Tuesday, 9 December 2014

November ATC Trade

Hellooo ♪♫

Here is one of the things I couldn't show you earlier! I took part in an ACEO/ATC (artist trading cards) trade and got paired up with a collage artist from Germany, Andrea. Meanwhile we both received and published each others cards in the trading community, so now I can show you here, too. :)

It was the first time I participated in the group. There is a new topic every month, and last month it was "Lines".

This is what I got! :)

(just quickly painted some over my name and address xD)

I really, really like the ATC, and also the card Andrea made, which shows where the ATC travelled from and to! :) It's the first ATC I ever got from someone. <3

Well, and that is what I made for her:

I tried to work a bit differently, more roughly, and let the lines I draw show, but I wasn't really sure about the outcome. She liked it though, so I'm relieved. I also folded an envelope, but I didn't take a picture. Generally, I think I really lack some stationary stuff to make my mail cuter. :D I bought some washi tape recently to start with.

I also signed up for the December ATC swap. The topic this month is our favourite quote. I'm brainstorming about that now, and apparently that card will be going to Australia - so exciting! :)

Good night!


Saturday, 6 December 2014

Krampus and Nikolaus + please help a fellow artist!

Hi everyone :D

First of all I would like to spread the word about a fellow artist in need! If you are looking to commission a piece of art (as a Christmas present maybe?), please turn to the talented Saniika and help her fund a plane ticket so she may spend Christmas with her beloved!  


I hope you've spent some nice advent days so far. :)
People here in Sweden often ask me if I grew up with any interesting Christmas traditions in Austria. Why yes, there's lots of folklore! And there is actually something going on now, on the 5th and 6th of December. If you were a good kid this year, then Sankt Nikolaus ("Nikolo") will put some treats, usually nuts and tangerines in your shoes or socks for you to find in the morning of the 6th. However, if you were naughty, then one of these guys will come and punish you after sunset on the 5th. They are called Krampusse, or Perchten (traditionally those were two different things, but nowadays it's kind of the same), and they often come in groups. Those rods and stocks they have - they are to beat you with. But they often carry bells too, so you may try running when you hear them coming after you... Yeah, so that's what kids in Austria have nightmares about. I hope this has been educating. ;)

Tools: Watercolours, salt, pencil, white gel pen
Tea: Vanilla Rooibos
Music: Skyrim ST

I had so much fun drawing this! I think I have to do more folklore illustrations! I read so many folk tales from different parts of the world, so I should have my sketchbook ready and really doodle some more to them!

Have a cozy evening!


Thursday, 4 December 2014

Autumn in Lund

Good evening! :)

Recently I've been so, so busy with university stuff again. I hope I won't have that much to do over the Christmas holidays. I reaaally need a break! ._.

I try to squeeze in as much art and social stuff as I can, but sometimes - and it doesn't happen very often - I'm relieved to have an evening where I can just lie in bed and read something for pleasure, or play some DS. And I feel like I can never get enough sleep, I'm so exhausted all the time. :')

However, I've been drawing and painting of course, and some things I can't show you yet, because they are to be surprises for some people. ;) I've also done some arttrades again, and I have a bunch of scenery doodles I want to scan little by little, now that I have a scanner at home again! I use three different sketchbooks at the moment, so I sometimes forget about things I have in there. But I will go through them and then post the pages I think look okay!

Here is one of the Botanical Garden in Lund, as it looked like in mid-November - well, in my eyes at least. :D I started this on my Birthday, when I took a walk there with my Mum ♥, but finished it at home, because it was cooold. Watercolours, some gel pens and pencils.

Mum and me! :D

Next pictures coming soon, I hope! xD I really don't have any excuses having a scanner right by my desk now, haha.


Friday, 14 November 2014

Illustration Friday: Paper

I finally have a scanner again, yaaay! :D I'll write some more in my next post, sorry. I'm so tired, but I wanted to submit this to IF before I go to bed. It's been so long since I had a picture up there!

Good night!

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Thank you! ♥

Dear readers,

aaand again it's been a while! I have been so, so, so awfully busy ever since the university program started in September. I think I've never had to study that hard in my life before, I'm so exhausted. It's really interesting though, and that keeps me going.

Recently I felt drawn back to this blog here, and the art community in general. Thanks to you - yes you! :) Some of you have really encouraged me. So I would like to thank you who sent me messages and comments on Facebook, Instagram, etc. You really cheered me up and motivated me! ♥ I wish that being active in the art community again could be some creative balance to studying so much. That would be great. 

It's only that I don't really now what to do now. :D
Most of the art I did in the meantime is pretty personal, and very sad sometimes, and I'm not sure if I want to share any of this. Also, I don't feel like digging up the past like that. Maybe it's better to have a fresh start, and create and share new art instead. ♪♫
 Well except for one thing!

I want to show you this ACEO I made for my dear friend Nini! We decided on an art trade with ACEO cards and the topic was Cabin in the woods. I don't even remember when we set the trade, I think it must have been about a year ago! I painted it in May, just as my whole life turned into total chaos, and so I didn't send it right away; it unfortunately ended up in a box and stayed there for some months, forgotten. When I packed my things to move once more, I found it, and at least took it to Sweden with me. Some more weeks passed...

Two weeks ago I FINALLY got some furniture for my new place here (I had been sleeping on an air mattress since the end of August, seriously!) and when I put my art stuff in my new desk's drawers, I found it again. And I finally sent it - together with another one to make up for the delay, and it arrived safely in Slovenia and Nini liked it, yaay!. :)

I turned the cabin in the woods into a gingerbread house and made it a Hänsel & Gretel illustration.
She even made it her daily happy pic, that made me happy too. ♥ It encourages me that something I painted during my hard times is still bringing someone a little bit of joy.

I love ACEOs. They are small, so they are done really quickly, but not too small so that you can still do detail work. That's why I would like to take up making them again. It's so much fun to swap them, too!

Despite being so busy, I feel very inspired by my surroundings here, and all the new impressions every day. I would like to do some scenery studies like I did in Salzburg and share them here.

I would like to regularly submit to Illustration Friday again.

And because I want to thank my awesome art friends here, I think of some Give Away to happen soon. ^_^

So that's the plan.
I hope I'll manage!

Good night!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Life is a rollercoaster


A very personal post here... Just to warn you.

I can't believe it's August already.
I should be working on a paper right now, but that is connected with fits of frustration... so I suddenly felt the urge to clean my apartment, do the kitty-litter box and update my blog instead. 

Time flies. But sometimes I'm glad it does. Time heals. More than half of this year's over, and I can already say it's been the most complicated of my life so far. I had to make a lot of difficult decisions, I got really hurt. But I've also been really happy at times. Lots of ups and downs. Very exhausting, I tell you. But it also tought me much about myself and the people around me. I realized some things had to change.

Earlier this year my boyfriend and me broke up after many years of relationship. He was my childhood friend, and first boyfriend. The circumstances are rather private.Let's sum it up like this: hings had gotten really tough between us, it just hurt both of us more and more, but we still didn't break up for quite a while until it became inevitable.
 Now I know it was for the better to finally put some space between us and our cards on the table. Since the break-up we've been closer again than during all the months before. Despite the awful things that happened, I think we'll actually manage to just be best friends again, as we were before we became a couple.

After that program I took part in at Salzburg University, I had planned to come Vienna to live with him in the apartment we got there a year ago (before I knew they'd take me in Salzburg and that therefore I'd live there instead for a while.. complicated story). But then the breakup happened, and now I'm spending the summer there on my own.
So I felt like nothing's keeping me in this town any longer. That's why this month I'll be moving to Lund and do my Master's there. He'll keep the flat. And my cat, which breaks my heart. But I couldn't find a place in Lund to move in with a pet. Also the travelling would be horrible for her... :( At least I know he'll take good care of her, and that I'll see her again. I still have friends and family here, so I'll come visit sometimes.

Also, there's loooots of work to do. I have a fulltime job during summer, and I have some project work for Salzburg to complete the program.

And then I actually got hurt by two other people that used to be very dear to me, too. ..

Among lots of other smaller issues, because everything's always happening at once, these are the top things of what's draining my energy right now. -__-
Oh, and the moving..

I'm lucky to have a small, but loving and supportive family and a bunch of loyal friends. I'm so very grateful for that. Without them I would have broken down.

Apart from all this happening, I've still been doing art. It's funny how my last post here is about having a kind of  art block. Shortly after I wrote that, I've been deep into a creative phase again. Just when things in my life started to get really tough. It was a way for me to deal with everything.

Sometimes I even sat at the piano or played the guitar a bit again. And I sang, and I danced, I took photos. I even wrote some really bad poems.
Of course I drew and painted. A lot actually.

Despite that creative boost, I didn't update this blog..  I uploaded some pictures to my Deviantart, and I also opened a Tumblr.
But the tougher things got, the more personal my art became. I made it for myself, to heal.

Here are some of my favourites of the earlier pictures I did share:

This really fits my situation right now. Moving boxes everywhere. I drew this while my friend jammed at the piano.

Some kind of self-portrait.

This is a fanart of the graphic novel "Beautiful Darkness", one of the best and most disturbing ones I've ever read.

Something I did for Illustration Friday.

I stopped uploading to Tumblr shortly after opening my account. I feel like it's just not communicative. Most people only reblog pictures from other peoples' accounts, instead of posting their own content. It's nice for picture browsing, but it doesn't really substitute a blog. It's so impersonal...

So I thought with moving somewhere else again, I could use this blog as a way of communicating more with my (art) friends from far away again. To keep them updated, as I don't really like Facebook either...
We'll see.

Either way, thanks to everyone who's still here reading! I really appreciate your interest and support. <3

Good night!
- Katrin

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Being restless

... the manifesto of a troubled art amateur.

Hello there, dear readers.

Well, yes, this blog has been on hiatus again for a while - except for two quick Illustration Friday uploads. In the meantime, I did a little bit of art, and a big bit of thinking. A whole lot of thinking.

It seems like the difficulties in my life are to go on for another while. :/ But that is not a subject for this blog, an art blog. And some of you reading this I consider my friends. And you who are, know what's going on anyway.

But onto the art part. I feel like sharing this with you.

Recently I suffer some kind of... art puberty. Mmh yes, I might put it like that.
The creativity hormones are going crazy in my mind. On one day there's too much of them, and then there's a lack. And even on days with a large scale of them, I can't really work it. It confuses me.

So I constantly switch from a phase in which I desperately want to create, to another where I don't pay attention to my sketchbooks and pencils, my guitar, or my camera. Unfortunately, the system is more balanced towards the latter state.

It is not a simple art block where I more or less put up with a steady period of not creating until things start flowing again. I start a picture, and then I have to pause to sleep or go to uni and later, on the same day, I wouldn't continue, because the mood is suddenly gone. I work on something, I do something else for a couple of hours, and then I decide to leave it. And when I have another creative rush, I start something new. And then the circle continues. And now I have this pile of unfinished works...

Some moments I think of restarting this blog all over, paying more attention again to all my social media art communites and stuff, because it feels good to get feedback.
And then again, I don't care about publishing something at all.

I'm restless. I can neither settle with a state of constant creative flow, or "constant leaving it be", as I too had it sometimes. Which is really frustrating. :/

I realised that there are a lot of battles going on in me, the troubled artist teenager going through puberty.

Of course, being anxious in life generally possibly causes an effect on my art streak, too.

I wish I would manage to channel all this anxiety and work it into my art. I tried, but it's not flowing smoothly. I get stuck.

Dear readers, have you ever experienced such a state? How did you manage?
I want to move forward, be it one direction or the other.