Recent News and a Sketchbook Tour Full of Ideas!

Curiosity by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. A painting from Paivi's sketchbook.

My short blogging break is over and to celebrate that I have a full sketchbook to show you!

The Last Page of the Sketchbook

This morning, there was one page in my big A3-sized sketchbook that wasn’t finished. It was a very ugly one! Even if I covered it with a layer of dark colors, it didn’t please my eye at all.

Sketchbook page in progress. The background before adding elements to it. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

But then I got an idea to highlight just some of the elements and paint a young woman on it. At the same time, I had the opportunity to play with the ideas that I am gathering for the new class.

A painting on a Pink Big sketchbook by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

I am often fighting against time when I am creating. When I make videos for the classes, I have only 1-3 hours for each project. My principle is that class videos are for guidance and inspiration and nobody wants to watch me paint for a day or two. Even if I speed up most parts, I usually include so much background information and art theory that I have to limit the time that I spend with painting or drawing. And often for blog posts, I have the same couple of hours even if it’s a bit easier if I don’t record the process or try to build a pedagogical package. So when painting this one, I would have liked to continue for a longer time, but I kept telling myself that the sketchbook is not where you make a detailed painting! Anyway, it’s detailed enough to get the idea.

Foxes and Inspiration from Natural Science

During the summer, foxes seem to have appeared in my art. This one is just a quick graphite drawing, but it’s something that really speaks to me: making new creatures and celebrating the potential and diversity of nature.

Best in Show, a whimsical graphite pencil sketch by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

Here’s another one with a fox:

Flora and Fauna , an illustration by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her full sketchbook on a video!

This sketchbook page is inspired by the microscopic world, and even if it’s a loose portrait, it also has a fox ear!

An illustration by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. Inspired by microscope images. See her sketchbook tour on a video!

I also have a tiny painting in progress that has a fox, but I will show that later in the fall.

Ready for a Sketchbook Tour? – Here We Go!

I have made a quick flip-through video of the full sketchbook. The sketchbook is from Pink Pig. There’s also a glance of the summer’s big project on the video – our Japanese garden!

Plans for the Fall

Here’s what will happen here at Peony and Parakeet during the fall – come along!

1) July-September: Watercolor Journey, you can still sign up, and if you love watercolors this really is the class to take! (When you sign up you will get immediate access to the material provided so far.)
2) Sept 10 – Nov 30: The Exploring Artist – a soul-searching coaching program for any artist who wants to get clear where to head next! There are only 12 seats available so sign up fast!
3) Oct-Dec: a new class with a working title “Portrait Revolution” as a part of my art community Bloom and Fly.

I hope that you have reserved some time for creating and will join me! And as always, the best way to stay up to date is to subscribe to my weekly emails!

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24 Responses to Recent News and a Sketchbook Tour Full of Ideas!

  1. Leena says:

    Thank you for this tour. You have so beautiful sketchbook.

  2. Bunny says:

    So happy to view this beautiful work! Where do you get that big pink sketchbook? I am also enjoying the Drawing 2.0 class. Thanks for all you do.

  3. CARLA HEISTEN says:

    So nice to review the paintings and see your garden this way! Lovely music choice too. Good video, Paivi! I really enjoyed it as I am enjoying your classes.

  4. Heather T. says:

    I love your foxes, and the microscopic painting. So in love with your style! =) I’m saving up for your drawing class, too… =)

  5. Mairim Garrett says:

    Gorgeous work Paivi! Thank you for sharing your sketchbook.

  6. Nancy K. says:

    Thank you Paivi, that was great.

  7. Rae Lynn Reffruschinni says:

    I adore your work! It has such an interesting style. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Florenel says:

    I’m completely blown away by visiting your sketchbook.
    Such wonderful, amazing paintings!
    Thank you for the vieuw in your Japanese garden too!

  9. Alice says:

    Paivi, your work is really beautiful. You use that word “ugly” and you make it beautiful.
    You are a transformer! Wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Cindy Richter says:

    So many beautiful images. The colors just alone are wonderful, but combined with the lines and images they are incredible. Love the foxes; we have two in our area that are regular visitors. Thanks so much for sharing. You are so inspiring. I have taken one course so far and it was so helpful to me. Hoping to take another soon.

  11. Mary W says:

    Its hard to pick a favorite since they are all so very interesting and exciting to see but— One Eye/Depth just grabbed me and made me pause to stare and drink it all in. I didn’t finish my drink but had to move on. This one would be wonderful to gaze at and get lost in. I miss your classes more than you could know but maybe one day.

  12. Jo Ellen Myron says:

    Paivi, I love this Video and share it with everyone! Even though I am older than you I want to be like you when I grow up!! I for sure want to be as accomplished as you are!!

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