Friday, January 29, 2016

A five hour pose

The two last sessions of the course we dwelled on a single position for five hours alltogether (with a lot of breaks in between of course). It was nice not to be interrupted, and I think I learn a lot from switching between long and short poses, as between large and small paintings and drawings. No faces this time but that's my next project: portraits.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Three sketches

During one of the long stands I took the opportunity to draw the same pose from three different directions. Challenging my 3D thinking this way was very fun and very worthwile.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

In memoriam

Photo by Kurt Stüber
Indigofera tinctoria is a shrub belonging to the bean family. Nobody knows exactly where it's from originally but its leaves have long been the source for blue dye in India and made its way to Europe a couple of millennia ago. Farther north the same pigment, although much less concentrated, used to be extracted from the woad plant by fermenting it in urine, preferably from drunken men. That was once the color of blue jeans, the Swedish flag and the soldiers' uniforms.

However, Indigo pigment is fugitive and all paint manufacturers have replaced it with synthetic, lightfast dyes. For example Winsor & Newton blends Lamp Black (soot) with Phthalocyanine Blue (aerugo) and the violet Beta Quinacridone. Daniel Smith makes it with Indanthrone Blue and Lamp Black, while Lukas has it Benzimidazolone Carmine, Phthalocyanine Blue and Lamp Black.

In other words: real Indigo is another pigment no longer among us in the world of watercolor, although it is still available for dyeing hair and yarn. As my followers may know, I stick to single pigments but once in a while I take out some of the convenience colors including Winsor & Newton's composite Indigo, which I find very beautiful.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Sitting women

I am back after a break from both teaching watercolor and Peter's model drawing course. I don't think you can ever become fully trained when it comes to drawing and painting. There is always something new around the corner.