paper and paint



a lot of painting going on, just a lot
the paints aren't real paint: the greyish tint comes from a jar of dirty water I purposely keep going and the browns come from my homemade sweet-chestnut brew to which I might add the odd drop of commercial biester, last week I even threw in some henna-powder I used to dye my hair
I work with two brushes, a large one for the first blob of paint and sometimes the smaller one for details

I really love how the paint looks once dry, all those unintended nuances and tiny spots and how it's very thin in places and dense in others, it has a life of it's own

I'm using the obvious sketch books, old note pads, painting over the notes, old books even, where I let myself be loosely inspired by the contents, sometimes just a word sparks off an image
for the time being not quite sure how I want to sell these as I like the idea of keeping the books intact, can always reproduce 
I suppose......
been collaborating with fellow artist on Something Secret
all will be revealed in due course
also, several larger framed paintings will be on public display in nearby town from 14 December
I've also made a booklet with stab-stitch binding, see video further down















home-made to order! a booklet with x-mas tale, written by me, see video for glimpses of illustrations, printed on 160gr acid free paper, each numbered copy has unique handpainted handbound cover, A5 size.....email me if you are interested in buying €40- excl postage









 



hope you are feeling okay despite the madness out there

Comments

already wrote this...might be twice?....
they are WONDER FULL! What is size? How will you offer them?
Is it possible they could be notecards?
i wait for the Surprise.....

Regards to Bird King and love to you
Saskia said…
hey there Grace, sizes vary slightly, but basically postcard size....
I have already printed several in different constellations as postcards, which I sell, still have to put those in my 'webshop'
will keep you posted xxx
OBK sends his regards and thxXx to you too
jude said…
i so love your paper work
Liz A said…
I have been reading lately on Instagram of the technique of painting with soy milk on cloth and then overdyeing it ... @bookhou led me to @rebeccadesnos ... can't help wondering what you might do with it!

and madder! my most favorite dye colors!!
Marti said…
Squatting Tree Woman, (6th photo of your paintings), may be a man but to me she is SHE, of the earth, elemental and organic...This time of going deep into the mystery of season, she holds strong and when the light of Winter Solstice comes, I can see stars twinkling between her branches. She is universal, she is ALL of us as we move these days of unforeseen- magical and wonderful Saskia.

May the warmth and magic of the coming light of Winter Solstice , touch you and your family dear Saskia and especially Old Bird King and the dwellers, who know all about magic!
Nancy said…
Saskia~ The one that Marti mentioned, #7...reminds me of a wonderful, unique doll I once saw. Her head was a root ball.
These paints are so full of life and story. The first one, with the "knees" caught my eye as at days end, my knees are DONE! But, truly I so love your animal world and appreciate the info on process. The whole collection of them would make great fabric design. I could hear children making up and sharing stories from their bedding (as my sister and I did with our childhood curtains). You are an amazing critter creator! May the season be full of joy for you and your family and those at The Dwelling. xo
Saskia said…
it feels like I have fallen in love all over again Jude
Saskia said…
gonna check them out Liz, I have used soy milk for cloth dyeing before but never on paper
Saskia said…
definitely a she Marti, my idea of a 'good hair day';-)
the tree-of-life theme has apparently returned, it's pretty amazing to me how the beings seem to happen when painting
Saskia said…
what a great idea Nancy! I love the thought of them on fabric; as it happens I'll soon be meeting an artist friend who suggested something similar....keep you posted as it happens
deemallon said…
Adore adore and wonder how on earth you come up with these lively, mythic creatures. You share this storytelling-illustration strength with Jude. I marvel at you both.
Saskia said…
Dee, honestly: I don't know.......I just let go
buysse maria said…
Hey SAskia
wat ben ik weerom laat om hier langs te komen , bijzonder werk ontroerend woorden verder overbodig
Warme hart omhelzing als mee voelen voor pijn om Tungsten
Saskia said…
hi Maria, beter laat dan nooit.....opmerking over Tungsten begrijp ik niet helemaal, hij is immers al hele poos dood
Patty said…
Woah, what are you up to now?? Love the painted figures. Their relationships
are powerful by the way you placed them in relation to each other. Also, just
wonderful, mythical!!
Saskia said…
hi Patty, very busy painting these days.....go with the flow;-)
susan hemann said…
hello, love your paintings! is there a way to follow your blog by email? I just followed you on Instagram
Margery said…
Oh, Saskia -- Wonderful! Beautiful! Magical!!! Our troubled world is in need of this art. Thank you so much for sharing it

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