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Finse and Jonesy’s night of fireflies

night painting forest fireflies

As desktop wallpaper I most often use one of my illustrations. Untill yesterday, my Christmas illustration featured on both my laptop and iPhone desktops, which obviously was becoming outdated. I had many ideas for new illustrations, but didn’t find the time to actually make one. After Jones was finished I decided to skip crocheting for a few weeks to paint a new illustration.

First I thought of making a strictly seasonal spring painting but also had the idea of a big field with fireflies in it. And by all means, it had to become a Son’s Popkes themed illustration. I decided to go for the field with fireflies, and Finse and Jonesy.

When the illustration was finished, I was not happy at all with the result. Somehow the colours didn’t seem right to me. As usual I’m starting to like the illustration now. It is not perfect, but I love the atmosphere and the expressions of the animals. It is probably some kind of an artist syndrome, not liking the result immediately….it always takes time for me to really love what I made and then I’m absolutely proud. It is a weird thing.

Well, now I’m back to crocheting. On a whim I decided I’m going to design a panda. Two leftovers of yarn caught my attention and I decided they had to become a panda. (Hopefully there is enough for the whole beast.) After that I’m back to my list of otter, mole and red panda. I don’t know the order in which I’m going to make them and a rat or mouse also is on my mind.

Enough to be done!

Finse and Jonesy’s night of fireflies is acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18 cm.

 

Merry Christmas!

The Christmas holiday has started and I’m closing the previous period with a Son’s Popkes adventure.

Son's Popkes illustration, christmas illustration

A Son’s Popkes adventure by Sonja van der Wijk. Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 20 cm.

Finse, Falun and Rupert went into a dark forest to find themselves the perfect Christmas tree. It took them all day and by nightfall they finally found it and went back home.

I wish you all a great and fun time and a very cosy Christmas! On New Years day I’m back with an image post about dolls made by all of you. See you then!

 

New logo, improved patterns

Logo-blogThis week I’ve been busy improving and refreshing all my patterns. When I started writing these patterns I didn’t have a good logo yet and did not use the sketches as more than just the sketch. Later I decided to make the sketches in colour and to add them to the patterns.

Also, the more animals I designed, the more complete the patterns became. Because I think good quality patterns are very important, the old versions were good, but the new ones just better(looking), I decided to give all my patterns the same layout. I also changed my Son’s Popkes name logo a bit, because I noticed some people couldn’t read it. And that is very important!

I’m glad I’m finished now with refreshing the patterns, it was a lot of work and not much fun to do. Everyone who’ve bought a pattern, will get an email from either Craftsy or Ravelry with a new and free download link for the improved version. It really looks better and I’m very happy with the result.

Here’s another image to show all the sketches that are now appearing in the patterns.

Son's-Popkes-sketches-blogHaha, Son’s Popkes! Thanks for all your support and I hope you like the improved patterns. If you’ve bought a pattern directly from me and want a new version, please let me know!

 

Crochet, wool, sheep!

This is a blog about crochet. My favourite material to crochet with is wool. So when I met the sweetest male sheep in the world, I decided to dedicate a post to him. 

We went to the Dutch island Terschelling this weekend, to hike and go cycling. On our way to one end of the island, we saw a dead sheep. Well, that’s what I thought, because there was one sheep just laying there weird in the grass near a parking space. It made me feel sad how he just seemed to be thrown out there.

BUT, on our way back, there he was, standing there, eating some grass. He wasn’t dead at all! So I had to go to him and see if I could cuddle him. He was a big male sheep and he was happy to see me and actually ran towards me when I approached! So utterly cute, usually sheep are very curious but shy. This one wasn’t. He was sweet and put his head against my legs. Somehow this sweet and cuddly sheep made me feel sad in a way. Who could leave a social animal like that sheep, alone next to a parking space? You could see he was lonely.

The rest of the weekend we visited him when we past him and cuddled him. We even called him Knor, because he made little noises. He was a very old sheep and when I crochet I’ll always be reminded of him. Have a good life Knor!

 

Finally!

Finally my header is done and the blog ready for action! I had to make a suitable header first, one that made my blog ‘my blog’ and also looked good next to my website http://www.sonjakunst.com.  It took a while since I also went on holiday to Norway. I’m glad it’s finished now.  Next week there will be a lot more to see here!

Just a picture of the most beautiful water I saw in Norway,  to see what it looks like if I add a picture to my post!