my creative adventures

flower August 18, 2007

Filed under: Drawings,EDM — paulien @ 4:41 pm

I did this drawing of a flower today. I noticed that the different shades of pink are kind of hard to render in pencil. There are so many and they go over in each other so smoothly. But still it was very fun to do and I am happy with how it turned out. Next time I may have to try a paper with a bit more texture, this one was a bit too smooth.


I believe that flower has been an edm-challenge somewhere. I need to look up the number.

Sorry for the left edge, this is the side of the page in my book and it shows darker on the scan.


starting over August 7, 2007

Filed under: my life — paulien @ 10:12 am

This is definitely the longest dry spell I have had since I started drawing. I have been too busy finishing my master’s thesis and my last paper, and looking for jobs. I have now finished my thesis and am halfway done with my paper. And the best news of all is that I have got the job I wanted the most. I will be starting my PhD in september, on mathematics in healthcare (where I live a PhD-position is a paid job)!

This is my dream job, and I consider myself lucky to have got it, especially since there were quite a few people applying. I hope to make some contribution to healthcare, which I have always wanted to do. When I went to university I initially wanted to be a surgeon. My grades were good enough, but my eyesight was not. Then I kind of randomly picked mathematics, and later added classical languages, and now I am glad that my eyesight wasn’t good enough. I think I like this better.

Since I will only be starting in four weeks, and my paper will not take up all the time till then, I have decided to start drawing and blogging again. I am celebrating this with picking a new theme, and starting to work my way through a new book. This book is Keys to drawing with the imagination by Bert Dodson. I have done two exercises already, and  I will post some pictures of it soon. With this book I hope to get myself going again, hopefully enough to keep it up once I start working. I will be back soon, promise.


EDM 69 and 105 May 8, 2007

Filed under: Drawings,EDM — paulien @ 3:48 pm

These are some of my daily drawings from the Every Day in May challenge. I will not post them all, but I will definitely make a picture of my larger drawing when it is done. I will keep working on it.


These are also two EDM-challenges, a drink and a pair of scissors (numbers 69 and 105). I still haven’t found a good way to prepare pencil drawings for the blog, changing the contrast and clarity doesn’t help to make them look better.


Where did the fun go? May 7, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — paulien @ 9:50 pm

The last drawing I posted here was made on a Saturday afternoon. I had done all the chores I had to do, so I figured I should draw. And it really felt like a should, not a want to.

I simply wasn’t fun to do, because I didn’t feel like drawing. I had not drawn anything for a few days, and I felt like I had tot do something. And I wanted it quick and good. I don’t like the drawing because of these reasons. Maybe it doesn’t look that bad, but it has negative feelings attached to it.

What to do now? I need to bring the fun back into drawing.

That is why I joined the Every Day in May Challenge.  I will do something each day, a small drawing in a sketchbook, or a little work on a larger drawing. I hope that with these small steps I will make drawing fun again. And if not, I will quit after a month.


swan April 21, 2007

Filed under: Drawings — paulien @ 3:09 pm

I made this drawing today, of a glass swan we bought in Venice some years ago.


It was fun to do, but also hard. All these shades of blue were difficult to make, and some parts were just colourless glass.

But the swan itself is a beautiful thing to have in the house.


Larger pencil drawing April 14, 2007

Filed under: Drawings — paulien @ 2:45 pm

Long time no see. I had some time off drawing since my last post. I am not thinking about the accident often, but I did not feel like doing any drawing. Now I do.

Here is a picture of a larger drawing I did, on my easel. The easel was a birthday gift from my boyfriend, great gift!


I love doing larger work, besides drawing in sketchbooks. It takes longer, but you can be much more loose. This one is A3 in size, but in the art class I took we did A2 and still larger. The easel I have can hold this, so maybe I will try that one day. But for now, this is a nice change.


Accidents happen March 17, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — paulien @ 6:14 pm

No drawings this time. I want to share a story today. It is something that I saw happening while on my way to the university one beautiful morning.

I was on the bus, and had just finished my book. I was looking out of the window, but not really paying attention to what I was seeing, while the bus stood waiting for a traffic light. Then something weird caught my eye.

A girl, or woman, was getting on her bike in the middle of the road. There is a special lane for people on bicycles, but for some reason she was at the lane for cars.  While she was getting on her bike, the light for cars around the corner went green, and a van started driving.

He went around the corner, on the lane where the woman was. He didn’t see her. He hit her.

He hit his brakes immediately after he noticed here, but it was to late. I, and some other people on the bus, saw her trying to get away from the van to the side. She couldn’t, and fell down. The front wheels of the van went over her and her bike, before to van came to a halt. She lay under the van, moved her foot a bit, and then nothing.

Someone next to me started calling the alarm service. The driver of the van got out and went to look, he was as white as a sheet. At this moment the light for the bus went green, and we drove away.

My stop was next, and I after a few minutes talking to a friend I walked back to the place of the accident. I told the police all I had seen. They wanted to know what had happened, both for the family of the girl an for the driver. If he was doing something wrong, he could be prosecuted. I don’t think he was guilty at all, he was driving where he was supposed to drive, went very slowly and his light was green.

After I had told the policeman everything, I asked if he knew anything about the girl. She had died shortly after she arrived at the hospital. I didn’t know her, but I guess she was about my age.

I have been thinking a lot about it, and I don’t think I  will ever forget what I saw.  I wish the family all the best, and the driver. It must be horrible for him.

Why do I want to share this? After the first few days of being sad about it, I started to try to think differently. It is horrible, but sitting at home being sad is not going to help anybody. What I learned from this is that life is too good to be wasted like that. The girl in the accident could have been me, but it wasn’t. I am alive, and I should be grateful. This thought I want to share with anyone I know.