October 1-8, 2017

How is it already October?! And what an incredible, busy week it was for me. Let’s take a quick look:


  1. Pastel ((See all on instagram under #greenrainartpastels ):

There were two paintings created this week

The mountain ash berries for pastel marathon on instagram

Mountain Ash pastel painting green rain art

this is one of my most beloved trees, I wish there were more of these around

And an autumn view from a picture I’ve taken in a local garden

Hudson Garden autumn sot pastel painting greenrainart.com

autumn is my favorite season

2. Make Art That Sells (my MATS adventures can be seen on instagram under the tag #greenrainartmats)

My Illustrating Children’s Books course has begun. Wow, I somehow didn’t expect it to be this full of exercises and information, I thought it was just like Home Decor, intense but doable, but this time it is so intense I dream about things I’ve learned. We have made selection from three stories offered. My choice is a story about a baby turtle that is searching for the light of the moon to go into the sea.

We worked on characters this week and here’s my little guy:


I loved drawing this little guy, I used markers to sketch out the characters, the material might change over weeks to come, but so far I am happy with control I have of the material

Here’s my sketching process for this week:

sketching a turtle green rain art

the best moment was when I felt I “found” my little turtle which later became a colored version above

Daily sketches was another exercise given by our teachers, this week we concentrated on drawing accessories

Accessories doodles green rain art

such a fun activity!

3. Though I am still missing previous week’s prompt drawing, I managed to complete this week’s for the Sketchflashmob (see #greenrainartfromlife  for more). This week’s theme was “Spoons”

wooden spoon colored pencils green rain art

beloved, but battered spoon with folk painting

4. FolioFocus’ assignment this week was to create some coordinating birthday cards, my head was full of swirls and mosaic effects (probably from looking on a lot of turtle shells all week) and this is what I came up with! (see all works under #greenrainartff17 hashtag on instagram)

green rain art Beautiful-Birthdays-FF17

aren’t they lovely?

I will work on another set of those in slightly different style, but not sure when they’ll be ready

5. For 52 weeks illustration challenge (all drawings for this challenge can be now seen under #greenrainart52w tag on instagram) I drew a little illustration on the topic of “Rope”

Rope ties the boat copic illustration green rain art

I miss the sea so much

6. I am continuing with my 100 days challenge  (see all on instagram under  #100daysofgreenrainart and folk art specifically under#greenrainartfolksketch hashtags), I gave myself a permission to skip a day if absolutely necessary, but I am getting closer to my first 20 day milestone

I am working my way through “Imagine a Forest” book by Dinara Mirtalipova, her guidance on creating folk-style illustrations is clear and helpful. I started October with some bugs

folk art bugs green rain art

I am not at all fond of bugs but these guys were fun to draw

Then I moved on to birds, and that was a CHALLENGE, though I love drawing them and did a lot of those for Home Dec course

folk birds exercise black backgr green rain art

I love dark backgrounds but still learning how to make my birds “pop” on a dark page


folk birds exercise green rain art

these guys were a bit easier

green rain art folk birds gouache

This is where I think I started to “get” it, I still need to work on my composition, especially since I don’t want it to resemble Dinara’s, but limited palette definitely helps with keeping it all together

bird in the garden folk art gouache green rain art

final birdie in the garden, looks slightly sleepy

After birds it’s cats and who knew such a simple shape was so hard to decorate

folk art cats 2 green rain art

white kitty is modeled after my own, so it’s my favorite!

folk art cats green rain art

I tried to go for a “family” feel here, not sure if succeeded but it was fun to draw

7. Finishing this post with my Inktober doodles (see all work on instargram under #greenrainartinktober hashtag). Just like last year I decided not to do elaborate drawings, and rather do brush work of very small suggestive images.

inktober days 1-4 green rain art

days 1-4

Inktober days 5-8greenrainart

days 5-8

No embroidery this week, sadly, icons get drawn in my thumbnail art journal, but no big drawings. My plate is pretty full but I am very excited to see how my work evolve over this month.

Have a lovely week everyone and see you soon!



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