple Mountain to find me some apples. After all it was the Queen’s birthday.
A 2 hour drive out of Sydney, a pit stop at Red Rooster and next thing you know it we’re in the mountains breathing in that fresh air! The sun was shining and the sky was blue. A sip of the best apple juice I’ve ever had – Bilpin Apple juice made from locally grown apples! A bag of Pink Lady apples for $3.
Exploring was fun, here is snap shot of my journey through the bushes!
We hit some traffic on the way back but it was well worth it.
Some drawings from the mountains… I’ve got many ideas about what to do with this illustration. Curious, what do you think I should do with it?