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Waterskiing Sisters – Gouache Painting

Waterskiing Sisters – Gouache Painting

One of my last remaining home work for the art academy is a ‘nearly’ act drawing of several people. I chose this picture from the Windsor sisters that I found on Pinterest and Flickr. The reference photo is from Ted Van Pelt. I painted them with Gouache on dark-blue paper (Canson Mi-Teintes).

At the same time the 30 in 30 Challenge with Leslie Saeta is coming to an end. However, there are some more paintings that I have not yet posted.

The Waterskiing Sisters
The Waterskiing Sisters

 

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.

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.

LKS Advanced Course 1 Homework

LKS Advanced Course 1 Homework

As before, so also this time – after the Advanced Course 1 we received a list of assignments as homework to be painted at home until the next compulsory course. On the first day of the next course, we will take time for these paintings to be examined and evaluated.

List of Homework Assignments:

Aufgabenstellungen

  • 3 Paintings with Tempera / Gouache / Oil / Acrylic, motive freely chosen
  • 8 Landscapes with Tempera / Gouache / Oil / Acrylic
  • 4 Still lives in Sgrafitto technique
  • 2 Paintings in Sgrafitto technique, motive freely chosen

Grado Sunset – Aquarell Painting

Grado Sunset – Aquarell Painting

My vacation is slowly coming to an end and I can’t leave Grado (Northern Italy) without posting at least one painting of this place.

This is one of several stunning sunsets that I saw here. It is painted as seen from the beach of Grado Pineta looking in the direction of Grado. The skyline of Grado beach hotels is clearly visible and reflected in the water. The color of the sky and its reflection in the water was different ever day. Here the shades of cornflower blue, pink and violet dominate and are difficult to describe with words. I’m not sure whether my watercolor painting did justice to the beautiful atmosphere and the master artist who painted the sky.

Sonnenuntergang Grado Aquarell Malerei
Sonnenuntergang Grado Aquarell Malerei

 

The painting is for sale – please contact me if you are interested. You can also buy art prints, posters and greetings cards here.

Tolstoy Portrait – Aquarell Painting

Tolstoy Portrait – Aquarell Painting.

Today is Leo Tolstoy‘s 186th birthday and Google honors this with a doodle. So I decided to paint his portrait for the 30in30 challenge.

I found an old postcard photo on Ebay which I used as a template. The painting is done in Aquarell (watercolor) with a limited palette and white chalk. When I studied older watercolors done by Albrecht Dürer and others that they rarely used watercolor only – they often combined it with other media, coal and chalk among other things.

Tolstoi Portrait Aquarell Malerei
Tolstoi Portrait Aquarell Malerei

This painting is part of my September 30in30 Challenge with Leslie Saeta and you can find the contributions of other artists here.

 

Vegetable Still Life – Fineliner Drawing

After taking some time off for redesigning my webpage (check it out!), I am back to posting some drawings. The following still life with organic vegetables shows one red cabbage, one kohlrabi with leaves and several yellow turnips. I did this drawing as an additional exercise for shading with a fineliner, something I still struggle with. Now I am curious what my teacher will have to say about it.

Vegetable Still Life
Vegetable Still Life

Memories of Vacation

Now that the 30in30 Challenge is over, I lost the routine a little bit. Of course, I will continue to draw and post my drawings, just not quite as often.
This latest drawing is again part of my home work for art academy – a still life with a cloth drapery. I used some shells that I collected in Italy last year and a delicate glass bowl. There was even some sand left in the snail shell. All in all it brings up memories of vacation. Just imagine some ice cream in the glass bowl.
Shells Still Life
Shells Still Life