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​Portrait of John Snow from Game of Thrones

Black and white pencil drawing.

Finished June 2017

​I'm quite proud of this one, since it's my first attempt at drawing curly hair properly + all the fur in his outfit. It took me a while to complete and I still feel like I could keep working on it - but you never get anything done if you're always aiming for perfection, do you?

Since Game of Thrones season 7 is coming soon I thought I'd have the show's characters as a theme for my next portraits - Who should be my next subject? 

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"If I could I would give you my heart..." - This is the Valentine's Day card that I made for my partner this year. He's a very logical person and, although he often does or says romantic things, he isn't what you'd call a hopeless romantic. So instead of a card with traditionally shaped hearts I decided to draw him a real one. I love him super much so obviously I would like to give him my heart - and I figured this would be as close as I could get.

This is my first time drawing a heart or any other organ, and I'm pretty pleased with the outcome. It also makes a good card with opportunities for some simple and slightly cheesy text ideas.

What do you think? Would you like to get a card like this one?


I may be 2 weeks too late, but I still hope everyone had a good day on the 14th and remembered to love themselves fully, and the people around them <3

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"...Imperfection is in some sort essential to all that we know of life. It is the sign of life in a mortal body, that is to say, of a state of progress and change. Nothing that lives is, or can be, rigidly perfect; part of it is decaying, part nascent. The foxglove blossom - a third part bud, a third part past, a third part in full bloom - is a type of the life of this world. And in all things that live there are certain irregularities and deficiencies which are not only signs of life, but sources of beauty. No human face is exactly the same in its lines on each side, no leaf perfect in its lobes, no branch in its symmetry. All admit irregularity as they imply change; and to banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality. All things are literally better, lovelier, and more beloved for the imperfections which have been divinely appointed, that the law of human life may be Effort, and the law of human judgment, Mercy." (from The Stones of Venice by John Ruskin).

I used to think I could be perfect. I tried my hardest to reach whatever it is that we call „perfection“. But the harder I tried, the more I realized that my goal was unreachable. I was “imperfect” by nature. Certain things were simply unchangeable and would stay the same no matter what. And when I finally accepted that I realized that it’s actually pretty great.

This is not a blog by a perfect person with a perfect life in a perfect world. And that‘s one of the things that make this blog interesting. Imperfection makes everything so much better and much more fun.

I have an interesting voice, it‘s very soft and childlike. I haven‘t always liked it but my voice is undoubtedly one of the most unique things about me.

One of my ears is more outwards than the other. I inherited that from my dad, because I am my dad’s daughter - and proud to be.

My right arm is more muscular than the left one, because I use it more to draw, paint and write. Those are things I love doing.

You could call it imperfections or flaws. Or you could call them characteristics. These things and many others are all a part of what makes me who I am. I was born with some, inherited many and the rest represents my life, things that have happened and things I’ve done. Just like trees come in different shapes and sizes based on their conditions while growing. The same applies to all of us. That’s what true beauty is.

And since I’ve started with the sharing, here are a few more facts and confessions I have to make:

I’ve worn glasses since I was 2 years old.

I am hopeless at tying shoelaces. It takes me a very long time and I still have a feeling I’m doing it wrong.

Don’t expect me to catch a ball or anything else you throw at me. I won’t.

I’ve started to get wrinkles on my forehead and also one on the side right next to my mouth – because I smile so much!

I’m a very sensitive person and I cry easily. But at least you’ll know when something’s wrong because I can’t keep it in…

I’ve been in an ambulance once. What happened? I was drunk and fell on my face. I got four stitches and had to spend 10 days of my holiday in Spain with a huge bandage on my chin. What did I learn from that? Don’t drink and run.

I once cut my hair into a very short boy cut and I loved it.

I can’t ride a bike. Not very well at least.

I have a scar/mark on my leg which I got while trying to kick-start a small off-road motorbike in Australia.

Yes, I do have stretch marks, cellulite, circles under my eyes and body hair. All those things you’re not supposed to have, don’t worry - I have them too!


Kind regards from Silja Rós Wang in 2015

With a message that's still valid.

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A year ago I wrote a post about manifesting your goals. I'm still a firm believer in that doing so will play a big part in getting you where you want to go. So I thought I'd re-post it (slightly cut and edited) as a small reminder and encouragement to you to try it out:

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"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

It's so important to believe in your dreams. Because you can do virtually anything you want to do - if you believe it. But in order to truly start believing in our dreams and to keep believing, we sometimes need a little help, a bit of inspiration. And we need to tell ourselves that what we want is real.

I have a big black book, where I put anything that inspires me to work towards things I'd like to do or be. I also have an inspirational collage on my wall that I look at everyday.

And I have a bucket list. It includes both big important dreams as well as smaller less important ones, which are easier to achieve and can be a good encouragement along the way.

I encourage everyone to do this. It can also be a box filled with nice inspiring things...whatever suits you.

I also love the idea of manifesting your own future. Writing down or imagining what you want as if it's already your reality is such a wonderful idea. For some reason it helps if you don't just hope something's going to happen but actually know it and feel it. In comedian Amy Poehler's book Yes Please, she mentions how she at one point had this feeling that she'd be on Saturday Night Lights. And she turned out to be right.

Writing things down can also help you get a clearer picture of what you want. Because sometimes you just know you want something, but you're not sure exactly what it is or how to reach it.

Why do I think these tips work? Because once you've put your dreams on paper or said them out loud and made them visual, it's much harder to just give up on them. It pushes you to keep going. Or at least it does for me.

So far I've managed to do everything I've wanted to do. I've gone from being a shy little girl, who can't even sleep over at a friend's house, to travelling to Australia all by myself. It's not my only achievement but probably the biggest one yet.

How did I do it? I worked hard during summer holidays and saved almost all my money for 5 years, I read books and did a lot of self-empowerment practices. And I talked to everyone as if I was going to Australia before I even knew if it would happen. I had it on my bucket list, I put inspiring pictures in my black book and I imagined what it would be like to be there.

Setting time limits and making concrete plans is another method I know some people use. I haven't personally done that, but it might be worth trying.

Making your dreams feel real doesn't need to take a lot of effort. Small everyday reminders like these can help a lot:

While I was at home after my first year in Australia, I knew I needed to go back and this time I wanted to find a job in Sydney. So I had this image on my desktop for months - and I did end up getting a job very close to the city center, for nearly 6 months!

To finish this off, I'd like to add one very important thing to remember: It's okay to change your mind. Not out of fear or laziness, but because as you grow and experience new things, your situation will change. We evolve and new doors open that we may not have known of before. So don't be too stubborn to make a change if you know it's the right one. Don't be stupid. Just be happy!

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The last work I did in 2016. Done with black ink and watercolor. It wasn't created with the purpose of being pretty, but I enjoyed the process. It emptied my mind and created space for whatever 2017 fills it up with.

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Yes, it's a New Year - but it's still the same delightful me (see image above).

I don't believe that with the start of a new year comes a brand new version of you. Reason no. 1) Change doesn't happen overnight and 2) Why should we even want a new us, when we're already wonderful as we are? We should love ourselves and be happy with who we are. I am however completely in favour of improvements and setting yourself goals. We can always improve something and it is essential to have dreams to follow. So challenge yourself, get out of your comfort zone. And what you did well last year, do it even better this year.

I'm starting my new year with the same delightful me. But this year I'm going to be even more open and less afraid - and truly step out of my own comfort zone where it matters. 2017 begins with no expectations and plenty of room to take chances and so many places left to explore.

Another thing that's new this year is my brand new website, along with my own domain name and email.

Welcome to siljaroswang.com <3

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No, I'm not actually seeing a therapist. But I am a big supporter of people seeking help and someone to talk to if they feel it's what they need. I've done it in the past and it did make me feel better. It's so important to remember to take care of yourself - and there are many ways to do it. I've been feeling a bit anxious recently and found it very helpful to get out a blank piece of paper and throw whatever comes to my mind on it. And whether it's watercolor, pencils or Promarkers...I'm mixing it all together. That's my so-called therapist.

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I tend to worry and feel anxious quite easily. There's nothing wrong with feeling like that sometimes, but it can get to a point where it's affecting your life too much. That's when it's extremely important to think about yourself, look at what's good and right in your life and reflect on what needs to change. You also need to be kind to yourself and do things that make you feel good. Having a nice healthy breakfast makes me feel good. Exercise is also vital for my well-being. Going for long walks with music playing in my ears helps my brain process all the thoughts that run through my head. I also need sleep/rest. And I've noticed this has been lacking in my life recently. I'm always learning and getting to know myself and in the past couple of months I've realized that my life must involve those things. My life must also involve quality time with the people I love, even if it's just simple things like waking up next to my boyfriend and making dinner together in the evening. I need some structure in my day - I need weekends. And I definitely MUST get time to draw and paint. Even if it's silly nonsense like this:

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Any type of art that I do is relaxing for me. It's my meditation and it clears my head. But these painting/drawings don't just have that effect on me, but they also help me blow out some steam, believe it or not (in a non-aggressive way). I don't have to worry about them looking good either because I'm only doing them for myself. I will definitely keep this going...

What do you do to take care of yourself/make yourself feel good/relax?

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Another Breaking Bad drawing.

Black and white portrait of Jesse Pinkman, done with pencil.

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Finally! After years of thinking about it I've now actually done it - I've created a page on Facebook. Now it'll be much easier to stay up to date with whatever I get up to.

Please feel free to visit and like my brand new Facebook page. You can follow this link, or simply type in Silja Rós Wang art and see if you can find me. I would love to see you there!

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Portrait of one of my favorite bloggers, Flora Wiström.

She's a Swedish writer and illustrator who blogs about her day to day life in Stockholm, veganism and feminism, among other things. She's only my age but has managed to achieve so much and is a big inspiration to me.

Click here to visit her blog.

The portrait is a black and white pencil drawing.

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