Package

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I got my package today with materials from mattonbutiken.se, right on time before my trip next week ❤ the illustration course up in Leksand !!!

Made a few drawings today using my materials, I am though saving the new sketchbook and illustrationboard 😉


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~Leia

Magasinet

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Saturday I was out in the countryside with friends, barbiequeing (yepp barbie- sounds more fun) and drawing, I even took my first swim this year in a near by lake ❤

Before we left home my bearded man prepped our food.


My friend Sandra and I managed to convince my lovely man to drive us to the lake, luckily he decided to swim too!

When we got back I had the perfect scenery in my head, us two ladies being real cowards going in the freezing water…



Magasinet where we were is a piece of old building with that old smell and wood and dust, but lovely arranged with light and table and couches, perfect to gather for bigger events. And to the fall, an exhibition with friends ❤


Above is a goofy picture of me and Sandras scientist husband ☀

By the way…..

Today starts summer vacation!!!

~Leia

4 day weekend

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I continued on a painting during friday and happened to scribble a little with acrylic markers last night and today 


I find myself experimenting with layers and inks to see what is the best, or feel the best, I guess I am somewhat searching for the order if things…. yep still prepping for Leksand in the back if my head ❤

I have a small to do list for the summer which includes updating my portfolio! Just so you know ❤ 

Leia

Prepping for adventures!

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Earlier this spring I signed up for a summer course at a folk high school up in Leksand. For a whole week I will be focusing on illustratons with dept into childrens books ❤

I got the welcoming letter the other day amd more info is to come as well, I am soooo excited!! This spring I have been working on my own childrens book with both text and illustrations… I have a thousand questions prepped in my head for this course and one of the greatest parts is that when I get home I still have the whole summer to continue working with my project. and when the fall comes I have signed up for a course that will run thrugh the whole fall once a week with the aim of learning how to start up your company, yep, longing for that too ❤

Leksand is a town 4,5 hours north of my town and I will be going with a friend of mine so the roadtrip to Leksand by car is going to be awesome. I was in luck a few weeks ago as well, dad asked if I was interested in a shoulder bag, I was like, YES!! Because the bag is one of those where you are supposed to fit in laptop, lots of pappers and be able to partly travel in, this bag will perfect to pack with my art supplies when going north! It is otherwise a black and quite boring looking bag but for the occasion perfect!

I have bag, check. then the big question… what do I pack? what do I need? First answer EVERYTHING!!! next thought…the things I actually use..But I am absolutely filling up my own stocks before going, so tomorrow I am putting in an order from Mattonbutiken

I am not sponsored or anything but out of all the different shops I have visited or ordered form online I must say that mattonbutiken has everything I need to ok prices, and besides it feels good to be able to order everything form one place and not order from like five different!

My fave art supplies right now!

  • Prisma color col-erase
  • Shinhan touch liner
  • Sakura micron liners
  • Copic classic
  • Watercolours
  • Paperstyle blanc papers A4 (to sketch in)
  • Moleskin watercolour album A4

And then I mix it up with acrylic inks or gouache sometimes. My bag will be very full when I leave.

Another thing happening this fall is that I start teaching at a school closer to home. A few weeks before right before all papers were signed and everything I went around being a bit nervous, nothing is finished before the paperwork is done! But I took the opportunity to draw a bit on my wacom, below are two comic strips from when I was waiting for the contracts to arrive and signing them.

Brevet jpeg

the contract jpeg

When one adventure end another begins. I will do my last weeks at my current school and tie upp all ends that I can possibly tie. I feel very lucky to have had my current school as a workplace, this is where I started my career and learned my trade and where I laid the best foundation ever for the future to continue building on to ❤

 

Leia

 

Small drawings

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Tonight I’m just drawing a few small ones, I’m really to tired…


It’s fun making sketches for a new header, I have also drawn a few heads with different faces and characters to my childrens book. Though, my phone is all full in the memory, so this is it tonight with pictures of what I’ve done.

I love my Iphone 5c but the memory is really small….is it possible to upgeade an old phone or is it cheaper to just buy a new one…?!

Over and out for tonight! ❤
Leia

Final version

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Today we continued! 

Below are the final version of my dads first painting and his selfportrait:



I am not all finished actually, I need the paint ti dry so that I can cover up a few more areas without worry about smudges 🙂


Above is where I decided to stop for it to dry 🙂

We decided to make one more, though it was clear that our entusiasm had started to falter perhaps a bit…

Dads:


Mine:


And yet again I didn’t finish 😛 

This was a very fun and relaxing weekend ❤ 

Leia

First coffee and then…

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I showed dad the setup for our weekend.

We started of with experimenting with the oil colours, since dad never had worked with oil colours before and it was a while ago for myself. All I can remember is that the paint didn’t do what I wanted so I just quit oil colours, I haven’t used mine in years! I  snowed in on acrylics instead 🙂 


My plan to start this way was a good one.

My first painting today:




Above is the final version. Dad didn’t know where to start, but then he ended up making his own woods 🙂



I didn’t get a picture of his final version, I’ll make sure to show it off tomorrow!

Then it was time for coffee ⭐☕

And then real deal started… selfportraits:


My dad has never done anything creatively hard like today I think, he had moments of real frustration but he really pulled through! Besides I don’t think he really tried to make a selfportrait before like we did today! Lots of cred!



We worked with light and shadow and warm and cold values. The selfies will be finished tomorrow 🙂



Tomorrow the final versions will be uploaded!

One small reflection…it seems like the oil colours actually are doing like I want this time, exciting to see where this might lead.

Leia

Preparations for the weekend

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So.

Dad will be here very soon. For christmas when I paniced about what to give him I might have bought a bottle of wine and made a pretty card saying that we will decide a weekend during the spring and he will visit me and paint. It is a great idea but I just felt a bit dumb when he reminded me and I just played along cause I had no idea what he was talking about..and then I took a photo of the card he got cause he had it on his fridge…I will just blame…my brain…

So this last week I have been doing a few errands after work. Buying paint and everything, I decided that we will dive into oil colour. It was some time ago and since he isn’t all used to painting he will have time to mix colours and applying it to the canvas!


So above is one of my corners in my art studio at home. I think I am ready now 🙂
Offcourse updates will come during the weekend!
Leia

Catching a moment

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I went to work yesterday. I drive quite a few miles to my current work and when I have about 30 minutes left I pass this section with water of both sides of the road with opportunities to take a break from your driving. I did.

I actually was a bit early on the road this morning and I thought just when I saw the small exit that I need to stop and really look at this lovely scenery. There is a beach right next to where I parked my car so I just had to pull my wool scarf a bit tighter around me, even though we are in may the degrees are not very high (even the coldest may in about thirty years if you believe the news).

Crisp air. Cold. Beautiful light. Waves rolling in. And just a moment for myself.

Thursdays is normally my long day in the week, but as it is now…pretty much all days feel long, grades and stuff is coming up at work and a few other events which need attention. For those who don’t know I work as an art and english teacher 🙂

Perhaps someone noticed in the beginning “current work”, I will be working at a new workplace in the fall. The summer is coming fast which also means partly saying a few goodbyes and that stuff. I really like my current workplace…it is like my second family, AWESOME colleagues and AWESOME atmosphere ❤

This fall I will work closer to home and that will bring with more hours to put into my art ❤

An art update will come in a near future ❤

 

Leia