spring stones

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It’s definitely looking like Spring around here! 🌷🐇

Yesterday I set up another small crystal grid on my beautiful Nyxturna altar tile, this time in honor of the Spring Equinox / Ostara. The crystals I chose are rose quartz, selenite, and my favorite smoky quartz point. I also have pink chrysanthemums which are supposed to symbolize a long life and good luck in the home. 🌸✨

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We often go with Kana to used books stores to find interesting materials. Last time I bought an old album about Japanese bridges and found in it one that I know pretty well - The Full Moon Bridge in the Koishikawa Korakuen Japanese garden. I go there to paint often because it’s one of the few gardens that don’t mind if you use a tripod (or two).

I did this picture during a pretty long session (about 5 hours). I first made a really basic sketch in 2H pencil and then painted with my Schmincke set. The foliage proved to be really difficult to paint in this style with just watercolours so I used some white poster colour paint (NIKKER brand) and mixing it with the watercolours added some details.

The light kept changing drastically because of fast moving clouds and I got rained upon halfway through the painting. I managed to finish it somehow just before a huge storm approached.  

Technical stuff:

  • Medium: HOLBEIN saunders WATER FORD natural 300g/m2 cold pressed F4
  • Sketch:  Mitsu-bishi Hi-Uni pencil 2H
  • Colours: My Schmincke 48 colours watercolours set
  • White details: NICKER poster colour

面白い資料を探しによく古本屋へ行きます。最近手に入れた日本の有名な橋が載っている写真集で、よく知っている橋をみつけました。絵描きに三脚を使える、小石川後楽園にある円月橋。

長いセッション(5時間)の間でこの橋を描いてみました。かなり固い2Hの鉛筆で軽いスケッチを描いた上で、シュミンケの水彩で着色しました。葉っぱが多すぎて、こんなスタイルだと水彩だけでは足りなかったので白いポスターカラーも使いました。

描いている途中で雨に降られて、雲の流れが早く光もすごいペースで変わっていました。大方描き終わった時に嵐が来たので、今回は本当にぎりきりでした。

ツール詳細  

  • 紙:ホルベイン工業(株)ウォーターフォード水彩紙 ナチュラルホワイト 300g 
  • 下描き:Mitsu-bishi Hi-Uni 鉛筆  2H 
  • 着色:48色のシュミンケ水彩セット 
  • 白ディテール:ニッカー ポスターカラー
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“The laconic film crew on the set, even now, years later rhapsodize about her professionalism. There was not a detail that missed her. Before the continuity girl could tell her she knew exactly how far a cigarette had burnt down in a short from the previous day. She understood every camera angle and lights and had a phobia about being late on set. She could be tired, defeated, even cross at the delays, but the moment the director called ‘Vivien…’ by some inner force she would pull herself together. This tiny, fragile figure seemed to grow as she walked with straight back, head authoritatively poised. Again and again she would deliver her lines with the same pitch, same nuance. Camera crew on all her films were floored: ‘She never fluffed. It is difficult to choose her best take.’” -Gwen Robyns on The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone.

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Because I was up to my eyeballs in finishing illustration work for a tight deadline, I hadn’t had any time to work on paths. WELL NOW I DO! YAY!

These are the first two spring tiles I’ve done since the snow melted. I’m planning to do more to match, including different stepping stones, and a little stream edged in flowers. Keep an eye out for them!