Chiaroscuro terrier – or a pet that peeves

March 21, 2008 § 6 Comments

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“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.

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Waterlily lake – finished

February 17, 2008 § 3 Comments

waterlily lake -ย 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 :). ย ) 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

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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.

WIP: Waterlily Lake III

January 19, 2008 § 2 Comments

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So that’s what the painting is looking like at the moment after I added some more layers of phtaloblue, leafgreen and white. I had to notice that it really makes a difference working big – it takes much more time (and color ๐Ÿ™‚ ). I hope that I will get this one done until the end of next week.

WIP: Waterlily Lake II

January 15, 2008 § 1 Comment

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Added a first layer of primary blue. There is still so much work to do…
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Bell of the day:
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New WIP: Waterlily Lake (And Another Picture Of A Bell)

January 14, 2008 § 2 Comments

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Finally I started a new acrylic painting yesterday evening. It’s on a huge canvas (100cm x 70cm / 39,5″ x 27,5″) that I bought really cheap some months ago at the grocery store. Ever since then it stood there in the corner of my room. An empty canvas is a scary, an intimidating, a dreadful sight. It may cause horrible nightmares. So I just had to do something against it. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
Not sure yet, how long it might take me until this one will be finished, but I’m going to post my progress whenever I have time. Stay tuned.

PS: To all the bell-fans out there: I promised you another picture of a bell. So today it’s going to be Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell - Independence Bell - Old State House Bell

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

May 25, 2007 § 1 Comment

I’ve been fooling around with my acrylic colors today. The painting above is a result of this process.

I haven’t worked with acrylics in a while, mostly because I find this medium too difficult to handle. The colors dry very quick and it’s extremely hard to create soft and smooth blendings. Somebody suggested using liquid paints and a layering technique to achieve better blending results and that’s just what I have been trying to do today. After my first attempts I can already state that liquid colors are the right kind of paints for me. I should have tried them before! ๐Ÿ™‚

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