Black and white

Testing out my new ink. I am very disappointed by the quality, this is a Winsor & Newton Calligraphy Ink. The reason I am disappointed is because when it is dilluted with water it doesn’t leave any shade. Let me demostrate, see here the flower detail is painted by ink with lots of water. One can clearly see the purple shade when the ink is lighted. In fact, there was a shade of ochra too, brownish, lilac etc.

Parker INK

 

I need to buy some more Parker Ink I used to have, but I can’t find it anywhere. The search continues…

Meanwhile, here are some illustrations I made:

B&W

black 2 black 3

Melancholy

bow 2 bow 3 bow

Collage of all works

 collage 1

Corset

corset

Feathers

feather 1 feather 2

Vanity (i reeeeeeeally love this one)

vanity 1 vanity 2 vanity 3

Zebra

zebra 2 zebra 3 zebra 4 zebra

Jon Whitcomb // Illustrator

Oh, how I love those Hollywood movie-screen kisses…

Jon Whitcomb (1906–1988) is an acclaimed American illustrator (see bio here). At the time his illustrations were featured in Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping etc etc. He was amongst the first illustrators to switch to gouache paint from oil for posters.

Currently, I am trying to hunt down his book on glamour All About Girls, hopefully I will find it soon somewhere.

jon whitcomb

 

romantic kiss

THE KISS

This one below is often associated with a phrase:

“I am so happy I could die”

could die

being kissed  kiss 2 close up kiss 2

movie kiss kiss full

kiss kiss me close up  kiss me kiss night

This one when she is asking for a kiss

kiss me NOW

Who can resist HER?! Stunning!!

sensual

love

Sources of pictures in Pinterest

Vincent Bakkum // SOME PAINTINGS 14.2-15.4.14

Yesterday I went to the exhibition opening of one of my all time favourite painters (and fashion illustrators) – Vincent Bakkum. I have been a fan for YEARS, and had a chance once to visit Vincent’s studio … long time ago. (See my old post here).

But finally, Vincent is holding a new exhibition in Helsinki and here are some pictures from yesterday. Enjoy:

Vincent 001

Tying white scarf

V_Vincent & me

  Vincent 002

Uw hormonen (left) , The technology of orgasm (right)

Vincent 003

Bij dieren

Vincent 004

Bloomingdale’s

Vincent 005

Some ardea

Vincent 006 Vincent 007 Vincent 008  Vincent 010

Round roosterVincent 011

If you are in Helsinki – I strongly recommend to go and see all this beauty for yourself:

Interior Design Helena KarihtalaOy, Abrahaminkatu 8, Helsinki

vincent invitation

Storytelling // New Year’s Resolutions of a Romantic and a Dreamer

“Screw this. I am going to Wonderland”…and here are my kind of New Year’s resolutions.

Disclaimer

forget  realism

tom ford

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Start a diet.

diet 2

diet 22

champagnediet 3

diet 1diet 4diet 0

Get a pet.

lamb

pet

pet 2pet rabbit

And when the opportunity presents itself, follow the white rabbit.

rabbit

The rabbit will provide the directions to the Wonderland:

map

Get a driving license to any transport you prefer.

dragon

Follow the magic dust, too.

follow the dust

But first, clean up. Get rid of the useless stuff.

sand in my house

People too. Let go.

forget people

Instead make new friends. You know, with like-minded people.

new friends

Document your adventures. Blog more – whenever, wherever.

Rozlyn Papa in mermaid costume in Ariel Skelly's pool, Richmond, VA

Re-define “treats”.

chanel

Start new beauty routines.

beauty

cloud

Attend awesome tea-parties more often.

underwater tea party 2underwater tea party

Meditate.

light 2

underwater meditate

Sleep more. And dream of fairy-tales.

sleep 2

nap

dream2

sleep

breathebreathe 2

underwater 3

underwater swim

Stay fit. Find the best work-out style for you.

underwater ballet

sport 2

To exercise ALL muscles :)

wings

dance

bubble gum sport

Stay inside your bubble.

bubble

But do occasionally go outside your comfort zone…

go ashore

Run away from troubles, worries and fears. Even if sometimes it’s a bit of a slow process.

run

Wear more accessories.

elf earscrowncrystals 2

Wear new shoes.  New ones tend to take you to new places. Think of Dorothy or Cinderella.

the right shoes

small things

cinderella 2

stairs 2

new staircase

tunnel

Go to the movies more often. Alone.

movies

man of dreams

night sky 6

night sky 3night sky 4

Find him. The moon keeper.

private  moon

He has stories to tell. And places to show.

sail

Listen. (The newly acquired pet is listening, too. It’s more fun together).

dream

Read more

fairy tales

fairy tales 2

fairy tales read 2fairy tales read

be happy

Start using the mirror’s magic powers.  If you don’t know what they are consult Alice. Or Neo. Or Ravenna. No, don’t consult Ravenna. She is dead.

image

Find the key. You know, the one you have been looking for a loooong time. A key to happiness? Success? Home? Castle?

key

Whatever project you start – have no fear, start small…

start

Just start your journey…

start the journey

And see it grow…

speed

And rejoice at where it will take you…

enlightment

Feel enlightened

blinded by the light

But if it’s not working out at first, have a break

break

miracles

work

But it is important you start ASAP

today 2

today

Don’t give up

change 223

Even if it feels impossible

stars made

underwater 2

change 2

change 3

no sad

nownow sleep

BECAUSE…

magic self madelight 3light

…AND…

change

new routines

Find new perspective.

new angle

new angle 2

Outside.

underwater

new perspective

Attitude is the key. Like for instance, it’s not sand in your shoe, it’s entire beach and the ocean!                           sand in my shoe

love life

enjoy

motto 1

And if you feel like crying along the process, go ahead:

glitter tears

                glitter in a jar

glitter 2

glitter dandelion glitter 4

glitter lips

night sky 2

But aways stay true to yourself and remember to be persistent…

  follow the dream       do it 2         change 22

do it

And while you are busy working on your dreams…

life is full of suprizes

surprises 2

pink trees

pink sky

pink 1

pearl

crystals

pearls

peace

cloud 2

cocktail

pool

sleep

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ship castle 6 cinderella

the end

soon

The sources of images can be found in Pinterest in my account:

Fairy-tales and Dreams

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p.s. In case you are wondering, yes, this post took ages to make.