Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Scribble Picnic theme - CABIN

The Scribble Picnic theme for this week is CABIN.

I was inspired yet again this week by one of my previous pieces of art — an affirmation card that I painted back in 2009. You can read the associated post for it HERE.



Initially, I was thinking that I would paint a cabin along the pathway in the distance until a different scene suddenly popped into my head. I wanted to keep the girl but, this time, I would place her on a path in the woods with a cabin ahead of her.

I used a mechanical pencil for the planning stage.

First layer of watercolour

The final layer of watercolour with some pen detailing

The caption I made up for the illustration 
Simone was excited to be spending the next month at the little cabin in the woods. It was her refuge, a break away, from her crazy life and busy work schedule. Here at the cabin, she would be able to relax, savour the peace and quiet, and maybe even start the book she had always dreamed of writing one day.

To see the work of other Scribble Picnic participants, click HERE.
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I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's take on the theme. What fun!

34 comments:

  1. Serena,
    What a lovely picture! I feel like your picture is my morning time. Going to a "cabin" and reflecting on the day before, and the day to come. I like how you show your progression as you paint.
    Blessings,
    Janis
    janiscox.com

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    1. Thanks, Janis. I think we all need a place where we can get away from the craziness of life at times. :)

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  2. Such a lovely drawing with a calming feel. The depth of your drawing is wonderful. A lovely take on the theme Serena.

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  3. this is wonderful, the cabin is so well drawn. I like seeing the process, see how each step changes the whole look of the piece. good take on the theme.

    have a lovely day.

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  4. Wow, I love seeing your process Serena! It's amazing how the pen really brings it to life... And I love the narrative behind it too... I think we all need a place like that to retreat to! :0)

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    1. Thanks, Sandra. I'm having fun coming up with ideas for the theme. :)

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  5. Wow Serena, love where this piece took you! Thanks for showing your process! It's a beautiful piece.

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    1. Thanks, Christine. I have really enjoyed the process of mixing imagination with previous art pieces. This is definitely outside of the box for me. :)

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  6. It's wonderful. I do love that you showed your steps. It is always so thrilling. It is a beautiful and peaceful setting, a wonderful place to be alone for awhile.

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    1. Thanks, Hanna. I know I like to see the process work of other artists so I try to share my own when I remember to take photos of the different stages. hehe

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  7. Lovely piece. It holds the feeling of serenity.
    I enjoyed seeing your stages in creating it.

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    1. Thanks, Tammy. Glad you like it. :)

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  8. Serena, oh yes! I saw this on Instagram but "watching" the process, as others note, really brings it to life. That's why I think I will always prefer a blog like platform, plus getting to read the thoughts behind it as you so aptly put here. Your painting of the trees fading into the distance really adds depth. You have a wonderful, natural, instinctive to watercolour style that evades me and I so love it. Really enjoyed seeing this.

    i also left you a comment on your old post too btw. :)

    Thank you so much for this addition. I coudl definitely do a picnic there. Lovely!

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    1. Thanks, Michael. I also prefer a blog platform as they are much more detailed and personal than the brief posts and fast-moving format on other social media platforms. I read last year that blogging is making a comeback because many are tiring of Facebook, etc. I'm so happy to hear that you think I have an instinct for watercolours as I still feel I'm very much a beginner in that area. Acrylics are the medium I feel more skilled and comfortable with but they have been on the back-burner since I started using sketchbooks years ago. I do enjoy working with ink and watercolours...always learning new things.

      Thanks for the comment on my older post...I replied there too.

      Now, to think of something for next week's theme. :)

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  9. thanks for images showing some of the progress :) its great you created a little caption for it :)

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    1. Thanks, Jen. I really enjoyed the theme this week even though I left it til the day before. hehe

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  10. I love how you created your story in "layers" and I also love the way the path curves with just a little more anticipation of reaching that solitude.

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    1. Thanks, Lorraine. Glad you liked it. :)

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  11. What a peaceful retreat! Interesting to see the steps you took creating it.

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  12. Good evening Serena - my first time here thanks to Michael!
    Love the progression of your art piece. Seeing 'Simone' just partially, and from the back, gives an entirely different perspective to your story. The cabin is inviting - a place where we all no doubt would love to push open the door and see inside.

    Mary (A Breath of Fresh Air)

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Mary, and for your lovely comment. :)

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  13. Sweet! Love the cabin the woods getaway! :)

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    1. Me too! I hope you are doing well, Rita. I'm more than halfway through a letter to you.

      Love and hugs xo

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  14. Serena... I remember your affirmation cards! They were so inspiring.
    What a fun way to resurrect an old painting. I love it. :)

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    1. Thanks, Jessica. The affirmation cards were fun to do up until the host of the Mantra Monday challenge just stopped doing it. After that, my cards just fell to the wayside. I may eventually complete the deck. :)

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  15. It's wonderful, Serena. I love how you situated the girl to the side, as if she's about to walk down the path to a mysterious but beautiful cabin. Would love to know what she discovers inside. :)

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    1. Thanks, Alexandra. I'm so glad you like it. :)

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  16. So beautiful! And congrats on being the featured artist for PPF this week. Your work is awesome!

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  17. Great post, Mum! I do remember your Mantra cards, I thought they were great too. I love how you got the idea for the girl in front of the cabin, really good! Love the finished piece and the caption sounds perfect for it. A cabin in the woods sounds like a great getaway place.

    Love Brad xoxo

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    1. Thanks, Brad! Glad you like this illustration. :)

      Love Mum xo

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