I had a painted canvas I had lying around that I did not like at all. So with some inspiration from a painting of tulips I was gifted some time ago, I decided to paint right over the previous image. It only took me an hour, but I quite like the loose effect. Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm.
A new post in some time. I did paint, but not very much of what I ended up liking. Did I say I love water lilies before? At any rate, here they are again.
In the meantime, I also had the chance to try three different brands of water-miscible oil paints: Winsor & Newton’s Artisan, Royal Talens’ Cobra Artist and Holbein’s Duo Aqua Oil. Despite reading great critiques of Holbein’s paints, I liked them least because they were the most difficult to clean and, frankly, this is likely to be the only reason to use water-miscibles at all. My favourites are Royal Talens Cobra paints despite the long drying times. Has anyone been trying different water miscible paints, too?
My almond tree needed pruning, but it was also about to bloom! I collected almost all branches with budding flowers and put them in all the vases I could find. It was that perfect moment in time when the nature is full of promises – all those buds full of life, not yet spent. 30cm x 40 cm canvas.
I decided to give that 10-minute painting challenge exercise from Carol Marine’s book a go. 10 minutes for each of the four apples. I think the bottom left one turned out to be best of the four.
This painting is based on a photo I made in a restaurant. There were purple / greyish hydrangeas in a silver vase and these cool colours looked really lovely together. Oil on oil paper, 18cm x 24cm.
I needed some sort of a last-minute winterly picture for an empty space above our fireplace to complete our Christmas decorating. Since I already have a couple of owls hanging on the Christmas tree, I just went with the same theme. This is oil on a gessoed melamine board, 50cm x 70cm.
I love water lilies. True, they are not very original, nor can I paint them well, but here I am trying to paint water lilies for the fourth time. I think I made a thousand photos of water lilies in Bali, so I am well stocked with reference material for 2017. Oil on canvas, 30cm x 40cm.
There is an antiques shop that I often pass on my way and it has a wonderful Japanese gold leaf screen in it that I admire every time. Today I thought I would try making something with a similar idea. I took acrylic gold paint for the background and oil paints for the rest. Canvas board 30cm x 40cm.
I am only beginning to sort all the impressions I had from the Italy trip. This painting is based on a photo I took in the garden of our hotel that was hosting a wedding the night before. And just like that, there was this magnificent bowl of lemons seemingly forgotten on an empty garden table. Oil on canvas, 30cm x 40 cm.
This is based on a “selfie” of my white-sneakered feet and my favourite red midi dress. The dress is actually pleated, but there is no way I could paint all those pleats. Oil on canvas board, 24 cm x 30 cm.
Another portrait of one of my sisters. I took a photo of her when we went for a walk in a park in London and she had this green scarf on that suits her tremendously.
Oil on linen canvas, 25 cm x 35 cm.
I had a 10 day trip to Italy and came back full of new impressions and a mask bought in Venice. Which I promptly used as a prop on my model pineapple. Oil on canvas board, 24 cm x 30 cm.
I have two sisters. This is a portrait of the youngest one from a series of photos I made earlier. It is probably the largest canvas area I ever tried to paint on, so this was very challenging. I could not get the likeness right for ages. It is still not quite there, but she is recognisable.
Oil on paper, 42cm x 29cm (16.5″ x 11.4″).
Another painting of the Flamingo flowers, or Arthuriums. This painting was made using the Cobra WSOs.
Oil on canvas board, 9.4″ x 11.8″ (24cm x 30 cm).
I photographed this parrot made of some almost translucent pink stone or crystal on a stroll through the Vienna first district. Oil on paper, 7″ x 10″.
I made this quick painting of a white orchid in my apartment. Oil on paper, 7″ x 10″.
On an outing to the gardens at the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Cap Ferrat, I took photos of different cacti growing in the exotic part of the garden. Oil on paper, 7″ x 10″.
I was staying in a hotel in Vienna recently and they had these Flamingo flowers all over the place in different colours. I will try to paint the green and pink ones later, but for now here is a red one. The shading of the flower was quite tricky, but I am pleased with the result. Painted on oil paper, 7″ x 10″.
I made another attempt to paint an identifiable hydrangea. The multitude of petals just make it difficult for me not to end up with one red blob of paint. Oil on canvas, 8″ x 11″.
I started painting water lilies the other day and was going to make the leaves green, but when I made a pale underpainting over the background colour, I really liked the pale look. And yes, I realise that the leaves look like a bunch of watercolour Pac-Mans. Oil on canvas, 8″ x 11″.
Last time I was in Aix en Provence, I found this lovely ice-cream tuk tuk truck in one of the town’s numerous squares. It was called i’Pinguini. It looked totally charming tucked into the square corner standing out brightly against grey building walls. Oil on paper, 7″x 10″.
This was among the very very first things I ever painted. I don’t even know what leaves exactly these are supposed to be. Now I think that the bird was too much – I should have just left it at the leaves. Oil on canvas, 12″ x 16″.
This is the first portrait I ever tried. It is based on a photo I took of my sister when she was trying this great big red hat on in a shop. I will still make a few small improvements here and there, but I think for now this is a good as it is going to get. It does look like her though! Oil on paper, 7″ x 10″.
I have two fiddle leaf fig trees. One is standing closer to the window and one a bit further away. The one further away does not get enough sun, so I try to help it by putting it into the sunlight on our balcony now and then. The sea view must be helping too. Oil on paper, 7″ x 10″.
This is not just any hand, this is my own hand as I am trying to paint it. I am quite content with my very first try to paint any human body part. Oil on paper, 7″ x 10″.
This was my attempt at something abstract. I am just trying anything at the moment and thought I’d give it a go. I had an Sunday afternoon tea in a garden in London in mind when I made this. Oil on paper, 7″ x 8″ (18 cm x 20cm).
Lonely Teddy is still sitting all alone in a corner on my piano throwing accusing looks at me now and then. One painting was clearly not enough. Oil on canvas paper, 7″ x 10″.
Three pineapples that I tried to paint from imagination. Oil on canvas paper, 7″ x 10″.
This is a teddy bear I received as a gift once. He has just been gathering dust for a few years, so I thought it would be great for him to have his moment. Oil on canvas, 8″x 11″.
I was looking to do something with the ochre paint because I love this kind of yellow and thought that the figs might go well with the colour.