Peony and Parakeet

Snow Bird – Drawing and Painting the Cold Weather

Snow Bird by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. Watch the video of how she made this one!

It’s cold and snowy in Finland, and I just had to get it out on paper. Watch the video blog post!

The Joy of Drawing – Register for the Free Webinar!

The Joy of Drawing, a free webinar by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet

On Jan 17, 7 PM GMT/ 11 AM PST, I will be talking about the supplies and techniques that have made me get back to the joy of drawing during the years! Join us!  Reserve your spot here!

Guiding Word – Choosing and Visualizing Your Word of the Year

"Play" by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her video about choosing your word of the year and visualizing it.

The year 2018 was groundbreaking to me. I was able to include things that seemed separate from my art in my art and build a new foundation for it. It strengthened my visual voice and style, but also, it felt more holistic than just that. I would say that my artistic identity got updated.

As a former software engineer, I see it this way:

Peony and Parakeet 1.0 – intuitive circles and colorful patterns, 2012-2014
Peony and Parakeet 2.0 – from mixed media to fine art, 2015-2017
Peony and Parakeet 3.0 – fantasy illustrations, 2018 -?

Art by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

I am not quite sure how to label 3.0 yet, but it definitely started last year and went into bloom during the Inktober challenge in October.

What’s Your Word of the Year?

About a year ago, I developed a process for setting artistic goals. I introduced it to my art community Bloom and Fly back then. It’s called Guiding Word, and it’s about choosing your word and then processing it through art journaling – drawing, painting, and writing.

My word for 2018 was “Depth”, and now when I look back, it was related to my old desire to create fine art. But the process of exploring depth was like the symbol of yin and yan. It started a journey towards the opposite word “Play.”

The process of choosing a word and exploring it through art-making had a huge impact on me, so I decided to share it openly. Watch the video to define your word and to explore it more in depth!

Guiding Word – Watch the Video!

My word for 2019 is “Play”. I am looking forward to increase fantasy and drama in my art, and I hope you follow the journey with me.

P.S. As you probably noticed already, this website and my artist website has been updated! There are still things to adjust and add, but feel free to browse the new look!

P.P.S. I am running a free live webinar The Joy of Drawing on Jan 17, 7 PM GMT – 11 AM PST, reserve your spot here!

Drawing Jewels and Flowers – Free 2-Part Mini-Course

Jeweled Bouquet by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. Get the step-by-step tutorial for drawing this by subscribing to Paivi's weekly emails!

I have been working with a 2-part tutorial about drawing jewels and flowers. Part 1 was published last week, and Part 2 is now available too! I will guide you to create a gorgeous jeweled bouquet with just pen and paper. You can color it with colored pencils, felt-tipped pens, or watercolors. 

Jewels and Flowers - Free mini-course for the subscribers of Paivi's weekly emails. Part 1 - Jeweled Flower. Part 2 - Jeweled Bouquet. You only need pen and paper, and some coloring supplies.

Get the free mini-course! – Subscribe to my weekly emails and draw with me!

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