Friday art: Art journal pages


Is my "theme" for 2011 and these 2 pictures from an older art journal seem to resonate with that. I'm currently working on a new set of canvases, currently covered in a golden yellow, and am so happy, that the sun is still warm and lovely around here. Light is so important for painting, and best of all, natural light. But light is vital for our emotional life as well. Did you notice, how many people are smiling, on a fine, sunny day? I hope the sun will be smiling on all of us this weekend!

Monday Love: DIY flower brooche

A little project on how to make a cool flower brooche from the leftovers of a cut of jeans. I basically just cut a flower shape in 3 different sizes, sew them on to each other with a pretty couture-button as a center piece - and added a needle on the backside. Voila - this flower will bloom on your jacket or sweater all through the winter! Hope your week starts sunny and lovely and with enough space and time for some creative things!

Photos and idea: Martina Voigt-Schmid

Friday art: Take a break!

Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
Guillaume Apollinaire 

Friday art this time means art of living. I just love this quote by apollinaire - it's so funny and at the same time - true! Happiness is there in the appreciation of the smallest things. In the creamy texture of colors on my plate, in the fresh smell of mint leaves in my drink of raspberry sirup and water. Even a gulp of air can make you happy, if you take time to perceive it and savour it. 

Ah, it's friday my lovelies, and that alone is a reason to celebrate. I'm going through a time, were so many things call for attention every day and time itself seems to slip away like a slippery ocean creature. And i - want to do so many things but at the same time i feel lazy and dream of lying on a sandy beach... does that sound crazy?

Photo: Martina Voigt-Schmid

Monday Love: Mint-tea on the beach

 Why do we love the sea?  It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.  
Robert Henri

Some pictures from a recent trip to the Netherlands, visiting Scheveningen, with it's huge sandy beach and the beautiful city of Den Haag. The best part of these days was sitting outside in a beach cafè with a hot, fresh mint-tea, watching the sun go down and slowly melting into the ocean, sand on our feet and a scarf wrapped around the shoulders. I wish i could see the sea more often.For me, it has such a soothing, mind opening efect - the sounds, the smells, all connecting me to the rhythms of nature.
If you feel stressed this week ( i hope not!), think of the ocean and tune in, or, if you are lucky enough to live close to the beach, just go there and - let go!
Happy start to your week lovelies!

Photos: Martina Voigt-Schmid

Friday Art: Raspberry treat

A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?
Albert Einstein 

Hmmmm - a bit of sunshine, lovely friends, a hug, flowers, chocolate? Whatever you need to be happy, i hope you'll get plenty of it over the weekend! 
I have planned: A stroll over the fleamarket along the river, an art exibition, portuguese food hopefully enjoyed sitting outside, and sunday - just some time to catch up with myself!

Photo: Martina Voigt-Schmid

Monday Love: Blue Lagoon in Austria

“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way.”
 Dr. Seuss
Monday blues? Take a big gulp of fresh mountain air and have a swim in the cold blue waters - even imagining such things can make you feel fresh in a moment! Some pix from our recent trip to Austria, taken on the Traunsee, featuring Robin Benito and Julie Gaston.
Hope your week starts of happy ... and merry!

Photos: Martina Voigt-Schmid

Friday Art: Blueberries and more!

Have a blueberry - and know that you are loved!

This week was crazy - it flew by, things kept me on my toes all the time and i felt a bit "out of it".  I have the feeling, that for some of you, it was just the same, with holidays coming to an end, jobs starting, and a lot of hustle and bustle! This weekend, i've scheduled some much needed "Me-time" - which is also time to go visit you and see what you've been up to.  
Have a happy, relaxed, gorgeous weekend, and see you soon!

Collage/Painting and photo: Martina Voigt-Schmid

Painting summer!

Plates full of dried colors onmy floor. Hope i can still catch some of summer beauty soon, playing with aqua, blues and greens! Fresh flowers mix with faded flowers in my garden and in my rooms, and i collect walnuts in the warm sunshine just before lunch and put on warm socks just before dinner. We call this part of the year "Altweibersommer" - but you don't have to be old and grey to enjoy it!

Waterlillies in Munich

"When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other." 
Chinese Proverb
Impressions from a lovely afternoon in Munich, spent with my little niece Emma, who was wearing her pink tutu! We visited the botanical garden, which is so romantic and beautiful! We loved the waterlillies best and i thought of Claude Monet paintings, since the pond looked like a painting itself!
Have you got anything planned for the weekend yet?

Photos: Martina Voigt-Schmid