December 23, 2013

My Wishes!...



My pens and brushes seem to be "out of order" lately because of season reasons.
Meanwhile I want to thank all visitors and friends for their company and time.
My best wishes and thoughts are for you!
Helen 


November 03, 2013

Watercolor study in monochrome...




Here is an exercise for my students...
This time I took a picture of this simple still life to make it easier. Also this way everybody have the same "view" of the subject. We have poor possibilities to do big or nice still life installations in the space we meet to work. So I find this solution quite good for now.
Personally I prefer to work from life though as I don't get the same emotions when I work for photos. In my opinion emotions are what painting is about, so we should search for those every time we settle down work even when we only have a photograph in hand.
In this assignment they are supposed to paint only in values. And do this by mixing the three complementary colors (taking dark "primary" colors; to obtain real darks).
Several attempts of the same exercise on different papers is good to do, or start over if you are not happy with the result, and of course try to do better what didn't work.
Each paper might give a different reactions and result and you can also feel more comfortable with a particular paper compared to some others.
Mix enough paint and pay attention to the exact color you get by observing it's temperature and hue, before painting, or you might get a painting in too many different kinds of colored blacks and grays.
The task is to stick to one color, and that's also the difficulty when searching for the same hue.
Don't give up with patience and practice you'll get it.

October 23, 2013

Grrrrrrrrr!!!

I'm frankly tired of how Blogspot is working lately!!
I still can't manage my blog freely without compromising the hole layout. It doesn't register any changes without starting over from scratch the hole process of creation and also doing it in one and only time, or you have to start over again.
Lately on top of that the colors of the images you post get ugly when the are shown on the blog.
My header has white background, but it's shown grey and all colors duller.
So for now excuse me for this presentation, I regret the lousy look!
I might just migrate to some other "platform"... even if I'll loose all the work, friends and followers I made here since a several years!
I'm a bit too irritated to deal with it right now!

October 04, 2013

"Ink bottle I"...


"Ink bottle II"...




A bit sad the quality of blogger's rendering of a watercolor is quite bad. 
My scan is fine but once put here it looses the smoothness in the rendering. I had already noticed this before, but when colors are light like in this sample it put's too much contrast and grain to what should look more uniform. 
Anyway, I'm quite happy with the reactions of this new paper I'm trying out. Feel that it can give me new possibilities, and close to a rendering I've been having in my mind for quite some time. So I hope this chapter is to be continued...

September 11, 2013

Figs...





To draw from observation of a fruit is one way to train the eye, and the pencil work, by representing it in shades until volume and texture are developed.  

September 08, 2013

"Fresh mint"...



There are things I would like to work on further in this watercolor but I rather just go on to next attempt. It feels freer and more exiting in my mind than to fiddle around too long. Maybe one day I get to the freshness and simplicity I try work toward. Maybe one day... 


September 04, 2013

"Orchid in green bottle"...


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I broke the orchid and I thought I should at least do something with it.
This didn't turn out much as expected; the paper dried to fast as it was very hot again in town today.
The colors are nicer on the original painting than on this scanned copy, even making corrections the computer doesn't seem to be able to produce the same.
I hope more is to come...

September 03, 2013

"Stones and red sea shell"...



Back from holidays I continue what I said I should do before leaving, use up this paper I like which comes in postcards size. The first one is shown when I mentioned it a few "posts" ago.
A bit disappointed I haven't worked more during those days off, but maybe that's why we call them "days off"? I'm now back with joy to be back to everyday routine and to paint regularly again...



September 01, 2013

August 22, 2013

August 13, 2013

Summer sketching III...

                    
                

                


July 19, 2013

Playing with stones...



I like to paint on this "Moulin le Coq" paper, sadly enough it comes only in postcard size. 
Maybe I should paint some postcards this summer, with the only condition in mind make them look like anything else than postcards. 

July 18, 2013

Thank you...

I would like to express my thanks to Annemique de Kroon, editor of Naturelle, for the publication about me and my work.
I invite you to take a look and to read this nice, free on-line, web magazine :

http://issuu.com/naturelle/docs/naturelle8en








July 09, 2013

"Take off"...






This is my "warming up" before "take of" for a week in the south of France... 
A bit in a hurry today, but I've been trying this Fabriano sketchbook I found in one of my drawers while choosing what to bring along. 
I'll bring this one and a some other stuff to see if I can fill up a few pages. I'll try at least to do small sketches or samples. It will for sure be very hot down there, so I better work fast ! : ) 



June 28, 2013

Figures drawing sessions...







I didn't show many figure drawings from this year but here are a few from one of the last sessions. 
Progress was slow, if any progress all. Most of the times my mind was too busy, concentration bad and without knowing how to draw... as my way of drawing is "out of fashion" in some persons points of view. Nevertheless I'm convinced that for me there is no other way to draw than this. I mean my starting point next year will be this one, and I'll have to develop from this point while staying truthful to myself. 
What point would there be in trying to draw like someone else? I prefer to listen to myself and do the best I can and only hoping it will get better than this. My biggest issue will be to find the right and inspiring place to draw, with or with teacher. 

(Sorry for the bad quality of the pictures, by the way these are all drawn on paper size 42cm x 60cm, and poses are 10 minutes.)


June 22, 2013

Will my "grains'" grow... ?






This is how you keep both feet on earth looking straight forward with hope, taking these modest swatches as my "grains", for coming working methods in the future. With no pretentiousness, only hope and determination...
I'm just freshly back from workshop, with a well known watercolor painter, (who paints and teaches her "wet on wet" technic), and who's name I prefer not to divulge here in respect to her.
I learned and understood a huge lot, of this extremely difficult and delicate watercolor technique. I think I got what I came for, the answers to my questions and much more about how to prepare a painting and new working methods. Of course she treated and explained things such as preparing the paper and making the washes with the right quantity of pigments/water. How to paint a subject without drawing on beforehand, during a precise period of time making precise gestures at exact timing.
Sadly the weather was rainy (as usual this year in France) wich made it hard to work and impossible to work outdoors. Time flew. I thought I would paint more myself during the stay, but I now know that couldn't be possible as the afternoons were too short and the mornings where planned for demonstrations and explanations. Very instructive moments.
It feels right now as watercolor represent less mysteries to me. But a lot of practice will be needed if I want to get close to a nice result, if I ever get so far.
The whole week I laughed a lot and made new friends, who I hope I'll have the chance to see again.
As a conclusion I can only say; although my "grains" are very tiny I'm filled with hope and joy...

June 16, 2013

Still life XII...



Another study... 
When I think about it these studies,.. their meaning, or reasons to be painted, while they might not be revolutionary in any way... it's above all the act of painting whatever strikes me, and the feelings that it procures me that matters. To that we could ad the interest of painting what is ephemeral, and as most things are, including whatever state of emotions we are in, I just keep to what's around me at that moment. I try to make a portrait of the subject, it doesn't matter what it is. 
I hope to be able to develop intenser feelings with time and practice. And hopefully those will show in my paintings. The intenser they are, the more exiting life gets. I would like to awaken my senses to extract the most out of my everyday life, every moment, every act... or will it bring too much suffering then...? I don't think so, or if so, it should be worth it. 
Right now, I have a notion that I'm on the right way. I don't mean it shows in my work, but my sensibility is like growing inside me, and my feelings are overflowing lately.
Or, is this just some kind of state of well being that my mind produces? With the will to get "high", as often as possible... 

June 12, 2013

I guess I can publish this one now; here comes Bosse...




Here we have a watercolor sketch I made lately of my still friend and before that also teacher Bosse (and today musician!) during most of school years when I was "little". That period of our lives was spent in the south of Spain in the seventies and the eighties (at least for me) The watercolor is made out of a fotograf, as Bosse is living in Sweden now. The painting doesn't live up to that picture, which was really nice, but I hope it will do and that Bosse is as pleased as he sounded.

Thank's to facebook (a bit cliché by now... but still; THANK'S to facebook!) I found Bosse and many  of my childhood friends some time ago. It feels precious for me to know where they are, and to be able to write or get news any time, and even visit some. Most of us didn't manage to keep in contact back then, and we all (almost everyone) moved and spread out in different's parts of the world after high school or before that. It makes me feel that the ones who shared those years with me, are like a big family with a "different kind of life" in common, and it's great to have them back since a few years.
As I said it's precious for me! (I'm a little nostalgic tonight!)

Another vegetable study...



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Today's study with my students...