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 😉

Two more orchids

December 11, 2008 § 1 Comment

Oh my, I haven’t posted much the last two months. Excuses for that.

Even worse: I have not drawn or painted one single stroke the last couple of weeks. I seriously need to get back to it.

Yesterday I stumbled upon an old acrylic painting. It was my very first attempt to paint in transparent layers. I wasn’t that happy with the result, but it was something different. Actually I liked the grisaille. Perhaps I should have left it in greyscale and not try to achieve a colorful image :).

Here is the WIP, step by step.

redorchid1

redorchid2

redorchid3

redorchid4

redorchid5

PS: The backgroundcolor is a dark green (not black), these pics were taken with my old camera which wasn’t as good in capturing subtle shades of color.

I’ve drawn the Two Of Cherries

July 1, 2008 § 3 Comments

Another little ACEO. Colored Pencil on a pastel-ground primed card. Yes, I know that most serious people would just cut their paper/board to fit the card-size, whereas I like to take original playing cards and prime them with primer to get a nice support for drawing 8).

Since I neglected this little blog of mine so badly over the last weeks, I’ll try to do better this month. That’s why I decided to join NaBloPoMo this month. I’m going to paint or draw one little ACEO every evening. The main theme will be “food”. I hope to be able to keep this thing going till the end of  this month. C U tomorrow!

Lazy sunday afternoons

May 22, 2008 § 6 Comments

“lazy sunday afternoons” – acrylics on canvas – w:60 cm h:80cm

After my latest quarrels with oils I needed a short (acrylic) break. I do not consider this painting completely finished, since I will most probably still add some finishing touches to it later on, but at the moment I have put it on my wall to study the overall composition. The procedure of creating this painting was very experimental. I painted from life and neither did I do any kind of preliminary sketch, nor did I even sketch out the basic shapes on my canvas before starting – I just went straight on with the colors. To my big surprise it worked. Of course, if I had taken the time to compose this painting, I might have moved the plants a little more to the bottom of the canvas, but then again the thing that intrigued me most when painting this little scene was this warm, bright late afternoon sunlight with its long golden shadows.

Unfortunately the colors once again don’t show right in this picture, they are brighter and warmer in RL and the leaves aren’t that dark, too. Conclusions: I clearly need to develop my photographic skills :o)…

I should have known it better…

April 23, 2008 § 5 Comments

white peonies

“white peonies”, oil on canvas board, h:30 cm w: 20 cm

… painting one painting each day isn’t as easy! Especially if you have a full time job and other hobbies, too. But well, it’s not only a matter of time, there is also another difficulty (which Gillian reminded me of after my last post) I haven’t found a solution to by now: oil paintings take quite a few days to dry to the touch. And then they still take a couple of months to be dry enough to be varnished. Well, I do have only three easels and very limited space in my room. Meaning that I’ll have to confine myself to three painting each week. That should be manageable. Anyway, here’s painting no. 5.

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