Dinner Doodles and a new weekend project

As part of the 90 day challenge I have been filling up a small cheap and cheerful notepad with random doodles while making and eating my dinner after work. It is an easy way to get an hour of something artistic into your day and because its just a cheap pad there is no pressure […]

Turkish Pomegranate Painting – acrylic on canvas

Still focussing on the Turkish patterns at the moment.  Pomegranates are a common theme in Turkish homes in everything from fabrics, paintings and actual ceramic and plastic pomegranates as table decorations. This was done on a small 15cm x 15cm canvas with acrylics and metallics. I do use metallic paint a lot in my paintings, not sure […]

Radio – Illustration Friday

I decided to start doing the Illustration Friday weekly topics as a way to keep drawing and start working out what exactly my style is. I basically have no idea what makes my drawings mine or what would make my drawings instantly recognisable. Half the time you see an amazing illustration and you then go […]

Turkish Coffee Cup Doodle

 I am loving Turkish patterns at the moment – Pinterest boards are good for collecting your fav designs – http://www.pinterest.com/olivianihad/turkish-art/  This is a mix of my favourite patterns coming out of a Turkish coffee cup. If you have ever had Turkish coffee, you know it packs a punch despite the tiny cup! I am in the […]

Flowered Canvas

  I used my final canvas to recreate the flower pattern I used for my sisters goodbye card. As mentioned, its a pretty common pattern in Turkish artwork and especially in ceramics. Already the house out here in Cyprus is filling up with my paintings, all of which have a Turkish theme. Its really made […]

Goodbye card – back off to Oz

After an amazing week with my whole family in Cyprus with me, my middle sister has now returned to Australia. As part of our Nihad tradition we always write a letter to the person departing for them to read on the long journey back. This is the envelope I quickly made using a previous doodle […]

Merhaba from Cyprus!

I can’t really believe I have been in Northern Cyprus for 7 weeks now, I have been focusing a lot of my efforts on my other blog – http://www.discovernortherncyprus.com and posting lots of pictures there of this beautiful place. Only recently have I started doodling again and its not come back to me that easily! […]

Ocean Waves

I recently purchased some Faber-Castell Pitt Artists’ Pens and wanted to practice with all the various widths of the brushes – ending up with the above drawing. I personally prefer the finer pens but found that these ones were incredibly delicate and ran out quickly. May need to investigate different brands. Anyone else have a […]