Friday, July 30, 2010

Work in progress

70 x 78 cm
Oil on linen canvas, 2010

That was fun! Its finally finished. :D

I felt that I needed a brake, so I was off to do some
plein air painting in the nearby forest with my friend.
Hopefully I finish the background soon, maybe even today. :)

I am not out of the woods yet, but I am glad to see the overall figure taking its form :D

I feel that the hands are equally important as the face to communicate the idea to the viewer.
Still a lot of work to be done. Final size of the painting will be about 75 x 80 cm.

I am still andvancing really slow with this. Tendancy to just splash the paint around randomly to see the whole is huge, I do try to resist the impulse because it would be of course unwise to do mindless strokes. And its also fun to mix a new color for every stroke.

I am slowly working down the head and try to keep the overall composition and the value structure intact. These skin tones will not be the lightest ones in the painting.
Plenty of glare in the photo, but I hope you dont mind. :D

I just started this new studio painting. This painting requires very delicate brushwork because of the subject matter and i am really slowly building up the forms. I have allready spent like 4 hours to get it at this stage. No rush.. :)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The mermaid and the crocodile

"The mermaid and the crocodile"
81 x 115 cm
Oil on linen canvas, 2010

I am back home from the holidays. It was so sweet to visit Norway and spend time on the summer cabin. Nevertheless, I was really anxious to get back in the studio to paint on a larger canvas with big brushes. It was super fun to paint all those ripples.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Progress of a painting

stage 8
"Girl with dolls"
70 x 115 cm
Oil on linen canvas

I still might do some touch ups in it, but now i need a break to see it with fresh eyes.
Anyways, i declare it final untill i change it :)

stage 7
There is still a lot of glare and its hard to take a good picture with mobile phone.

stage 6
Thats it for today. Tomorrow i will continue my efforts to turn this into a painting :)

stage 5

stage 4

stage 3

stage 2

stage 1

I just started this new studio painting.
But first i had to build an studio easel to accomodate the rather large canvas.
idea was that i post here pictures, so you can participate in the progress and of course tell me if I make a mistake ;)
Stay tuned.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Small waves

Its an wonderfull day today. Lovely breeze kept the insects away and i could focus on throwing the paint on canvas. Only problem was that i forgot my brushes and i had to resort the only one i could found from the bottom of the bag. I keep it there if something like this happens. The brush itself is an super-basic-pighair-medium-sized-whatever-brush. :)

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Friday, July 02, 2010

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Nightless night

I love this time of the year here in Finland. You can basically paint plein airs around the clock!