Next Year I hope this year you get lots of time to do what you love to do!:) Me, when I am not drawing, I like to go out with my dog. I wish for myself lots of drawing and lots of runs. What do you wish for yourself and yours?
You know these moments when you've finished everything you wanted to do for the week? This satisfaction. Even better when you've enjoyed every moment going through the to-do list. Well, today I've had this moment. In that moment of quietness, everything was perfect, calm, in order. But then I had to pick children at school... ;) Have a nice weekend!
I guess everyone feels like this every now and then, as it is human nature to question things and to question ourselves. But yes, sometimes I overthink and I over-question and I end up in this nowhere place that can be hard to leave. Today is one of these days where I am floating in nowhere but now it is time to swim away!
This is one of the nicest days of the year in Crozet, the Vide Grenier. And it has become a tradition for me to draw it! 4th year already, three of them sunny. I've been lucky! Great ambience, lots of known people, drawing, chatting... I just love it.
Hello, after so long! I think I was in need a bit of "inside" time to make some decisions! You know, during this Summer I've been reflecting a bit, thinking on how to organise myself for the coming year, my own drawing, the classes, and everything else. And in the end I've gone ahead and have decided to put on hold the classes for this year, to give myself the time and space I need to focus on much more complex and longer projects that I've been putting aside for some time now. And as the start of school date approaches, and so my working days too, I grow more and more excited about all of it. I feel I have already recovered my physical working space, always full of students work, to be used only by myself from now on. If before I was still anxious about all this, now, drawing here, I am sure it was the right thing to do. Let's see then what this new school year brings on.
Finally I got the time and the spirit to finish this one. However the scan does it no justice. All this red in the front has messed up the color scheme, and reds are too bright. In fact there is no red at all, but garnet red. I will try with a picture with day light tomorrow. Have a nice weekend!
This weekend has been quite intense, different, and fun. We've driven to Luxembourg to see my father in law on Saturday morning, spent there until Sunday noon, then back at home at 7pm. We've been to parks, to a restaurant, with the kids, the dog... and I've had the time for a quick run and for a quick sketch. How incredible is that?
Ciervos - Deer http://www.carolinadeluca.com/illustration Feels good to draw with finemarkers. It brings me back to so many years ago. I'm loving going back to the feeling of drawing with them. Have a nice weekend!
Mountains II http://www.carolinadeluca.com/2018onedayonedrawing I keep using this link although my project has evolved into something more like "draw as much as I can whatever I want to" :) Today, another one of the series Mountains, this one less controversial than the previous one ;) It took me long to finish, with several days with just the time to add few details. But the last days I made good progress. Now, colour?
These days I am putting my everyday drawing project a bit on a second term. And you know, I don't mind much... I guess I am lucky I can afford the luxury to choose. This one is called Mountains. You may think they came out a bit strange: one of my sons told me "wow, so cool! they are tombstones!" My daughter told me "oh how beautiful, are they mushrooms?" And yes they are not the mountains we're used to in the Jura, but they are mountains nevertheless... ;)
Lately it is hard for me to find the time and the concentration to draw besides purely work-related drawing, so it takes me longer to finish an illustration. Even one as simple as the one below! I guess I could sketch instead, but well, sketching is not what my body is asking right now ;) Moonless Night, Noche sin Luna. Black markers and watercolors.
Birds, finished http://www.carolinadeluca.com/illustration ... and changed! This one has evolved a lot during the creation process! And being entirely done with fine markers, there's really no break point between drawing and colouring, so it is, in some ways, trickier to control where the drawing goes, because you play with colour and textures balances all at once. With this illustration I've gone a bit back to my origins. When I was a teenager and only painted with eyeball pens and fine markers. But back then, I used less colours too!
Lately is not a drawing per day but a part of an illustration per day! Illustrations take longer than a sketch, and well, I have other distractions too :D But the main goal of my project, which was to not let these other "distractions" prevent me from drawing for more than few days, is well being accomplished! So this is a little landscape, that I started Friday night with a few plants, continued on Saturday with trees and houses, and finished today with clouds and mountains. I don't know if I will have time for colour today or tomorrow, so, here it is for now!
All packed, way too many people!! :D I don't like too much being in crowds. Sometimes I'd think I'd like to go somewhere, a concert for example, then I think of the crowd and the idea doesn't seem that appealing anymore. Even this freakish but funny crowd would be a bit too much for me! The Other Fauna in colour and done. And now, seeing it finished, at least one of my sons wants to colour it :)
These days I feel lazy about in situ sketches, and I enjoy the abstraction of drawing by just letting my hand go. This is the other fauna, quite packed indeed. Because aren't we too many anyways? Tomorrow I'll go for colour, but I haven't yet decided how...
As a side and curious note, my kids do not want to colour this one! The strange people makes them feel a bit anxious I think!
Winter is so beautiful, isn't it? And Spring, and Summer, and Autumn... My children always ask me what is my favorite number, my favorite colour, my favorite food, my favorite season... and I really don't have a favorite. I love them all. But this one goes to Winter, before Spring comes.
Another work in progress, that I started today and will finish tomorrow. And you know I am very proud and touched to explain that my two little ones are eager to colour every one of these drawings. They have spent the weekend colouring their own versions, hours and hours... And today, they've been keeping an eye on my progress so that tomorrow we will, each of us, colour our copy :) And now this looks very much like a winter landscape... And it was what I was thinking about when drawing it. But we'll see tomorrow, as colour can take you to unexpected places :)
Today's drawing goes to my brother Martin. Even if he prefers illustrations and not sketches. But this is my poster working setup, thanks to him, because he offered me the wacom tablet I use so much for poster work. Thank you ♥
Today for dinner we've had my husband's world famous pasta soup. We all love it. Thin spaghetti cooked in vegetable broth, with melted mozzarella cheese. We eat it in a bowl using chopsticks, then drink the hot broth. Kids love it, and they always have the vegetables quite happy, also because they anticipate the soup is coming soon after! And, nothing better than a hot soup after a day of ski :)
Yesterday again it was another crazy day, linking one thing after the other with no pause to stop. The day finished with a pizza dinner and a sketch at midnight! So, since technically I was going to post anyways with a day of delay, I figured I'd sleep before... ;)
After three years or four of quite mild winters with not so much snow, this year we feel so lucky. First of March and we wake up with snow everywhere! And you may wonder about yesterday's drawing, well, I did it but I didn't share it, because it was so late and I was still on my ski underwear and my to do list was way too long for the late hour. So, today, I've got double. Yesterday I don't know at what time in the night...
Today my brother has arrived for a several days visit, and he's brought homemade cookies with him. So good, with pine nuts, almonds and others. After a bit there were only one and a half left, and it has been hard to draw them and leave them there for the children!
During dinner today we've been discussing a bit about electricity, how a short-circuit happens and things like this and the conversation has quickly shifted to a fun comparison between the technology available when my husband and I were kids, when my dad was a kid, and now. And just a bit after the light has gone off. Everything black. Everyone excited (not only the kids! :D) Sadly it has only been 10 minutes but it has been so much fun. And then I've realised how differently we react to this now as well: at home we were all with frontal lamps, or with the lamp on the cellphone. When I was a kid we lighted candles, and when my dad was a kid, there was no such thing as electrical light going off!
Finally today I've been well enough to go for a run in the forest, and I am so happy about it! Ludo running around, his bell jingling, our feet crunching over the frozen soil because of the low temperatures these days. And I even got a couple of oak leaves that my husband has taken for me to draw :)
I am still with ear pain, more intermittently, less intense, but still non negligible. But you know, after two days without moving from home, the two previous ones just going out for a normal walk with my dog... I couldn't stand it anymore. So today I've been out twice to walk Ludo. And how good it feels. I want more! Then I was thinking, what do I draw today that is related to this feeling? and then I realise nothing makes more sense than Ludo's bell: the bell we attach to its harness when we go out with him in the mountain or in the forest. I am eager to hear its sound again.
As the headache went off, these days I've just read and read. Yesterday I started a book at 8 pm, and I kept going until I finished it, at 5 am. The hours just went by. I guess after so much bed and sofa I am not that sleepy and I don't feel that tired. And the book was really hard to put aside. Now the pain in the hear and around is getting better so I am hoping I will be out again soon :) For the moment, I will just keep reading!
When a virus gets me this hard that I have to stop with everything, I am always scared it will evolve into an otitis. And voilà. Today I woke up with a very well known ear pain... But now yes, from this, it can only get better!
Today I've passed what I really hope is the peak of my flu. Now I am better but I don't remember the last time it got me that hard! Pain everywhere, body shivers, headache, throat hache, fever... My son Dani was seeing me so bad that he went in the garden to pick a little flower for me. And well, in the end it is not that bad to be taken care of. Luckily, my dad is around and took care of the kids and the dog while I rested. So, despite my firm convictions, things stopped a bit for me today :)
I caught a cold... but life goes on! I am a firm believer of active recuperation... with the help of my medicine cocktail below ;) And yes... you're guessing right, my pile of clothes to fold is still there. But good news is that it is growing smaller :D
Today I was already relaxed and ready to just go through the bed ritual and ups, I realised I hadn't done the drawing of the day! It happened that while I was getting ready my husband was still washing dishes so I gave him a bit of company ;)
Reconstruction http://www.carolinadeluca.com/2018onedayonedrawing Rather than a portrait, this is more a "reconstruction" of my son's Bruno face. Because he NEVER stops moving so you draw his nose from an angle, his eye from another trying to correct it and position it like the nose, the mouth from another one... Challenging! He was watching a film, and he recommended me to draw him while drawing... :D