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…

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)

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…

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…

Snow

… in April?!!! Better make spring come alive indoors … And maybe some day this ingrained messiness can be of some use – at least as a good working title for my next project? I already have an idea: “What a mess!!!”? A fine & fun title, wouldn’t you agree??? But first I have to…

The studio

Despite (or maybe because of) everything happening in the big world, my small world has felt like a sanctuary this month – I’m currently working on a series of paintings on board and paper with the working title: “Spring Cannot be Cancelled”, a series of partly abstracted still life paintings of plants & flowers from…

A note on annotations

Pierre Bonnard, I just learned, did not paint in front of his motifs. Instead, he filtered the image, finding a way to make annotations (notes, sketches) that were a trigger for recollections that he wanted to capture on canvas in the studio. His paintings were, in other words, salvages and translations of primary sensations –…

“On Vision and Contemplation”

An Excerpt from “MEMORIES OF STAROBIELSK ESSAYS BETWEEN ART AND HISTORY” by Józef Czapski, translated from the Polish by Alissa Valles, introduction by Irena Grudzińska Gross “We paint only one percent of contemplation.” —CYPRIAN NORWID What is vision? A certain synthetic, singular way of looking at the surrounding world. A moment of such vision always…