December 31, 2011

Good habits for 2012...

To end the year with the beneficial feeling of a good habit,... here is a sample of my new resolution for the new year to come. I've decided to work harder with more research, discipline and method!

More doodeling in my Moleskine...

Just drawing without without thinking of composition,... but hopefully it will turn out with structure.
And here follows a few double pages (that you might have seen or not) in this Moleskine, my companion of 2011.

December 29, 2011

A little doodling...

A little doodling of my son, who hates when I study him and he always warns me he won't stay still.

December 10, 2011

Oil painting under progress... "Next!"

That might be it! I better move to a new painting...
If you're interested in seeing the evolution of this painting you can go to my post:
(The vase look a little distorted here, that's my picture taking. The rectangular size get distorted by my camera, it's a difficult task taking good pictures of artwork. This will have to do for now)

December 09, 2011

November 28, 2011

Morning drawing session...

Half an hour drawing at the Café this morning felt great.
I don't know where my inspiration for that had gone the last few weeks. I think it was the lack of inspiring subjects the last times I went for my morning coffee. I then lost the "sparkling" envy to draw in my sketchbook. Feels now as I can carry on again, I hope this brake will bring new ideas into my Moleskine.

PS; I would like to thank everyone for the regular visits here on my blog, I also thank the newcomers among those who have sign up as a "regular follower". The past month visits where more frequent than ever, so thank you! It's rewarding in some way to be able to share what I do with people who show interest.
I wish you all a nice week!

November 19, 2011

November 18, 2011

Figure drawing...

I just noticed that this might look like I've done a veery looong arm...! 
In fact there is an arm alone, it has nothing to do with the leaning over pose. : )

Nothing much "new" here, because I need to feel that I get my "survival exercise". Not enough time to explore new ways of expression, just time to try to "keep fit", he he.
Anyway, these are 20 and 5 minute poses from bottom to top.

November 08, 2011

Oil painting in progress...

I declare this "Done and enough!" 

A new state a little further, after forcing myself to deal with this problem I had in my mind about the background. I wasn't sure about how to paint it until starting yesterday, unconsciously I had made up my mind to keep a yellow but a more neutral one, and it turned out quite right, (if I don't change my mind again). Looking at the painting, (not the photo), the background has something about "air" in it. I've always wondered how painters do to achieve that. It might be just a question of tone in relation to the rest, of what I found out here. It's not texture as I thought before, but maybe that too, and variations of value I would like to ad. 
It's funny to see how the painting changes for better or worse, ha ha ha. 
I'll have to digest it a bit now to find out the last things to ad or take away. I want to adjust what's necessary. 
My questionings are right now about the flowers to the right... to make them go more together with the top once without over working them or just leave them as they are? I think It will get really boring if I try to define them more.

This is getting difficult and I no longer have the subject to look at. Flowers and leaves are dried out, but I think my imagination is working, if not overworking... that's the risk for me, that I put "too much" of details and colors all over the painting. Another trouble I have is about the "whole painting thing"; color reactions and not mixing the color I need, because I don't know yet it exists and that I need it. : )  
... to be continued


After yesterdays watercolor I felt warmed up to start another oil painting, so this is to be continued.
For now, when I paint in oil I just start painting, I don't compose or draw anything on the canvas before, other than the image I got in my head. My urge to paint is too big, time is too short. I "just paint" to be able to "free myself", from any fears I had in the past when facing a canvas. I have to search my way with this medium and with the color mixing, and the only way to do this is "just to paint", I think...

October 23, 2011

Oil painting in progress...

(picture taken without enough light, colors are not totally realistic)




I know it's "risky" to show my oil paintings under execution here. But! "So what?" What's life without risk? (ha ha). If this study doesn't turn out to be finished or just to be a mess I'll have to admit the failure, and that seems to be an honest challenge. 
So, anyway, this is what I've been working on this last week-end. I take pictures with my phone to make them easy to post here, and now when comparing the pictures, I see I do not only go forward when painting, I also destroy what is already painted to paint it over again. Which is not so good. I'll have to keep working on it, to avoid destroying what might be good to keep. 
Right now I can just imagine the joy of painting quickly and easily with lots of concentration and clear ideas of what I want to do, and how to achieve it. Even if I think that painting is always about research and solving problems and doubts, I would prefer it to be on some conceptual level instead of issues regarding only the technics of painting. My conclusion is that questionings and doubts will, or should, always be present when creating something... I hope mine will never leave me. 

October 20, 2011

Figure drawing...

I had to struggle at last figure drawing session, my lines, the pen in my hand, mostly every thing felt strange. At the end I just tried to draw anyhow, I never really got into it. Some days it's just more difficult than others. 

October 18, 2011

Trying oil painting...

I'm trying to learn how to use oil painting by myself. These are my first studies...