Against better judgment – (The worst thing a painter can do is flowers … part 3)

Rendering flowers Anthriscus sylvestris – cow parsley – Queen Anne’s lace – Hundekjeks – Wiesen-Kerbel Another vernacular name,’ Mother die’, was used to frighten children into thinking that if they picked cow parsley, their mother would die. This was intended to deter children from potentially picking deadly hemlock. The monoprint is a form of printmaking…

The worst thing a painter can do is flowers … part 2

Challenging my own prejudices … Tuesday morning I had the great pleasure to participate in the launch of Chloe Briggs’ new Patreon site (more info here). Our task was to draw/paint a big flower of our choice. The session was divided into shorter timed sections, where we were asked to look for different qualities in…

Swimming, etc. …

This week, I must admit, has been mainly about family & about swimming . We are having an early holiday, and the temperature in the Mediterranean sea is on its way up … But I have also manage to put in a tiny bit of painting and sketching. I’m still not to excited by working…

A week of joyful play

I miss my studio, but I do also think it is very useful to only have a limited range of art-supplies around. I have to improvise a lot, but actually improvisation is at the heart of all art-making. If everything is sorted out before one starts, the work is dead. A work comes to life,…

Going graphic

Being away from the studio I experiment with simpler forms of art making. Here is a tonal sketch for @gabriellabuckingham marvellous new course experimental still life It all started with the forks – such fun shapes to make with a pair of scissors 😊 (Might come in handy for future painting)

On the shape of things

“I am interested in the shape of ideas, even if I do not believe in them” —Samuel Beckett

Life Drawing

I have been drawing a lot of faces lately (thanks to @drawingisfree_org ) but I havn’t done full body life drawings since … 🤔😱 1990 …! & I had totally forgot the fun of it!!! A few days ago I joined the online session: “Life Drawing With Trixie Divine – celebrating Emma Carlisle’s 2 year Patreon Birthday…

On speed & stamina

Here is something interesting I just read today: When you paint, you have to be quick. Even if it is not turning out very well, it is always better than going slowly. You must bring the energy of your entire existence into the picture. FRANÇOISE GILOT in “THE WOMAN WHO SAYS NO” (also worth mentioning…

Studio update

On my way abroad, hoping to finish my spring series before I go … 13 paintings almost there! What I’ve noticed is (just as with writing) I work best when having a deadline ahead. It somehow sharpens my decision making. My deadline for the spring series is tomorrow… The day set because I’m leaving for…