During the holidays I had some time for creative work. These collages were made using existing drawings and pieces of paintings I did some time ago. Playing with color and putting together new combinations is a fun creative process.
Some time ago I took part in a workshop where we were shown how to turn leaves and fruit of different types of trees into natural inks. First we took a walk through the outskirts of town and picked the material, then we produced the inks and tried them out on paper. Among others we used fruits of maple trees, mahony or elder berries.
While traveling through Greece this summer I did these small sketches of my impressions. Places visited were the monasteries of Meteora, the south of the Peloponnes as well as the islands of Chios and Hydra.
Combining the spontaneity of watercolors and the controlled outline drawings of fine marker pens can lead to quite interesting results…
These beauties of nature were done using watercolor pencils and ink, starting with a simple outline and adding layer after layer of color.
Talking a walk through the forest, watching spring flowers everywhere and listening only to the sounds of nature can be really comforting at times.