Last year, in the end of the August, I made this picture where the girl is riding with bicycle and in the background there is a sunset. I remember I wanted it look like these wonderful warm summer evenings, but later I wasn’t satisfied with the result. It’s not surprising if you look this bright orange sky. It may go with some exotic sea or beach, but in my picture it seems too much. Therefore, few days ago I experimented with colours and this is result:
In my opinion it looks way better than last one. What do you think? Is the new look better or you prefer the old version? 🙂
Kiigepüha (Estonian word, literally meaning “Swing Holiday“) or munapüha (“Egg Holiday”) is a festival for Estonian native faith maausk (“earth faith”) which timing overlaps with the time of the Easter. Kiigepüha celebrates the beginning of spring. And therefore my unfinished drawing is trying to feature the Spring growing plants.
Like other holidays and festivals, Kiigepüha also has many traditions and symbols. Many of them are common with other European people.
Thursday before Kiigepüha is the day for the great spring cleaning. But don’t worry if you can’t do it in Thursday (if you must work, for example), then the Saturday is also suitable for that.
In Saturday it’s time to boil eggs and prepare a feast. You should also go to sauna to cleanse your body and soul.
Sunday is the day of magic. You should wake early, before sunrise and go to swinging. In the old days, people gathered to swing and sing together (in Estonia we have these large wooden village swings that you can see in the pictures below). It was believed, that swinging cleans your body and brings you good luck. Therefore, in some places even sick people were taken to swinging. In Sunday it is forbidden to work and clean rooms.
Symbols of Kiigepüha are of course egg and bunny. With colouring the eggs you celebrate the rebirth of nature. The egg is an ancient symbol of fertility, birth and life and the rabbit also represent the fertility.
Happy Spring everyone! 🙂
I’ve used photos of these websites:
Reading, lots of reading – it’s basically everything I have done lately besides working, drawing this picture and eating tons of ice cream.
And life is not bad at all. It’s slowly gets warmer here and so unbelievable as it seems, the spring really is approaching. There is only one thing that I have missed and it’s reading my favourite bloggers’ posts. It has not been intentional that I have been so far from WordPress. It’s the pile of books in my corner of living room and more books in my workplace (I’m working in library, if you remember) that I can blame. But now I’m back and I try to keep track with your great stories and pictures again. 🙂
Finally, here is for you one beautiful song which have been out only few days and I already have listened it thousand times: Lorde – Liability. I hope you enjoy it.
I believe you all have been there: your head is totally empty and you can’t think about any idea which is satisfying enough for you to want to fulfill it. I guess this is what they call “art block”*. I have been there thousand times.
And the same happened me again this January. This is the reason why there haven’t been new picture almost a month. But even if it was idea free period, it wasn’t entirely drawing free. I did some sketches and random pictures and experimented little with aquarelle pencils I got for Christmas (really cool stuff!)
Two little girls with very different mood:
And finally, this is poster I made for poetry club that takes place in our library once in every month (I made one also in December, but it’s too ugly to show you 😀 ):
Yesterday, after heavy thinking, I finally received some ideas, so I hope I can say this idea-free period is over now. 🙂
* I searched quotes about art block and I found this gem from writer and illustrator Dave Horowitz:
“To get over artist’s block, make shitty art.”
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It has been some time when I last submitted something to Illustration Friday page and even longer since I have made picture specially for it. And I know that I should post my new pictures here, not the old ones, but this week topic is MISCHIEF and I just can’t resist to submit these pictures about Stevie making little trouble. I wanted to submit them directly from Stevie the Cat page, without posting here, but in some reason when I did it, pictures turned out blurry.
Besides, I think that old pictures wish to be seen more. 🙂
Stevie and Working
Stevie and Painting
My first days in this year were full of snot and sneezing. And lots of adorable Studio Ghibli movies.
I was ill when there was this big and important day for me where I got one year older again (that explain why there’s a piece of cake in the picture). And I was still ill when there was birthday for the great Hayao Miyazaki three days later. After a week long illness I thought that’s enough and got in the good shape again.
Happy new year! 🙂
I made this Christmas card three years ago, when I had used Inkscape only about two months. I remember how proud I felt when I finished it. I wanted to make new picture for this year Christmas, but as you know, end of the year is busy time.
“Häid pühi” or “Häid jõule” means “Merry Christmas” in Estonian.
I really hope that all of you have joyful and beautiful Christmas! 🙂