Artwork : Sittin’ on the dock of the Bay

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“Watching the Sailboats “original artwork in Aquarelle, 36 X 48cm  with my first bud of Tulips that I planted in our garden.

 

A midweek inspiration to share with you since I was sick these past few days. I am feeling lethargic but my mind is full of images that I wanted to paint. Seascapes, with  fluffy clouds,more like a stormy weather, strong waves and scenic seascapes are flowing in my mind so I had to grab my brush to materialize them. Spring is a fantastic season, with all the blossoming of flowers and things sprouting in colors, still, at the back of my mind, how I wish to sit in front of the beach and waste some time! I know, it’s my guilty pleasure.I guess loving the waters has been in my system since the time I have learned to swim (though not professionally),but because  I am a self-confessed nature-lover.  I don’t know why, but the sight of waters makes me feel calm.Be it in the beach, river, lake, or a waterfalls, or a cozy swimming pool, all of it  sure keeps me happy.

And yes, I’d like to waste time just watching the waves, the water, the sun and time goes by. While painting these artworks, these lyrics was in my mind ;

“Sittin’ in the morning sun
I’ll be sittin’ when the evening comes
Watching the ships roll in
Then I watch them roll away again, yeah”

{ Sittin’ on the dock of the Bay, Otis Redding}

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Watching the sailboats go by ( Original artwork in Aquarelle 36 X 48cm)

My ideal summer getaway would be in an island, with lots and lots of beach, blue skies and tropical paradise! I kinda miss the coconut trees & palm trees. Give me Hawaii, or Maldives, or just my home country’s virgin and secluded paradise like Amanpulo, Bohol or Palawan.When I was living in Kuwait, I have spent so many times just strolling along the Arabian Gulf and literally “sittin’ on the dock of the bay“, watching the skyline on a clear , dust-free sky, the overreacting jet-skiers, and boats passing by. With the magnificent background of the sunset or sunrise, I am feeling ecstatic all the time. I would never trade an hour of sitting in front of the beach to watch the waves rolled by , or watch how the clouds change their colors and shapes. Today, as I checked my camera roll with its 3,000+ photos, I’ve noticed that my most photographed subjects were  my daughter, flowers, nature and the sunsets. The best ones are with bodies of water in it.

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Stranded ( 36 x 48 cm) Aquarelle painting

“So, I’m just gon’ sit on the dock of the bay
Watchin’ the tide roll away, ooh
I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Wastin’ time..

Looks like nothing’s gonna change
Everything still remains the same
I can’t do what ten people tell me to do
So I guess I’ll remain the same, listen”

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A cloudy Day ( 30 x 40 cm ) Watercolor Artwork
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The clouds, the only birds that never sleep.
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Two of my favorite seascapes painting.

 

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Original artwork. Follow me in INSTAGRAM : JustbluedutchArt

I am happy that I could “enliven” the sea in my paintings.While doing it, my mind travels through time when I was so busy island -hopping with an adventurous banca and enjoying some fun with nature. I find it so relaxing that I can equate my passion with the things that I love, that painting can even express my desires, emotions and yes, wish lists.

Do you love going to the beach?

What is your favorite beach soundtrack?

Thank you for reading friends,I love reading your thoughts on this post so please feel free to leave your comments.

If you have more time to waste, please head over to my Instagram so you can see more of my latest Artwork.

 

We’ve got a long weekend coming over here in Germany, Happy Easter everyone!

 

 

Artwork : The mountains are calling

“What a Glorious greeting the sun gives the mountains…”

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“The Mountains are calling “ watercolour original artwork in 30 X 40 cm artist’s quality paper using Profimaler Royal Talens Van Gogh paints and Rembrandt’s inks. This baby needs a new home and can be yours ! Shipping worldwide from Germany!

Hey friends! How is life lately?

With the arrival of Spring here in Germany, everything just had a carpet of changes. In a span of 2 weeks, the weather becomes mild, perfect for outdoor cycling and just being out again without freezing your hands! Have you seen how the cherry blossoms literally painting the town pink? The fields are turning into mossy greens once again and the wild flowers are unstoppable from popping out from the ground, splashing wonderful colors everyday. The other day, I was amazed by the amount of yellow Daffodils in our garden and the tulip bulbs are greedy for sunshine, also ready to pop. This makes me so excited especially with our upcoming trip to Keukenhof in Holland! Spring is such a wonderful time, and by this, I am flooded with inspiration.

So one of the things I love to do for my ‘Me time ‘ is painting my thoughts away. I have made some new Landscape paintings and one of my favorites so far is  inspired by the Alps. Remember my post about our Winter Wonderland adventure there last January? Well it seems that the Alps have left some fond memories in my thoughts and I have tried a humble artwork, trying to feel the emotions evoke by this gorgeous mountain.

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I love working on this piece, the painting is done with lots of Aquamarine deep blues, cobalt blues, and some tint of Burnt Sienna, and I mixed lots of greens to make a patch of trees and blended them all in lots of wet washes! I am using Profimaler paints and inks from Royal Talens & Rembrandt and high-grade aquarelle papers from Hahnemühle. Check more in JustbluedutchArt instagram page!

I have only seen the Alps in the winter time, where the slopes are covered with snow. On a bright sunny day, the glistening peak can be a mesmerizing sight, especially if you are not used to seeing limestone cliffs, steep peak like the Alps around the Tiroler region in Austria. The pine trees and the beautiful valley below add a picturesque vista on any given day. For me, the mountains are a symbol of the wanderer soul inside all of us, like a quest that all of us have in search for the unknown. Have you seen the great video from North face about the calling from the mountains? I think it sums up what I feel about mountain landscaes and the desire of exploring.

If you have time, do check it out Here, I highly recommend it!

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Do you know the feeling of being so close to a nature wonder everyday?

I love the fast paced of a modern-city life, but my heart always longs for nature. Mountains, lakes, rivers, and especially the beach!I grew up with a view of the amazing Mayon Volcano in Philippines and I tell you, the sight of the volcano with smoke and clouds hovering around it everyday becomes like a second skin. My hometown is the place where this perfect cone volcano can be found and the feeling is surreal when you realize that you have something everyday that no one else have from the other parts of the world. Stay tuned for my version of Volcano scapes soon!

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Also, I am currently doing a project of a series of mountain- scapes like this and will share with you on my next posts. But this time, hope you enjoy this artwork as much as I do.

 

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Exciting things are on the way, My Online shop coming out soon and the gallery will soon be in details. Thank you all for stopping by and have a lovely week !

 

Artwork : Mothers of Daughters

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Mothers of Daughters original painting (36 cm X 48 cm aquarelle // justbluedutchArt)

“Kids make life the best kind of busy… “

This artwork is inspired by my current 24/7 lifestyle  : being a mother, one of Mothers of Daughters series of paintings.

Nobody warns me that being a parent can be tough.Most of my friends have a teenager by this time and they are through with the long and winding road of raising tiny toddlers.The thing is, parenting  has no day off, it has no monetary appraisal. It doesn’t come with a job description, I can’t resign, nor I can’t slack off.  Pre-baby, there has been no apprenticeship. No on-the-job training.

Motherhood is  a l-i-f-e 24/7.

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Mothers of Daughters ( Aquarelle original painting )

One of the subjects I love to work on in my artwork is doing my  version of a Mother & Child painting.  I love things that resonates life and something that I could relate into. I am not that good (yet!) , I am still a work-in-process on both fields– being a mother and as a visual artist. I don’t even think that my artwork could get attention from others who are far by better than what I am doing. But I am truly humbled whenever I get compliments. I still have a lot of things to learn. Everyday as I play with my brush and colors, I discover techniques that works best with the result that I wanted to achieve. Sometimes it becomes a lot of mess, disappointments, my fingers hurt and my mind gets tired. But then, I don’t quit. I continue to create the thoughts in my mind into images.

Same goes with motherhood & parenting, everyday, I am faced with challenges, but there’s no turning back. I know that having a toddler is just a temporary stage, that soon she will be independent on her own, and that I, have my own life to tend too.

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Mothers of Daughters ( JustbluedutchArt)

It is not easy being an Expat Mother.

There are times I feel isolated and it’s a real challenge to live independently, without your immediate family and relatives to ask for support, especially my mother.We only rely on online chats and messenger the most. It’s our lifeline for being separated miles apart. I have learned to act upon instincts and be strong. For about 9 months now, I am glad that I have found new friends here in Germany , ( and they are all wonderful!) and that my daughter is doing well. She had precious milestones lately that really took us by surprise! It’s just great to be able to break the language barrier and felt that I belong here now,  although still I feel not totally 100% at home, but at least I don’t feel like a visiting tourist.

Yes, mothers of daughters are something special to me.

 

The great thing is— I need to remind myself  that apart from being a mother, I am still a person, woman, a wife, a daughter, a sister, and a friend. My life doesn’t end the moment my kid came into my life and Yes– I am capable in other fields in life too.

If you don’t have a child, then this post might not interest you. Or you are still single and  you can’t relate to this post, or you’re through with having babies and that you’ve passed this stage already.You are through with raising kids. But for someone who have high hopes of having a child someday, I hope someday you experience the joy that I am having now while raising my tiny human and not so much of the sacrifices that goes with it. It may not be the most comfortable lifestyle, but soon, this stage will pass.

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 If ever I would raise a child again ( not that I am hoping for a 2nd! ), but what If I have the chance to re-do the Parenting process, what about then?

What would I do ;

“I’ll build self-esteem first and tidy up the mess later “

“I’d finger-paint more and point the finger less “

“I would do less correcting and more connecting “

“I’d take  my eyes off my watch and watch with my eyes “

“I would care to know less and know to care more “

“I’d take more hikes and walks with her “

“I’d stop playing serious and seriously play “

“I would run through more fields, jump in muddy puddles, and gaze at more stars”

“I’d do more hugging and kissing and less tugging “

“I would be firm less often and affirm much more “

“I’d model less about the love of power and more about the power of Love “

One question for you, what would you do if you’ve given a chance to raise your children once again?

Any thoughts ?

Also, let me have your opinion about this artwork. I really  appreciate  comments and feedback so much.

If you’d like to see more of my artworks, you can check it out Here or follow JustbluedutchArt in Instagram.

Sky and Galaxy effect Artwork

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Galaxy skyArt adorns one corner of our home

Watercolor is one of my favorite painting mediums to work with because it renders transparent, delicate, and ethereal results. At the same time, watercolors dry fast and you can finish a painting in a few hours. If you don’t have much experience with watercolors, take your time and enjoy the ride as I did.

The other day I decided to clean out my palettes and I don’t like to throw away the left over paints. I come up to this idea of Galaxy and Sky effect painting and men, I love it!The results are far better than I expected. I’m a newbie and this technique is easy to work with, if you have the patience and determination to create patterns by motivating the flow of color in your brush, then this might be your kind of Art theraphy!

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Galaxy and sky art painting

Painting is expensive. The equipments and paint itself are costly.The good thing is, I used the minimal tools, mostly the ones that I already have. I don’t like complicated process in painting (not yet!) so I always opt for easy and handy tools.For beginners, make sure you have these on hand.

  • Water
  • Profimaler ( Professional)  Watercolors or Professional/Artist Watercolors (For more information about watercolors/which watercolors to buy, see All About Watercolor Paints)
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Paintbrushes (Size 1 for the details, and sizes 3 and 6 round brushes to paint)
  • A Paper Towel (to soak up excess water and paint)
  • White and Black Acrylic Artist’s Ink
  • Salt ( I used the big grain)
  • Liquid Frisket {Art Masking Fluid works too}
  • Ruler

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For this project, I did a lot of wet-on-wet washes, that is applying colors on a wet surface. You need to make sure that you have the ‘shiny’ effect of the water before applying your brushes. Once the glistening effect is gone, your brush will just make a mess.I also apply on a colored surface many times especially if I wanted to highlight certain areas.

I know I can’t be the only one who had never thought to use watered-down white ink to achieve a halo effect around stars. I am in love with the creativity behind the watercolor art tutorial that I used as my guide. I’m telling you, this is all self-taught. I realized that If you really wanted to create something, you will be driven to learn things.

The finished project is impressive, but the project itself is wonderfully simple to make! There are times that I felt really good after I finished doing a painting and this is one of them.

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Loving all these colors

I created some postcards and some A4 as well as in A3 sizes. Now all I need is to find a nice frame to perfect the effect. These are great to display in your walls,especially if you are like me who likes minimal decor. There is something surreal about seeing your artwork adds definition in a room.IMG_0027

There’s something ethereal about nigh skies with lots of stars, and the creative image of galaxy always brings fond nostalgia to me. I love astronomy and the beautiful world up there and I am so glad that I could create something like it. Sky is the limit, your colors, your strokes, and your imagination will mold the patterns into a masterpiece.

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Do you fancy  this kind of painting? If you have the chance to purchase one piece of artwork by masters, which one you wanted to have?

Also, any thoughts on this painting? I would love to hear your comments!

If you love this post and would like to see all my other Artworks, you can check out JustbluedutchArt in Instagram and If you’d like these babies to display in your living room, let me know!

 

 

 

Ladies in turban

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Ladies in turban  36cm x 48 cm mixed media painting {Justbluedutchart}

“Beauty looks like encouragement, patience, acceptance, forgiveness,carefulness and compassion.Beauty is spiritual and physical” – erykah badu

Artwork’s background :

I’ve made this painting inspired by women in turbans that I have seen while living in Kuwait. We all know that it’s a Muslim country and although it doesn’t require Expats to wear Abaya, modesty both in attitude and clothing is encouraged. Some Kuwaiti women wear hijab, some are fully covered with only their eyes are seen, and some prefer to wrap their head in a stylish turban.They all do it with their own taste. There is one famous Fashion Blogger in Kuwait named “Ascia AKF“that have made this signature look becomes a fashion statement.

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Ladies in turban { Justbluedutchart // Faces in the crowd}

Women in Kuwait are very fashion-forward and very conscious of how they look. They tend to be wearing full, heavy make up even when they are just going to the grocery shop or sitting in a cafe. The number of salons and beauty shops is as almost the same as the number of restaurants and burger chains.In fact, I’ve read that Kuwaiti women are one of the largest consumer of cosmetics following Saudi Arabia and Iran.

But have you ever wondered a lifestyle with a turban?

Of how tedious their days can be when they have to primp themselves every singe day, wearing make up, having their nails and eye brows to be done and all these beauty routines?

The turban, also known as under wraps, are once a typical male accessory,but now becomes a world-wide trend.Variation in the world of turban styling, Practical  and chic for different occasions, and creates a ‘different look‘from the usual hijab are just few of the reasons why wearing a turban becomes a style statement of many Muslim women, and every fashionista.

Do you like women who wears turban?

Also, any thoughts about this painting?

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Parrot symbolism in Art

I’ve painted a parrot for the first time.

Animals are not my favorite subject to draw, but driven by my imagination, I have made several attempts to create something beyond what I usually paints. I am not so much into animals, let alone birds. One time in the zoo, a bird pooped in my head as well into my dress. Can you blame me why I think they are cute, but can be nasty as well? I must admit, I draw this  because parrots are nostalgic, bringing childhood memories and curious endeavors. I like it for aesthetic reasons as well, but I never had a chance to pet one.

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Parrot  [ Justbluedutchart]
After doing some search about parrots and its symbolism in Art, I created this painting from my mind. Parrots are attractive creatures and known to be ‘talkers‘.  But in Art, they are depicted as ‘Truth telling’ . I am sure you know ( or maybe tried as well) that parrots can copy and recreate your words, you can hear your own words without any filter. This is why it is such a magnet for kids. My daughter loves Polly parrot from Peppa pig, she’s fascinated by it’s sound. I am sure she will be thrilled when she sees a real one.

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Parrot [ Justbluedutchart ]
They say that all artist have hidden meanings and symbolism in every art they create. But maybe because of what the art critics say. Parrot  simply stands as a true representation of your true self. You  are the only one who can recognize the truth in every word you speak, even the lies that you might be keeping.

Spiritually, they symbolize the Virgin birth of Christ and acted as an eye-witness in the fall of man.It’s famous as a domestic pet, featuring more prominently in Dutch scenes of ordinary life than in any other category of painting. In addition to making frequent appearances in still lifes and portraits, it sometimes impersonates or stands in for people, plays the role of a woman’s surrogate lover, or mocks and comments on the follies of human behaviour. It’s like your personal mirror.

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Parrot, up close and personal.

I think that the inclusion of parrots with still-life paintings is very  interesting, because it connect parrots to the material world, wealth, and trade. For me, parrot is an exotic creature from non-European lands, same like the Peacock, parrots were highly prized during the colonial period. And it wasn’t just the live birds that were valued: in the colonial era the plucked feathers of parrots were valued too. In Mexico, the indigenous practice of feather painting was combined with European pictorial conventions . This type of feather painting was highly prized by the Europeans, which adds to how parrots were connected with material value.

 

Do you like parrots ? And what do you think of women and parrots in painting?

 

Any thoughts about this painting? I would love to hear your comments.

 

Also, if you’re into Instagram, follow  Justbluedutchart,you can find some of my artwork there. Thank you for stopping and wishing you all a lovely week!

 

Artwork in progress

“You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously..”

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Faces in the crowd { instagram : justbluedutchart }

I have made this artwork while I am struggling with a sick body. I am battling a nasty cold and cough that made me restless from the past days. I couldn’t get enough rest that I needed because I feel lethargic. Fortunately, we have better days now, the sun is up, shining and we have clear sky that gives me just the right mood boost. The weather is perfect, still chilly but fresh and no use to complain about it. As the saying goes ; “The spirit is willing, but the body is weak ..”, but when I am sick, I felt sluggish each day.

Fortunately, my mind is still active and I managed to draw out some inspiration from painting. Here are some photos I wanna share with you.

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Faces in the crowd

I am still trying out different techniques in painting and I am learning a lot through the process. I am a work in progress and perfecting everything through constant practice. Everytime I draw out some portrait of faces, the most exciting part is when the face finally evolves into a personality. It’s like they have a hidden message through their eyes, expression and mood.

What can you say about this painting?

 

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Peacock , my inspiration to strive not to settle for being ordinary
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Feeling blue

Are you in Instagram?  If you want to follow my Expat life and see more photos like this, please follow my artworks in Justbluedutchart and my personal posts Here.

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“Bedtime stories” {instagram :  Justbluedutchart

 

For me, everything just looked so vibrant with colors!  What are you up this weekend? We are looking forward to celebrate Fasching  ( Carnival season in Germany ) tomorrow and my daughter is too excited to wear her costume, (so am I) . I am also excited to have a look at this festival here so sure thing I am gonna write about it and share some photos so stay tuned!

Hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy it to the full. Tschüss!

 

Peacock

“It’s not  just about creativity, it is the person you’re becoming when you are creating “

[ C h a r l i e     P e a c o c k ]

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Peacock  [ Justbluedutch]

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A Beautiful mess

Do you like patterns? or do you appreciate beauty in a messy state?

Beautiful Mess is the new painting I created  by using Acrylic  paints and  some mixed media  by experimenting with patterns. Normally, I love faces and splashing colorful washes on it but lately, I  love the idea of incorporating the patterns and geometric figures which are inspired by nature and textures that I see everyday. Putting patterns into your artwork helps you to express more of your visual thinking rather than immediately pleasing the aesthetics. Nature is one big source of inspiration. Just take a look at the leaf patterns, the barks of trees, the free flow of grasses, and the texture of scenarios.

For a newbie like me and a self-taught multi-media painter, the best way to move further is just doing it. Experimenting with patterns always creates a mess and yet, the best part, it gives birth to beauty. Only now I realized that creating something is also against all odds. It’s tricky, but you just have to keep your patterns on track.

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Against all odds: In a world where mess can turn into a beautiful art
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New painting – Embracing the mess and creating beauty

Patterns are also evident in our daily cycle of life. The routines, a flow of repetitive actions are just examples of how patterns are ingrained in us. Sometimes I thought of myself as a risk-taker, but oftentimes, I dreaded the act itself knowing that it scares me. Starting  a series of pattern can either destroy or enhance your artwork, or it can totally change the mood you are into. I love geometrical figures as well and the way it adds ‘edge’on the overall mosaic.

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Inspiration may be elusive and yet, a messy art can turn out to be an explosion of emotions

I am surrounded with mess everyday, and frankly speaking, I hate it. Toys everywhere, scattered books, more clutter and there’s more things to tidy up, It’s a headache, but it’s how we roll with our life with an active toddler. Just like my approach to tame the tiny Goblin lady in our house, playing with colors and unleashing its potential to enhance the soul of my work is an effective way to embrace the beauty out of the mess. It’s against all odds, but the only way to do it is : Doing it!

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Clashing colors in vivid surreal patterns

Though it requires a lot of work and doing the intricate details, it was also so much fun to do.I think I will be doing lots of painting with this concept since it really fuels my creative mind to think of patterns along the way.

On serious note, how do you handle mess in your house?  Are you fond of patterns?

If you enjoyed this post, you might want to check out my other paintings which I shared Here and Here.

Inspired by this week’s Photo Challenge |Against the Odds

Beauty + Art in solitude

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Mixed media landscape painting  created with Crelando paint pallet in acrylic, watercolor, cray pastel and colored pencils.

S   o l  i  t u  d e

Solitude is a luxury that I can’t afford everyday. But when I have it, I indulge and create something that  calms my tired soul.

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Landscape Mixed media painting

There is beauty in Solitude. There is Art.

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In response to this week’s DP photo Challenge | Solitude