Friday, February 5, 2016

Watercolor City at Dusk (Oras la apus - pictura in acuarela)

I was looking for something on my desktop when I found this painting I have framed digitally.
It is view of the Popa Nan street in Bucharest painted by yours truly from a photo by a dear high school mate Dan Berte.

The original watercolor painting is available for sale.

[RO] Tocmai am gasit poza acesta pe desktop in timp ce cautam ceva. E o pictura in acuarela pe care am realizat-o dupa o poza a lui Dan Berte, un drag coleg din liceu. Pictura reprezinta strada Popa Nan din Bucuresti si este de vanzare (neinramata - rama din poza e digitala)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

My 2015 Sketchbook - Video Flip Through

One of my goals for 2016 is to share my watercolor journey and invitation making in video format. So here I am breaking the ice :)

This sketchbook has changed my life as an artist in such a beautiful way! I am hoping to talk more about it in the future and teach you how to make your own.

Please let me know what you think.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Pink and Lilac Butterfly Invitation

Happy new year everyone.
I know I said I'm taking a break from posting, but I'm full of fresh new year energy and my little one has given me back my working nights. Oh, I can't explain enough what a joy this is! Does that make me workaholic?

Anyway, one of my goals for 2016 is to process a new design every week and post it in my Etsy Shop my website, and social media so I thought I could take an extra 10 minutes to update this blog as well.

I am getting a lot of request for this color combination, maybe with the addition of silver for wedding invitations.
What are your colors for spring 2016?

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Taking a Break from Blogging

I was washing dishes tonight while listening to Marie TV when I made the decision to post this announcement. The simple thought of it felt so liberating so I know it's the right thing to do. I'm not going anywhere, just taking this burden off my shoulders until blogging feels part of me once again.

The truth is I haven't been present here on the blog for 2 1/2 years since my second son was born and with it my life changed immensely. I tried to schedule one post per week or at least one post per month. I even set a phone reminder that went off every Saturday night. Nevertheless, it didn't happen and the guilt kept adding up.

Instead I have been very present on Instagram lately where I can quickly post a snapshot of what I am working on, mostly watercolor painting and some of my couture invitations.
You can also find me on Facebook where I have  a personal page Meda Halmaciu and a business page Invitatii Couture. And lastly I have my Etsy shop where you can purchase some of my invitations and where I will hopefully add more designs in the future.

I hope I will see you all there, or you can still contact me by e-mail.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Autumn Leaves Wedding Invitations

Autumn. That time of the year when the light changes and the leaves start turning yellow and red and brown and purple. I could play with these forever.

Here is one of my rustic invitations adapted for a fall wedding. I thought I would post them before they get abandoned on a computer drive. Which one is your favorite?

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Sunflower Rustic Album

Hello everyone. That is if anyone is still there. Life has changed a lot here since Eduard was born and blogging time has been cut to zero although I am trying to get back to it and keep in touch with all of you.

You can follow me on my Instagram though. It's easier to upload from my phone and I post almost daily.

On to today's post. I have been receiving lots of orders for guest books and albums lately.

This one is a sunflower wedding album, 25x30cm.

The greatest challenge was to make it "rustic" as my client requested since I am inclined to make everything on the elegant side. The burlap ribbon helped achieve this look as well as the craft paper pages.

The cover was hand painted with acrylic paint. Luckily Iona, my 4-year-old has a set as my black color had caught mold.

I was told the bride to be and everyone present at the bridal shower loved it, so I guess my 3 days of work were worth it.

You can find more work-in progres pictures on my Instagram Account: INVITATIICOUTURE.

Off to play memo with Iona now. See you next time, hopefully sooner than later.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Finding your Voice in Watercolor

I love skies. I like to watch their ever changing splendor through my large living room windows. However, when it comes to painting them, I am terrible. In fact I am terrible at landscape painting altogether so I decided to take an online class.

I have to tell you it looks much easier than it actually is. I just can't seem to produce a proper looking sky using ultramarine blue and raw sienna so last night after another failure, I decided to take the reference photo and listen to my inner voice, use the colors that I like and see what happens. It couldn't be worse that the first trial. Even if it didn't look like the reference photo, it would at least be nice and vibrant so I went with the phtalo blue.

This is a paint in progress photo. The colors are altered by my ceiling light, but you can see my point.

And this is the final result. I'd like to hear your opinion. Which one do you prefer?

I haven't written this post to showcase my horrible landscapes. I wanted to share my experience and tell you to let go. Stop trying to be perfect, you will become better with practice. Instead, try finding your own voice. Experiment with the colors you like, don't think about not ruining it. We are not all meant to paint landscapes like Turner. By doing this you will set your mind free and you will find the joy of painting which will hopefully lead you into painting again tomorrow.

Another mistake I have been making is to paint too rarely not only from lack of time but also fro making things too complicated and expecting too much from my paintings. I am hoping to change this with my new mind set.

How about you? Please share your experience with your art, your frustrations and how you overcome them. Did you find your own voice or you are still on the look?