Thursday, February 21, 2013

Liebster blog award

I'm delighted to receive the Liebster Award from Concetta Flore, an Italian painter whom I admire a lot for the way she combines tones, shapes and colors and not the least for her comments on my blog, that always make me think twice about how I paint. Many thanks, Concetta! My mission is now to forward the award to five other bloggers who I think deserve it. Anders Zorn, Helene Schjerfbeck and John Singer Sargent died long before the blog was invented. John Yardley, David Taylor and Joseph Zbukvic don’t seem to have a blog anyway and Helen Ström has more than 200 followers. A lot of interesting blogs remain but I have chosen these outstanding nature sketchers and watercolor painters: Szabolcs Kokay, Federico Gemma,Tim Wootton,Francisco Hernandez and Øivind Egeland all know how to please the eye with simplicity and immediacy. These are the Liebster Blog Award rules: 1. Thank the person who gave you the award. 2. Link back to their blog. 3. Copy and paste the Liebster Award to your profile. 4. Pick 5 blogs that you feel deserve to be in the spotlight. They must have 200 followers or under. 5. Blog about it and leave a comment for your nominations to let them know that you have chosen their blog.

Monday, February 18, 2013


Last I added the shadows made by different mixtures of ultramarine, raw sienna, burnt sienna and ivory black. I tried to get a bit of diversity to the shapes and colors of the shadows and make the different shadows merge on the paper so they don't look like cardboard cut-outs.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Trees and figures

Then I added the figures and some tree details in the background. I painted the skin and clothes with joined-up strokes and treated the trunks and canopies the same way.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

First wash

First I put on some mixtures of ultramarine, raw sienna, burnt sienna and ivory black and let them blend on the paper. I left out the figures and fences and let some paper white shine thru the wash here and there.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Wood walk sketch

My wife and her sister hadn't met since they were 16 and 1, respectively. Arabella invited us to a Jewish supper in Berkely and we asked her to come with us to the woods the next day. The sunshine was filtered thru the canopies and painted magnificent shadows on the trunks, the ground and our bodies. I'll put some color on it next week.