I can’t resist these curves

July 3, 2008 § 2 Comments

Pears have something very interesting about them, something that just seem to captivate the attention of many artists. Let an artist choose a fruit to paint and she or he will most likely choose a pear. Me, too. I don’t know how many pears I have already painted and sketched, just search this blog, and I’m sure you should be able to find at least three more paintings of pears. These curves are just fantastic to paint, I only wished pears would come in more colors, just like apples do :).

This little pear here has been painted with Oil Colors on a miniature canvas (10 cm x 10 cm). Like most of the time I’m using water miscible oil colors. I prefer them, because brushes are so easy to clean and I do not have to handle turps. However, there are some limitations to these colors as well. First of all they tend to be more firm in their consistency compared to regular oil colors and one needs special mediums to make them more creamy/fluid. Another bis disadvantage is, that they cannot be used for glazing techniques. At least I haven’t found a way yet to thin them which would not affect their water miscibility.

And on we go with the oily disaster: Irma the friendly witch

June 30, 2008 § 3 Comments

“Irma, the tooth-witch”, oil color on canvas, 40 cm x 40 cm

Have to admit that I have been very lazy with my oil painting schedule, but I decided to take it up again this week. So here is my next one. I should admit, too, that I worked on this one for two hours, instead of one hour only as according to the challenge rules. Reason is that I wanted to finish it nicely enough to be able to give it as a present to Irma’s owner. (Little Irma is a puppet by the way. Yep, one of the kind that is played by puppet artists to entertain little kids.)

Irma is to some extent the German version of the tooth-fairy. Only that she isn’t a fairy as you see, she’s a (friendly) witch, but who cares, as long as she origins from magical realms all the kids will love her :).  It always makes me giggle though, how a witch that can only claim four teeth her own has become a role model for teeth related things . 8)

Some minor and some major changes :)

June 1, 2008 § 4 Comments

Hi everybody, as you may have already observed (as long as you don’t read my posts with a reader) I’ve currently changed the outlook of my blog. I couldn’t stand the old CSS anymore – I just had to to something about it. For the summertime the blog will most probably stay with this neat little flower-theme.

Last week passed by very fast for me, I did not even have much time for drawing or painting. To my big shame I didn’t continue with my oil paintings challenge either… 😦
Yet, I started with some nice experiments. I’m planing on doing an oil portrait for a friend of mine and she wants it to look a little bit like a Klimt, so I started experimenting with gold leaf.

gold leaf, acrylic and oil color on canvas

My first tries were just a little bit messy, but I’m already getting better at gilding :). Actually I’m not working with gold all of the time (since this would be a little bit too expensive), usually I’m using metal leaf that just looks golden. It works just the same, however it is much more prone to corrosion, therefore it has to be sealed with a few layers of coating before one can paint with acrylic colors (who contain water) upon it.
I’m really looking forward to painting this portrait, I’m sure it’ll look great in the end. Well, and even if it doesn’t look good in the end, it will at least look very interesting ;-p. The only thing that is still troubling me is that I have not the slightest idea what kind of patterns to use for the background and for her dress in order to make it look more Klimt-esque. I still need to ponder that :).

And since we were talking about changes to this blog: another one will be, that you will most probably get to see some 3D stuff from me soon, too, since I recently rediscovered the fun and the horror of sculpting and modeling with clay, polymer clay and plaster. I’ll just have to see how well these crafty things will fit into the concept of this blog :).

EDIT: Sorry guys, I just realized that after my little CSS intervention some of my pages don’t show like they used to (and I want them to). I’m going to fix that as soon as possilbe ^^!

More oil desaster

May 12, 2008 § 2 Comments

Hi everybody out there! How are you doing?

Q: Did I keep up with my oil painting plan?
A: Yes. I. Did.
However, I’m not really satisfied with the results as for now. Actually that’s the reason, too, why you didn’t get to see any more paintings from me recently ;-p. Linseed oil is still my worst enemy, though I started to appreciate the texture it gives to oil paintings.

Maybe I just choose objects to paint that were a little bit too difficult for an one-hour-painting? I’ll need to start again with the basics and take simple shapes, a mug, a flower or something like this, maybe I’ll do better then.

One step forward and then…

April 30, 2008 § 5 Comments

well it’s a strange old game – you learn it slow
one step forward and then it’s back to go

(Dire Straits – The Bug)


“sweets”, oil on canvasboard, w: 30 cm h: 20 cm

Tried an unsual approach this time.  I choose a  different medium this time (linseed  oil) and worked very wet …or should I have said fat since we’re talking about oil colors?  Don’t like this kind of working very much, but I’m going to give it some more tries, before I’ll throw my linseed oil away :). Perhaps I’ll get used to it? Who knows…

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