Thursday 6 March 2014

Ida's Sketchbook

 I look at an Artist's sketchbook like the formation of an organism. It holds the essence of the final piece. There is something so intimate and mysterious about it. The pages of a sketchbook provide insight into an artist's personal thoughts, intentions and creative process.

I was so delighted when Shevaun offered me to take part of the Nature Trails Sketchbook Exchange project. Such a great idea!

So many ideas came to my mind and I also felt a bit intimidated... I finally decided to have fun with the project and include elements of my non-botanical artwork combine with a more illustrative and realistic work.

Coming from a Fine Art and Animation background, Art and especially drawing has always been a major tool to express my internal world.
My aim with this project is to fully experiment with various mediums and techniques while observing the transformations taking place in Nature.

Here are the words and subjects that came to my mind- Hybridisation, Turkish design/patterns, Islamic Art patterns, Paradise and Sacred Geometry in Nature.

First Page- The Door (The Entrance)  Including Turkish floral patterns- Cut out

Back of the first page- Natural light through Cut Out

Double spread- Birds of Paradise- Bird of Paradise flower (Strelitzia)
Watercolour/pencil drawing



  1. Wonderful words for a truly beautiful sketchbook!! It's sitting on my desk at this moment- so special, so delicate and so YOU! Well done!

    1. Thanks Shevaun. Looking forward to seeing you on Monday. Good luck with the rest of the work xx

  2. Am looking forward to getting my own viewing of this book Ida. I'm intrigued by the cut-outs, such a lovely start to your gorgeous painting.

    1. Thanks Terri. Good luck with the drawings xx

  3. Thank you so much for the kind words. Im looking forward to the next stage now