Let’s Imagine How You Will Draw in 2019!

Playing with hand-drawn collage Pieces. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

Let’s imagine the end of January: a simple line, then a simple shape, a simple bee or a butterfly. When you decorate its wings, your heart begins to flutter too: Where does this play take me?!

Drawing a butterfly. Sign up for Paivi Eerola's class Animal Inkdom!

Let’s imagine your heart leads you to February, to Valentine’s day when you want to give something special to a friend. You doodle a cake with a bird, a bird carrying your heart, a bird that no one has ever twitched before.

Drawing Birds. Sign up for Paivi Eerola's class Animal Inkdom!

Let’s imagine, the bird flies over a clear water. There are fish and glittering jewels, all hand-drawn by you.

Drawing sealife. Sign up for Peony and Parakeet's class Animal Inkdom!

Let’s imagine it’s March, and you realize how feathers and scales are not so far away from fur. Foxes, wild cats, squirrels … the furry wisdom enters your playful world.

Drawing wildlife. Animal Inkdom - an online drawing class by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

Let’s imagine you want to take a ride in this fantastic hand-drawn safari. You draw a deer or an elephant, anything that can carry you, dress it with tassels, woven blankets, and knits, and let your imagination hop on.

Drawing elephants. Animal Inkdom, a drawing class by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

Let’s imagine that despite all the seriousness that the word “art” has, you discover the power of play, and get hooked on what you can create for your Animal Inkdom!

Play with …

… Books: Embellish a notebook, an art journal, or make the prettiest bullet journal.
… Gifts: Make a set of greeting cards and be a shopper of your private gift shop.
… Collage Art: Draw collage elements, animal paper dolls, scrap pics …
… Style: Draw minimalistic animals with a blank background.
… Color: Make colorful drawings that are full of elements, enjoy the overwhelm!
… Design: Have fun drawing motifs and patterns and seeing animals as canvases.

Drawing on a bullet journal. Paivi Eerola's drawing class Animal Inkdom.

Start the new year by drawing and playing!

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Notebook Drawings and Hand-Drawn Collage Pieces

Drawing on a dotted notebook. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her bujo drawing ideas!

While preparing for a new class, I took an empty notebook and started drawing. My first idea was to decorate some notebook pages but it went further and I had a lot of fun.

Bees and Butterflies

Bees and butterflies on a dotted notebook. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her bujo drawing ideas!

Birds and Feathers

Birds on a dotted notebook. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her bujo drawing ideas!

Birds on a dotted notebook. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her bujo drawing ideas!

Whale Chasing a Star

Whale on a dotted notebook. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her bujo drawing ideas!

Fish Swimming Fast

Fish on a dotted notebook. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her bujo drawing ideas!

Owl and Hearts

Owl on a dotted notebook. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her bujo drawing ideas!

Drawing Collage Pieces

As a child, I loved paper dolls and die cut scrap pictures. So after drawing the many notebook pages, I thought I could make some additional elements as separate collage pieces.

Hand-drawn collage pieces by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

Here are a wolf and a fox, and a delicious piece of cake! I made a cut on the cake and on the fox so that they fit together.

Handdrawn collage pieces by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

Playing with Notebook Drawings

I had even more fun when I realized that I can set the collage piece on the top of the drawing so that the animal becomes even more imaginative.

Playing with hand-drawn collage pieces. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

The combination of wolf and owl is so cute, and I also like how the fox and the cake could fit in! I think my word for 2019 is Play.

Ink drawings and playing with collage pieces. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

Have some cake, and then get your notebook and start drawing!

Playing with ink drawings and handdrawn collage pieces. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. Monkey eating cake.

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Creating Horse Art – Reawakened Love!

"Brave", a watercolor painting by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

Here’s my newest watercolor painting called “Brave” (for sale in my art store!) I got an idea of using a horse to symbolize bravery that comes with finding your passion(s). Isn’t it a romantic thought to see the passion as a horse inside us, rising from the depth and blowing strength!

Past Passion for Horses

Recently, I have found a lot to be passionate about. Many of those things have been inspiring to me as a child. but I have let them go for tens of years. One of these things is horses. I used to play a lot with toy horses, and I was also addicted to taking care of my hobby-horse, an ugly plastic blue thing! Sadly, I rarely saw real horses and I haven’t ever had a horse as a companion.

Hobby horse love

Once my parents took me to a field where a small horse farm offered horse-riding for children. They lifted me on a big Finnish Horse that had no saddle. Someone walked the horse, and I tried to keep myself sitting straight even if the back of the horse was really slippery. I made it to the center of the field and then fell off. The field offered a soft ground, and the horse didn’t step on me. They offered me a horse with a saddle, and it was much more comfortable! That’s most of the practical experience I have about horses. But of course, my theoretical knowledge was much more vast. As a child, I had borrowed all the possible horse books from the library and stayed busy building stables or crocheting rugs for the toy horses.

Finding the Creative Play with Horses Again

It must be early teenage years when I got alienated from the subject. Since then, I had never had a desire to own a horse, to ride a horse, or to do anything with horses. Until I participated in Inktober, the monthly drawing challenge. While making this drawing, my love for horses was reawakened.

"Double", horse art by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet

As adults, we easily ignore things that resonate with us but that don’t belong to our outer world. Even if we can draw and paint anything, we easily define ourselves with outer standards. If not having experience about real horses didn’t bother me as a child, it shouldn’t worry now either. I may not be a horsewoman in the outer world, but I can have a stable as big as I want in the inner world.

Creating Horse Art with Watercolors

I started the painting from the flowers and as usual, didn’t use any pencil sketch. It’s a bit risky way to create, but I love problem-solving and knowing exactly what to put and where is not always a practical solution for me. Here are some quick early stage pics! I used a reference loosely for the head of the horse.

I was painting happily but in the middle of the process, I was in trouble, not knowing how to finish the piece.  When working with watercolors, it’s especially tempting to just stop so that the painting doesn’t end up too dark.

Creating horse art - a watercolor painting in progress. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

But here, I loved the idea and didn’t want to leave it looking unfinished and busy.

Planning in the Middle of the Project

I took a snapshot of the unfinished painting and made a plan in Photoshop. This is how I help my students all the time, and it’s a very handy skill to have!

Planning how to proceed with suggestions made in Photoshop. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

The first image above is the starting point, and the next images are made in Photoshop. They demonstrate what changes should be made next. This time, I also followed the plan. But sometimes it happens, that I end up with a totally different solution but which would have never crossed my mind without the Photoshop play.

Late Night in the Studio

I like to paint so that I watch tv shows or video podcasts on my iPad at the same time. It can happen that I paint a romantic and profound piece and then watch a tv reality show that I can barely stand! Sometimes it feels like the worst the show, the better the painting becomes!

Creating horse art while watching Idols. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post! What did you love as a child but that doesn’t show in your current creative life?

Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet and her surreal horse art piece called "Brave"

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