First painting in a long time

April 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Crane's Nest, 20 cm x 20 cm, acrylics on canvas

This has to be my fist painting in about 3 months or maybe longer. Well, okay, I did paint smaller paintings, but mainly into my sketchbook with WC pencils or with gouache, but I did not really paint on a canvas for a very long time.

It’s an acrylic painting and the truth is I cannot handle acrylics anymore. After painting with oil colors for over a year I’ve grown so used to them that it feels awkward to paint with acrylics. They’re so fast drying (and mind you I used the Interactives and the Golden Open which both already have a prolonged open time compared to normal acrylic colors!) and they just don’t blend as well as oil colors do. Seems the only good thing about them for me is that now I don’t have to wait for months until I can varnish them and I also don’t have to worry about finding a space in my rather small studio where I can leave them to dry, as the painting is already dry to the touch now, only three hours later.

I’m determined to switch to oil color from now on. Yet I still have a huge pile of acrylic colors so I’ll try to use them up as soon as possible. Guess I will have to finish a couple more acrylic paintings in the next days.

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Sketch of a dog

August 21, 2009 § 3 Comments

Little dog - acrylics 32 cm x 24 cm

Little dog - acrylics 32 cm x 24 cm

I wonder what breed he is as I’m not so familiar with dogs 🙂

Another cityscape

February 8, 2009 § 2 Comments

Yes, I’m painting and drawing again. At the moment mostly portraits and other kinds of commissions, so I cannot show you much (my clients refused to being shown all over the world wide web ^^), except for maybe this little piece here:

"Cityscape IV" - acrylics on canvas

"Cityscape IV" - acrylics on canvas

I tried working with Acrylic Interactives here. Some people say that painting with these is just like painting with oils, but I think that’s a strange comparison. Anyway, I like being able to re-wet an acrylic color even some hours later, so they are definitely win for me. Such a pity that they are so hard to get here, but at least I have spotted an online shop where I can get Golden Opens :).

Two more orchids

December 11, 2008 § 1 Comment

Oh my, I haven’t posted much the last two months. Excuses for that.

Even worse: I have not drawn or painted one single stroke the last couple of weeks. I seriously need to get back to it.

Yesterday I stumbled upon an old acrylic painting. It was my very first attempt to paint in transparent layers. I wasn’t that happy with the result, but it was something different. Actually I liked the grisaille. Perhaps I should have left it in greyscale and not try to achieve a colorful image :).

Here is the WIP, step by step.

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PS: The backgroundcolor is a dark green (not black), these pics were taken with my old camera which wasn’t as good in capturing subtle shades of color.

Waiting for the boat

September 29, 2008 § 4 Comments

… to be painted.

Wheres the boat?, acrylics on canvas, 60 cm x 30 cm

"Where's the boat?", acrylics on canvas, 60 cm x 30 cm

I did this little painting for the monthly acrylic challenge. Actually there should have been a nice tugboat in the middle of this river, but somehow I do have some trouble painting it. My first attempt failed terribly and I had a hard time restoring the image back to how it looked before I tried changing it.

Well, this painting clearly needs something – no matter what – in the foreground. It cannot be left that way. However, since I don’t want to ruin it in the end, I’ll try to go for something rather small first. Perhaps a little boat or something like that?

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Busy week

July 24, 2008 § 4 Comments

Birte wearing a green dress - Charcoal on Canson, 20 cm x 30 cm

I have been sketching and painting like mad this week. Not only naked people as you can see above. This drawing is a 15 minutes pose by the way, and it has been drawn with white and black charcoal on canson paper. No, your monitor doesn’t play any tricks on you, the paper really has this strange texture, yet it looks lovelier in reality than on the screen.
Throughout this week I learned quite a few things.
First, that I actually enjoy drawing people. (I used to hate drawing people, but hey, after 25+ sketches like the one above you start loving what you do. It gets more and more easy with every sketch, believe me!)
Second, that I can draw a decent sketch of almost every person in almost every position from life(!) in less than 20 minutes. That’s a big improvement!
Last, that charcoal loves ingres and canson paper! Really! I always disliked these kinds of papers, because of their rough structure that would always come through in each and every colored pencil drawing, but it’s a completely different thing with charcoal! It just glides so smoothly over the surface of those two kinds of papers… it’s unbelievable :)!

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Lazy sunday afternoons

May 22, 2008 § 6 Comments

“lazy sunday afternoons” – acrylics on canvas – w:60 cm h:80cm

After my latest quarrels with oils I needed a short (acrylic) break. I do not consider this painting completely finished, since I will most probably still add some finishing touches to it later on, but at the moment I have put it on my wall to study the overall composition. The procedure of creating this painting was very experimental. I painted from life and neither did I do any kind of preliminary sketch, nor did I even sketch out the basic shapes on my canvas before starting – I just went straight on with the colors. To my big surprise it worked. Of course, if I had taken the time to compose this painting, I might have moved the plants a little more to the bottom of the canvas, but then again the thing that intrigued me most when painting this little scene was this warm, bright late afternoon sunlight with its long golden shadows.

Unfortunately the colors once again don’t show right in this picture, they are brighter and warmer in RL and the leaves aren’t that dark, too. Conclusions: I clearly need to develop my photographic skills :o)…

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