Seascapes

My first seascape paintings:

– small scale

– very pasty

– colorful

Current seascapes:

– large scale

– thin and thick application of paint

– nearly monochrome

I dont know what happend in between nor what comes next.

Feeling art

The master illustrator Howard Pyle once said about a battle scene he painted: “When I was painting this picture of a battle I felt the reality so vividly that I occasionally had to go to the door of the studio and breathe fresh air to clear my lungs of powder and smoke!”

I totally understand what he meant. When painting a seascape I try to imagine how it feels to stand in front of this moving force of nature and try to capture the essence of it. All great art creates a world that invites the viewer to jump in and live in it‘s reality.

Experimenting with different techniques

Sometimes people ask how a painting is done. They are interested in the technique. That is totally fine. The great value of social media is that we can ask the people who made things how they made/make things.

But before asking I personally like to think and try out first. I played around so much with oil paint that I understand pretty fast how a painting is created. This is an advantage because the experimentation gives me experience not just knowledge. Knowledge is fine but to learn how to apply it is the hard part.

If you ask and the creator is generous enough to share then you should consider to try it out. That keeps you from endlessly gathering knowledge without ever using it.

Painting with heavy loaded brushes

I noticed that when painting with thick paint (brushes that are heavily loaded with paint), it is not so important to constantly change the brush, because the constant reloading and wiping of the brush never really dissolves the color in the bristles. Therefore, you really only need to switch if you want to use a different brush shape or size.

Skills can be learned

 

Adolph von Menzel - Studio Wall
Adolph von Menzel – Studio Wall

Good news for us all. Art creation involves skills and skills are not given, they are learned. So we do not have to look for a talent or passion we might have.

We choose the skill we want to learn, and then … learn it the way we did learn walking, speaking, driving and other things that we could not do until we learned it.

Travels

Stonebeach V - 50x40cm - 2019 - available
Stonebeach V – 50x40cm – 2019 – available

 

We often do not just like the weather or the picturesque landscapes on our trips.

We like how we are when we travel. Relaxed, adventurous, enjoyable.

Maybe after our next trip we can conserve a little bit of that person and be like that in our everyday life.

Being an intuitive painter

Edgar Degas - Three dancers
Edgar Degas – Three Dancers

Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things. – Edgar Degas

When our craft becomes intuitive we are able to focus on creative decisions. But it takes a lot of effort to reach this level of skill.

Good news: all great artists we admire have shown that it is possible.

Welcome the viewer

 

Sea Reflection I - 30x24cm - 2019 - available
Sea Reflection I – 30x24cm – 2019 – available

If we have the luck that someone takes the time to look at our work we should welcome him like a guest. Invite him in, give him some context and then let him wander around.

Hopefully we don’t give away all our secrets in the first moment and our guest will have a lot of fun discovering them on his own.