30.3.18

*tea time



Yesterday I saw several brimstone butterflies on my walk.
They looked so surreal bright in that still lifeless seeming landscape.
Later in the forest I spotted first snowdrops! Finally!

As I am still not able to work in the garden, I use most of my time creating new illustrations and patterns. I'm quite behind with showing everything I made here on my blog.

Yoojin, a creative friend and former blogger,
started a new blog called "paper pilea" where she shares her creative adventures and love for snail mail. Feel free to have a look!

And lastly, if I haven't mentioned it already, I created a new Instagram account for my illustration work, because I did not want to mix them with my analogue pictures.

Enjoy the last days of March!

29.3.18

*mountain trip - part 2






The trees were full of moss and lichen. I read that lichen are one of the most long-living beings on earth. They can become hundreds, yes even several thousand years old. Imagine this!

26.3.18

*good night



Good night,
sleep tight,
don't let the bedbugs bite!

24.3.18

*mountain trip - part 1






The view over the mountains was so stunning,
and every day it looked a little different.

19.3.18

*ice flowers in March






Guess what! –
It's snowing at comfy minus 5 degrees ;)

At sunrise I was able to observe a big male pheasant in the garden,
absorbing the first sun beams,
before a blanket of clouds covered the sky again.

16.3.18

*in the mountains


Music: Coyotes – Modest Mouse

More snow – birds – walks
mountain views – our anniversary – sledging

15.3.18

*tulips





When the first tulips of the year are moving in,
it means spring can't be far aways anymore!
I love all kind of spring flowers,
right now I have a bunch of daffodils next to me on my desk :)

11.3.18

*fairytale winter forest






This was such a neat and "uncluttered" forest,
it seemed so surreal somehow with the white ground and the spaces between the boles.

10.3.18

*silhouette mint








My friend Irina gifted me this silhouette mint, a custom stamp maker, to my birthday!
First I was sceptic, but after I tried it out, I got hooked!
I took some of my older designs and transformed them into outline pictures so I could use them to create stamps. And it worked really nice! The only downside is, that you can not use normal ink pads, because the relief is not deep enough, instead you have to apply specific colors, but once you have applied them on the stamp, they get absorbed and so you can stamp multiple times before you have to use new ink. I really like the result! What a lovely little tool!
What do you think?

9.3.18

*poppy and ladybugs



I enjoyed drawing these so much!
Hope you like them as well!

7.3.18

*a lonely cloud





Soon the light will change
and the dark days will be hazy memories.

6.3.18

*spring flowers




Right now it is snowing like crazy.
I am at the point where I feel saturated with winter, especially after our mountain trip.
Now I feel completely ready for the more outgoing seasons.
Therefore I am drawing spring flowers and creating new patterns.

5.3.18

*tulip home


{Music: Spring – Shelter 2}

Home – bulletjournal – oil burner
Sunny dog – new postcards – snail mail
tulips – drawing with ink – winter bunny

4.3.18

*still winter





It's March already!

This February we had only a few days without snow. At the end of the month we experienced extreme temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees and freezing winds.
There was a lot to celebrate – Birthdays of beloved ones, a newborn Baby in the family, my 11 year anniversary with Ronald and in two days is my own Birthday. It seems it will still be a wintery one and I can't come up with spring pictures yet, as we just returned from a trip to the Salzburger mountains where the snow was knee-high, the air crispy and the evenings cozy and calm. I did some more illustrations and had many nice ideas that I want to realize bit by bit.

I wish you a great start into the new month!
Until soon again!

PS: The bird on the third picture is a male pheasant. Pheasants look so clumsy when they fly, as if they crash into something any moment. Like every flight is a potential crash landing and when they run they look like a roadrunner, very funny animals!