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)…

Chiaroscuro terrier – or a pet that peeves

March 21, 2008 § 6 Comments

chiaroscuro dog

“chiaroscuro terrier”, mixed media, sketchbook

A pet peeve of mine are pets that peeve, especially those life models that would not stand still for only a second to let me capture at least one decent photo of them – not to talk about trying to sketch them! Just like this little gal here. I tried to photograph her several times, but all the shots got blurry.

Waterlily lake – finished

February 17, 2008 § 3 Comments

waterlily lake - finished

Finishing this piece was quite tough for me, since things didn’t work out quite the way they were expected to. I do admit that it was my fault, I should have sticked to the values I established in my underpainting, but I always like to do changes along the way when I start painting. Most of the times this my procedure works well, but sometimes it doesn’t. Don’t even ask me how many layers of color I’ve added to this painting trying to correct it here a little bit and there a little bit. (Let’s just say by far too many :). ¬†) Now I decided that it would be better to leave it alone the way it is now, for it can only get worse.

Beware of the … CAT!

February 4, 2008 § 5 Comments


This is Kermit my aunt’s cat. (And this painting is going to be my birthday present for her just by the way). He’s a hazardous and smart guy, you can tell from his eyes. And he is one of the reasons why I still haven’t finished the OP portrait and the waterlily painting.The size of this painting is 70 cm x 50 cm (ap. 28″ x 20″). The photo is a little bit blurry since I took it by night. Perhaps I should try to take another picture by daylight tomorrow.

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