It takes two…

July 13, 2008 § 4 Comments

"Their last swim", Watercolor, Postcard

…days only to ruin the effort of twelve days, but that’s just what happened. I’ve skipped two days on July’s NaBloPoMo because I went on a spontaneous trip to Cologne with some of my friends. *sigh*. At least I completed twelve little paintings/sketches in twelve days which is already pretty much for me and I had a very pleasant journey as well, so I do not have a valid reason to complain and hence can only sing along with Edith Piaf :”Non, je ne regrette rien..”

The painting above is another watercolor and it’s about postcard-size. I don’t like eating fish, but strangely enough I like painting fish. Luckily my friends didn’t mind me painting their lunch, though they looked a wee bit confused at first.

Sour (Illustration Friday)

July 5, 2008 § 8 Comments

water color & wc pencils in sketchbook

When hearing of sour I guess most people will think of lemons? Well, at least I do and that’s why I choose to paint them for this weeks IF theme. I love lemons, don’t you, too? They are one of the best sources for Vit. C!

This painting however is also a homage to American water colors. Why? I got myself some tubes of Daniel Smith and M Graham water colors some months ago, but used them only occasionally… first they seemed pretty normal (or should I have said average? ;p), nothing special compared to the W&N and Schminckes I usually would paint with, but when I turned on the lights in the evening and had again a look at my paintings I noticed some kind of glimmer when the light hit my paintings from certain angles. I just say one word: mica.
Do they put mica into all of their paints? Actually I don’t mind, it looks rather discreet and is really only then noticeable when the light hits from a particular direction, yet then it appears strange if the whole picture wasn’t painted with the same brand of colors, b/c the W&Ns or the Schminckes look matte next to the Grahams especially.

Life ain’t easy if you’re a goldfish (IF: forgotten)

June 6, 2008 § 7 Comments

transparent watercolor, postcard

Apparently when God created the world not everybody has got his fair share. Well, at least there are some scientists claiming that the memory of goldfish especially is not existent terribly bad. Those fish are said to have forgotten everything they observed only 15 seconds later.

Now I’m just wondering with how many goldfish those scientists have talked personally in order to come to such a conclusion…

The reasons why I don’t like transparent watercolors

April 24, 2008 § 4 Comments

…is that I cannot achieve dark darks with them. And I really like a wide value range in my paintings, starting from bright white to deep black if possible. So I often find myself adding black ink to my watercolor paintings in the end, just because I couldn’t achieve those dark values that I had been looking for just by mixing my watercolors. Well, and after I have added the black ink, I sometimes get out my white acrylic ink, too, to enhance the highlights and then I usually get out my pastel pencils, my colored pencils and my oil pastels as well and — I end up with a mixed media piece :-|.

You see, I really appreciate those beautiful watercolor paintings by all those gifted painters out there whenever I see them, but over time and with many (mainly failed) attempts to paint I realized that I’m probably more the acrylic and oil color kind of girl.

pink guy

“flamingo”, transparent watercolor, postcard

(Ref. from WC RIL)

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.

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