Sunday, March 30, 2014

Pink Moments of the Week

So many beautiful trees are blossoming.

And I made a new flower essence.

from this magnolia tree

solar infusion

Doesn't that sound divine?

Friday, March 28, 2014

Flowers & Fingers

What kind of painting can feel more liberating and childlike 
(in its most awesome way) 
than painting with your fingers?

Clara did it too.

Doing this in the morning
on a sunny spring day ...

... surefire great mood.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hubby cooks vegan

When I came back from a morning yoga class the other day, I was met by three lovely people being busy in the kitchen.

"What are you cooking?" - Pancakes!!!!!!!!!

A request from the girls,
Hubby found this German vegan pancake recipe online
(and used water instead of apple juice).

But where did Hubby go?

Clara cooks vegan.

Very good.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Underwater Love

I paint a lot of flowers. And I love it. But among all the pink flowers a subtheme has emerged - underwater (like here and here). You could think, that for someone who grew up on the sea (the Baltic Sea, to be precise) this wouldn't be an usual longing. But I have to tell you, that I have never felt a special bond with the sea and am not a beach bum (strangely, a lot of our vacation involve oceans...).

I would like to share with you a second painting I painted during the Bloom True e-course with Flora Bowley. Actually, it was the first one and the one that took the longest process to come together.

It went through a couple of different stages.

And then the jellyfish appeared ...

... and disappeared again.

One jellyfish wanted to come back
and swim in the final painting.

Whatever this means.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Pink Moment of the Week

... making flower essence ...

... from wild cherry blossoms.

a technique learned in 30 Days of Grace
(you can find similar intructions here)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014



Happy spring equinox
and first day of spring
to all of you!

May you have a sunny day
outside and inside.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Hubby cooks vegan

Hubby was a little behind in his cooking, I gently nudged him.
I could choose a new recipe from "Peace Food".

Something quick, on a busy weekday evening.
And so the man, who really loves eating soup,
cooked the first soup of his life himself.

Pea Soup

Made from frozen peas, with a hint of fresh thyme.
Light, hearty and elegant.
Even without garlic and the white wine
we omitted.

Good stuff, Hubby!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Bloom True

This post is about how this painting

transformed into this one over the last five weeks.

That was us six years ago.

 Sitting on our couch in the living room in Cologne,
Clara was nearly two years old.
Shortly after that we would sell or donate half of our household,
deposit the rest at my mother-in-law's house
and travel the world for half a year (here),
ending up in Oldenburg, Northern Germany,
at my mother-in-law's house.

We still have that couch.
The poppies painting would stay in her house
for the next years,
squeezed behind a big wardrobe.

I had painted it in a class in 2005 in Cologne,
I think I copied it as a lesson at this painting school.
And that was also about the last time
I took a paintbrush in my hand.

Until 2014.
With my newly-sparked appetite for painting,
I discovered Flora Bowley's art online
and without much hesitation signed up
for her e-course Bloom True.
I was fascinated by her vibrant and spiritual paintings
and wanted to learn more about her process.

So here we go.
It is a intuitive process about letting go and being bold.
With colour and in your life.

My first moves on the canvas.

At first I thought a large format (this is 1 meter x 1 meter)
would be intimidating,
but actually it is quite liberating.

I discovered my love for playing with a spray bottle
and dripping paint.

Fluorescent pink anyone?

adding some imagery

and bringing it all together.

The painting is still waiting for a new place,
it is now standing in my studio.

And I have another little one on my lap.

Thank you, Flora Bowley,
for all the inspiration and guidance.