Painting through Pandemic (Art +Work)

My own Artwork hangs in one corner of our little apartment

If there´s something nice, memorable and practical that came out of this Pandemic, I would say that its my Artwork. During Lockdown and everything, I coudn´t survived it without painting. I had made many Artworks, busied myself with lots of painting and making cards , and even more digesting DIY craft things.At home, I don´t need to wear mask, and I don´t worry about social distancing.I normally paint alone, solitary and always been sticking to my hobby journal.My Supplies are not that fancy, yes they could be expensive but then these Artist-grade materials are made to last .

I managed to sell quite of them, which I am super grateful.Grateful to those people who managed to appreciate my artwork and go to lengths of buying them…yes, even in the time of Pandemic. People who bought Art during Corona times are heaven´s sent…they are truly a blessing!

I mean, why would you buy an Art during Pandemic?

It means I could get more new Art supplies and paints, every penny counts!And the great thing about it, I have decided to fully embraced my life to be totally creative and doing everything handmade.I can´t recall the time that I bought from a store a card or decorative art piece or something….all the things I sent to my friends and families are all handmade.This thing called Art talent is in me so I am going to use it as long as its in me.Better to nourish it, than lose it.

Blue , gold and lots of Texture are very dominant in this piece

I have lots of unfinished paintings that sits in our bedroom and in other parts of the house.I don´t have enough space to place them but looking at them is just okay.It reminds me that I need to work on them once the inspiration kicks.The great thing about being a self taught Artist is that I never thought of myself being contained in one idea.I am actually free in my techniques and I can easily adapt to the basics and Art essentials whether its the form, color, size, gradient and intensity.I can use whatever medium I would like and not feeling guilty. That should be Art be….Free, brave and bold!

A relentless pursuit of making my artwork better and more soulful is what driving me to persevere.If I am going to do something in my life until the day I grow old then it would be this.I would be painting lots and lots of Abstract pieces, and get edgy with watercolor.When I stayed at home and the schools are closed, I struggled a lot to find time for myself.I tried running more, doing it more often despite of the cold weather and it helped me a lot to managed my stress.But nothing beats when I finished a painting…

I watched online what other people are doing and I am always inspired. i think its like Blogging, nothing really happens when you don´t do anything.People won´t read yours if you don´t write.So I guess that no matter what, keep on writing, keep on doing something that gives you life.

People got into gardening, which I have been very interested since I came here in Germany.Plants had become my children. Living with plants had change my life as well and I don´t think I can´t live without my plants either. Some call it funny but hey, it is something that plant lovers only understand.I have a devoted time for them and it´s my second nature to see any plant problem with my naked eyes.I think the top expenditures I have is my painting materials, then comes plants, and the rest are just plain bubble of life´s journey.

Art is a language that not all understand.I remember in my childhood days that not everyone in my class are good in drawing.I was helping my daughter with a drawing in our Homeschooling the other day and it really struck me like lightning.She is crying and telling me ” I want to have a life like you, I can´t draw that good, but I wanted to…I can´t draw cars, and my drawing of people sucks..” I note an agony in there. Art is misunderstood. It becomes a chore now, a homework to be done, a task that needs to be completed.

Naturally Art can be learned and even a kids artwork is a masterpiece, but the thing is, not everyone can really understands it, let alone Abstract pieces.I stopped worrying about Art. I just let myself go, and express what I think, what I feel and what my visions are.As I decide on which colors I used, the brush and pinsels, and the mediums that I will incorporate, there I am learning to communicate with my canvas.

Sometimes the communication within the painting is not clear, the subject is surreal, the colors are not complementing each other, it looked like a mess. There are many times I needed to breathe in and stop. making breaks and a pause so I can make everything fall into pieces into their form and gradients.Too much or less less texture it doesn´t matter.In the end, I can only say that the painting is done.

I knew it exactly when its time to drop the brush.

Nothing was easy during this Pandemic.It´s almost now in a year.This coming Spring we don´t know yet if life returns to normal, amid the long wait for vaccines and zero new infections.I have learned that ” nothing happens when you´re not working…”

Many times , out of frustration, I called myself a FAILED ARTIST. I failed many times and I almost give up. I doubted my own capabilities and become ungrateful of my talent. I stopped drawing, and I did not paint for a while.The end result : I lose. I became more frustrated and I learned to survived. This Pandemic have taught me to go back to my passion, to what really means to live, to give more to others…

Quitting is never really an answer.I always tell the people who buy my paintings that every painting has its story.Every single piece is really unique.One piece can take a year, one masterpiece can be done in 20 minutes. Everything has its own story and that I spent many hours in my kitchen painting and in isolation.I have made many different life changing stories there in my kitchen countertop, creating something that came out from my own world.So when I packed a painting to its new home, I always write ” Thank you for giving my Art their new Home…”

Painting through Pandemic is a radical step to being vulnerable.That creating something should not be hindered by isolation and stress.I learned that through my art, I have known things ,not until I have seen and made them.Art creates and dissolves boundaries and even through crisis and stressful situations, I could make Art.

If you have more time to kill, Here´s more of my Art Journey ;

My very own DIY Bamboo Lamps

Fluid Art is the new Art

Fluid Painting , Malachite Hues

Faces in the Crowd, my watercolour´s Journey

Little Women Mosaic Aquarell Artwork series

Watercolor Monday and more Galaxy Art Paintings

Hand at work, absorbed in a chaotic painting mess called Galaxy Art

The thing about watercolor is that it is so-minimalistic.I only need a bottle of water, my color set, my brush and yes, very important, a good, acid -free watercolor paper.Before I got hooked with Acrylics, I also worked a lot with Cray pastels, but my first love was really watercolors. In college, we used so much air spray paints and water -on-water techniques in renderings is my favourite part.Even until now, it still is…

Galaxy Art painting / JustbluedutchArt

With Galaxy art paintings, I can be easy. I love to be on freehand and not restricted. The watercolor techniques in here are effortlessly naive and uncomplicated process. Even a toddler can do magic with it. My daughter always watch when I am doing some and she is enamored by it.

The question is, are you willing to let go of your inhibitions and play with water and let the magic begins?

A sprinkle of imagination and creativity

The thought of Galaxy Art always made me interested. At first I could not get a good pallette that really sets my mood, but with few trials, I finally got a hold of it.

Here´s an example of a simple project: A dark sky with , stars and a Autumn, winter mood.Imagination is the key, you just need to imagine the magical skies in your dreams. I think its seldom that you really see them, unless they are snapsshots from NASA ! But that is what imagination and creativity is all about. Sky is the limit.

Into the Woods / Original Watercolor Art ( JustbluedutchArt)
Art Project , Kryptonite Skies

Using a very simple pallete of Utramarine blue, paynes Grey, a touch of ochre yellow, a dash of red & violet, Black and white then you can create a mood like this.

This pandemic have given me more time to pay attention to my Art. It´s a very good way to do some self nourishment, deep mindful activity like doing a creative teraphy. Although it is never easy to start because of daily routines and chaos, but still, having time to create an Artwork is one of my priority.I dodn´t care how long will I ever finished it, its better than doing nothing. With watercolor, drying and (waiting!) is the one who kills your time. Normally, I do multiple batches of background washes, and while waiting for them to dry, I can start with fine details or work on another piece. I just really love to multitask!

It is slowly coming to an end…
I don´t like couching, but I love that my artworks do the couches more!
Up close and personal with Galaxy Art

I received many compliments and inquiries about Galaxy Art pieces that I made. I guess it´s not just me who love the touch of imaginary skies and playful pallete!

Christmass simple greeting cards I made out of watercolor Galaxy art paintings
Handmade Christmas and Grüßekarten

I have so many left over materials and I do various tiny projects with them.The best thing about doing watercolor galaxy art project is that you are really free, and that is how Art should be.It should have no boundaries and no restrictions!…well at least no social distancing! Another good thing is that, let your Art draw you closer to people. I have been using my artwork to connect and stay close to people, at least in my circle. It is a great tool to navigate from self-love to doing something beneficial as well.

Nowadays, I let go of my worries freely, I throw them freely in the skies and just do what I can do, at least give my best.My Art has been a great help to get a grip of my sanity and I still wonder how would I live without it.

Night skies and some mellow rainshowers

Are you still thinking of doing something different in your free time? Why not try painting a Galaxy Artwork?

Hope all of you are staying well, safe and healthy! Tschüss!

DIY Unique Bamboo Stand Lamp

Today I was inspired to make some DIY creative project. I wanted something handmade, unique and of course from my own ideas.It is a raining weekend over here in Bavaria, so after I did my usual grocery shopping, I busied myself doing something that I have been itching to do——that is to make a handmade DIY Bamboo Lamp. I was really inspired by a fellow creative Blogger, Emily of Dossier Blog who gave me also awesome tips how to enhance the groth of my Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant.I will definitely share that on another post because my FLF plant is really growing, thanks to her! If you need some green thumb tips on your green babies, check out her page Asap!You´ll never get dissapointed.

DIY Warm Bamboo stand Lamp

My DIY Bamboo Stand Lamp created with Bamboo sticks
Simple Creative DIY Project

We have a stand lamp with bendable stand that stays in a corner.I seldom used it because I prefer normal bright lights so I thought of doing an upscale to make it more trendy, and have a natural ” Asian” look by using Bamboo sticks.

It was quite a simple project actually, nothing complicated and I think even kids can do this. But naturally with a little guide with the glue gun and mounting will do.I did not used any machine or whatsoever. Only with a pair of clippers and handsaw, Gluegun and string, plus the copper spray paint, then I was all set. I got the set of Bamboo sticks from a thrift shop ( Phillips & Hörnbach) which I usually used as a support for my plants.I have plenty of leftovers so this Lamp is actually one of the many Bamboo themed Craft projects that I have in my mind.

First I removed the old covering of the lamp and scrape the adhesive around the frame.It´s like cleaning off the dust to make sure the glue would stick well with the Bamboo sticks.You just need to do a simple estimate of how many sticks you would be needing depending on the circumference of your lamp and how much you want for coverage.The process is quite simple ; Glue, attach, and dry. After covering the whole lamp with the Bamboo sticks, I let is dry for a while then clean the glue residues. Once it all sets, I just sprayed it with my leftover Copper spray and done!

I am loving the whole new look of my stand lamp. I love how the way it turned to be. It gives such a warm welcoming glow beside my plants and I love the whole concept of bamboo and native materials.The bamboo sticks creates a decorative light patterns in the wall and ceiling just like our center copper ball lamp.I think its perfect for late summer nights and lazy weekends while reading or just sitting in the couch.

You can also do this with any lamp that you wanted to do a makeover.I am planning to make a pot with a bamboo covers as well !

Bamboo home decors and lamps are very trendy, sought-after but very pricey nowadays.I noticed that most plant lovers prefer these to accesorize their Urban jungles and green spaces, because why not–-It´s Bamboo! I love Bamboo plant as well and been looking forward to create a small zen corner in our garden.

But this project only cost me a few euros! Most of the things I used are already in my Craft box! In my homeland, in Philippines, bamboo is such an indigenous material and I took it all for granted. Now I am drooling for everything native—from rattan chairs, lamps, pot baskets, plant hangers and even macrame crafts! I wish I could bring them all here in Germany without spending a fortune…

But now, I am enough content with this little unique piece in my home.