Monday, 2 January 2017

Hello 2017 – and nature's New Year celebration

Here's to 2017 – wishing everybody a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year!

There won't be a real review of 2016 this time … I'll just settle on admitting that I am pretty happy to be in 2017 now! And that 2016 was a challenging year at least. Caring for two 90 year old peeps (one of them with dementia) while looking after two households plus trying to run my art and design business often brought me to the edge of exhaustion. I believe that there's a time for everything in life, and this obviously is not the time for big career plans …

So for 2017 I'll just try to concentrate on the positive things. Hoping to help my parents to live their high age life in dignity – which is not easy all the time – and praying for patience for myself. And I'll just take every chunk of time I can get to create. It has become crystal clear to me that this is one of my basic needs, going way beyond any thoughts of career or making money.

For today – and to celebrate the New Year – I'll show you the winter wonderland that we enjoyed for two days right at our doorstep. It started on the 30th of December when we had a day and a night of dense fog. When the valley appeared again out of the big nothing, it had wrapped itself into a festive cloth of glittering frost … enjoy :-) Happy 2017!

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Happy Holidays!

Tomorrow morning I'll be signing off for the holidays … wishing all of you a wonderful Christmas and some peaceful and festive days with family and friends!

I will be back on the 28th. Not really working until the New Year, but might peek in here :-) See you then! Happy Christmas!

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Skyblue by Eva Marion

Welcome to my new shop – for original art! Doors are open! Finally ;-)
It took me a bit, but after getting more requests for original paintings lately, I decided to take the plunge and to open up an Etsy shop.

So this is "Skyblue" – named after one of my fave watercolour hues.
In there you'll find my "classics":
- original watercolour paintings, landscapes and florals
- and handpulled prints of my aquatint etchings.

I hope you'll like it!

P.s.: For those who are super quick, here's an Etsy promo, still valid until tomorrow night:
Buy a gift. Get a gift.
Spend $50 on your first-ever order and get $10 towards your next one. Ends 12/12. 
Full details:
Happy shopping :-)

Sunday, 4 December 2016

November Garden

The garden season comes to an end but there's still some beauty to discover. The reduced vegetation makes you notice the little things … I particularly love the various forms of seedpods and plant silhouettes that provide good inspiration for floral/ nature designs.

The spikey Lion's Tail stems look like spines, and sometimes like strings of pearls.

Delicate Bluebeard Seedheads. I love their soft colours against the greys and greens of the roof.

 Dramatic silhouettes and shadows of wild Yarrow.

Last Hyssop blossoms and seed umbels.

Two sweet guys that guard over our rooftop garden :-)

Our garden dragon can spit fire and is the work of my potter friend Baerbel.


This little forest scene was a fun discovery on the roof!

For the head gardener and his feline assistant it's time to sit in the sun, read a bit and just relax …

End of Season!

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Cyber Weekend offers – Minted, Spoonflower and the Roostery!

Cyber weekend offers are now available in my Minted store! In there you'll find beautiful art prints, art & design for kids, fabric and home decor for 15% or even 20% off :-) Make sure you'll use the code BF2016 through to Sunday, 11/27, 11:59 p.m. PT/ San Francisco time ( = Monday, 11/28, 8:59 p.m. in central Europe).

Tipp: On Monday please check on the Minted site for further offers! I am sure there will be reductions – only I will be travelling and offline, so I won't be able to post them here … thanks!

Buy my fabrics by the yard, wallpaper and wrapping paper in my Spoonflower shop for 10% off! This offer is valid through Monday, November 28 at 11:59 p.m. EST /Eastern USA time ( = Saturday, 11/26, 5:59 p.m. in central Europe). No code necessary.

10% off as well for home decor at Roostery! Buy pillows, napkins, placemats, tea towels and even chairs with my designs over here! This offer is valid through Monday, November 28 at 11:59 p.m. EST /Eastern USA time ( = Saturday, 11/26, 5:59 p.m. in central Europe). No code necessary.

Thank you and happy shopping :-)

Friday, 11 November 2016

Around here this week …

… there's autumn in full swing!
I took some pictures out of my studio window today – I love this view, especially in autumn! And it might all look different and leafless tomorrow, as they predicted the first frost for tonight …

I as well have been polishing up my Minted Store, to get into gear for the Holidays. As my Minted collection has been growing slowly but steadily this year, there's lots of beautiful wall art inside, and some kid's art, fabric and home decor too. Come have a look inside! Here's a peek into my faves for November:

Finally I couldn't resist to patch all my Inktober pieces together, so here's the full month!
There's some sketches that I'd love to develop further, in colour. And some interesting painting ideas and bits that might make nice patterns too. Hoping that I will find the time to do this …

Happy weekend everybody!

Friday, 4 November 2016

Autumn's Best – Inktober 2016, part 4

Running a bit late, as I had been away and "offline": here's the final part of Inktober!

Starting with the "Forest Girl" above, for Inktober 23. I thought I'd be painting an autumn wreath, but the brush decided differently and then this girl turned up …

Before doing Inktober 24 called "Treehome" I had been passing by the new tree climbing garden in our local wood. All these platforms in the trees reminded me of treehouses (though the one I did is rather a tree-tent…). As a child I really would have adored to own a treehouse and we kids tried to build one from found wood every now and then, but these always collapsed after a while … I still would love to own one now!

I had to find out who lives in the Tree-tent above, so I did this fox-girl, called "Forest Girl 2" for Inktober 25.

"Fall in the Forest" – some fun little forest folks and motifs for Inktober 26.


I can't help but love autumn. I always have. It's my favourite time of the year. Inspite of the colder days and earlier nights, there's so much to cherish! So here's "Autumn's Best" for Inktober 27.

Getting ready with this "Witch's' Prep Guide for Halloween"! Inktober 28.

"Melancholia" for Inktober 29. It's that time of the year again …

And here's my Inktober 30, called"Flower Girl". It's inspired by admiring a beautiful bold woman on the train station. She wore a stunning and summery flower dress brightening up the otherwise dull, grey late autumn scene. Wondered where she did come from! Prob directly from Frankfurt airport nearby …

Finally! A "Dark Mood" for Inktober 31.

Phew! Bit exhausted now to be honest ;-) but loved it nevertheless. I hope you liked following me along for Inktober as well!