Sketches Project #2, About Nadja and Cynthia and a Happy Dog

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Here some sketches for the second commission. You can guess what the subject is..right;0)

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I was given a free hand to address training, grooming and caring for dogs. What a joy!!

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When all is wrapped up and finished…I will explain the connection between penguins and dogs;0)

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And Charley is a happy girl since temperatures allow us again to make our daily walks.

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Now something else:

“Dear Johanna, I’m nominating you for the Liebester Award because I find that you can make mundane things amazing and special with your images and words. There are only a few people out there who can feel that level of gratitude for life. Thank you for sharing your perspective with us all!

What you need to do: Nominate a fellow blogger who you adore and answer the 11 questions you can find on my announcement from yesterday (you can alter them, if you like!).All the best,Nadja xxx”

The talented Nadja left in December this comment on my “About Me’ page. I blushed and my ears started flapping with joy. Because the hardworking Nadja makes the most intricate and mesmerizing artworks.  I promised, I would respond in January and January is already over half way…it is about time. Evenmore so because the Delightful Cynthia nominated me for the Lovely Blog Award. Well…if you want to see a truly Lovely Blog about gardening, homegrown remedies and mouthwatering recipes visit her cozy blog here.

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I happily refer to my Blog-Hop-Around-the-World post were I tell about my work and motivations. I find it very hard to address people for an award, there are so many talented people with so many beautiful blogs…however if you like to join in and see this as good opportunity to make a beautiful post about yourself as a blogger, than please let me know, either by comment or email! (colorpencil.2014@gmail.com)

Ik ben hard aan t werk voor de tweede illustratie opdracht…dat t over de zorg van honden gaat mag duidelijk zijn ;0) Ik vind t ongelooflijk leuk om te doen! Als alles klaar is, wat wel een tijdje zal duren…dan leg ik t verband uit tussen honden en pinguïns;0)
Charley is weer een blij meisje. T winterweer is minder streng en we wandelen weer naar behoren!

Love and Liefs, Johanna

 

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Difficult questions and Zen and the Art of Napping

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Myohmy, normally my pace of life is quite slow and I love that. However, at the moment I have so many projects going on and its all lovely.

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And the wonderful talented GolNaran asked me difficult questions about art and creativeness. And than I realized, I have said it all, as far I ever possibly could, in the Blog Hop Around the World Post...Please look at Golnaran’s website, she creates so much beauty! And there lots of links to other wonderful blogs as well.

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This weekend, will be nice and quiet, with rest, reading and good friends for company.

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Charley saw me running around all the time. Now our Little Princess was not cut short of attention and walks…that would be unthinkable!

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Still she shook her wise head over so much fuzz and excitement.

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I will finally listen to her and take her example…

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Wishing you all Love and Peace for your weekend!

Gutohgut, veel te veel drukte hier! Gelukkig allemaal leuke zaken! Dit weekend neem ik voorbeeld aan Chalrey!

Love and Liefs, Johanna

 

Blog Hop Around the World!

Many thanks to the lovely Karen for inviting me to hop along. Karen’s blog is a feast for the eye and have a look at her incredible garden. Her recipes are out of this world too and her Thai Fish Cakes are a staple at the Walker Residence!

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And I take this opportunity too to thank all the lovely people who respond to my blog and leave kind, wise and encouraging words!

So now dear folks, I have to answer a few questions to tell you more about my blog and a little about myself…here we go!

1: What are you working on?

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Mrs. Walker Goes Back to School refers to me having art classes. When we moved from Canada to the USA, I decided ( with a little pushing of Mr. Walker and the Walker Boys) to finally take up Art Classes and develop my skills as an artist..a wish dear to my heart already for a long time.

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So that is what I am working on, developing my skills. I have drawing lessons, classes on working with color pencils, calligraphy and art history. My art is illustrative. I want my work to tell a story, not necessarily my story. I love the idea of people looking at my work and creating stories in their head or at least evoking some pleasant emotions.

2: How does my work differs from others.

That is a difficult question. I feel in a way, I am only just beginning. By focussing so seriously now on my work and the developing of my work, it becomes a clearer picture in what way I am heading. I love bright colors and sharp lines: color pencils and fine liners are my favorite tools. It helps me create the images I have in head. I like to bring movement and stories in my work by creating an impossible situation or  giving my ‘portraits’ lots of emotions. I hope this makes a little sense?

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I am always chuffed to bits when friends or family comment on new work with a ‘that is so in your style’ however to me ‘my style’ is still a work in progress.

3: Why do I create what I do?

Well…for two reasons.

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Handcrafting is my yoga. I am a happy, down to earth person but not a calm and sedate one ;0) Sitting in Lotus position and chanting, would drive me nuts in 5 minutes..probably sooner. But endless rows of cross stitches, knitting loops, calligraphy strokes, calm my body and clear my busy head. The gentle movement of the crochet hook, the feel of the yarns, the gorgeous textures and colors..those are the things that bring my body, mind and spirit in balance.

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And than, I have this passion for Domestic History, I feel connected with that history when I follow old patterns or create my own.

My Art is my glorious challenge in life. I am not only evolving/developing as an artist but also as a person. I am not a shy or nervous person but I always kept my art to myself. I have always enjoyed drawing but I am never satisfied with the result.That is hard to explain.

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My blog pal Kerry said to me: ‘Art is Personal’ and the great Pit from Texas said: ‘It’s the sign of a true artist that he/she keeps striving for perfection and in his/her own opinion never achieves it.’

That sums it up, right?

How does my creative process work?

First I have to muster up courage, overcome my insecurity, summon up my motivation… because in the end who is waiting for what I am doing/creating? I have a mantra for that.

The marvelous Dutch illustrative artist Octavie says: ‘ Alles is al eens gemaakt…maar niet door mij!’ Loosely translated it means: ” Everything has been done before…but not by me!”

That little sentence makes me so happy and never fails to motivate me. Thank you so much, Octavie!!!

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And I ‘feed’ myself with beautiful images made by great artists. I read a lot: books, blogs, magazines. I go to musea and exhibitions. I hike a lot and see the Glory of Mother Nature. I have a positive outlook on life and I always feed that too.

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I feel encouraged with all the positive feedback I get from family, friends, and my fellow bloggers from all over the world. That is absolutely incredibly important.

And then…I simply feel a tingle in my fingers, an idea grows in my head, my paper in front of me, pencil in hand….

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Well, there you have it. My contribution to the Blog Hop Around the World.

I am delighted to pass the baton to Sheryl from Flowery Prose. This multi talented writer, gardener, photographer, nature lover and much more, resides in Alberta,Canada. I love her stories on plants and gardening and we share a passion for hiking and Mother Nature. Her writings are clear and pleasant and Sheryl has a great sense of humor. Despite her incredibly busy schedule, she takes the time  communicating with her fellow bloggers with a sincere interest and that same sense of humor.

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Thanks Sheryl, I am so pleased with this and I look forward to your Blog Hop Post on the 18th of August!

Love and Liefs, Johanna.