I’m happy to report that my booklet is doing well. I have 5 available at 15 Euros including shipping. Mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you like to receive it via Paypal. It will come in a nicely decorated envelope.
I like to show its title and cover in detail, yet I like my book also to look as gift. Hence the very nice wrapping paper that I bought at Avoca.
I love the weeks before Christmas, Hanukkah or Yule as my artists friends and I exchange postcards. It is inspiring to see their creativity. Here are Sybille’s and Debbie’s cards; full colour and, of course, beautifully handmade. I keep them for years.
At Blurb, Etsy and at Paula Art Shop, I have now the option to buy a print and my booklet with one click. My art shop has a direct check out, setting up an account is not needed.
If you like to receive a postcard by me as well as my name card with information about my book; mail me at email@example.com. I will be happy to send to you a lovely decorated envelope, like Sybille and Debbie have sent me.
Isn’t it nice how your mailbox, at Christmas, becomes a surprise box? Instead of boring advertisements you find colourful envelopes with your handwritten name. There are stickers, stamps and small doodles on the envelope. When you open it, colours burst out and you hold a card that expresses human warmth, creativity and a reassurance that handmade still exists and hasn’t been crushed by digitization. Bravo for handmade cards.
Sybille Tezzele Kramer, Liliya Tereshkiv, Lois Mathews & Paula Kuitenbrouwer
Sybille Tezzele Kramer:
Italian born Sybille Tezzele Kramer draws inspiration from her direct surroundings in Sud-Tirol. Sybille shows her appreciation for weeds with her drawing, named Erbacce/Unkraut. Notice Chamomile, Poppy, Alchemilla, Foxtail grass and Dandelion. Also, notice the smiling face of the weeds. Weed smiles because it is stronger than all the poison that is used. And why using it? Why do we categorize some plants as obnoxious weeds and others as ornamental plants? Why do we say some stones are pebbles and others are gemstones? Sybille creates a three-dimensional effect by drawing a heliocentric composition. Read more about this lovely drawing here. Sybille’s Erbacce/Unkraut/Weed is available here. The original Erbacce is touring through Italy as a mobile exhibition ‘Lo Sguardo Obliquo’.
Liliya Tereshkiv, a Ukraine born artist, also living in Italy, is the woman behind Sorriso Design. Liliya shows us how nature inspires her by picking up leaves and pine cones and looking at the blue sky. Here is her lovely Etsy shop full woodwork, jewellery and home decoration. Have a look, you will be surprised. More of Liliya’s nature photos are here.
For years I’m enjoying the walks Lois Mathews records at her delightful blog Sketching on Whidbey Island. If there are sketches directly inspired by nature, they are Lois’ water-paintings. I don’t like to sit in front of a screen, but that all changes when I read Lois’s records and nature studies. Did I just feel a bit of fresh air? Or did I hear a songbird? Do I noticed footprints on the walking track? Lois’s nature journal enchants me.
An empty wall, wood and driftwood treasures and a few of my prints. I’ve put them together for a playful exhibition of a few of my prints. My birds and butterflies feel perfectly at home in their natural environment.
There is nothing definitive or pretentious about this, I can add and remove things without damaging the wall. There is bark of an eucalyptus tree, a honeysuckle knot, pine-cone branches, driftwood, some wooden pegs and prints.
I’ve designed a personalized birthday print for my father’s 85th birthday. It show his three favourite birds. There is a lapwing on the left, a collard dove in the middle, and an oyster-catcher at the right. Finding a harmonious combination of numbers and birds was a nice task to work out. The collared dove stands high and mighty on the 5, with his beak resembling the shape of the little flag of the 5. The curvy chest of the lapwing is in synchronicity with the curve of the 8. And the chest of the oyster-catcher is aligned with the curve of the 5. The oyster-catcher and the lapwing hold the 8 and 5 in place by putting their legs on both sides of the numbers.
See here, my butterflies and an engraving of the fossil (1887) of a Prodryas persephone, an extinct butterfly. It was the first butterfly fossil to be found in North America. It is unusually well preserved. This fossil has amazing detail and clarity. It was collected in the late 1800s by the Mrs. Charlotte Hill, a homesteader turned naturalist, who helped discover many important fossils.
I’m inspired by the contrast of the hard shale deposits of Late Eocene age and the fragility of the butterfly. The force of raindrops on rocks make them wear down, and a fragile butterfly can leave an imprint in stone. It tells us Die Milde Macht Ist Gross (gentle power works well).
I invite you to have a look at my portfolio at Etsy. A good thing about having a online shop is that it gives you a quick and pretty overview. So, hop over to Etsy and have a look. My portfolio is also at www.paulaartshop.com (paula+art+shop.com)
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“What GORGEOUS ARTWORK you do! I always wished I was more artistic, I love to draw but only have limited talent in that way. I love you depictions of nature, just beautiful! Thank you for sharing that”.
“Hi Paula, I love your drawings and looking at them I can really feel the quiet moments and simple pleasures we can get from nature. Very calming, indeed! Many thanks”.
“You are a wonderfully talented artist Paula with a beautiful technique for making tender images that warm my heart to look at. Thank you”
“Paula, like you I love nature but you have an amazing capacity to capture nature at it’s best with your wonderful drawings. My best wishes for your continued success – people will fall in love with your wonderful talent”.
“The detail shown in the drawing of the Tawny Owl is amazing. This is another amazing piece from your Collection. Warm regards”
“Paula, I loved your nature arts. I do like stumbling upon feathers once in a while and collect them for their beauty. They seem like magical gifts from nature”.
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Woodcocks, coloured pencils, copyright Paula Kuitenbrouwer, photo Thomas Kluck.
A Woodcock is ‘Houtsnip’ in Dutch. Scolopax rusticola in Latin.
Paula Kuitenbrouwer sells exquisite fine art cards of her drawings as well as reproductions, and of some drawings smaller business-, gift- or mummy-cards. See Purchase in the header for what is available as well as the price list. In case you like to commission Paula, contact her at email@example.com