Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sketchbook Conversations -- a chat with Gabrielle Heckenbücker

Today's sketchbook conversation is with Dutch artist Gabriëlle Heckenbücker. Here's her story:

Gabriëlle Heckenbücker, sketchbooks, sketchbook conversations, watercolor

I’m Gabrielle and for as long as I remember I am intrigued by color. I am a color-consultant by trade, having started my color-consultancy in 2002. As a colour consultant I love to explore colors and the way we experience them. While creating, I enjoy the beauty of imperfection and incompleteness. I love the process of things coming alive.

Gabriëlle Heckenbücker, sketchbooks, sketchbook conversations, watercolor

I feel the continuous need to create. Color is my passion, I just love to express and translate my feelings and thoughts into colors, the colors I see.

Gabriëlle Heckenbücker, sketchbooks, sketchbook conversations, watercolor

Nature and the little/big wonders of life are my daily inspiration. Behind my desk at the window I am constantly inspired.

Gabriëlle Heckenbücker, sketchbooks, sketchbook conversations, watercolor

20 years ago I started with my inspiration books as I called them back then. It’s only since the last 2 years that I started my daily painting. I love to work in sketchbooks, it’s like a visual diary to me. I use sketchbooks with thicker paper because I work with watercolors. Along my journey I found out that I always worked on several pieces at a time. When I paint, there are so many things I want to express at the same time and as it takes a while for the watercolor to dry, I now work on different pieces of paper which is more practical. The paint can dry while I work at another piece. I have piles lying on my desk and on the ground while working. Later I sort the pages and put them together with a ribbon.

Gabriëlle Heckenbücker, sketchbooks, sketchbook conversations, watercolor

My favorite mediums are watercolors and Ecoline which is fluid watercolor and comes in vibrant colors. I mostly use thick brushes or the Chinese calligraphy brushes. I sometimes add white ink for accents, that would be acrylic ink or my favorite uni-ball Signo broad ink pen. I’ve tried many different papers from cheap paper to more expensive and professional paper. My favorite is smooth paper and I love to see the colors flow and blend together. It’s like magic.

Gabriëlle Heckenbücker, sketchbooks, sketchbook conversations, watercolor

I would like to encourage you to paint or draw every day, if it’s only for 5 minutes, just start doodling on a piece of paper. It will become a rhythm and it will bring you new insights and inspiration along the way.

Gabriëlle Heckenbücker, sketchbooks, sketchbook conversations, watercolor

You can read more on http://www.koloristik.com and on Instagram as @koloristik


Thank you, Gabrielle, for sharing your story with us!



*Photos in this post © Gabrielle Heckenbücker. Used with permission.

10 comments:

  1. Another inspiring artist. I love how the loose pages are tied up with silk ribbon. There are infinite opportunities and methods to create and store art whether it be in a sketch book or loose pages. Thank you to Anne and all your guests for the ideas and inspiration and individuality you all bring.

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    1. Yes, her art is very inspiring! Those ribbons are gorgeous.

      I'm so glad to know that you've been enjoying the series and that you've been painting yourself lately, too!

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  2. thank you for such a trubute to my lovely friend. she has inspired so many of us on instagram with her exquisite watercolors and ink paintings. blessings

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    1. I'm so glad you stopped by, Constanza, and that you enjoyed the post. Gabrielle is indeed inspiring.

      Blessing to you, too!

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  3. Gabrielle is such an amazing talent, a humble and lovely soul I'm honored to call a friend thru Instagram. This was a great read, I truly enjoyed learning more about her and seeing her glorious art!

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    1. Hi, Eva, thanks for stopping by! I'm glad you enjoyed this post. Gabrielle's art is so lovely and she's such a sweet, inspiring soul. It was my pleasure to share her story here.

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  4. Thanks for introducing me to Gabrielle and her beautiful art. I love the colors and fluidity and her approach
    to her sketchbook. I've often wished for a sketchbook that was filled with different papers so that depending on your mood you could try out different things. The loose sheets tied together is a great way to achieve this.

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    1. I hope you're getting back to your sketchbooks, Dana. I'm so glad you enjoyed this post. You're right, tying loose sheets with pretty ribbon is a great way to do that. Or maybe creating some sort of protective covering tied with ribbon...

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  5. Thank you for sharing! I have enjoyed following Gabreille for two years now! I always look forward to seeing what shes creating. The simplicity and vibrancy of her work is so sweet and inspirational. I get to see her work everyday because I have an original portrait of hers that is so special to me! This is a wonderful blog thank you 💕

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    1. Hi, Maureen, thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. What a joyful thing to have a piece of Gabrielle's art to brighten your days. :)

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