Irish Inspiration: building still lifes with Killiney Beach Stones, Succulents and Blue Ceramics-

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Here are my Still Lifes with Blue Ceramics, Succulents and Irish Beach Stones. They are limited editions and I have already sold 2 series and some individual prints.  Soon I have to make new ones. Being surrounded with the most awesome autumns colours, will definitely lead to a few still lifes with warm ochre tones.

Paula

at Etsy  (Etsy buyers account needed) and at Art Shop (no buyers account needed, direct checkout).

Studio Pictures: MindfulDrawing.com

 

Paula’s prints are at Etsy.

Here is Jamie’s Poetry website, a website full resources.

Saunter through Patricia’s colourful garden here!

Marts, For Much Deliberation is one Trinidadian geographer’s attempt to compile as much geographical information as possible from existing internet resources. Very interesting!

Sybille’s, my Italian art friends, most colourful website is here.

Lilliya’s beautiful Etsy shop is here. You should see how she combines wood with silver. Elvish, magical, very skillful and beautiful.

Linda is a great and unstoppable illustrator and story-teller. Enjoy her weekly blogposts here.

Stay happy & healthy,

Paula

 

 

Peony Time

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A real Peony, a printed Peony and notice the one on the Korean flower vase.

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Peony and Tulip art prints of pencil drawings by Paula Kuitenbrouwer

Beach treasures

Beach treasures. Before you think Paula has painting pebbles, I didn’t. That awesome white stone with that intricate wine red pattern, that is dried seaweed. Nature is a great artist.

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On a desk with 3 art prints by Paula Kuitenbrouwer.

Dog Sketch

And my darling daughter drew this cute dog. I framed it straight away. My daughter’s shop is at Etsy too, click here to say hello by giving her perhaps a whole lot of hearts?

Love,

Paula

My Etsy & my Art Shop.

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Studio Pictures

HOneysuckle with 3 pots

Honeysuckle print, Korean floral in woven paper on background.

Pumpkin with 3 pots

Pumpkin Art Print of Pencil Drawing, with 3 colourful pots.

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Four Tulip Art Print of Pencil Drawing, with two jars with wooden and vintage buttons.

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Condolence print framed in ivory mount, placed on driftwood.

And work in progress on a ‘Succulent, Driftwood and Beach Stones’ still-life:

Succulent plant with Killiney Beach stone

Wishing you all a great day full creativity and kindness.

Paula

at Amazon Handmade and Etsy.

 

An invitation to have a look at my work…..

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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)

At Etsy I sell affordable prints and originals are at http://www.paulakuitenbrouwer.com

Pumkin with butterflies by Paula Kuitenbrouwer

And here are recommendations and reviews:

“Lovely item and a very helpful seller – many thanks!”

“Shipment was very fast and the product was very high quality. Thank you – I’m very pleased”

“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”.

Questions and orders? Contact: mindfuldrawing@gmail.com

New drawings and paintings are regularly uploaded

Paula

 

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The Importance of Different Elements and Textures

I will show you three modern pictures with my comments and two of my drawings to show you the importance of putting different elements and textures together.

Look at the small, modern still life above. You see ceramics, concrete, wood, glass, metal, and water in the glass flask. All those elements make a lovely modern still life. To me it is a bit too low positioned, on the other hand the empty space on the right-up feels de-cluttered and ‘Zen’. Somehow we long  for emptiness to quiet our busy minds. Therefore put those ‘full’ and ’empty’ elements together.

Now have a look at this enchanting picture. Why is it so pretty? It is just a table with glassware. I think it is so wonderful because it combines only a few but beautiful elements: thick old wood, modern transparent glass, and open chair with a closed background (wall). These contradicting elements ‘open’ and ‘close’, ‘massive’ and ‘transparent’, ‘antique’ and ‘modern’ make a perfect picture.

Another beautiful picture! Look at its elements: the soft texture of the peony goes wonderfully with the hardness of the glass. The fluff of the peony contradicts beautifully the smooth surface of the vase. The old and unpainted wood should be positioned -as it is- close to crystal clear water. This is a lovely composition of contradicting textures and elements.

Notice how important different textures and elements are in a picture. How conflicting or contradicting elements beautifully enrich a painting or picture.

Now I invite you to have a look how I’ve complemented a massive pumpkin with fragile butterflies in this drawing:

and here I’ve done in essence the same only with a massive, dark coloured block of wood and fragile, fluttery Blue butterflies:

Put different elements together to create a rich drawing, painting or photo.
Why that is so, I have no clue. My best guess is that we feel happy and rich in feeling if we are invited to experience different elements; like the soft wind on our bodies when we make a beach walk, or the smell of wet grass when we open our windows to let in the warmth and light of the sun.

Paula

P.S. I have no idea who took the three modern still life photos because they were posted on Pinterest before the time Pinterest ensured all uploaded pictures kept their links to their original source. I regret not be able to give credit to the owners of these lovely photos. I hope one day they will add a comment to this post that links their work back to their website or blog.

Holly (Ilex aquifolium)

 Holly (Ilex aquifolium), coloured pencils, Paula Kuitenbrouwer, photo Thomas Kluck

The phrase ‘Happy Holidays’ is often used as a generic cover-all greeting that includes Christmas, New Year’s Day, Chinese New Year, Thanksgivings, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

Holly is an evergreen tree that is native to most of the central and southern parts of Europe and grows in North America as well. Holly is one of the most striking features in winter gardens. This branch, that I’ve drawn, comes from our garden.

Holly branches make wonderful centrepieces or winter decorations for any table top, however, be careful with children: the berries are very toxic.

Paula

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 mindfuldrawing@gmail.com