There’s always something to celebrate

Today I am celebrating ten years living in Ireland, I arrived on the 25th of November 2006 on my own and with literally two empty hands. At the time I didn’t have a proper goal, my only goal at the time was that I wanted and needed a job, and as it has turned out it has proved to be a good choice and a smart choice, if I may say so.

img_4990It has been a long and interesting journey, have not always been easy coming in as a foreigner in a new country. But, I was fortunate to have a good base of English when I arrived, it has made it a lot easier for me to integrate into the society and get use to the language [we do have many different accents here in Ireland too] I started my time in Ireland down in Cork city, and the accent there is very different from where I live now. But, you get use to it and life goes on, kind of.

 

 

Today started with an early rise, even though I was off from work, but lot’s to do. There is an event on for tomorrow RTL – Run The Line, which is one of three charity events the DWMRT (Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team) runs every year. RTL

And we have some 600+ participant’s that has signed up for this particular run, so we are a good crowd out tomorrow working along the routes. A few of us were out marking the routes today, and above are a few pictures from there. It is up in the Dublin Mountains, and it looks like it will be a dry day tomorrow, which is fantastic for all the runners, and for us too of course that will be at various check points guiding the runners.

I must say that I truly enjoy being part of this fantastic group to do something meaningful and to be able to be outdoors as many of you probably have guessed – I really like!! And, even if the day may be grey and dull, the things you see when you are out there and up on the hills of Dublin- and Wicklow mountains is spectacular.

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This picture was taken by one of the guys in the team today, I am the tallest one. And in the background you see Dublin city below and in front of us.

So, tomorrow it is a “wrap up well” day, because it is a bit chilly out there and up on the hills there is a breeze as well. The forecast looks good, so that is fantastic!

 

Here’s a few of my journal doodles I have done recently, in between all the busy times I enjoy relaxing just doing some doodles, it can be anything really. And, soon it is Christmas time and looking forward to put up all the lights and decorations. I have started a little bit already.

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I have put some light on my “bike” looks really good.

Enjoy your week and stay warm!!

 

 

Different techniques

I am progressing with the course but I am not rushing too fast I am taking time practicing. And of course my normal day job takes up a lot of time during the week. I am working mostly using the ink pens and am also trying different techniques,such as charcoal it’s really nice to work with. 


This is the illustration for the day, it took me several hours and a lot of patient to create it but it was so much worth it and really fun too. 


This is the same eye as I have created using graphite pencils but here I have used charcoal, it was abit tricky but not so bad when you get the hang of it. 

It’s a new week ahead and you never know what lurks behind the bend, that’s what makes life interesting. Or as forest gump said; life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you gonna get. I sort of like that expression. Why complicate things and plan life to the minute, when you can just take it for what it is and simplify it. 


As long as I get my coffee every day I am in heaven he he

New beginnings

Dear past, Thanks for all the lessons. Dear Future, I am ready!


This is my first blogpost for 2016, it’s a new year and , and haven’t quite decided what this post will be about. I will simply make it up as I go along. A new year is always a bit exiting to me, you have a whole new year in front of you, with new opportunities, new things to start, perhaps. I had an amazing and well needed break from work over the Christmas and New Year holidays, and I went into a drawing frenzy there for a while, think I showed the drawings in my previous post. But, I hadn’t been in my typical illustration mood for a long time, so when I finally did, it was like yes here we go! 

I am currently working on a theme using the zodiac signs, and some Celtic patterns.    

    
 

This year I will focus a bit more on my illustration skills, there is always room for improvement, and I enjoy trying out new things and tools. Once I have finished a course I am currently doing, and when work has slowed down a bit I will focus on the illustration piece and actually sign up for a course. There is so much to illustrating than what is showing, I mean you can draw and all that, but you also have to think about composition, harmonies (in some images), and also what the picture will say to those that are viewing it. 

During the past weeks I have been leaning more and more towards working with ink. There is so much that you can do, and I love doing line drawings..

   
   
Here above are a few more samples on what I have been working on lately. In these drawings I have been using ink, and Derwent inktense pencils. I bought some really cool ink pens the other day @ Evan’s Art Supplies in Dublin, to go in there for me, it is like entering a candy store. These ink pens has water based ink, that you can sort of creating really cool art with, you can use water to create a watercolour effect, and you can spray it onto the paper and then blow on it and it will create cool abstracts. It’s fun and there’s no limits to what you can create, only your imagination. I often laugh to myself when I get those light bulb moments, and ca-Ching an image is materialising in my head. What I usually do then is to drop what I am doing, unless I’m in the shower or something, and get to it. 

Well, you get the idea?!  That’s all I have for the moment, I will be back with more updates soon.

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Celebrating Lucia the Swedish way

It is the 12th of December and we are getting closer to Christmas every day now. One Swedish tradition that is very big for us Swedes, is to celebrate Lucia on the 13th of December. [It is actually a tradition in all four Nordic countries Sweden, Norway, Denmark & Finland.] This has always been a big thing in my country and I absolutely love this tradition. And even now when I live abroad, I always tune in to the Swedish television on the web to watch the morning program on SVT.SE. Thankfully they broadcast this tv program for us living abroad as well. At 7 a.m. on Lucia morning the show is starting, but I usually watch it sometime during the day, and sometimes a few times.

And tomorrow the program will be broadcasted from one of the churches in my home town Göteborg [Gothenburg]. Lucia Celebration 2015 and guess who will be ready for it? Yes, you guessed right..that would be me. An early morning wake up, making a pot of fresh coffee and enjoying a plate of gingerbread cookies, lit some candles…that is Christmas for me. And it will only be eleven day’s til Christmas.

Here is a link where you can read more about Lucia in Sweden and how we celebrate it: https://sweden.se/culture-traditions/lucia/

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I thought this illustration would be good to share in this post, I have been inspired by the story about ‘The Tomten’ that I posted about a couple weeks ago. I now have this book in two variations, one Swedish [the original] and one in English [by Astrid Lindgren]. I don’t know how many of you are familiar with the children’s book author Astrid Lindgren [Swedish], she has written about Pippi Longstocking [Pippi Långstrump]. When I grew up I was reading a lot of books by her.

At the moment everything is about Christmas in this girl’s head, but I do not think that I am alone though. But for once I am all organised and have all the pressies sorted, only have the baking and preparation of the Swedish dishes to do, but won’t do that until next weekend. There’s still lot’s of time.

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The Christmas tree is up and all ‘dressed’ for this festive season. The house looks nice and cozy and we are so ready for the upcoming break. This Christmas I will have a break all during Christmas and New Year which I haven’t had in my nine years living in Ireland. So for me this will be awesome.

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Here is another illustration that I was working on last weekend. You might think that I am obsessed with Christmas, but it’s just that I love the time leading up to it, the preparations, decorations, delicious smells and flavours, Xmas scented candles, fireplace lit, christmas tree up…and there you have it…Christmas is coming!

Santa Lucia’s Day is celebrated on December 13th in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. It commemorates the life of Santa Lucia, who is also known as Saint Lucy. It’s the beginning of the Christmas season in those countries and is a celebration of light – at the time of year when the world is darker.

Sankta Lucia

(Swedish)

Natten går tunga fjät
rund gård och stuva;
kring jord, som sol förlät*,
skuggorna ruva.
Då i vårt mörka hus,
stiger med tända ljus,
Sankta Lucia, Sankta Lucia.

Natten går stor och stum
nu hörs dess vingar
i alla tysta rum
sus som av vingar.
Se, på vår tröskel står
vitklädd med ljus i hår
Sankta Lucia, Sankta Lucia.

Mörkret ska flykta snart
ur jordens dalar
så hon ett underbart
ord till oss talar.
Dagen ska åter ny
stiga ur rosig sky
Sankta Lucia, Sankta Lucia.

Santa Lucia

(English)

Night walks with a heavy step

Round yard and hearth,
As the sun departs from earth,
Shadows are brooding.
There in our dark house,
Walking with lit candles,
Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia!

Night walks grand, yet silent,
Now hear its gentle wings,
In every room so hushed,
Whispering like wings.
Look, at our threshold stands,
White-clad with light in her hair,
Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia!

Darkness shall take flight soon,
From earth’s valleys.
So she speaks
Wonderful words to us:
A new day will rise again
From the rosy sky…
Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia!

I will leave this with you for now, enjoy your weekend and your preparations for the upcoming festive season. Hope you will have a joyful and relaxing time leading up to it! And to those of you that are missing somebody that cannot be with you at this special family season, I am sending out warm hugs! I know a few of my friends, and also myself that remembers loved ones that cannot be with us, but they will always be with us in our Hearts.

~Eva’s Chronicles~

What are you passionate about?

“Working hard for something we don’t care about is called Stress; Working har for something we love is called Passion.”

                        Simon Sinek

  
What are you passionate about?

I think that in the society we live today, when everyday is filled with all the ‘ have to’s’ and ‘must do’s’, and at times it can feel a little overwhelming. It is so easy to get caught up in everything that we have to do, that we forget about the things that we love to do. You are perhaps thinking, that ‘I can do that later, I have no time to do it  now’or ‘When all this is done I will sit down and do the stuff I enjoy’. Believe me, if you don’t take time to do what you love, now. Then you will probably never get to it because there will always be something else coming in the way that you ‘have to do’. 

At  times you may feel stressed or totally exhausted, that you don’t feel like to doing anything, well that is absolutely fine to. Because it is important to listen to our body, and if it tells you to just rest and do nothing, then that is what you should do. 

I have experienced the feeling a lot of times, not having the feeling to do anything, that nothing is fun or interests me anymore. Suppose we all go through phases in life. During the past five plus years, I’ve been working in a very stressful and at times negative environment. There were days when I was thinking, how  will I manage to go through this day? But in some miraculous way I DID manage, but I could feel that my ‘passion’ wasn’t in it, it only caused me to feel stressed out and miserable. But, when I actually started to take time to do what I really enjoy and love doing in my free time, things sort of changed and I was able to  cope with the stress better. And I could feel that my life was starting to have meaning again. Life isn’t only about working hard day in and day out, well it is good of course because it gives us what we need; a roof over our heads, food on our tables, clothes to wear etc. 

Back in 2012 I started to take my art more seriously, up until then I was not very active in creating art. I have always been drawing and all that but, it was like I needed to ‘kick’ myself to get going. Then one day I came up with the idea that I wanted to draw classic cars, and I created a few illustrations that were meant to be as a tribute to my Dad, that died suddenly  eighteen years ago, he was a truck driver.. But when I was finished with those illustrations I thought to myself that this is really fun. I  enjoy working with these classic cars,  they have so much details, and a character that you do not find in the cars we have today.

 

This is one of my early illustrations
 
The illustration above is of a Lincon Capri if I remember correctly, and I even have this cool red ‘toy’ car  which I couldn’t restist buying at an airport a few years back. During the past  three years I have built up a big portfolio of classic and vintage cars. 

 

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This vintage car is what I am currently working on, a good friend of mine has borrowed me some reference pictures of this particular car. And I am hoping to have this finished soon. When I do art  it is not unusual to me to have several work ongoing at the same time, simultaneously. At the moment I am in the last phase of a children’s book project where I am the illustrator. And having worked on this along side my ‘normal’ day job, has helped a lot to cope with stress.

Having said that, it is also important to give yourself time and space to just be and do NOTHING!  I am passionate about art, photography and the nature, and if I don’t get my fair share of those things in my life, I am snookered and get off balance, in a way. But there is also times when I simply take a Time-Out from everything, and put on my hiking gear or cycling gear and get out in the nature. There is nothing more soothing and relaxing than being outdoor in nature. 

  
Yep, this is me alright!  And it is so refreshing for the mind to get up in the mountains.  This picture was taken up in the Wicklow mountains, close to Glencree, where we were stopping for a coffee break before heading all the way down again. During this spin we did some 50km or so.

So all this is what I am passionate about and what is helping me to cope with stress. Luckily I will change job in a couple days and there will be some small changes, on a positive note.

Hope you have enjoyed reading and I wish you all a great weekend!

~ Eva’s Chronicles ~

Chillax and put your feet up!

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What makes  us love ‘Fridays’ so much? Well, I certainly know why I love it, to me it represents the end of the work week. And by the time you reach Friday you sort of start to feel exited and your body goes into a more relaxed mode. I don’t know about you, but I certainly do. I love coming home on a Friday evening, let my hair down and put my feet up on the couch in front of the fire place. Having that feeling of absolute bliss…just feeling the stress from being at the office all day, and being struck in traffic on the way home to beautiful Wicklow, being washed away.

Many of you that follow me on Facebook might have seen my pre-weekend posts, where I am trying to spread the happy feeling that the weekend is around the corner and it’s time to chillax and unwind. Well, we do have people that has to work during the weekends, and that doesn’t have the liberty of having the weekend off. But hopefully they’ll have other days they are off and can enjoy life!

The weekend is holy to me, in a way, even though I might have a lot of things that I need to do, it’s the feeling of being able to do it and to stick in a few moments to chillax in between. You should always take time to chillax. I am the type that always has something on the go even if I am off work, I rarely sit down for long periods. At the moment I am at the end of a children’s book project where I am the illustrator, I am also studing a course in forensic science and I am also in the process of changing my job. So, there are many changes on the way in our house, but these are all good changes.

But give me a nice sunny warm summer day now, and I’ll be out in the garden all day, but I would still be doing something out there. I bring my art tools and papers out if it’s not to windy that I have to spend time chasing after papers flying around, or simply make my self comfortable with a good book.

And this coming weekend is no different, it’s going to be full speed ahead, well not really but almost  LOL! But one thing is that I can never start a day without making my ‘special’ brew of coffee, and it should preferably be strong and mixed with some whipped milk. There’s nothing better than chilling in bed with a nice coffee and a good book, before getting up and get on with whatever needs to be done. In my next life I will probably reincarnate as a coffee bean – I probably drink more coffee than I should. But, I love the taste and smell of it. I usually finish a half filled pot on my own in the mornings, enough to make me bounce around the house full of energy.

This weekend my husband and I will take a break from our busy work lives and indulge ourselves in good food and some classical music and see the opera La Bohéme by Puccini. I think it is important to take a break now and again to do things that makes you feel good and relaxed. This will then motivate you to continue with what you’re normally doing whether it is followinging the flow or continue ‘spinning’ in the rat race of life.

Whatever your plans are for the weekend, don’t forget to breathe, relax and do things that you enjoy doing! Go out for a walk, get some fresh air or read a good book, have a glass of your favourite wine and enjoy life! We only get one chance, so we better make the most of it.

~ Eva’s Chronicles ~

Children’s book project…

During the past six months or so I have been working on a children’s book project, where I am the illustrator of the images. This project has nearly reached the end where my job is done. And, I have been careful not posting any whole images, and still cannot do so but I just wanted to give you a little sneak peak to what I have been up to.Collage These are only a few of the illustrations. I am working with the author of this book, Anna Slyter-McCune, very closely. And it has been a very interesting journey I have to say.

It is not the easiest thing to come up with the images, without having some sort of guidelines from the author. I need to know what she wants, and how she wants it – that’s where the illustration brief comes in handy.

Since I have been working with this project along side my normal day to day job, it has taken a bit longer, basically only having the weekends available as my art time.

I have to say that I love teddy bears, so this project has been really enjoyable.

What will I do next? Well, the inspiration is always there and I am working on a few things outside this project. I did manage to finish the boat picture I was working on and you can see it here. If you would be interested to have a print of this image you can easily get it here: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/beautiful-harbour-eva-ason.html

Naousa Greece

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Here is another picture I have been working on for the coming winter and holiday season’s. This is an owl dressed up with his warm scarf and hat.

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Hope you have enjoyed seeing my recent works, I am hoping to have more updates at a later stage. Enjoy your weekend everyone and stay tuned.

Beautiful Paros, Greece

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A taste of Greece – How I do love the food!
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A day at the beach in Parikia, Paros.
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Beautiful evenings in Parikia, Paros.
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B/W images with a touch of colours.

We’ve spent two fantastic week in beautiful Paros, Greece. We had lot’s of sun, swims in the sea, good food, relaxing times…and much more. In other words it was a perfect holiday. My camera was never too far away from me and I took some great snaps. I also gotten some new inspiration for my art and also inspiration to try out new ventures and projects.

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This is my latest work in progress, which is made from one of the pictures I’ve taken. I’m hoping to have more updates on this one soon.

A week filled with illustrating

This week has been a busy week at my 9-5 job but to de-stress myself in the evenings I have been doing some more illustrating. I received some new color pencils the other day along with an electrical pen sharpener, what a great invention  lol! I have also got some new books I will start to dig into, to learn more. In the mean time I am waiting to get a go at two different illustration projects for children’s books.

If you would like to see more of my art you can visit my website www.evaasonsart.com

Have a happy weekend everyone and see you again next week!!

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Illustrations for Children’s books – work in progress

Hi All,

Hope you’ve had a good week! For me it has been an interesting week, with some new work ongoing and I thought I should share with you what I am working on right now. I am working on my own project for a children’s book about the Alphabet, but I have also gotten a request to make illustrations for a few other books.

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I will be doing some more work on this illustration today, and hopefully I will be able to finish it. The background is already done, I only have to work on the elephants and the trees.

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This illustration is for a new project that I have started working on simultaneously with my own project.

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I’ve added a little mozzie to the Safari Illustration – he is going to get more colours on him today.

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This happy frog is also from the Safari illustration!

My aim with those illustrations is to put them together to a Children’s book with some text which I will be working out at a later stage. I am good at creating illustrations that speak to the viewer, will see how it goes with putting together some text as well. It is a very interesting and exiting process.

I will be back next week with more updates on what I am working on, so stay tuned.

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If you would like to have a closer look at my art you can visit my webpage: http://1-eva-ason.artistwebsites.com