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A little blue painting

The weather’s been too chilly to venture out too much lately so I’ve been staying in catching up on some illustration. Today’s has a blue theme and was a very quick acrylic illustration but fun to do and good to get back into practice!

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Day 26: Something I Don’t Like

 

 

Staying on the subject of food, nothing really springs to mind when I have to draw something I dislike…I’m a foodie and I eat everything! I quite like pineapple but I’m pretty allergic to it so that means it’s something I can’t eat so I’ve featured¬†it here!

 

Pineapple by Lili Cabena Acrylic and Ink

Only four more days of The Drawing Challenge – tomorrow… someone you love ūüôā

 

After the Rain

Day 25: Scenery

This acrylic on canvas depicts an imaginary dreamlike landscape. I called it ‘After the Rain’ because after the rain the colours of the grass and foliage are brighter and more vivid. I wanted to show how when you go through a very difficult time, you come out the other side and everything looks more beautiful thanks to the rainstorm that has passed.

After the Rain
After the Rain Acrylic on Canvas
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Day 22: Something I Miss

Happy nearly hump day! This has been a manic week for me and I haven’t been home much due to too many commitments for friends’ birthdays and whatnot… so here is a painting I started a while ago but I thought it would suit for Day 22: Something I Miss.

Day 22: Something I Miss by Lili Cabena
Day 22: Something I Miss by Lili Cabena

This painting sorta reminds me of my home town of Howth on the East coast of Ireland. Howth is¬†a little coastal village¬†which was settled by Vikings in 819. I miss its¬†colourful¬†pastel shop-fronts and walks along the pier to looking out to the island of Ireland’s Eye.

Pots n Pans

Day 21: Your turn to wash up tonight!

Day 21: Something I Want – A Dishwasher!

Pots n Pans by Lili Cabena. Day 21: Something I Want.
Pots n Pans by Lili Cabena. Day 21: Something I Want.

I’ve skipped Day 20: Something Orange for lack on inspiration (I’ll come back to that one in the next few days) and gone straight on to Day 21: Something I Want…

Detail of Pots n PansDetail of Pots n Pans

I really would have much more time if I had a dishwasher but can’t fit one into our tiny kitchen so in my next house I’m definitely having one!

Just a Doodle

Day 18: Just a Doodle

Day 18 - Just a Doodle by Lili Cabena
Day 18 – Just a Doodle by Lili Cabena

I wonder if anyone else has the habit of drawing miniature versions of their clothing before any trip or holiday? I always did this when I was younger, as a way of organising what to pack and what outfits to wear on which days. Yes I was super-organised! It was quicker for me to ‘see’ the item of clothing in my minds eye and draw¬†it, deciding which pieces it matched to make up an outfit, than it was to write lists. Most designers think visually in this way¬†–¬†it’s a useful skill we never lose!

Day 16: Inspiration

Day16_inspiration_lilicabenaDay 16: My Inspiration – The Sea by Lili Cabena
Acrylic, mixed media and collage on canvas.

The week I started this blog and the Drawing Challenge, was the week I happened to be moving house. I moved to the little beachside suburb of Bronte, so I like to think my work has been inspired somewhat by living by the sea again: from the bright sparkling turquoise ocean on a hot day to the faded pale grey sea on a rainy day like today, the sea and the beach are the inspiration for my colour palette. I enjoyed playing with perspective in this piece and like how the collaged strips of paper cast shadows on the canvas and add a 3D effect to the landscape.

Day 11: Turning Point

This is a piece of art that I decided to revisit lately. I started it at a time that was a turning point for me. The dark butterflies fluttering away represent letting go of thoughts that were keeping me where I was. On one hand it was a paradise and on another it was dark and oppressive. Once the butterflies fluttered away like dark clouds the space left behind was full of light and possibility.Day 11 Turning Point_ButterfliesEscape from Paradise
Acrylic on Canvas