Saturday, April 28, 2007

Finally some colors!


I sat down for a while this evening to try to capture some branches of this flowering maple outside our kitchen window. At least we think it´s a maple. The view is brand new, we moved in here less than a month ago, and we haven´t seen any leaves on this tree yet. (And we are not thoroughly at home with botany...)

It is exciting to follow the development of the much too early spring here, from our windows above the treetops. We have a splendid view over the neighborhood, and see the light-green shades changing from day to day. A tiny blue tit likes to visit the tree in the afternoons, I may have to try to capture that little fellow on paper too...

I haven´t felt like using watercolors for a long time now, not since we started out on this moving adventure. Too much chaos around me seems to take the energy off painting. I wrote about that over at The Drawing Club the other day, so I won´t repeat it here. Energy is back, though, and so are the colors in my drawings. Feels good.

Both images are about 13 x 20 cm, on a sketchbook page. The top one is an attempt to paint without drawing first, the other has a very simple pencil drawing underneath the colors. The leaves are drawn with a Lamy Safari and Noodler´s ink before coloring.

14 comments:

Deborah said...

Welcome back to color. I really like your trees against the skyline of buildings. Very nice.

phthaloblu said...

These are so beautiful. Hope you like your new place and neighborhood!

Virginia said...

Glad you're back in color. Your posts are always inspiring to me.

SCquiltaddict said...

these are just lovely..

martín said...

HI Nina!
I do like how you painted these. It's beautiful how you tell each story with both text and images. Greetings.

aPugsLife-laserone said...

Oh these are just wonderful! I LOVE the colors in the first one. :)

ksklein said...

it´s nice how the tree in the tzop image divides the red parts from the blue ones. beautiful!

caseytoussaint said...

So nice to have a post from you, Nina! These are great - I especially like the second one, with the city in the background. Your colors are beautiful.

Linda said...

Glad you're back! The bottom one is just lovely -- very restful.

Anna said...

Good to have you back! Nice paintings, as always! I wonder what you prefer, to draw first in ink and then paint, or to paint first...

José Louro said...

Finnaly some drawings. Good.

Penny said...

Nina your black and white stuff was fantastic but it is so nice to get back to colour. Glad your moving is finally over.

Africantapestry said...

Lovely sketches...the first one is beautiful in color and wash and I like the cityscape in the distance with the detailed trees in the forground...well done
Ronell

Claudia said...

If you paint something, you do it always with style! I especially like the view with the trees and the houses in the background...