Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Grand Danios - update 31.12.08

Here are my last update for 2008 - I didn't have time to finish it, so I know what to start with in 2009 ;)
Finally a pic taken in daylight...
A Happy New Year to my readers !

Monday, December 29, 2008

Grand Danios - update

An update of my Grand Danios portrait. I am not sure I'll finish the drawing this year ! Still need a lot of fur down the neck.. As you can see on the yellowish photo, I am still working at night.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I would like to wish my readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
At this time of year you can jump into a new year without any thoughts about looking back at the old one. Or you can evaluate if you had some goals, and what happened to those goals...
Artistically I had goals, and I achieved it. But then, is was not that "high" goals. I thought about doing more art and enter some competitions, and of cause to improve. Well, as I see it, my goals are reached. BUT at the end of this year, 2008, I am going to write (!) down more and have more specific goals. That way at the end of 2009 I have a much better scale to look at. Hopefully my list of goals will keep me more concentrated, more striving and in the end of the year give me an even more rewarding feeling.
Hope you all have a fruitfull and happy year...

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Grand Danios - update

an update on my Grand Danios drawing. Sorry about the yellow tinge ... this time of year when I only have time to draw at evening/night it is not easy to get a shot with good lightening...
This will proberbly my last 2008 drawing...

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Grand danios portrait

I've just begun drawing a Grand Danios Portrait. A beautiful Harlekin coated dog.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Juried into ArtHorseMagazine competition

EX Arte Equinus II. International Equine Art Competition presented by Art Horse Magazine.
Waaauuuu ... for the 2. time I am juried into the ArtHorseMagazine on-line competition with a graphite drawing.... I am over the moon !! "All Tied up for the Show" is among the 18 finalists chosen from entries from around the world.

Here is a link to the drawing category with placed winners and juried-in drawings:

amazing drawings to be seen there ! ... don't forget to look into the paintings too, gorgeous artwork also. My drawing will be on the on-line show and in the yearly printed competion book.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Loose watercolor - boston terrier

As these loose watercolor paintings are much much faster to do than other medias and painting styles I am used to, I already have a new one to upload. Again I've used the watercolor board, the painting sized 22,5 x 24 centimetres. The breed is a Boston Terrier. I've used a limited palette just as with the grand danios painting, but different colors this time.
I find the loose painting style includes continuing practise of "holding back and letting go". I dont just splash colors on with no regards to the underlying structure of the motif, but still have to take care not to be too carefull. As I am used to going quite detailed in drawings, it is definitly a learning process. But I love it ;)

Story behind the picture:
"I saw 2 charming boston terriers at a dogagility show, they were wainting for their owner and I took several pictures of them."

Friday, December 05, 2008

loose watercolor - grand danios

Hi. As I wrote in my last post I am doing some "loose" watercolorpaintings at the moment. I really enjoyed the "freedom" of this kind of painting style. Well, do not get me wrong. A strong drawing is needed to keep the basic shapes fine. Some pencil-lines can be seen on this, but I love the look of delicate pencilstrokes together with watercolor, so that is another nice thing about this less realistic style.

I have for the first time used watercolor boards, and I love it. I can only get Reeves Bockingford watercolor boards where I live, and they are great.
I hope you like the look of this, as I am certainly gonna paint more like this...
Story behind the picture:
"At a dogshow with the Danish Kennelclub I took several pictures of Grand danios' which I think are beautiful dogs. This painting is a mix of 2 pictures. I hope the painting shows the strength, beauty and attitude of this majestic breed."