Additional information on the Lamy nibs

April 26, 2010 § 3 Comments

Boring title, I know.

Yet I’ve promised a little update to the Lamy nibs and to answer some questions I have been asked repeatedly.

Lamy nibs old - new

Lamy nibs - from old to new

What you can see in this picture are three different kind of nibs. The oldest one is on the left, the newest one on the right.

The one on the left is about ten years old it was a default nib that came with one of my pens. As you can see there is no indication of size on it. It also lacks the Lamy logo. The nibs that came as default some years ago would not have any size indicated on them. (Nowadays they all have.) So if you bought a new Lamy pen back then, you needed to pay attention to the little sticky on the pen which would tell you what size the nib was or ask the seller to give you a pen with your prefered nib size. If you lost that sticker, don’t remember that information anymore or have bought the pen second-hand, there is no way to find out which size it is. You could try to compare it to other nibs if you happen to have some ready, of course, but other than that there’s no way to find the answer to this question I’m afraid .

In the middle you can see a nib that is approximately 5 years old, it still is completely black whereas the newest type of nib (as seen on the right) comes with a silvery shining tip. I’ve placed the tip of the latter on a darker background so that you can spot the difference easier.ย  (Sorry for the glare, I will get me a decent photo equipment soon.)

Sometimes people wonder whether the newer dark nibs are made of a different material, because they have that lighter tip, but I don’t think so. My guess is that the difference is just caused by a new/different way of producing those nibs. However, purely from the esthetic point of view I admit that I also prefer the old nibs that were all black ;).

An older painting continued

March 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

I was already about to throw this painting away, because it was started with the wrong colors, but then I thought why not give it at least a try. If the colors (W&N Artisan) are going to crack, I can still throw it away, if not, maybe it turns out nicely.

If my memory doesn’t fail me I remember having read somewhere in the Artisan spreadsheets that those colors weren’t suitable for glazing techniques. I cannot remember the exact reason why, but my best guess would be because their whites could be made with safflower oil? Well anyway, since I’m a curious person and would like to see myself what will happen I decided to give it a try nevertheless.

This is my underpainting, it has been touch dry for a couple of days and tonight I’m going to start with the first few glazes.

copy after Bouguereau, WIP, oil on canvas

Today was 26th World Wide SketchCrawl Day

February 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

and I wasn’t even aware of it :ยด(.

You can check out what participants from all over the world were sketching here, in the official SketchCrawl forum.

Okay, the next one will be May 15th and I’m totally determined to go sketch crawling that day, too. ^-^

And what exactly is a Sketch Crawl? Mainly a meeting of different persons that gather somewhere and then walk around the place sketching everything they see or everything that inspires them. I guess the main reason of all this is to meet with fellow artists, to practice drawing, share experiences – and most of all to have fun :).

“White peonies” encore une fois

February 15, 2010 § Leave a comment

"white peonies II", 30 cm x 20 cm, oil on canvasboard

Do you remember this post? Yes, after almost two years I’ve returned once again to the same bunch of peonies. Yes, they’re artificial ;). The painting itself is not fully completed, I still have to add some highlights here and there and to sign it, however there won’t be any drastic changes to it anymore, so I thought I could just as well already post it ^-^.

Funny, how different the two paintings are. It seems I did learn a little something in the past two years, although I have to admit that I did not paint much in the meantime.

Back with lemon tea

February 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

Yes, I know, I’m bad. I’ve neglected my blog for a far too long time, but as usually there have been so much more interesting things to do than to sit down and paint something.
So I’ve decided to return to one of my favorite subjects lemon tea. It seems I always can get some nice paintings with that theme. Don’t know why, but it inspires me ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sketch of a dog

August 21, 2009 § 3 Comments

Little dog - acrylics 32 cm x 24 cm

Little dog - acrylics 32 cm x 24 cm

I wonder what breed he is as I’m not so familiar with dogs ๐Ÿ™‚

Breakfast series – part two

August 9, 2009 § Leave a comment

Breakfast series / watercolor on postcard

Breakfast series / watercolor on postcard