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Liedia van de Mortel 'Colouring Your World'

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Why do I make art
The purpose of my work is to make the world a more colourful place. I am using the beauty of nature because she is an endless source of inspiration. I am inspired by the colours, patterns and proportions which can be found in nature. In classic art these patterns and proportions are being used for centuries. So the classic school is a start for my work.


Why 'Colouring Your World'
Drawing is more than visualising an idea or picture. It is a natural compulsion for beauty. For me drawing is a range of subtle events that are visible on paper. The different experiences are memories that reveal emotions. I like people to enjoy the beautiful things in life. With ‘Colouring Your World’ I want to make people’s life more colourful and show them the beauty of colour, craftsmanship and creativity. Art is colouring your life and it makes common things special.


Why do I work with coloured pencil
To me coloured pencil is an old and familiar medium, for more than 20 years. Coloured pencil gives me controle over my work, and not just for large surfaces but also for small details. It is a clean and versatile medium and suitable for different techniques. Worldwide coloured pencil is getting more and more popular. You can find coloured pencil paintings in famous International art contests and art exhibitions. It can compete with acrylics and oils.


What inspires me
I am inspired by nature's patterns and proportions, the classical school and artists like Leonardo Da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer and Escher. These artists used the ‘Golden ratio’, the logarithmic spiral, the Fibonacci sequence or tesselations as a start for their work. My drawings are often based on these principles.


How do I make my paintings
My paintings show rich, full colours. These rich colours are made by layering many colours on top of eachother. Because of a special technique my drawings look like they have been painted with acrylics or oils. I work from light to dark and I spare the white of the paper.


Polkadots - 70 x 65cm. Prismacolor Pencils on White Stonehenge paper

In the Spotlight - 55 x 65cm. Prismacolor Pencils on White Stonehenge paper

Rock 'n' Roll - 47 x 78cm. Prismacolor Pencils on White Stonehenge paper

© Liedia van de Mortel



Why is my work so unique
In my still-lifes I combine realistic objects with abstract geometric patterns. These unusual patterns create a feeling of motion. They draw your attention from one detail to another. Lightning and composition are important in my work. You can see interesting reflections and distortions.


The meaning of my work
In my work you can see a symbiotic relationship between the straight and curved lines. The strength and impact of a straight line is the opposite of de grace and elegancy of the curved line. You can find this relationship in the reflections and distortions in the objects. I want to communicate with the viewer and let them see the beauty of colour and simplicity.


Please visit my website or facebook page for more information. My step by step tutorials are available as PDF - Click Here


Updated November 2016