Grassland

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Author Freya Pickard needs a picture to portray a character in her novel Hrukham. I’m excited for another collaboration with this creative writer. I checked her collection of inspiration over on her Pinterest board and decided on a sunset grassland image. Freya shared that the image depicts the grassland of the southern plains. They are verdant and filled with life, but, from beyond their borders, an evil threatens that kills and maims and poisons the land. I’m sharing my process … Read More

Lady Parsley Wigglinis

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The author Freya Pickard and I had another collaboration. For her Dragonscale Clippings, she wanted me to illustrate Parsley who has long, reddish hair in ringlets, green eyes, and pale skin. She is looking annoyed with her hands on her hips. Writing down the specification helps organize my thoughts. I did some research and roughly sketched Parsley and a variation of her annoyed facial expressions. I transferred the ideas into watercolor paper. I enjoyed painting the different shades of greens … Read More

Dancing Goddess for Pure Haiku

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The author, Freya Pickard wanted me to create an image for her Pure Haiku website (where she publishes her own + other peoples’ traditional haiku). She wanted a female character, possibly a goddess or angel. She is fire and water, ice and electricity. There will be lots of bright colors, energy and swirling lines. She is dancing and turning about. I began to write down the guidelines on a notebook. I checked Freya’s Pinterest board for inspiration and did additional … Read More

August 2018 Rekindle Memories Gallery

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One artist shared that art is a wonderful way to express “stuff” that is so hard to put into words. Sometimes there’s no words to describe how we feel or express how beautiful something is. Making memories through art helps us to share the beauty of what we have savoured with others. Whether it’s sketching, painting, making collage, writing… I think art helps us process life in a profound way. This August, we have 17 artists participating in 11 countries … Read More

July 2018 Rekindle Memories Gallery and Stories

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What an awesome July gallery! We have 13 artists participating from 10 countries around the world. I’m so thankful for this small group of wonderful artists whom I get to know through their art and stories. I’m inspired to witness their creative journey–learning by taking creative risks, using their imagination, infusing their artworks with their own personal styles and sharing milestones of their lives. There’s so much richness in this hashtag #rekindlememories over at Instagram. Some artists still continue to … Read More

June 2018 Rekindle Memories Gallery and Stories

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I was struck by what Kay said about Rekindle Memories– that she wants a hard copy of her memories. Sometimes, I wonder out loud… what would I do with all the finished sketchbooks? There’s not enough space. Going digital is the way, right? But there’s something comforting about holding a pen and a sketchbook. The vivid details are remembered fully. Memories become richer and alive. It’s worth it, isn’t it? Here’s June gallery and stories for you..with some of my … Read More

May 2018 Rekindle Memories Gallery and Stories

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As I gather the precious memories shared by these artists, I can’t help but admire the distinct style of each of their artworks. I also notice how most of them visited each other’s pages on Instagram (#rekindlememories) and gave encouraging feedback. So instead of repeating the stories shared by the artists from Instagram to this blogpost, I will write my impressions on how each of the memories have touched me (and others). I’m immensely thankful for each of their invaluable … Read More

April 2018 Rekindle Memories Gallery and Stories

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My sister Ema said that Rekindle Memories is a great avenue to share art works with people that means a lot personally. Her words warm my heart, and may I add that it’s such a treat to see the variety of themes in this April’s roundup! From creative illustrations to the beauty of nature, to architecture and sketches of one’s life– you guys are a source of inspiration! Enjoy April’s gallery and stories! Dominik; Germany Happy Easter! Those colorful eggs are a nice … Read More

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