Wednesday, 19 June 2019

2020 Calendar is here!

I am so excited to introduce my new 2020 Calendar!
After the 2018 edition, many people asked me for new ones...

Well, I did plan to make one 2019 desk version,
but the planning of it went delayed and so ..
Hooray for the even numbers!

Waht is special about this calendar,
for me is that is full of curious characters,
and I did realize this ONLY when I arranged the images 
next to each other..
It made me smile, as I really wish the year
of everyone will be filled with friends and good company!

It is a limited edition and you can find it on 

The official release date is 22nd July,
and all the pre orders will get
a special dedication and gift from me!

I truly hope it will bring you joy,
as it did to me!

Monday, 15 April 2019

Exhibition is up!

From the 15 th April 2019
to the 30th of june
you can enjoy my colourful art
on the Isle of Wight!

It's the most stunning place in the wonderful
English countryside,
and there is a lot to discover !
I have been exhibiting here in 2017, and it was
one of my favourite venues...

Saturday 27th April at 2pm
you can meet me there and
enjoy my art together !

P.S. don't miss the wild peacocks on the grounds, 
they seem to own the place!

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Project Portfolio 2019

Hi There!
I am writing with an exciting news!
I am taking part in the 
hosted by Nina Rycroft

This is a FREE online event
launching next week, all about
how to make our portfolio great.
Many speakers will share their experiences on that, 
giving tips and help from different fields of creativity!

 Here all the folks! 
I am in there too, so happy to be
talking about the 
Plus, I share treasures of Bologna town.
Can't wait to see you there!

Saturday, 23 February 2019

My first notebooks!

Hello and welcome back to my blog!
I am so excited for this new
product now in sotck in my Etsy Shop !

Two new A5 notebooks!

The images come from my paintings, and 
I'm so happy about how they came out...

Let me know what you think!

Happy writing!

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

The power of beautiful things

Hello and happy New Year!

With the start of new things, new thoughts and new work,
I find myself
aware of the need to write not only
what I do, but more of how I feel doing it.

2018 has been hard, but everywhere are to be spotted treasures.
I was flooded by doubt on my work, as my transition to
a career into illustration
found myself struggling to take time off from personal things
and easy it is
to loose passion.

After all, I started the new year
experiencing the healing touch
of beautiful things.
We are all different, and so is
what we consider beautiful.
So, here is some things that make my heart smile

PATTERNS: I recently bought this book

and looking at it was more 
than eating the nicest piece of cake ever.
I wonder why patterns are so appealing to me,
maybe because of the thoughtful balance of colour, shapes and lines ?

FABRICS: specially wool and natural textiles,
have given me a sense of a story,
I loved re-using scraps of textile to create art
and to sew bags and things out of
gradma dresses ( textiles where so nice in their quality, in the past!)

GREEN LIFE: I find plants having
a wise, strong and delicate

I love going to garden centres, even just to take pictures 
( and more often than not, I can't resist buying something!)

I have tried hard to make a nice garden in my tiny backyard
and in some ways , I am happy with it.
A pond, moss and rescue plants are happy there,
and I managed to grow grass where all neighbours told me it was impossible.

COLOURS: yes, again colours is food for the eyes,
and for the soul. Look at this illustration by Carolyn Gavin,
isn't it nourishing our eyes?

I am a very colourful person, and for a period of my life,
for some reason I stopped to wear colours.
Now I discover that is vital to my mood and 
energy level.
I bought this book and I love it, it has inside a lot of 
colour combination according to the mood they suggest.

LANDSCAPES: that's when I feel I belong to a bigger Plan.
I love open spaces and they really bring back to perspective
all the everyday worries for me...

Sometimes, in the learning stage of a new life,
it's easy to feel lost.
But when we were small, if we gave up when trying to stand up, we would walk today...
what did keep us going at that time?
We still have it inside... let's bring it out!

That's why, I hold tight on the things I love.

My new year resolution
is just to play more
even at work.

Hope you can do the same, in your own way!

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Folktale week 2018

Another month
another challenge!

In the previous post I described my first experience with Inktober, a
31 days drawing challenge,
and here is another one.
Differently from Inktober
Folktale week was not only about drawing,
and it was the FIRST time ever that it was on this year.

Folktake Week  is an art challenge
hosted on Instagram
by a group of artist and illustrators around the globe
(like Tanja StephaniDevon Holzwarth, Sofia Moore)
It takes place in a week, this year from
November 12 to 18
and it doesn't have any technique requirements at all.

In fact, it can include painting, drawing, photograph, video, all sort of arts.
The only requirement so far,
as I understood,
is about the telling of a story, either existing or created.
It is like a community assignment where
we push each other to make steps towards our goal of illustrating stories,
either drawing characters, scenes, making colour studies or a dummy.

This challenge is probably more niche like
then Inktober,
but given my interest in illustration ,
I gladly  took part!
This time, I very broadly followed the prompts,
and did my own studies for
Little red riding hood.

Even from this challenge,
I came away enriched.
I spent some of the most fun time
drawing with just coloured pencils,

and trying out some setting studies,
which I had never done in this way before.

I think having an assignment and
having somehow commit to the event
I felt more motivated .
In fact, from long time I said I needed to try
illustrating a classic, but never got round to it.
So I'm thankful to the opportunity to invest in myself
even through this art challenges!

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

My first Inktober


(WEAK was the prompt for this drawing)

If this word sounds a bit unfamiliar with you,
it did to me until this year, too!
Inktober is a 31 drawing challenge hosted on
the social media app
by the renowned illustrator Mr Jake Parker in 2009.
Since then the event grew bigger and bigger.
Basically, each day of the month we challenge ourselves to make a drawing,
not a finished artwork or a colour study, just a drawing, 
as simple or complex as we want. 
For 31 days in a row.

 STAR was the prompt for this drawing)

I decided to give it a try, and 
even if I couldn't persist every single day (it,s harder than you think!)
I did most of them.
I was very happy to follow the official prompts, as
I think Jake is a teacher, and he knows how
to challenge and sparkle the imagination.
Sometimes the most boring words are the most difficult 
to illustrate in a new way.

(EXHAUSTED was the prompt of this one )

Also, having to post the drawings on our Instagram feed, 
everybody strives to do his/her best.
It becomes a real challenge, also a real community of people 
achieving, struggling, cheering, and crying.
All because of pure passion!


What I can say, and it was hard to believe
when I started,
is that now I love to find time to draw.
I don't fear the white page of the sketchbook anymore,
because I can do things for myself,
warm up my hand,
drawing from imagination, from reference, 
and even study my favourite characters from other illustrators 
 I always write date and who is my reference, 
as I think it is nice in the future to see who influenced my days!

(EXPENSIVE prompt)

For Inktober, I decided to try something new
( which is I think also part of the challenge)
and did my drawings on paper, then imported most of them in Photoshop
and played with ink brushes a bit.
So I became even more familiar with my new digital tools
and that was immensely helpful.

(SPELL prompt )

Now , do I recommend Inktober for you?
Yes, either if you are a pro, or a beginner,
because I could see that assignments
pushed me more than what I normally do .

(STRETCH prompt)

I haven't been taking part to art challenges before, 
now I will hunt for more interesting ones, and let you know!