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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 29: Somewhere I'd Like to Go by Lili Cabena

30 Day Drawing Challenge: Day 29: Somewhere I’d Like to Go

Day 29: Somewhere I'd Like to Go by Lili Cabena
Day 29: Somewhere I’d Like to Go by Lili Cabena

I’ve still got a couple days left of the Drawing Challenge, which I started ages ago, so I’ve finally time to blog day 29.

‘Somewhere I’d Like to Go’. I’d wanted to live by the beach in Sydney for years and finally got to do so last year and couldn’t be happier! I did this quick illustration of sea urchins to capture what it is I like about the beach – the pretty pastel and subtle colours and blue shades of the ocean.

Figs Watercolour & Acrylic by Lili Cabena

Day 28: Anything You’d Like

As you can tell I love illustrating food! This sketch is taken from my recipes page which I will be updating with recipes – feel free to leave a comment if you want me to illustrate any favourite recipes – I would be glad to get some ideas!

Figs Watercolour & Acrylic by Lili Cabena
Figs
Watercolour & Acrylic by Lili Cabena

6 Really Easy Things to do Every Day to Feel Healthier

Or Day 23: Something I Need

I don’t know about you but these days I am needing less coffee, less processed foods, more sleep, more activity and less sitting down all day. But with studying, deadlines and working a desk job it’s hard to do all those things – especially for us design folk – coffee is our refuge when creativity is called for. So I’ve compiled a list of 6 things to do to feel healthier when I’m tired and just have no time to hit the gym!

Day 23: Something I Need - Vitamins

Something I Need: Vitamins!
Acrylic & Watercolour on Paper

1. Move Around!
If I can’t get to the gym at lunchtime I try to start the day with a 15 minute workout before I leave the house. It’s easy to fit in before a shower and wakes you up leaving you feeling so positive for the day ahead! These 15 minute workouts are easily downloadable on Pinterest (Save them to your phone) – 15 minutes is so short but better than nothing and hey, it all counts! And it might just put you in the frame of mind to go to the gym later that day so throw on your favourite tunes and do thoses jumping jacks!

2. Get Outside!
Get out in the sunshine! If you don’t feel like a morning workout, a 20 minute walk in the morning (45 mins if you can) before breakfast does wonders for your mood and concentration that day. Even if it’s rainy, stick on the headphones and jacket and brave the elements! You’ll feel better you did!

2. Fruit and Veg at Every Meal
Start the day with something unprocessed – a piece of fruit or wholemeal toast, spinach and a poached egg. Replacing processed foods with clean foods, even for this one meal, will leave you with so much more energy. For the remaining meals, eat colourfully, so fill up on lots of fruits and veg of every colour making this the largest part of the meal. Thereby decreasing the calorie intake without having to cut your portion size.

PomegranateEat colourful! Having a salad? Think of the opposite colour to salad greens (which is red) and add red accents to liven it up such as pomegranate, watermelon or red grapes!

3. Replace your Barista Coffee with a Green Smoothie
Yes I know a green smoothie is not as satisfying as a coffee and cookie when 3.30-itis sets in but you can’t beat that virtuous feeling when you’ve just had a green juice. It’s much the same price as a coffee – why not hand over your $5 for something that’s good for you for a change? Besides 3.30pm is too late to be grabbing a coffee hit. Coffee after 2pm is risking a sleepless night that evening.

4. Drink More water
Obvious but so important. While working at your desk, try to consume 8 tall glasses of water a day. Remember, if it’s not a meal time, you’re not hungry, you’re bored. Go drink a large glass of water and you’ll feel better. Flavour a chilled jug of water with mint leaves and lemon to make it more palateable.

5. A Little Less Sugar
I don’t mind in indulging in a little sugar but for me, lollies and chocolate are addictive. If I have some I will crave more that evening. So I try to challenge myself to go off them for a few days at a time and replace them with a snack like an apple or nectarine. It just takes 3 days for the addiction to leave me and before long even the smell of lollies and sugar is sickly*. Go on, challenge yourself and see how long you can go without your usual sugary vices!

6. Bed Before 10
I’m the worst culprit for late nights but it makes such a difference to how I feel next day if I get to bed before 10pm. You’ll also sleep better as you’ve had less coffees and had your last coffee before 2pm. Try it for one week and see how much easier it is to wake before your alarm in the mornings.

* Authors note: I can’t stay that I stay in this healthy state for more than a few days!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my tips to a healthier day – now I need to stick by these rules and keep up the good habits!

 

 

 

Day 20: Something Orange

Day 20: Something Orange

Autumn is here so this watercolour is full of shades of orange and gold and all the lovely colours of the fall. This is for my friend Amanda whose birthday it is today.

Day 20: Something Orange
Day 20: Something Orange by Lili Cabena

She won’t see it and won’t know I’m writing about her as I haven’t told her about this blog. Come to think about it I’ve barely told any friends about this blog yet but once I have some more art pieces up here I might be brave and spread the word!

Day 20: Something Orange... on greyDay 20: Something Orange (on grey) by Lili Cabena

wrapping paper background

I loved creating this watercolour so made it into a free printable wrapping paper for you to download and print! Try the link below and let me know if it works! Bear with me as this is the first free printable I’ve added!

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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!

The Snow Queen

Day 14: Fairytale

day14_fairytale_lili cabenaGerda & the Reindeer. The Snow Queen lllustration by Lili Cabena
Mixed Media

I wanted to create a drawing that evoked that other worldliness depicted in the fairytale books I had growing up. At least that’s how I remember them – marvellous and magical – children can get so much more from the illustrations in a book than an adult can, and sometimes years later, just seeing that illustration again can take you back to how you felt when you first read that story.

My favourite fairytale was The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson. This is one of Hans Christian Anderson’s longest tales, unusual in that almost all of it’s main characters are female. It’s a story that has been illustrated beautifully many times by Dulac, Rackham, Milo Winter, Eleanor Vere Boyle etc. Those are some of my favourites. But who were the illustrators of the humble fairytale books we read growing up… they probably weren’t well known at all and yet would have approached this subject in their own way despite the many great artists having covered it already in their own style. The Snow Queen is topical at the moment with the release of Disney’s Frozen, which I am excited to see.

Day 13: Comic

Today I thought I’d do a few quick portraits in a ‘comic’ style… (well, I’m not big on comics!). When I was a child I would doodle faces all day long. One day I had a thought – what if all the faces I had ever drawn had their own little world and personalities, and in drawing each one, I had made these creatures come to life?! Scary stuff for an 8 year old!

Day13_comic_Lili Cabena Illustration

Next up is Day 14: Favourite Faitytale

Day 10: My Favourite Candy

As I recall I’ve drawn some candies on Day 3 so I thought I’d stick with the recipe theme and draw a dessert from my favourite cooking cook by Avoca – my favourite place to shop whenever I’m in Ireland 🙂

Day 10_raspberry_bake lili cabena

Day 9: Favourite TV Show

I’m not a big TV watcher, except for Grand Designs and random cooking shows so after watching Nigella cook pea and pancetta pasta on TV this morning, I thought I would illustrate one of my own favourite recipes. Going off on a tangent somewhat but I was lacking a bit on inspiration!

Kale is enjoying its 15 minutes of fame at the moment and rightly so. It takes moments to cook, it’s pretty and green and makes you feel like a super hero after eating it as it has so many darn good things packed into it! This recipe is how I like to cook kale – very simple ingredients, (feel free to add pine nuts, pumpkin seeds etc) quick to make and tastes delicious!

kale_recipe_lili cabena