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,…

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…

A short note on working on paper

I have prepared 11 birch boards in different sizes; they are covered in layers of color and wild marks. They are hanging on my studio wall, but I’m not ready to go into dialogue with them yet. Maybe soon, or it might take some time. It doesn’t really matter; I trust the process and expect…

Marks, motifs, symbols …

I’m collecting marks in my sketchbook. Marks, or motifs, as I (via Fiona Godfrey) have come to think of them. Making, collecting, contemplating – . Some feels like mine, others have to go – even if I love the look of them. I’m not satisfied with using my eyes only. The motifs have to connect…

Leaving my comfort zone

I’ve been working systematically in sketchbooks for nearly 4 years, starting out doing urban sketching, which I like a lot! (My background as an architecture student in the late 1980’ probably unconsciously steered me in this direction when I now, many years later, wanted to take up art). Wanting a stronger sense of authenticity in…

Sketchbook Sunday

My sketchbooks have, up until recently, mainly been used for observational sketches. For sketches of things seen in the world around me. Turning to painting, I am more and more focused on the interior life of things and places, on feelings and rhythm, on experiences and sensations I find more and more difficult to put…

A story about immersion and subtraction

or: What I gleaned from spending 5 wonderful days painting under the supervision of Liz Hough at St. Ives School of Painting, a visual report: Becoming nature — The first step has to do with immersing oneself into what is already there; walk around, sit down, feel the wind, notice the short glimpses of bright…

Sunday poem on a Saturday

Lighthouse Keeping – Seas pleat winds keen fogs deepen ships lean no doubt, and the lighthouse keeper keeps a light for those left out. It is intimate and remote both for the keeper and those afloat. Kay Ryan (from my sketchbook)

Still here

— sketching my way into autumn, having great fun mixing gouache & watercolours on my sketchbook pages