Colors of Italy

The vibrant colors of Italy also contain a softer palette of muted pinks, oranges, grey, beiges and blues, that are wonderfully soothing to the eyes and to the mind. To me, almost every piece of wall i see, or carefully tiled and plastered ground i walk over, contains a painting, and i've photographed a lot of pretty details during our walks in ancient market towns and villages. Above pix were taken in a medieval city called Toirrano, where we also ate wonderful pasta ... more about this in the next post ;)
Hope you all  have a splendid weekend ahead

I'm summer, come, run along my beaches, loose your thoughts in my rays of sunshine, dive into my oceans ...

Dear friends, it's been a loooooong while since i last posted here - do you guess where i've been? It wasn't easy going beach life all the time, but somehow, summer took me on it's wings and carried me away. Making the long days seem short, giving me so much to do while at the same time making me .... not exactly lazy, but stretching my inner life out in various directions. These pix were taken during a trip to the Italian riviera, and i'm going to show you more of the colors of Italy here soon.
Hope you're having a splendid summer so far and send you a fresh ocean breeze!

Happy Circles

Dieses Bild ist im vergangenen Frühling entstanden, und es wurde verkauft an eine Innenarchitektin die sagt; "Ich hätte mir nie im Leben vorstellen können, dass mir ein pinkfarbenes Bild an meiner Wand gefallen könnte. Aber jetzt blicke ich jeden Tag darauf und es macht mich einfach glücklich!"

This canvas got finished last spring and it sold to an interior-architekt who said: "never in a million years could i imagine, i would buy a pink painting and be totally happy with it, but now i did - and i am!! " Have a FUNtastic week of spring and colors lovelies!

Painting: Martina Voigt-Schmid, Second photo, cushions & rug: courtesy of Gudrun Sjoeden

Fearless Art

Some bold art to wake you up after the easter break! ThereÄs something that inspires me in these black walls, adorned with big, powerful art ... Be fearless,  be bold, PLAY and let your light shine, no matter what! 
Maybe because i'm at a point with my new paintings, that scares me a little. They are not far from where i want them to be, but not quite there ... something is still missing. And adding a little thing, sometimes changes the whole painting! Let's see, if some progress can be achieved this week!
I wish you a powerful midweek and send you a brushstroke of happiness!

Pictures: Pinterest

Happy Easter!

Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life.
S.D. Gordon

Fröhliche Ostern Ihr Lieben! Ein kleiner Gruß aus meinem Atelier, wo ich zur Zeit in goldenen Gelbtönen schwelge. Gestern, als ich die Fotos aufgenommen habe ist mir aufgefallen, dass ich für unseren Osterstrauss genau die gleichen Farben ausgesucht hatte, die sich auf meiner Palette finden - gelb, schwarz, pink und ein bisschen blau und orange. Sogar das pink meiner Bluse passt zu diesem Mix! 

Für das Bild von mir habe ich die "YouCamPerfect"t-App auf dem i-pad ausprobiert - und finde sie super! Sie wirft ein schmeichelhaftes Licht auf den Teint, das Fältchen und Hautunreinheiten einfach überstrahlt. Frau sieht aus wie frisch aus dem Ei gepellt und wie nach der Frühjahrskur, die sie in diesem Jahr (in meinem Fall) noch gar nicht begonnen hat ;)

Wir verbringen Ostern in diesem Jahr ganz entspannt - lange Familien-Frühstücke und Brunches, ein Flohmarkt-Bummel, ein Spaziergang am Rhein entlang - mal schauen, was das launische Aprilwetter alles zulässt!

Was sind Eure Pläne?

Happy easter from my studio flowers! Am painting away in shades of golden yellow and dashes of pink and yesterday, when i took these pix, i realized, that instinctively, i chose the same color scheme for our easter bouquet and even for my top!

For the picture of me i played a bit with the "YouCamPerfect" App for i-pad and must say i really love it! It makes the skin look beautiful and smooth- small wrinkles and imperfections just don't show and you look like after the spring cleanse even if - like in my case - you haven't even started on it.

The weather is really moody here, strong winds that blow cold rain showers, flower-petals and occasional specs of sunlight in our faces. We'll have a relaxed easter-weekend this year, with long and lazy family breakfasts and brunches, a walk over the flea-market, maybe visiting an art exhibition or a walk alongside the river.

What are your plans for the holidays?   

DIY Citrus Body Scrub

Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin.  
Gwyneth Paltrow

 Gestern habe ich Frühjahrsklamotten anprobiert und dabei gedacht, dass es höchste Zeit wäre, mal wieder etwas für meine Haut zu tun! Vor allem für Arme und Beine, die nach dem langen Winter - um es milde auszudrücken - nicht so richtig gut aussehen. Ein schönes Peeling schleift alte Hautschüppchen ab, fördert die Durchblutung und vitalisiert den ganzen Körper. 

Dieses einfache Rezept habe ich schon mal getestet - es ist super-easy, 100% natürlich und tut richtig gut. Durch das Traubenkernöl in der Mischung ist es auch sehr pflegend. Ich habe die Anwendung von Traubenkernöl mal in dem wunderschönen Wellness-Hotel Bollants im Park kennengelernt - es enthält besonders viel Vitamin E und Polyphenole und ist somit ein super Anti-Ageing Mittel.

Ihr bracht für das Peeling nur:
1 Bio-Zitrone
250g naturreines grobes Meersalz
75ml kaltgepresstes Traubenkernöl

Meersalz in ein Schälchen geben und mit dem Öl vermischen. die Zitrone auspressne und die Schale abreibem. Beides mit der Öl Salz Mischung gut vermengen - fertig! Jetzt nur noch in ein hübsches Glas abfüllen und den zitronigen Duft genießen!

Remember the body scrub DIY i posted about a while back? Meanwhile i got around making it, and it turned out great! You simply mix a cup of good, extra vergine vegetable oil - i used grapeseed-oil oil, since it's supposed to be very good for your skin - with a cup of pure sea salt and 2 teaspoons of grind lemon rind. That's it! Fill it in a pretty jar and use it on wet skin. You gently rub it in and shower it of.  Try it - and step into the week as the pretty and sparkling superstar you really are!

Photos: Martina Voigt-Schmid

Yellow shoes

Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.

Hallo Ihr Lieben, nachdem ich letzte Woche die Gartensaison eröffnen wollte, hat sich der Frühling wieder versteckt - hinter weißen und grauen Schleiern! Blumen gibt es trotzdem - und ein Schuss Farbe bringt Energie in den Tag. Deshalb trage ich heute meine gelben Ballerinas und spiele mit gelber Farbe. Welche Farbe tut Dir heute gut?

Spring starts wearing a white, wet, foggy gown here and the days since the equinox have been hidden behind it. Am wearing yellow shoes and adding dabs and strokes of yellow and pink to my canvases, to bring back the sunshine. Colors are pure energy - and can be used to spike up your mood and spirit. Which color do you need, to put you in balance right now?

Spring greetings from my studio!  I'm working on some new canvases and like always, when i start on a painting, let myself be guided by intuition and let my hands pick the colors, instead of consciously choosing them. Currently, i feel inspired by crystals, gemstones and ordinary stones. The shapes they have, formed by elements, the different structures, the light they emit and the light they catch and magnify.
Spring has officially started but there's a chill here in the air today - and i'm in a dreamy mood. A day for hot soup and tea and cozy reading time. What are your plans for the weekend?

Good Day, Sunshine!

Just a glimpse of Italy, to get your week started! Soft yellow, pale pink, creamy white and leafy green - coming across the pix i took during a holiday on the italian riviera i couldn't help feeling exited. Also because yesterday, our family has decided to visit the beautiful landscape of the ligurian coast again this coming june. Am painting away this week, feeling more inspired than i have in weeks - so be prepared to see some new work here coming up soon!

Princess Laya goes fashion

March is moving along swiftly, serving us little "Amuse Gueules" in the shape of crocuses and daisies in preparation for the big spring celebration, along with some sparkling sunshine - Ahhhh!

Are you thinking spring wardrobe yet? I find myself browsing the spring trends and fell in love with these glamorous headphones for the modern princess by Dolce & Gabbana, since a few years my favorite fashion inspiration. They are actually from the fall collection, as fashion is always moving a few steps ahead of us. Wouldn't it be fun to go shopping with a pair of these on your ears?

Hope you're having a lovely weekend. Take it easy my lovelies and keep warms, as the transition from winter to spring can be a tricky time - and covering your ears can be a good thing!