Another fantastic portrait tutorial on WetCanvas

January 27, 2008 § 1 Comment

This time it’s an tutorial for portraits using oil pastels.
Join the class and watch Pat as she goes along doing the portrait of a young girl.

I’ve started this portrait as well. And it’s almost finished (I’m going to show it to you as soon as I got new batteries for my camera). This was the preliminary sketch:

op_girlportrait1.jpg

(oil pastel and pencil on selfmade pastelboard)

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Bastet

January 10, 2008 § 4 Comments

Bastet

Bastet (also spelled Ubasti, Bast or Pasht) was an ancient feline Egyptian goddess of war. She was highly revered, especially in the lower parts of Egypt. Originally she had been depicted as a lioness, but later generations turned her image into that of a domestic cat :).

This is my very first attempt at painting an artist card. With oil pastels it is a quite difficult thing to get details done while working on such a small size (2,5″ x 3,5″). Nevertheless I had much fun doing it.

I’m bad…

January 10, 2008 § 4 Comments

…I know, but I still don’t feel like posting at the moment. So perhaps I’ll just have to make a little effort?

Well then, that’s one of my latest oil pastel paintings. It’s a squirrel (just in case you couldn’t tell)

op_squirrel2.jpg

I just cannot get enough of those bold colors :)!

The Portrait Party

June 24, 2007 § 7 Comments

…do I need to say more?

(Those of you who have never heard of the portrait-party before, please visit theportraitparty.blogspot.com for further information)

So that’s my portrait-pal Franziska . Well, honestly speaking it’s not really her. It’s only my humble interpretation of her photo ;-D!

and that’s also her – with some creative liberties

another try

kiwis

May 1, 2007 § 6 Comments

painted for the may pastel strokes at wetcanvas.

kiwi
oilpastel, 6 x 8

EDM 59 – Sign Of Spring

March 21, 2007 § Leave a comment

a cherry-tree in bloom:

edm - sign of spring

Portrait Of A Woman Wearing Black

March 17, 2007 § Leave a comment

In my early teens I started drawing portraits. At that time this seemed to be the most interesting sujet to me. I must admit that even until today nothing has ever been more fascinating to me than a pair of beautiful/intense eyes. These portraits were all done in graphite or charcoal. The likeness was there and I should have felt happy, instead I was not satisfied with the results and angry with me, because I wanted those drawings to look more like made by L. da Vinci or at least J.S. Sargent.

And these ambitions that were settled so terribly high kept me from enjoying my little drawings and finally even from doing them. Please don’t get me wrong, high ambitions aren’t something bad, it’s only that there are people who can handle them better than others. If you tend to perfectionism the way I do, those kind of ambitions will be like poison.

I only learned to enjoy doing art after some years of practice in meditation. Eastern philosophies teach you to care only for the creating process and not for the results. “Great Dao – It’s not a goal, It’s a Way (Without Way)” – there is a great truth behind this.

However, here’s my first portrait after a long, long period of time:

portrait

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