Japan holiday is finished – Back to work!!!

Here we are again, Berlin! I was one month in Japan and just came back to reality…

It was a great time and time flied faster then I imagined.

I came back full of new ideas and energy to immerse myself in my new projects! Now it is a count down to Bologna Children’s Book Fair, I’m working on couple of new books and I will update the progress here and on my social networks.

If you are curious about it, follow me on Instagram: @cicca_boomย .

In the while enjoy the Okinawa mermaid ๐Ÿ™‚

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Illustrated Diary: drawing without thinking

It happens always.

I take a brush and I draw whatever in the first sheet of paper I find close to me and …. TADAAN! Waoh, it’s really a nice one!

Then I try to draw it again and better, and the result? It is always worst.

That’s why the second time I want to create the perfect drawing, I try an excessive control on my hand, so that I’m scared to wrong and fail. And the final effect is artificial, not natural, bad.

What I need is to make free my drawing of the fear of not being able to make the perfect piece, I have to learn to make beautiful mistakes.

So I start an illustrated diary, full of daily sketches, doodles and scratches to feel free to draw, experiment and find a new way to put in the paper all the mess I have in my mind, but with no care.

Drawing without too much thought. That’s it.

 

Wild and Free! Vintage Hand Painted Dish

Hello hello!

It has been a while from last the time that I updated my Etsy shop. So today I uploaded this vintage dish, made in DDR, I painted it last year with a hippie-gipsy-woman illustration, with her delicate flowers crown.

What? You were just thinking about a bohemian touch for your kitchen? Then you definitely need this dish ๐Ÿ˜‰

Check out my shop for more ceramics and art!

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Fresh works online!

Hello hello!

Happy new year to everyone!

Back to Berlin after had spent a December escaping the cold winter, before in Hong Kong – I fell in love with this city in a way that I couldn’t never imagine – and then in my beloved homeland, Sicily.
But I couldn’t escape forever, so now it’s time to come back to the cold reality and, I have to say, I missed Berlin! So let’s start the 2017 with a lot of new exiting projects!

Have a look to my fresh uploaded works:

  • These cute wedding bowls I did for three couple of friends.
  • Watercolor sketches I painted in Barcellona, inspired by the autumn.
  • And some fashion portraits forย a friend who had a genial idea about a very chic salad bar.

And lot of new stuff is boiling in the pot. Stay tuned!

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Children book work in progress

This project is lasting forever!

I should have finish it before the end of the year, but it seems impossible. This winter I’m traveling a lot, I was in Barcelona, then back to Sicily and all December I will be away as well, Hong Kong and Sicily again for Christmas holidays…

But the true is that I’m the queen of procrastination! You know what I mean, isn’t it? Especially now that the Berlin winter arrived, I feel like I need to go in hibernation.

While I was in Sicily I had the feeling I got used to the Berlin cold so, with 20 degrees there, it was still summer for me. Of course! But believe me, for a Sicilian 20 degrees are not summer at all. Winter is coming! It is getting cold! You’d better wear warmer clothes…Everybody told me this kind of stuff. Come on, seriously?! There are 20 degrees!!!

Am I becoming the girl from the “north continent”?…..naaaaaaa!

By the way, I don’t want to talk too much about this children book project I’m working at, not before it has completed, but here there is one of the paintings I did for it and that I rejected…are you trying to image the story?

 

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Old markers

I’m writing from my family house in Catania. I came here to visit my family because tomorrow my mother will have a medical operation and I wanted to be here to support her.

I am very happy to visit my family and my beautiful Sicily, also because now there are about 20 degrees more than Berlin… By the way every time I come here I order a bit the stuff I left here, behind me; many things go into the garbage, something has been donated and something else stays here, waiting for me to have one day a house in Berlin big enough to bring it with me.

Beside my bed there is, since always, a silver tube that once contained a bottle of Chivas whisky. I had even forgotten what was inside when today I opened it and found a bunch of old markers. Most of them are consumed and useless but, before throwing them away, I wanted to do the last drawing.

I thought about the just started winter that I will find in Berlin next week, once I will be back…

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