November 28, 2014

"Solitary Onion"...


This feels to be my last onion for a while. Last summer I did onions in oil painting and it's funny how that felt totally different from doing this. I could imaging trying that again but for now this is it in watercolor. Why I do this it to learn things with a small subject that can be done easily without too much planning or being time taking. I have to find a way of doing bigger watercolors now, as doing bigger still lives doesn't feel ok right now in watercolor (but that could change maybe later on). One of my resolutions could be to get out in town and paint... people and light effects.

"Stones in chinese bowl"...



A modest watercolor, done to keep in some kind of shape, while waiting for my flue to get over. But first it was more to test the back side of my paper.
I'm not quite happy with this painting and that's when it makes me list things I should concentrate on, avoid or even work in a whole new direction (!) For the last option I think it's the result of an evolution. Our mind changes first and our actions have to follow. That's when it gets complicated!! Hard to get profit of those moments something tells us we should get out of our confort!

November 23, 2014

"Mandarine V"...




One more watercolor study of another mandarine with a huge leave. The other leaves must have stayed on the tree. Could it be that there are so many dark green leaves on the trees to protect the fruits from the sun, and at the same time to capture most of it's energy with their chlorophyl to nourish the fruit??
I sometimes regret not having study biology. I did like it at a early stage, but nobody told me it could be an option and I was young and silly to know better myself. This said, I could of course pick up some books and start reading now.

"Mandarine III"...



Another pencil study of the same mandarine, two days later, with it's leaves starting to dry. That's what's tricky with fresh subjects, they don't stay for long. That is also what's makes it interesting. Sometimes you can see the changes visually during one session. Drawing from life is above all capturing the vanishing present. Give a testimony of what surrounds us today and what drew your attention for a while.
These studies are done on my "Lana sketchpad"...

November 19, 2014

"Mandarine", in pencil...




Pencil study of a mandarine is the subject of the day. Watercolors should be coming up soon...

November 15, 2014

"Three onions" in watercolor...



Here they come again, my onions!
(This painting got a texture that is difficult for my scan to capture, it gets too "crisp". It lacks harmony somehow, just as some colors. For example on the left side close to the shadow there, and the shadow itself, have no sign of yellow, it's supposed to be a warm grey. For the rest I've tried to get it as close as possible.)

November 08, 2014

Don't ask me "why?"...




Studies of onions,.. I avoid asking myself why I do this!
But I think it's to keep "in shape", and that it's part of my process. I feel a bit stuck lately, and the reason could be that I was busy with other important issues since september and I didn't have time to draw much. Drawing is the engine for me, I feel lost if I don't draw. It becomes more and more clear to me that my brain needs drawing and my body needs yoga! he he
I'll have to reserve some time for serious drawing soon, if I want to be more productive in painting.

November 07, 2014

Good morning!...


Good morning! 

It starts looking like I'm not working around here, but that's not so. :)
Teaching is one great thing, I'm happy to do it and I love to share with those who are eager to learn. But it requires time of course and enormous energy. After a day teaching I feel emptied like after a marathon or something, and also brain washed. I talked to a college the other day, who said he feels the same and also that he needs to nourish himself after a day with students. Nourish and receive, rather than offer it all. I totally agree, and the whole process takes time before you're able to  be effective. But of course you can do useful things during that "healing period", but it better be a little inspiring. If you only do paper work or clean the house with other annoying occupations, it might take longer or be less effective, (even though you can get satisfaction out of deleting that kind of things on your "do list"). Go to the museum, go for a walk bringing along a sketchbook, invite a friend for coffee or do yoga are what I prefer to do those days.

Meanwhile, there is a new sale this week on "One Kings Lane", with reproductions of two of my skyscapes if that could be of any interest to you. Here is the link: https://www.onekingslane.com/sales/45530