Today's sketchbook conversation is with Dutch artist Gabriëlle Heckenbücker. Here's her story:
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.
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.
Nature and the little/big wonders of life are my daily inspiration. Behind my desk at the window I am constantly inspired.
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.
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.
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.
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.