This drawing is inspired by both “The orange perfumery“, an acrylic paint I made in 2011, and a Christmas inspired watercolor called the “Mulled wine recipe” by Anita Gadzińska. Anita is a great artist I follow in YouTube not only because her drawings are always beautiful but also because to listen to her while she is painting is very relaxing and inspirational. I of course don’t claim (nor intend) to be able to paint as nicely and detailed as she does but her painting reminded me of my old one so much that I felt again the motivation to paint, and this is something I didn’t have in months so I am really happy and grateful for it.
“The orange perfumery” and the “Mulled recipe wine” paintings side to side
I made the illustrated February in a new journal. Size wise it is a bit smaller than the previous one but taking into account I don’t have much time for drawing, this is not such a bad thing. The paper quality of this journal is also fine so, at least for the moment, I am quite happy with it.
The most important event of the month was probably the birthday of the little one (although I have to say she is not so little anymore). The birthday celebration is still a “work in progress” because we are celebrating it at different moments with different people.
Dick Bruna, the illustrator of Nijntje died at old age. You can see his famous little rabbit sticking out her head in my illustrated page for February.
In Valentijn’s day I received one of the nicest chocolate bars I ever tried (unless you are one of these people that don’t consider white chocolate, real chocolate). Whatever it is, I really recommend it to all of you: white chocolate raspberry with crackling sugar. To celebrate this day, I also did some “lettering” with the ipad. Below you can see the result:
We enjoyed a bit of snow this month. The ice that followed the snow was not so fun though…
I added a few more items to my “Blond Amsterdam” collection. These ones are from the collection the artists created for the Eftenling. I also bought some retro cups like the ones my grandmother used to have.
The bad news is that lately my asthma is getting a bit worse, the good news is that the last days of the month are holidays for me so I have been recovering and sleeping as much as I can. It is nice and relaxing to see the rain through the window when you can rest.
Like my grandmother’s…
The way back home, after the Christmas holidays, was a bit difficult. The extreme fog caused serious delays and we had to stay in the airport several hours waiting for the weather to improve. But from the flight company we got a nice lunch and people at the airport were kind and as helpful as they could.
The first working week of January I was with a few colleagues in a very intense seminar learning more about online data analysis and perhaps more important, on how to deal with bad/clumsy organizational issues and moments of frustration 😉
We had some cold days with snow and my asthma, that has been getting worse since November, is affecting me more now that it is cold.
January was also the beginning of the Chinese Year: the year of the rooster.
In general, January has been an extremely busy month at work as we had very tight deadlines to set up the new programme we are designing. The coordinators and programme managers have been working very hard but also very efficiently. I feel really proud of the results and of all we have learned in the process.