Title “Distance” 2018
Oilpainting and pastel on MDF board. 47×60 cm.
Landscapes are totally redesigned to our needs and still we feel out of place.
I did a sketch in oilpastels and the lines are visible through the paint. It is very liberating to sketch with oilpastels. Then I just thin it with turpentine so I won’t have issues with the paint on top.
Two pages in my sketchbook. Pencil, ink and watercolour.
So I have turned to making more realistic watercolours. Not really happy with that but I am not sure who is in charge. My last oilpainting went in the totally opposite direction which was not what I wanted either.
As long as I can remember I have been a fan of Hendrix. My father, a guitarist, would play his records over and over and then as a teenager so did I.
One way to get my daughter to pose is just sitting accidentally opposite her when she is drawing or painting.
I wanted to paint a watercolour focusing in improving my use of contrast and reds for flesh tones. First I sketched in cadmium yellow to get the proportions. A flat brush is used for background and hair then adding strokes with a round brush in her hair.
I was not happy with my latest finished oil portrait except for the elbow. The face just didn’t have the same light and as a portrait it was bad, bad ,bad. I sometimes part the painting in four parts and check if there is something interesting for the eye in each part. It failed that test as well.
In my world adding orange will make most thing better. So I did just that and repainted the face as well and made her ear smaller.