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Some of the latest contributions for 31 days of playful drawing Day 8 and 11

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This daily drawing Project started out with one new sketchbook – but I soon decided not to fix it to one drawing surface and rather  go with whatever material and surface feels right.

You see here the finished contributions for Day 8 “favourite item of clothing” and Day 11, “still life”.

my pencil drawn collection - going Polaroid and Wood optic

my pencil drawn collection – going Polaroid and Wood optic

 

Red chalks for drawing a reference Image I found on Pinterest - "A coffee and writing still life" - two things which are right up my alley actually

Red chalks for drawing a reference Image I found on Pinterest – “A coffee and writing still life” – two things which are right up my alley actually

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Day 6 of ’31 days of playful drawing’ – kitchen love

Today’s prompt is an ever-favourite. Kitchen! Yes, I am in love with my kitchen,

  • the wooden cinnamon coloured cupboards I bought from the Family who had this Apartment before me,
  • the “latte macchiato”-coloured wall facing the cupboards,
  • the windows looking out on my other very favourite room, the Loggia and even further to the back gardens with their beautiful old trees.
  • the fact that there is always a gentle scent of coffee in the air
  • the fact that I could do a “Cup Party” with lots of People, as I do have …well…lots of mugs and teacups. Each has a history, really each.
  • the big kitchen table who today met sepia ink. It took it quite well. 🙂

On another note: Yes, I am happy to have 2 weeks of fall break, it’s a bliss. For this reason I dedicated 3 hours of this afternoon to drawing and colouring today’s prompt, kitchen.

Translated: I drew and coloured with a considerable amount of concentration…and dedication, so, put love and energy into something which means a lot to me, which makes me happy and grateful: the coffee with chocomel, a Cup of verbena-lemongrass tea at night, candle light, fairy lights and so much more…

The result? Feeling accomplished and grateful, even more as I like the outcome but it wasn’t even the most important Thing. The process, the positive thoughts while being engaged, this is just so good, so nourishing that I want to practice it as often as possible.

Thanks heavens there 25 days of october left, and then: repeat 🙂

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Morning (de-)light …or …how the simple things in life contribute to my happiness

Brush bouquet

Brush Bouquet

The good thing about being an early bird is to being able to walk around the flat when it’s still so quiet outside,

when the light is very Special and therefore my camera is silently begging to be picked up.

The photos are taken at home with a mindful attitude and a thankful heart.

Inspired by Susannah Conway, Tara Leaver and the amazing Project you find on www.3191milesapart.com

Coffee scent in the kitchen, a heart in the milk foam almost too nice to make me drink the coffee...

Coffee scent in the kitchen, a heart in the milk foam almost too nice to make me drink the coffee…

 

Tulips ... reminding me that the next spring is just around the corner

Tulips … reminding me that the next spring is just around the corner

Fairy lights warming the atmosphere

Fairy lights warming the atmosphere

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closeup of the other “yarnball-style” fairy lights – I love the light spreading through the holes, reflecting on the wall.

friendly and charming roommates ;)

friendly and charming roommates 😉

The reason why I love taking photos of my beloved everyday simplicity, the things I refuse to take for granted although they happen to be around me seemingly “all the time” is that I am making sure to have a Little “vacation mindset” during the week.

I do not want to wait for the next ‘real’ vacation to feel happy and grateful, nor do I think that waiting for a vacation of 5 days could release work stress of 5 weeks for example.

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driftwood and circles

star shaped tree bark (can it get any better?) and circles on my old table which probably would have a few stories to tell. How I love this kitchen table. It came to me as a gift and I do not want to take it for granted.So much Beauty in its imperfection!

star shaped tree bark (can it get any better?) and circles on my old table which probably would have a few stories to tell. How I love this kitchen table. It came to me as a gift and I do not want to take it for granted.So much Beauty in its imperfection!

If you haven’t done this (in a while) I invite you to take your camera and look around your house:

-take photos of things which have accompanied you for a long time, which have a story to tell (and maybe write down the story for them if you feel inspired to do so)

-take photos of how the morning/noon/afternoon or evening light makes parts of your place so special

-take photos of little treats which can help to press the pause button during your day…. like a cup of tea or coffee you are enjoying

-take photos of things you once purchased or got as a gift, which mean a lot to you, but which sit at the same place for a while already and might be taken for granted a little  …

And just as important:

  • What do you do with your photos?

  • When do you take time to print them?

  • Do you want to put them into a Journal or Album?

  • Do you feel like making a Collage? Craft a postcard to a dear friend with the help of these photos?

  • Do you feel like posting them in a blog – for example – and possibly inspire others?

  • Maybe even put them into a Special file to go make a photobook with them at a photostore, as a reminder of lots of things to be happy about?

My experience is that it’s of course very nice and precious to first of all take photos with the mindset I have described in here.

But, you know… these days, yeah, sure, you can take zillions of photos with your digital camera, store them in files and even give them captions and names. If you give These photos a Special “presentation”, honour them with your time and Attention, they might serve you as a reminder of reasons to be happy about “the simple things in life”.

"The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things." - Henry Ward Beecher

“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” – Henry Ward Beecher

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Coffee or tea? A thank you to all new followers and for amazing comments in the past weeks!

wax crayons and coloured pencils on index cards

wax crayons and coloured pencils on index Cards

There is no bad weather, there is just wrong clothing people say. Well……yes. Agreed.

But there is a cosy, incense-scented loggia, crayons and coloured pencils and tons of Images/ideas in my System calling me and also a self-made tracklist with Songs of Damien Rice, Glen Hansard, Jonathan Jeremiah and Elvis Perkins….which made me appreciate autumn colours from the inside and dedicate myself to index Card drawings.

By this I would love to say thank you very much to all new followers for stopping by at my blog,

reading, commenting and even following it! Thank you! I very much appreciate this!!!!

Have a lovely Sunday everyone!

 

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Sketching and drawing coffee-related things – might use them in a painting sometime soon

That's opening the new  box of graphite pencils  dealt with...  The classic Espresso maker -

That’s opening the new box of graphite pencils dealt with… The classic Espresso maker –

 

My coffee-to-go Cup for the car - graphite pencils

My coffee-to-go Cup for the car – graphite pencils

 

sketching and drawing hands is my current challenge ..oh well

sketching and drawing hands is my current challenge ..oh well

 

 

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A chilly autumn saturday – warming up with irish music by Damien Rice (love these dramatic tunes)

Hello good morning,

so this Saturday morning is rather crispy cold. The tree in front of the Loggia is getting more red patches (photos to follow) and I can’t seem to stop drinking self made cappucinos 🙂 being an early bird this morning as usual.

Here is some Music which I personally perceive as somewhat autumn-ish. It’s the very Damien Rice. Yessss, he’s dramatic. And yes, he stands for melancholy, but those Songs …those Songs!

Well, congrats, if you survived this without tissue ; ) … I started you off with the most dramatic one …

Here’s the wonderful, 3/4th or 6/8 rhythm “The Animals Were gone” performed at Jools Holland (with Lisa Hannigan I think, having a lot of hair in her face ^^)

And here’s the lucky third one, live from Abbey Road, “Volcano”:

 

 

 

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On the outlook for atmosphere in this golden autumn start. A few photo impressions

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An hour in a coffee-pastry-scented oasis :)

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It’s a Saturday morning with this autumn-esque golden sunshine and my hometown is beyond crowded. It takes about 5 minutes to get a few hundred metres from A to B … The German mentality, very much unlike the Canadian/U.S. mentality could be summed up as “you need to pass me in this narrow little road? Try me! May I introduce to you: my elbows!”
So I took a break in the bestsmelling café of northern american origin 😉  in town, with good music and a choice of dutch, french, english, … voices talking and the scent of coffee, cocoa, cinnamon and muffins (lemon poppyseed right here, aaaah) in the air (and in the armchairs;) )
No, no spectacular piece of wisdom in this post, just the statement:
Won der ful!!

Have a good weekend everyone!
Best – Nic

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a big thank you, ‘happy friday’-wishes and a precious link for everyone interested in artmaking

Ready for having friends over.

Ready for having friends over.

First of all: happy friday, dear you, who is reading this blog post. I hope you are happy to start the Weekend (soon, especially depending on which time Zone you’re in 🙂 ) Here’s a Piece of cake for you – and I am baking a sweet whitebread with a Brown-sugar crust and Brown sugar crumples in it (and will share this virtually with you guys, too, soonish)Yesterday, in my contentment of early finishing desk work and soaking up the autumn-ish atmosphere of my surroundings, I did a very spontaneous, really heartfelt post, I just wanted to find an Expression of the mood I am in… The comments by Sherry, Sherry and Michelle really warmed my heart! Thank you, dear ones! I did intend to offer some atmosphere-ish scent by writing… but I wasn’t sure whether not this would be perceived the way I wanted it. Your comments really showed me that it worked, I felt connected to you guys! Like almost with one foot in Ontario with Sherry and Sherry even 🙂 (No, I don’t have particularly long legs hahaha)

Painting is stillness to me - as I mostly paint without Music or audiobook in the background (unlike sketching for some reason...) Just the very gentle sounds which are being created by putting colour on canvas/paper.

 

Now let’s talk about artmaking (always!). Tara Leaver, whose Website I recommend anyway to anyone interested in starting to pursue a creative take on …life…posted a blog entry about making art which got your own Fingerprint on it, means, which actually looks like you yourself created it. This is the very Stadium which I find very interesting. Because I have a pile of paintings and other things which might just start to learn Walking by themselves..but they still have “collaged copies” of my “Gurus” in them 🙂 Which isn’t a bad Thing. I love Tara’s take on this Topic and if this got you intetested – go and see yourself.

http://taraleaver.com/2013/09/on-having-a-process/#comment-7641

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Autumn is the time of books, apple-cinnamon-streusel-cake, my favourite tea from a local herbal-tea-store, music by Elvis Perkins or The Swell Season…and feeding the soul with amazing colours of this famous artist called nature. Today: focussing on an autumn-ish book by Helene Hanff.

There are books in every room of my Appartement. And I wouldn't want it any other way.

There are books in every room of my Appartement. And I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Cover of "Letter from New York: BBC Woman...

Cover via Amazon

Today is Thursday. Some friends I know call it vice-friday, haha. Nice. It’d be even nicer if I had Friday off..but let’s not complain. On Fridays I have a Group of four very unique and inspiring Kids aged 7-11 for a combined social skills – art therapy – mindfulness Training…a group who always makes my heart grow and gives me plenty of reasons to smile.Also, I can say that all desk-work is done for today. So I am facing a late-afternoon and evening off work, cooking veggie soup, enjoying my The Simple Things Magazine…. and look at the pile of books lurking at me to finish the wonderful one I am just reading (the very new one by Susanna Tamaro: “Per sempre” is the original title, not sure if it’s released in english yet, the german title would be translated as “my heart calls out your Name”)These days when autumn knocks on the door (very suddenly this year) I am in the mood for seasonal things, such as:

-Books, books and books (and then: audiobooks),

-Creating things, like painting, crafting/decorating with coloured leaves, and all the usual inclination to draw on index Cards and such (while listening to audiobooks)

English: Cinnamon

English: Cinnamon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

-soup,
Extended walks in the park with or without camera (with or without Memory Card^^)

-cake with apples and cinnamon -cinnamon rolls (oh goodness, yes!!)                                                                                               

-tea – my favourite herbal tea with a slightly oriental note – freshly made by a “herbal pharmacy” in my hometown.

Just when I stood in front of my book shelf, a dearly loved book caught my Attention:

Letter from New York, by Helene Hanff

This book is a love letter to New York, a book which wraps you in pure atmosphere and a book which is best recommended to be read in autumn!  It makes you want to book your flight and walk a dog in central park. (for example). Helene Hanff describes her unique everyday-life as an author living near Central Park in a house with a bunch of Apartments. You’ll get to know her neighbours and I felt like I was her room-mate during the time I read her beautiful takes on her living in her beloved City.

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