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Blue tears, red crown (painting of the day) / Plave suze, crvena kruna (slika dana)


Today I'm posting a relatively new painting. The medium is watercolour on cardboard. It is no revolutionary technique. It is just that when I use up all the paper in a sketchbook, I tend to paint on the covers that are made from- well cardboard.  The last painting I created in this way was this one. Besides it being practical ( I hate being wasteful), I like the cold grey tones of your typical cardboard. I plan to make a series of drawings on cardboard ( I love those done on grey paper with lots of white pencil on emphasis) but I have to find time first. Sometimes I find the whole painting process almost annoying. At times, it is very energy draining and frustrating. Are those rarely moments when I'm actually happy with something I made worth it? I'm not sure. I guess that time will tell. 

Are you surprised to read this? People usually have such romantic ideas about painting. The reality looks more like this: chronic back pain, neck pain, wrist pain and an emptier wallet. That is just from a prospective of  a hobby artist- and one that isn't very ambitious. I imagine that the sacrifices that a real artists has to do are a lot more serious. It's a whole different lifestyle. Years of work. Anyone can pick up a brush when they feel inspired. To choose to devote your life to art takes such fantastic courage that I can't help but admire artists. Artist of any kind. Be they painters, photographers, dancers, writer etc. I especially admire the unknown ones, those that just keep going, no matter what. I always thought of myself as someone who admires art, someone who is an art lover, but now I'm realizing that I love artists too. Not just art as an abstract thing, but people who make it as well. They never seemed more fascinating to me then they do now. It is always nice to find out something new about ourselves, isn't it?

How is your weekend going so far? I'm doing my best to catch up with blogging today. I was a bit absent for the last few days because I had to take care of some things in Split. While I was there,  I decided to make a quick stop on island Hvar. I was there only for a few hours because there are only two ferry lines a day, but I managed to visit my grandmother. Anyway, I'm really happy about being able to visit my grandmother. I know that doesn't seem to be the mood on my painting of the day, but I'm actually feeling pretty good. This painting is not intended to be depressive anyway. More melancholic. I made dozens of painting with this motif of blue tears and I will probably make a lot more. I'm trying to capture something, but I'm not sure exactly what. 

Danas sa vama dijelim relativno novu sliku. Medij su vodene boje na kartonu. Nije riječ o nikakvoj revolucionarnoj tehnici. Obično kada potrošim sve listove it mape za crtanje, slikam na samim koricama koje su od papira. Zadnja slika koju sam stvorila na ovaj način je bila ova.  Osim što je praktično (mrzim bacati stvari), sviđaju mi se hladnu sivi tonovi tipičnoga lista kartona. Planiram napraviti seriju crteža na kartonu (volim one na sivom papiru s puno bijele olovke za isticanje), ali prvo moram pronaći vremena. Ponekad mi cijeli proces slikanja pomalo ide na živce. Iziskuje toliko energije i frustracije. Jesu li ti rijetki trenuci kada sam zadovoljna s nečim što sam napravila vrijedni toga? Nisam sigurna. Valjda će vrijeme pokazati. 

Čudi li vas pročitati ovako nešto? Ljudi obično imaju romantične ideje o slikanju. Realnost izgleda više nešto kao ovo: kronični bol u vratu, leđima i zglobovima te prazniji novčanik. Sve to je potrebno za baviti se slikanjem samo iz hobija- i to iz perpektive nekoga tko i nije posebno ambiciozan. Žrtve koje pravi umjetnici poduzimaju su puno ozbiljnije, mogu zamisliti. To je cijeli stil života. Godine rada. Stvarno im se divim. Svatko može uzeti kist u ruke kada osjeti nadahnuće. Odlučiti posvetiti svoj život umjetnosti zahtjeva tako fanatičnu hrabrost da se ne mogu ne diviti umjetnicima. Umjetnicima svake vrste. Bili oni slikari, fotografi, plesači ili pisci itd. Posebno se divim onim nepoznatima, onima koji stalno idu naprijed, bez obzira na sve. Uvijek sam o sebi razmišljala kao o nekome tko se divi umjetnosti, nekome tko voli umjetnost, ali sada sam shvatila da volim i umjetnike. Ne samo umjetnost kao abstraktnu stvar, nego i ljude koji je prave. Nikada mi se nisu činili tako fascinantima kao sada. Uvijek je lijepo saznati nešto novo o sebi, zar ne?

Kako zasada izgleda vaš vikend? Ja se trudim nadoknaditi propušteno što se tiče čitanja bologova. Bila sam pomalo odsutna zadnjih par dana jer sam morala obaviti neke stvari u Splitu, a dok sam bila tamo, odlučila sam na brzinu svratiti na Hvar. Bila sam tamo samo par sati jer imaju samo dvije trajektne linije dnevno, ali uspjela sam posjetiti baku tako da sam vesela zbog toga. Znam da se to ne čini kao raspoloženje današnje slikem ali zapravo se osjećam poprilično dobro. Ova slika ionako ne bi trebala biti depresivna, više melankolična. Naslikala sam više od desetak ovakvih slika, a sigurno ću i više. Pokušavam nešto uhvatiti, a nisam ni sama sigurna što. 

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  1. Another great illustration :)

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  2. Cute

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  3. I'm sure your grandmother was just as happy about your visit :) Thanks for exposing the truth behind painting. I think most of the time we just see the finished artwork so we might tend to forget the toil and effort that goes into a piece.

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  4. Beautiful picture ;)
    Thank you for your visit and a comment and of course I invite you to come back again ;)
    Ive just started to follow you on GFC ;)

    Kisses,
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  5. I love how you say you don't want to be wasteful and so use this material to create artwork on - so lovely! I see what you mean about this painting being melancholic, I definitely pick up on that feeling; it's tragically beautiful. I think I've said before how much I like the addition of tears to your creations? :)

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    1. thank you Gabrielle. I'm glad you like it:).

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  6. I love the feeling that your art provokes dear. My weekend's busy as we had this really big school event where I had to write the script and do some other stuffs. I'm amaze at how you look at life and art as always dear. And yes, without thinking about other mundane things like popularity, I too admire art and artists alike. Art, in any form sets me free. :)

    love lots,
    Tin

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    1. I hope you'll get the chance to relax a bit soon. I love what you said about art setting you free. I have the same feeling, that is why I'm trying to pursue it.

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  7. Beautiful picture !
    I follow you and I want to invite you in my website :*
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  9. Well done, it's so melancholic and beautiful...
    Carol and Vero

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  10. Excellent post (as always)!Thank you very much :) xx

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  11. This illustration is amazing ! :)

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  12. I like your thought about *behind the artist scene* I am sure your nana was delighted about your visit. Beautiful illustration, Ivana. Cardboard isn't the best canvas for watercolors, you could use watercolor ground next time, one coat will do. Happy Sunday, girl.
    xox
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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  14. Yes - I could be an artist - but what about this little thing hahaah money ??? You are right - it's great to be famous, make money from your art and create in luxury. Unfortunaltely not a lot of artists are so lucky. Great read. Cheers - Margot :)

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  15. Sigurna sam da slikanje nije nimalo lako i da kao i svaki hobi dođe u fazu kada se pitamo čemu sve. Iskreno da ti kažem, tako se ja osećam što se tiče bloga poslednjih meseci ali mislim da se polako motivišem jer bi mi bilo žao da odustanem. Makar za sada. Ne mislim da je umetnost laka niti volim kad neko stavlja umetnost u taj koš, ali opet ne treba se ni dokazivati. Ljudi će uvek misliti da su baš oni u pravu i da je njihov poziv najteži. Iz mog ugla mi deluje da je tvoje slikanje veoma vredno truda. Meni tvoj blog dođe kao neka virtelna, kreativna radionica koje me uvek inspiriše i opušta :)
    Divno je što si uspela da posetiš baku <3

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  16. This is my favorite from you Ivana! It evokes such feeling. I can imagine, sometimes its a struggle. But the outcome is so worth it.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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