Still lifes, Foreshortening, and Nature Booklets

Drawings of blue ceramic bowls with mini ‘Zen’ gardens, Zebra or flowering Echeveria succulents, and stacked Killiney beach stones, geological treasures from Ireland. The Irish beach stones have such elegant and surprising patterns.

The Zebra cactus and succulents were the best thing to draw because I like drawing plants that have leaves growing into the direction of the viewer. For drawing such perspective you need a technique called foreshortening. Think about the figures of God, angles, and saints in Michaelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.

God by Michaelangelo

Michaelangelo mastered the skill of foreshortening effortlessly. One can do the same with flowers and plants, actually with everything that is three-dimensional. Like my tulip having one petal opening towards the direction the viewer.

Tulip in Oil Paint; Paula Kuitenbrouwer

Back to my still-life drawings. This tiny ‘Zen’ gardens survived our international move and are waiting patiently for ‘Spring comes, and the grass grows by itself‘ (Lao Tzu).

Stay safe & stay warm!

Love,

Paula

Round Blue Pot at Etsy  & Oval blue flower pot at Etsy

paulas-bookcover

My booklet ‘Birds, Butterflies, Fish & Botany’ is very low in price at the moment on Amazon.co.uk. Seize the opportunity! You won’t regret buying this booklet with 13 of my drawings and texts. My art friend Sybille recommends it especially for those who need to stay home due to being ill as my booklet takes the reader outside admiring Birds, Butterflies, Fish & Botany.

Judy BarendsThe same counts for a book made by my art friend Judy Barends. She recently published a lovely book with her watercolour artwork. Thematically there isn’t much difference between Judy and my work, as we both find great pleasure in drawing and painting Nature’s treasures. However, when inspired, Judy grabs for her watercolours, and I open by box with my coloured pencils or oil paints. Judy’s text are poetic and mine are more like stories; both our booklets are observational nature journals. For Judy’s book, go to her website.

Liliya’s Booklet Review

Liliya wrote:

Review? Feedback? No. Just my feelings about a booklet of a truly inspired artist Paula Kuitenbrouwer: ‘Birds, Butterflies, Fish & Botany; the Beautiful Natural World’.
We don’t buy a piece of paper with artistically combined lines into a beautiful image on it. We buy emotions, feelings, hours of doubts, mistakes, learning, experience, philosophy, etc.. To me it seems a privilege to sneak into an artist’s laboratory and participate in creating process at least by watching it. It’s something that I was always doing at my dad’s photo laboratory— watching photos being born. It’s a huge mystery that takes you away and transfers into its magic world.
This feeling I got while reading Paula’s book. Every single explanation: a concept of composition, colours, shapes, personal stories that served as canvases for the future paintings; deep philosophy behind each element; and kindness, overwhelming inner balance and piece of the author that I felt while reading had simply gave me a therapeutic effect. To add up: short, clear, nothing to add, nothing to take away, just “THE BEAUTIFUL NATURAL WORLD”.

Thank you Liliya!

Paula

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