Thursday, June 28, 2012

Day28 of 30DOC - La Ciotat Alley part 2

Today I finally finished my multi-day project for "30 Days of Creativity": 
La Ciotat Alley, Watercolor with Ink, 30 x 38 cm

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Day27 of 30DOC - Male and female cups

Today I had a very nice iced coffee with vanilla ice and was inspired to draw a male and a female cup for it:

Now to find somebody who can create them. ;-)

Day26 of 30DOC - Cassis

Yesterday we visited the picturesque village of Cassis between La Ciotat and Marseille. We took plenty of photos on the "Route des Crêtes" but I did not find much time for sketching.

This was a very interesting house on the other side of the harbor. It is half finished as I ran out of time.

Day25 of 30DOC - Two Worlds

During my Bible reading I tried to imagine how the visible and the invisible world fit together. This is the sketch that resulted from it:

Day24 of 30DOC - La Ciotat Shipyard

Here is quick ink drawing of the several large cranes from the shipyard in La Ciotat that is no longer in use:

I kind of got used to them but to be honest, I would prefer a skyline without them.

Day23 of 30DOC - La Ciotat Alley - part 1

I am badly behind with posting my creativity products. Part of the reason is that one painting became a multi-day project. Here is the first part - a pencil drawing: 
It is one of many picturesque alleys in La Ciotat center. I drew it from a photo that I had made earlier. 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Day22 of 30DOC - Calanque de Mugel

Yesterday's creativity project was a sketch (or two) at the 'Calanque de Mugel': 
They are a major feat for me - as far as I remember this is the first time that I sketched in public. I still feel that they need some more color, but this is for another day.
As for the location - gorgeous, very beautiful, very famous. 
A calanque is a steep-sided inlet or bay of the ocean. 

Day21 of 30DOC - Watercolor sketch II

So, here comes another watercolor sketch of the beautiful  "Golfe d'Amour" of the Côte d'Azur: 

I am more satisfied with this one, than with the last one. But I am still puzzled -is it a sketch or a painting? where is the line? what is the difference? 
I guess most people start with sketching and than go on to do painting from their sketches. However, I have painted watercolors for more than 10 years and now I am learning to sketch. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Day20 of 30DOC - Collage of my life

Today's creativity grew out of an activity encouraged in a book -
a collage of words and pictures that express the vision I have for my life.

It was a lot of fun. 
This is the second version, slightly simplified (limited to one language) and adapted for posting on a public blog, leaving out some too personal details. 
 I used my new Faber-Castell Pitt art pen, that I just bought yesterday.

Day19 of 30DOC - Doodle

This is my first 'serious' doodle.

I have never done much doodling in class or on the phone. So this is a new area for me. I am not a multitasker. So, while I did the doodle, I forgot to watch the TV. 

I have to admit that I was very much inspired by the beautiful rainbow themed Moleskin done my Margaret and others which you can see here. I absolutely loved it. Of course, my doodle is a far cry from the sophistication of this Moleskin, but it inspired me to start trying. 

Day18 of 30DOC - Imagine 600 liters

Creativity for Day 18 of 30 Days of Creativity in June - just a small sketch, trying to imagine 600 liters that are mentioned in John 2, when Jesus changes water into wine at the wedding of Cana.

I think one bathtub is about 100 liters, so these were about the size of six bath tubs. 
And imagine how much you would get, if you had 600 liters of good quality wine to sell! 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Day17 of 30DOC - Vacation greetings

Today I finally put some of my pictures together into a digital vacation postcard to send to family and friends.

  • La Ciotat Old Harbor with the Notre Dame church and the old city museum; 
Clockwise from the top:
  • Panorama with the Green Island and the remains of the old shipyard on the right (from the "Route des Crêtes" in the North); 
  • Beak (or Peak) of the Eagle from the West; 
  • Picturesque alley behind the city museum; 
  • View of the "Golfe d'Amour" from my patio; 
  • The "Three Dry" (including the Beak of the Eagle) from the North; 
  • Famous soaps from Marseille on the weekly market; 
  • Dried tomatoes and olives; 
  • Town cinema commemorating the Lumière brothers and La Ciotat as the birth place of cinema.

Day16 of 30DOC - Mephisto

This is a sketch of a small statue in this house (1 ft) of Mephisto by A. de Ranieri. 
It was done with a Copic Multiliner and watercolor in a Canson sketch book.

Day15 of 30DOC - Overflowing

Friday's creativity was a digital creation - an affirmation card that reminds us of how our life is overflowing with the different essential qualities of love.

You can buy the card at my Zazzle shop

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Day14 of 30DOC - Watercolor sketch

Here is today's creativity - a watercolor sketch of the 'Bay d'Amour' in Provence, France.

I am not really happy with it. It is the first time, that I used watercolor for a sketch. I guess, I still have to learn a lot. I have painted a lot with watercolor but not for sketches. I can't remember on whose blog I read the remark, that watercolor is the easiest to use for sketches. I thought I have to try it, but I can't seem to get the hang of it.
So, how do you do it? Any advice is welcome. :-)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Day13 of 30DOC - tree trunk - guess which?

I have looked at this tree trunk with fascination every time I parked my car. Today I finally took the time to sketch it. I leave it to you to guess which kind of tree it is.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Day12 of 30DOC - Portrait

Here comes today's creativity project - a portrait with Pentel brush.
It's not quite what I had in mind, because I still have problems doing softer strokes with this brush. I will certainly try it again, maybe even with another technique because I find the portrait so fascinating. 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Day11 of 30DOC - Snack

Today's creativity - a pencil drawing of my favorite snack - can you guess it? ;-)
And how do you keep these sketch books flat while making a photo? :-/

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Day10 of 30DOC - Boulangerie

Here is today's creativity - a drawing of the bakery (boulangerie in French) across from my vacation rental.

This is not just any drawing - it might be nothing special for you - this is the start of my first real sketchbook! Yeah! I am so excited and very happy that it turned out so well. So far I have only used spiraled notebooks where you can tear individual pages out. Starting to draw in a book, where I can't take pages out that I don't like is a huge step for me. And I even started my first drawing with a color ballpoint pen - so, no erasing. (I guess I am the only perfectionist among artists, right?) ;-)

It is an Canson drawing book (A5 size) that I bought last week in Marseille. The cover is lilac which I find very appropriate since I am staying in the land of lavender (Provence).

P.S. And in case you are wondering what Calanques means, you can read more about it here.

Day9 of 30DOC - Windsurfers

Here is today's creativity - a video of windsurfers in Southern France, taken despite heavy wind that kept rattling me, my camera, even cars and sign posts. Windsurfers.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Day8 of 30DOC - Jellyfish

Today's creativity did not get a lot of time. Too bad. Let's hope tomorrow will be better. 
This is one happy jellyfish who was part of a special exhibition in Monterrey Aquarium

P.S. And here is the colored version that I did 2 days later:

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Day7 of 30DOC - Friends

Here is my first real contribution for "30 Days of Creativity". The suggestion for Day 7 is Friends.
Since the goal is to finish the creative project by the end of the day, I post it anyway, even thogh I am not yet satisfied as to the resemblance with the real people. It still is a great image of friendship.

30 Days of Creativity in June

Things did not work out as planed - I wanted to take part in the Every Day in May challenge but life took over and I did not even do one painting. OK, a few sketchbook drafts not worth posting.
Yesterday, I discovered that there is a similar challenge for June and I hope to do better with this one: 30 Days of Creativity

Initial instructions:
"Don’t put it off! Create stuff now! Follow #30DOC (or #30DaysOfCreativity) on Twitter. Send an @reply to @createstuff to let us know you want to participate.
Simply say, "I pledge to create something everyday for 30 days in a row."

And this is what the daily suggestions look like:

I know that I am a week late, but who cares. I already contributed one photo that fit the challenge of Day 2 and was made on Day 2, which you can see hereThis tree is on the "Route the Crêtes" (a ridge road) in Provence, France, which is closed during summer months due to high risk of forest fire.