My painting journey…

When deciding about my goals for this year there was one thing above all that my soul was aching for…something that I had in a way forbidden myself to dream about for 30 years…painting.

If you followed my personal journey here on my blog you will know why – just saying ‘medusa’ πŸ˜‰ – but in the end the only thing that matters is that I freed this dream and started to paint – or better I have started to teach myself to paint from books and videos.

There was no doubt in my mind that it would have to be watercolour and ink as those techniques are the ones that work so well with my personal vision and inspiration. Painting with watercolour and ink can be intuitive, free, and full of ‘happy accidents’. They flow, have an ethereal and transparent quality and are in a way unpredictable and imperfect, just like our lives.

So I rearranged my little studio, sorted out photo-equipment to make space and finances available to embark on this journey. I know it will not be a quick and easy one, but I feel it is the one I am ‘destined’ to make. If I can learn the ‘how tos’ it will give me the possibility to paint those images that I could not create with my camera and together with my photography, bookmaking and writing I feel that it will make my creative life complete.

In the last few weeks – after I got my paints, paper and brushes – I have already painted more than 100 images – each one a study of colour or a certain technique. Most of them will finally end up in the bin but for now I am keeping them to learn from each one. You can see some of them on my magnetic wall and in the pile on the table and just a tiny selection below.

My goal is not to create a masterpiece or even to sell them, my goal is just to enjoy painting and express what I see and feel. Will some of the paintings end up in a hand-made book one day – yes, most likely, as I have already started to put some ideas together on my vision board, mixing photos, paintings and poems. My whole creativity seems to have been rekindled after a rather sleepy 2018 and I am enjoying every moment, also the ones where nothing works πŸ˜‰

I am not sure yet if I will put my blog to sleep for a while or if I find the time and words to share this journey here…and if I dare to share more of my attempts knowing that I still have soooooooo much to learn…there is still a perfectionist in me despite all my love for imperfect beauty πŸ˜‰

Have you ever started something creative that you felt was missing in your life for a long time? How did it feel? Did you just keep it to yourself or share it with the world?


  1. joe on March 15, 2019 at 15:18

    As i look at this i feel/see the same vision as in your photography only the media is changing.

  2. John on March 15, 2019 at 18:55

    It’s as wonderful to share your journey through your painting as it is through your photography and bookmaking πŸ™‚
    Lovely works Isabel!

  3. Joe on March 21, 2019 at 03:00

    There are two that are very interesting, the branch with the red blossoms? And the tree grounded in red could you tell me a bit about. Them? I’m on the road and can’t cut and paste to show you which. Email please.


  4. Marc on July 23, 2019 at 12:37

    I like this work, it has a lot of hidden potential, especially the yellow/green one. The one with a tree is very expressive. The tree is no longer a subject but an actor making the image come to life.

    • Isabel on July 23, 2019 at 12:40

      Thank you very much, Marc – I am so glad you like them…there is so much I want to learn and experiment with πŸ™‚

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