A special place for me
Cafe, where I created my first book of illustrations, is a special place for me. The cafe is not far from my home. It has one table at a large window that provides great light for drawing. They make great coffee there. It opens early in the morning. And most importantly there are great people!
It is always about the people
For me, it is always about the people. To come in the morning and be greeted with a smile, coffee made almost before I can even order it because the barista knows what coffee I always have. 🙂 Then we have a little chat and I can start my work. It has been like this for a while since I don’t have a studio, and I needed someplace outside the home to work for a couple of hours a day. This cafe with kind and warm baristas enabled me to come on regular basis and work. Here I created my first body of work. It is a series of black and white illustrations that I put together into a coloring book for adults Fantastic Landscapes.
Never stop dreaming
Today I am starting a second project of this type. It is possible that my circumstances will change and I will not be coming back to my cafe. But I hope to start and finish this art project despite that. The project has a working title “Never stop dreaming“. It will also be a book of black and white illustrations for coloring. This time the topic will be quite different and so the pictures. My aim is to create a coloring book that could inspire especially in darker and harder times. When you feel it is not worth to dream anymore when things go so badly that you want to throw all your dreams and hopes away, this little coloring book could cheer you up. By coloring the pictures and also reading some soothing words it should help to relax and release the anxiety. It should remind you that it is still worth it to keep your hopes and your dreams.
I think many artists often take inspiration from their lives even if they are not aware of it. There is a reason why I am drawn to this topic. I have been creating new illustrations of women recently. After some time I was looking at the pictures wondering why these images inspire me, or what they inspire in me. And then it came to me. When I feel there is some darkness in me or in the world around me, I am drawn to images of women expressing the opposite – freedom, happiness, spontaneity. Since these images have been making me happy, I decided to create more and complete a new book to share with others as well. I think the world is often a dark place and our lives are never easy or simple, so we need something soothing and happy quite often. Sometimes it can be a coloring book, other times it can be a cozy cafe with lovely baristas. A special place for me. 🙂