LKS Advanced Course 3 Homework.

LKS Advanced Course 3 Homework.

As usually after every compulsory course, we received at list of assignments to be painted at home until the next compulsory course. On the first day of the next course the leader of the academy, Prof. Hannes Baier, would take time to evaluate and critique our paintings in details.


This time we received the following assignments:

  • 1 Group of houses in a landscape
  • 3 Figural paintings in different techniques
  • 2 Portraits in color
  • 3 Concept paintings about abstract topics
  • 2 Sgraffito paintings

Topics to choose from.

For the concept paintings we had the following topics to choose from:

  • I and the Other
  • Today and Tomorrow
  • Lost Childhood

For the concept paintings I decided to do two versions of “Lost Childhood” – an African version and a European version, and one painting about the topic “I and the Other – our paths cross and part”.

For the Sgraffito paintings I chose two African motives – women who carry calabash on their heads. Calabash are made from the shells of a gourd. They are used for transporting milk and rice and many other things, and in the the kitchen they search as serving and mixing bowls.

These were the last homework assignments for the Basic Art Study Course in Painting and Graphics at Leonardo Art Academy Salzburg.

The Modern Portrait in Different Techniques

The Modern Portrait in Different Techniques

Mid May I participated in the very last elective seminar of my art studies. The topic of portraits has long interested me and from time to time I practiced portrait drawing and painting with the help of my JKPP friends.

This time the topic was not just “normal” portrait painting.

Excerpt from the course description:

From everybody’s childhood to Leonardo’s spot on the wall, the alienation of physiognomical perception is the source of interpretation and insight. In this process it can happen that “only the inner image” of the physiognomy of the other comes fully into its own (as can be seen in the works of Beckmann, Ensor, Kokoschka, Modigliani, Schiele, Picasso and others).

In this  portrait seminar we will emphasize the own view and the subjective visual language, because the exploration of the vis-à-vis will also further the exploration of one’s own self.

During this seminar the goal was not so much to paint a realistic picture of another person and aim at 100% resemblance but the exploration of different techniques that are suitable for modern portraits.

As a result, similarities with living persons are more or less accidental. 😉

Nevertheless, if one wants to depict a certain person in a modern style portrait, then it is of utmost importance that the eye area is correct and leads to a recognition effect.

Painting Techniques of Schiele, Morandi, Modigliani and Cezanne

Painting Techniques of Schiele, Morandi, Modigliani and Cezanne

At the beginning of May I attended my last but one elective course of my art studies. I was already familiar with Cezanne and Schiele, but it was my first encounter with Morandi and Modigliani.

Excerpts from the course description:

All four artists are representative for a groundbreaking visual language, because all depictions and expressions are impartation, which means seeing “something” in the light of  the “other”.

Egon Schiele (1890 – 1918) aimed to show in his idiosyncratic work above all the “inner truth” through artistic means. In doing so he was always searching to show the psychological mood of the persons, may it be in an act, or in an existential “for itself” depicted object or landscape, in their fateful, individual being – as opposed to the mostly superficial “by itself” (per se) conventional representation.

Giorgio Morandi (1890 – 1964) prefers to deal with the magic of simple forms of things, which through their sobriety and reduction as well as their pastel tones, transform the common place objects into treasures.

Amedeo Modigliani (1884 – 1920) wants to depict a person in such a way that his basic, existential essentially seems to be “poured” into a body shape. Soft and flowing figuration, that often seems archaic, with almond-shaped often sightless eyes, turns the person into an exchangeable “transitory object” and art object.

Paul Cezanne (1839 – 1906) wants to see art as a “harmony parallel with nature.” He is deemed groundbreaking in technique and style for the avant-garde (fragmentation of contours, and colors, reduction of forms to geometrical object, alienation and glorification of the trivial, etc.), as the “caesura” and thereby “Father of Modernism”.

After a thorough introduction into the biography and painting techniques of these four artists each of us chose one artist for the practical application in our own paintings.

I was especially intrigued by the style of Modigliani, even though I could not go as far as painting the same kind of sightless empty eyes. Nevertheless, I tried to apply his other principles in my own paintings.


LKS Advanced Course 2 Homework

LKS Advanced Course 2 Homework

After the Advanced Course 2 we received again a list of homework to be done at home until the third Advanced Course. This time the goal was to practice what we had learned about drawing the human body and face. Several of these drawings I had done and posted in the context of the 30in30 Challenge in January 2015. Here they are again all together.

Liste of Homework Assignments

  • 7 Portraits in pastels, coal, red chalk or pencil
  • 3 Act studies in various techniques
  • 1 Group of people
  • 1 Expressive / abstracted painting of people in space and nature
  • 1 Self-portrait with the help of a mirror in pencil, coal or red chalk
  • 1 Sheet with several hand studies
  • 1 Sheet with several foot studies


Julianna 4 JKPP – Pencil Portrait

Julianna 4 JKPP – Pencil Portrait

This is portrait #7 and contribution #7 for the 30in30 Challenge. It is a portrait of Julianna who you can find under Beanie61 on Flickr. I have already portrayed her once and you can find the old post here.

Julianna 4 JKPP
Julianna 4 JKPP

Julianna lives in London and is at the moment on maternity leave. What do you think is she doing on this picture? Her Flickr page can be found here.

Claudia 4 JKPP – Pencil Portrait

Claudia 4 JKPP – Pencil Portrait

The sixth portrait is from Claudia, also a JKPP member, who can be found on Flickr under “Heal and Inspire”. I have made a portrait of her already once, a year ago, but from a younger version of herself. You can find the post here.

For a change I decided to do a portrait in pencil. In a way, I have the impression, that this is the medium in which I am best at doing the shading.

Claudia 4 JKPP
Claudia 4 JKPP

Claudia lives in Berlin, Germany, and you can find her Flickr page here.

Jean Marc 4 JKPP – Coal Portrait

Jean Marc 4 JKPP – Coal Portrait

This portrait of Jean Marc is the fifth portrait and the fifth contribution to the 30in30 Challenge with Leslie Saeta. Jean Marc is like the others a member of the JKPP (Julia Kay’s Portait Party) on Flickr. The portrait was done with coal on colored paper. He has a very winning smile, don’you think so?

Jean Marc 4 JKPP
Jean Marc 4 JKPP

Jean Marc is a French doctor who works on La Réunion and who belongs to the “Urban Sketchers” gehört. Here you can see his pictures.

Synchrotron 4 JKPP – Pastels Portrait

Synchrotron 4 JKPP – Pastels Portrait

Here is the fourth portrait as my fourth contribution for the 30in30 Challenge with Leslie Saeta. Synchrotron is the Flickr name of this JKPP member. His other half of the face is in the shade which makes for an interesting effect. He does have fairly long fingers.

Synchrotron 4 JKPP
Synchrotron 4 JKPP

Synchrotron’s Flickr page is here.

Ana 4 JKPP – Pastels Portrait

Ana 4 JKPP – Pastels Portrait

Following the first portrait comes a second one, and probably many more. This portrait is like the first one from a member of the JKPP group on Flickr. I did it on a creme colored paper (act sketching block from Vans) with pastels colors.

Ana 4 JKPP
Ana 4 JKPP

Ana is from Madrid and you can find her pictures on Flickr here .

First painting – First portrait – Pauline 4 JKPP

First painting – First portrait – Pauline 4 JKPP

And here is my first painting for the 30in30 Challenge in January 2015 with Leslie Saeta – a portrait for JKPP. That’s a Flickr group to which I belong, where we portrait each other. JKPP stands for “Julia Kay’s Portrait Party” and you will hear this abbreviation more often during the coming weeks.

Pauline 4 JKPP
Pauline 4 JKPP

Pauline is an artist who lives in Ottawa, Canada. Here you can see her paintings.

LKS Advanced Course 2

LKS Advanced Course 2

The fourth compulsory course of my art study at the Leonardo Kunstakademie Salzburg was all about drawing the human body, with a lot of act and portrait drawing.

Apart from the theoretical introduction we practiced by copying some old masters. This was the program of the first day. The second and third day we practiced act drawing from live models. The fourth and fifth day we focused on portrait drawing, first from live models and then each other.

Here are some example of this course work that hopefully won’t get me into trouble. 😉