As we are counting the last hours of the old year and looking forward to the new one, I just want to reflect on the past year and say that it went pretty well for me. I tried to focus on doing things I love. I’ve baked a lot, trying to be inventive and try new things. I’ve tried to take better photos of my food and my surroundings. I tried to spend more time painting. I have actually finished several paintings out of which two were sold in a charity event helping needy Bosnian families and one got an award and it is still displayed in our local museum gallery. I tried to spend more time with my kids, be a better parent, be a good friend and a listener. I tried to keep an open mind and an open heart to the new things that came along. Have I succeeded? Not sure. I am sure of one thing though: I will not stop trying and hoping that this new year will be better in every way not only for me, but also for all of you that are reading this post and for the whole world.
This is my latest painting. The original photo comes from a Croatian photographer Boris Stromar and can be seen at Boris’ website. With Boris’ permission I have used this photo as a reference. The painting depicts river Una, one of the most beautiful rivers of Bosnia and Europe.
This is how I started:
Here is the progress from this week. I had a lot of problems with the small boat in the background, so I had to re position it and change the shape of it. Now I think it looks better. I have mainly worked on the lower left corner and somewhat on the big boat. The big boat supposed to show reflection of the clouds since it has some leftover rain inside… I plan to work on the big boat and hopefully finish it next week… Stay tuned my friends.
Busy summer days are over, so I can finally concentrate on painting again. I started this one last Tuesday and this is the result of 2.5 hours of painting. The medium I’m using is soft pastel, and the size is 28 3/4 X 20 3/4 in (or 73 X 52.6 cm). More progress photos coming next week…
This is very different from what I usually paint, but I am having so much fun doing it. The paper I am using is also different from what I am used to. It is a bit textured and takes the pastel well. This painting is quite small (8 X 12 in) and detailed. So far I am happy about how its coming along…
One painting done, another one in making. This time I am trying to get out of my comfort zone and paint some blackberry blossoms. They caught my eye the other day when we were taking our dogs for a walk in the park. They are so subtle and graceful with their fine, white petals. Usually I paint landscapes, architecture, animals occasionally, but not flowers. Recently I painted some tulips for exercise and didn’t like the end result (maybe because photo wasn’t mine)… This time the photo is mine and I am eager to do this well! Stay tuned.
I am so happy to be done with my pastel landscape. I love how it turned out. It will remind me every day of my hometown and the beautiful Una river. In Latin Una means “In one” or “Together”. I decided to call the painting “Together”. Even though I now live far away from Una, still in my heart we are together.
I am almost done with my river landscape. A few finishing touches on the trees, sky and boats and that’s it, I think. I am excited to be done and I am happy how it turned out. This scene is of river Una from my hometown in Bosnia. Many beautiful memories connect me to this place. I have to think of a good title for the painting…..
Here is the week 1: start. I really enjoy my pastel class! People are welcoming and kind and I always accomplish a lot. I can never make that kind of progress when I paint at home. This is how far I got the 2nd week:
I started a new soft pastel landscape last week. This is just a sketch. Can you tell what it is? I work on it only once a week for about 2-3 hours. Each week I will show a photo on its progress…
After a two year break, I just started painting again. I didn’t realize how much I missed it. This pastel is just a little warm up, until I start a bigger project…
Finished…. not to happy, but it was a good exercise 🙂