Mosaic Face : Artwork inspired by Sicilian Carretto

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Stylish Icon  for Dolce & Gabbana : The Sicilian carretto 

If I didn’t start to wear glasses then I wouldn’t be able to discover about the wonderful artistic history behind the Sicilian Carretto. The Sicilian cart (or carretto siciliano in Italian and carrettu sicilianu in Sicilian) is an ornate, colorful style of horse or donkey-drawn cart native to the island of Sicily, in Italy. The cart has always been the symbol of Sicily and its traditions.

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Dolce and Gabbana’s fashion inspired by the Sicilian Carretto

When I was looking for glass frames, I was immediately drawn to its unique & colorful design so I chose the D & G Sicilian Carretto glasses. I specifically love its colors and uniqueness, I think it gives more personality. Dolce&Gabbana pays homage to the Sicilian cart with a special Sicilian Carretto eyewear collection, of which only 100 numbered pieces have been produced. One of the best-known symbols of Sicilian folk iconography, the cart was created as a means of transport that responded to practical needs, but went on to be transformed into a vehicle for cultural transmission. Sculpture and painting were applied its various constituent parts to represent moments from the island’s history, or from epic stories or popular religion, creating valuable constructions that were genuine traveling works of art.

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My painting wears the Sicilian carretto hues!

And so it become an outlet for an inspiration for another mosaic painting that I did a few days ago. If you are following my Blog and my Aquarelle paintings, you can see that I love these type of patterns , details, and yes, the bright colors same as the intricate detail of the Sicilian Carretto craftmanship.

I spent  long hours doing this but I am happy of its result. This is my recent Artwork inspired by Sicilian Carretto. The one with toucans and with plaids and prints. Painted in 26 X 36 cm  ( 10 x 14 in ) Cold pressed, artist paper and with finest grade Van Gogh paints.

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Original Watercolor painting {Justbluedutchart}

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Some of my favorite paintings for the series “Faces in the Crowd”

 

Another addition to my “Faces in the Crowd “series, the One with the Toucan and plaids & prints. Original hand painted watercolor painting.

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The One with Toucan with Plaids & Prints { Justbluedutchart}

Just like the artistic tradition of the Sicilian carriage, or carretto Siciliano, which is applied to many objects in Sicily as a matter of nationalistic pride, I would always look back on this painting as a symbol of a colorful image showing the many facets of a female face.

 

Thank you for taking a look at my work. Tell me, what can you say about this painting?

 

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Tschüss Wochenende! Have a lovely week ahead!

 

La Grande Schmierage V { Hall of Fame Graffiti Art Spray Party}

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Es lebe die Schmierage! 

All for the love of Graffiti Street Artworks !

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Hall of Fame Street Spray Art in Germany

Do you like Graffiti Art? Do you even think its an Art?

Fo a fact, I must say that from a point of view of an artist, you can never contain Art.

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Just like this 250- meter old boring walls of an underpass bridge that becomes a world spectacle of art, talent and spray bottle becomes the medium of artistic expression. I love how a simple place like wall bridges turns into a beautiful display of unique designs and artistic expression—all in a form of the rebellious GRAFFITI!

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This morning , we went with our weekly Wandertag and hop into our bikes. It’s a cloudy Sunday and we have high hopes that it won’t rain.On our way , we made a little detour and it was a lucky start I must say, because as we are approaching the underpass of Unserherrn, near Ringsee, we saw people gathering under the bridge and Graffiti Artists are already absorbed in their work. We made it into the “La Grande Schmierage V “, Hall of Fame, the biggest Graffiti Spray Party happening now in Germany!

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Yes, the boring underpass becomes so alive and colorful with all the life-size wall sprayed- artwork of the talented artists, it was like walking into a street gallery!

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Artists came from  different countries — from Montréal, Barcelona, ​​Moscow, Bergamo, Slovakia and various cities in Germany, also from top-class artists of the international spray scene. From yesterday,  1st of July, and today, they all meet in the so-called “Hall of Fame”  to redesign the 250-meter wall surface of the underpass bridge. 

Graffiti  is something illicit, more like a rebellious symbol of expressing one’s ideas through drawings, writing or scribbling on public areas. Not everyone like it. If someone sprayed on your beloved personal wall, I bet you might be furious. You can never call it an art, its more of an invasion of your private place.

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Spraying can be an assault and may cause  damage to property. Others find  lubrication and illegal spraying so invasive and illegal, whether for the sake of  so-called hip art form , it’s still  something vulgar and oppressive. But not so here in Germany, here in our region in Bavaria, Graffiti spraying is legalized. Legal Spraying and Graffiti Art has established itself increasingly in urban areas as an expression of lifestyle and worldliness .

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As early as 1995 the gray concrete walls of the railway underpass were cleared for graffiti by the city of Ingolstadt and the spraying in the Hall of Fame was legalized. Since then, the walls are constantly being sprayed again, the hall often changes its appearance – and still counts as one of the largest legal halls in Germany.

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Meet the Artists through their artworks!

They are bunch of normal, messy, hip-looking men and women you can see in the streets. But once they hold their Spray, the world is their audience. Notable artists for the 2017 Spray meeting are as follows:  Five Eight from Montréal, Saturno from Barcelona, ​​Kram from Barcelona, ​​Zmogk from Moscow, Verbo from Bergamo, Kaisy from Slovakia, Omsk from Saxony, Bond Truluv from Leipzig , Rusl from Constance and Dater from Koblenz. In addition, two sprayers from the partner town of Kragujevac are expected. 

You can see their full profiles Here.

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I am so thrilled that even though I don’t know them each by their faces, I have seen them in their spray action. They are really amazing and full of talent! I could watch their drawings and draw unlimited meanings. Once you see their work, you will never see the same “old boring walls”the same as before– it’s like they have brought something to life. People stop and take a look, and observe. These walls deserve a look. No wonder it’s an international event! Some of notable Graffiti work that are worth to see are Here. My favorite was the work of Inti, a giant Don Quixote mural in Quintanar de la Orden, Spain.

The La Grande Schmierage graffiti meeting was launched in 2008 under the organization  of the City Youth Initiative and in close collaboration with Boris Schmelter. The organization and support of the artists are located at the FRONTE79 Youth Cultural Center in Ingolstadt.

 

Do you like looking at street wall art? Which one is your favorite?

If you want to read more about the La Grande Schmierage, here are some useful links:

www.schmierage.de

www.tumultfestival.de

 

Art created out of Mess | Order

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“ORDNUNG” ( The German’s  love for Ordnung or Order)

I love anything about Arts and in any form. If you are following my Blog, you knew that one of my personal interests are finding beautiful arts along the way, anywhere. Being an Expat here in Germany, I am very curious to see works of local artists and explore the German art in general. It’s a global trademark that Germans are known for their “Ordnung “( or order), in their lives. Their love for rules ( and obeying it!) and rigid lifestyle are bound to be effortlessly organized and everything should be in order. I’m telling you, Rules here are serious affair and obeyed. Having lived here now for almost a year, I have seen this by my own eyes and witness how they do it for real.The Economist magazine suggested recently that Germany remains one of the most rule-bound economies in the world. No wonder. It  really pays off.

To name a few examples, take their Recycling system.No Jaywalking.No Littering.Ruhetag (or  Sunday Quiet times).German’s respect on personal privacy. Punctuality. On time buses & trains.Falling in Line. Discipline and so much more.

All of these shows “Alles in ordnung“( All in Order).

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Artwork created out of a mess by following an orderly form.

But what can you say about an artwork  out of making things to be in order?

To be able to see and appreciate the beauty of an artwork created with an imposition of “order “ from the mess or clutter is something unique and interesting, something worthy of admiration. For me, this is one essential way of creating an original art. Take a look at these photos where you can see that the Artist have used “normal office (or  büro) materials ” to become a representation of artistic conceptual artwork.

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Normal colored office folders stamped together to create a giant collage.

” You needed chaos to create order and by this, give a definition to beauty “

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Normal Garbage bins arranged in synchronized manner creates a  3-Dimensional work of Art.
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Sets of neon rulers hung vertically to create an original artwork.

Visiting the Museum of Concrete Art came as a surprise to me and I was glad that I was able to see this exhibit. This museum is the only museum in Germany specializing exclusively in the presentation of concrete ( non- representational ) art.

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The Museum of Concrete Art ( Museum für Konkrete Kunst Ingolstadt, Bavaria )

“Chaos was the law of nature, order is the dream of man ..”

In an unusual architectural setting, right beside the banks of the river Danube, some 1,000 square meters of exhibition area illustrate the development of this artistic style,displaying various exhibits from local and international artists with its important components.

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Black and white plant photos used as Office ornaments

This  exhibit themed ” Office Art ( or Office in the Museum )  of Büro-Kunst oder Das Büro im Museum ” which will run from April 1 ~September 10, 2017. This exhibition is in cooperation with the Foundation of Concrete Art Design and the exhibition presents works and installations of the Concrete and Conceptual Art, which address the office as a symbol of modern society and its organizational principles.

Have you enjoyed this post? How do you explore a foreign culture?

What is your opinion about the artwork of the artist ? Let me know by writing your comments below.

 

 

 

This post is inspired by this week’s Photo Challenge |Order

The irony of Motherhood

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A Journey together… (Mother and Child)

Sharing with you once again my artwork inspired by my “Mother and Child “series. This one is done in 36 x 48 cm, watercolor paper, in artist grade inks and paints. If you’re interested for purchase, just drop me an email at justbluedutch@gmail.com.

The Irony of Motherhood

To be honest, I’m just winging it. Life, motherhood, and my paints. Everything.

Here in Germany along with many parts of the world, this coming Sunday ( May 14) is  Mother’s Day (or Muttertag) is being celebrated. This would be my 2nd time to celebrate this day as a mother and I feel honored to experience this. While motherhood is a 24/7 lifestyle, I just thought that maybe I reflect on some of the Irony of my own life.Have a read if you have time, and if you agree, you can leave some comments !

Ok, so why am I always cleaning? I need to finish this post within half an hour  or else it will be stuck in my 100+ drafts…maybe forgotten soon, because I still  need to clean up the mess, pick up toys,etc., seems like nothing stays clean as usual.

Did I mention before that when I say No, NO! Nein! It’s sure she understands YES, Oh yes Mama! And there she goes…

Before, staying up until 2AM is peanuts.I can still go to work at 7 am and still  feeling good. Now, I am utterly exhausted every time. All the time. Hitting the bed at 9PM is a luxury. Sometimes I think I should consult a doctor why this back pain never goes away! Now I understand what ‘different kind of tiredness” mothers have…can you relate?

I spent countless times searching  and creating  healthy toddler dishes. I go crazy looking for Chia seeds and that elusive Kale in the fresh markets, but my child only knows, Hagelslag, Spring rolls, blueberries, and bread.  Anything foreign looking food especially ‘green ones ‘ will be seen on the floor .

Sleep? What is it? how does it feel to sleep for a straight  8- hours? I totally forgot. Maybe because I am too sleepy… yes even now, yawns *

I don’t know about you but half an hour spent in a grocery shop seems like a lifetime. I can’t wait to be in the check-out counter especially when there is a raging storm of a whining, screaming kid trying to create a havoc in the line to the cashier.Thank God there’s gummy bears!

My two-year old still lives in diaper and onesies, but why is it that I have tons of laundry to do everyday? Laundry seems like an endless chore!

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Motherhood : A journey together

Pre-baby, I only know Mickey mouse . Now, I have never known so much nursery rhymes, cartoon characters and lullabies, after I had a child where I need to sing the whole playlist before bedtime.Everyday.On demand.

Can somebody please give me the formula of how to put your child to bed in 5 minutes?Do you think 2 hours is normal?

My favorite cardio-exercise : Running after my child in the playground and push the stroller.

I spent hours to choose cute outfits for my daughter but the moment she runs into the park, she rolls over in the sand, gravel and grass as if she is adoring mother earth!

Babies are often called bundles of joy. They are, in fact, bundles of screaming diarrhea, or a gooey  goo, a puke, or  pee. I can even smell it from a distance!

Motherhood is a whole lot of ‘fun’ than you think. It is more than cuddles and cuteness overload. It’s a whole Lotta ‘Hardwork’as well!

Why is it that she keeps on uttering “Oh no… Oh no…” she has her own way of getting what she wants.Terrible two’s…

Anyways, what is the common thing that painting and babies have in common?

They are both messy.

They are both hard to handle.

They are both time-consuming and energy-zapping.

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But then, just like any masterpiece, being a mother involves  real, hard , long hours of labor.There is no such thing as instant work -of-art. Motherhood is like a vicious artwork. Creativity comes with pain, ironic and delusional ideas.

But the moment your kid comes to you and in a tiny, squeaking voice says “Mama, hug you… ( she means she wants to hug me ) and tries to squeeze herself into my arms…I just wanna freeze the time.

She have this look on her face that I can’t handle. She can be so sweet, yet so annoying.

What else can you say?  or do?

I can’t explain what I am feeling when I am hearing her voice. It is just pure bliss. This time, no kidding, but these ironic blues turns into an artful moments.Sort of.

 Disclaimer : If you don’t have kids, single and have never had a child in your whole life, let alone never stayed up all night when your child is sick then you might find this post  totally unrelatable…I was once this type of person. I look in dismay once I see a mother with crying and screaming kids,  thinking “how can she not control her kid?” How could she?

Now I know how must she have felt. Now I know and just smiled…I wanted to give her a hug and say “I feel you”…

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Happy Mother’s Day ! (Aquarelle painting //justbluedutchArt)

I guess, you can never know the feeling of a mother, either being a stay-at-home parent or a full-time working Mom, not unless you become one. That’s the irony.

To all the sweet Mamas out there, here’s a cheer for you: You are remarkable!

 

 

Flower Art therapy

 

 

 

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My First attempt to do some Flower Art Theraphy
Who doesn’t love flowers? I’m sure most of you does, just like I am.Flowers and Art can go very well together! I admit I can go crazy over a simple bouquet of spring flowers! The allure of Spring is so into me that I think I cannot get over with my recent Tulip coma and bicycling over and over again through the Rapeseed fields! Everytime I visit the Fresh market, I can’t resist getting some new blooms to add to our little garden as well.

When I check my feed, I always see posts about flowers, and different images of nature. There has never been a day that I don’t see photos of nature, especially now that Spring season is in full bloom. For me, there’s no such thing as too much flowers, or “ green nature overload “.  Every single one of it  has its own enigma.

If you are following me in this Blog then you must know that I love painting. The other day, I have tried experimenting  doing some water-color Flower Art. I admit that I’m not very good in making flower patterns , let alone sculpting the petals and leaves.  I guess my curiosity is the one that drives me to create something and I personally want to immerse myself in some kind of flower art therapy.

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What is Flower Art therapy?

“Art therapy is an incredibly basic, yet effective way to calm your emotions and thoughts.”

Just start drawing and painting. There are certain types of art therapy that can address certain feelings and needs. Give them a try!

When you’re tired, draw flowers. Drawing flowers helps re-energize your mind and clear brain fog.

Some people loves Adult Colouring, some are into gardening. Some just collect and design bouquets! You can even visit the garden houses and flower shops nearby your area to get some inspiration.I opt to do the watercolor fun part.

Combined with some rugged lettering, I experiment making some more flower art.This time, I tried making some floral patterns into cards. Now that Mother’s Day is coming up, I created some free patterns. I’m telling you, it can be addicting, at the same time, it helps me to learn some basic flower art styles.

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Want some ideas about what to give to your dear friends & family this Mother’s Day? Try doing some Watercolor Flower Art!
Here are some of the sample of cards that I’ve made by using flower art. What do you think of them?

If you have a paint, ink or a simple watercolor palette, you might want to try it for yourself. Who knows, it could turn out to be a hobby. I used some watercolor paper and cut them into the sizes that I desired. If you don’t have an artist’s grade paper, it doesn’t matter, but if you wanted to create a card that you wanted to give away to your friends and family, you can consider getting a good quality so it won’t warp or cringe once you painted on it.

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Creative Flower Art cards

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My framed Flower art 
You can make a simple ornament out of your creative flower Art.If you need some inspiration, try browsing some samples in Pinterest or this great piece for example.

If you have the materials then it’s so easy and fun to do. The options are limitless, you can create as many flowers as long as you want in any media that you use.Try it with colored pencils, pastels, acrylic, or even a simple ink pens.

You can create a single wreath, or just a frame full of spring flowers! The photo above is the first one I’ve made and I put it into the white frame and I love the way it creates a ‘Spring feel‘ inside our home!

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Are you looking for a DIY ( Do it Yourself) creative project which you can share with your kids or just for an outlet of your creative self? Why don’t you try doing some watercolor Flower Art therapy and you won’t regret it!

This projects is one of my Spring Bucket List, to create something inspired by Spring! Remember, anything personalised and hand-made is always special, so if you have the time, give it a go!

What’s in your Spring Bucket List?

 

If you like this post, make sure to check out my Instagram to see some of my Artwork!

 

 

 

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.

 

If you are interested to purchase any of my artwork and support this striving artist, please feel free to send me an email in justbluedutch@gmail.com or follow my Instagram for more updates!

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.

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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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