An homage to spring and easter. Painted from live … with annoyingly hyperactive chickens.
Art done with watercolors.
These pictures are from September – when it was still sunny here. Time flies, but now that I’m back from Japan (canvases and all), it’s time to put them on the airwaves. It was another of the Redheads get-together in Breda, that I painted at before.
It seems to grow bigger every year. This time I worked together with artist Jos Artens. Was a nice experience to watch how another painter approaches this tough work, I should do it more – but once the clients come there is no choice but to go into tunnel mode and paint paint paint.
I’ll start with one of the peacocks roaming there. I also went and painted the chickens in the den – I fear though one of brushes fell down and they must have dug it under. Devious gallus gallus domesticus! That was my favorite watercolor brush!
Recently I posted images of the Aquarellist exhibition in Beek en Donk. This is part two – the following day, with more models to paint. Outside I had an additional setup with my works. I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
Busy last month: Indie game presentation, Vacation in Vienna, first lecture at the NHL University and the exhibition in the Gallery Berkendijke in Beek en Donk. The last one alone will make for three updates here, so I’ll start with that. The exhibition was organized by the “Aquarellist Collective” – a group of water color artists.
The location was beautiful – a proper farm-house with lots of animals around. I wish I would have taken more pictures. And inside was the gallery, which was really nicely arranged. The lighting was excellent – rivaling museums.
The hospitality of the owners and other artists was amazing. Thanks again. Was great meeting all the artists there – talking about techniques and finds. I learned a lot in those two weekends.
Here the links to all the artists – the organizers were:
And here is the list of the other participants alphabetically:
- Jos Antens
- Stefan Bleekrode
- Angelique v/d Hogen
- Mia Koeneman
- Jan Kooiman
- Ina Mieras
- Jan Pasteur
- Margo Pasman
- Margo v.Veghel
- Maroesja Lacunes
I had my own little showing outside – and I made portraits of visitors. A lot – so more on that in the upcoming two postings.
I’ve posted some months ago a portrait of a girl that wanted a water color painting at a street event once, but the waiting line was already too long then. So now her sister wanted a fitting portrait too.
Also recently I’m framing the paintings for the upcoming exhibitions. And I only just by accident read the other day that one should varnish water color paintings too – so I’m a bit behind in schedule. But I’m getting there.
This and the upcoming exhibitions are keeping me too busy to update here more often, got lots of unposted art lying around. And I still gotta do my taxes also – arghh. I hope I can find more time to paint in between too.
This one is from last weeks model session:
It’s an interesting trend now to statistically measure things of our lives, and things that we would before thought are impossible to put in numbers. So this is the perfect moment to: Say happy new year to everyone! And try apply the measuring my last year(s) in art.
One thing I do is to save every art piece with a number per year. So my fifth painting would be called 05_whatevername. And I can use that now neatly to see how many artworks I did every year. It’s not perfect: I used different ways to cluster images (like sketchbooks are not numbered for every page, but have only one number). My “wage output” is also not counted in there. So no 3D objects for example – and neither artworks I made for employers.
Anyways here we go – my trend for the last 10 years:
The gray boxes are when I was hired in games companies. So I did more art in this time, but not of my choosing. Still a curious stagnation. And a good trend now – that is much better than in my first freelance time, where I could have as well been productive.
What’s missing too is my private game projects – I started one in 2010. Not sure how to add that – and I wonder what could be other useful measurements. Could there be a quality trend, even if arbitrary? I’ll figure it out next January Until then I’ll have some work to do; I don’t think its really possible to keep up the trajectory – but hell, I gonna try anyways.
And while doing that, I can still post some leftovers from last year.
In part one I wrote about my trip to Mexico. In the second week I went to visit a friend in Aruba. It’s a little island close to Cuba – with great beaches, nice people, and a cactee-rich landscape.
The landscape is actually eerily similar to some areas in Red Dead Redemption. When you get a deja-vú from a game, then the artists must have done something right. Kudos – they captured it perfectly – even the clouds look there as fluffy as in the game.
The wildlife was quite awesome. Lizards everywhere – I saw huge ones when walking in the hills. They probably hunt dogs there. Also loved the geckos, that live in the kitchens there…
I also tried again to paint beaches and coasts. My respect for painters of waves, water and seashores really rose. It is incredibly hard to paint something that never is the same. And the complexity is mind boggling – the sun shining through waves that reflect other waves that reflect the sky but are still semi-transparent.
The harsh condidtions aren’t really helping. I’ve got sunburns everywhere, and one painting I had to cancel because the waves washed over it – and it began to rain in the same moment.
I wish I’ve had more time though – two, three tries are not enough to get it perfect. And the area was stunning. Especially Bushiribana, an old black goldsmelter ruin. A fantasy fortress in real life… the orchestra with the majestic music stood right behind me, I swear.
One more update is to follow. And here a nice little idea I’ve seen on my stepover in Miami.
Recently I was on a trip to Mexico for a wedding of a friend. Good times... really good times And since I made that long trip to other side of the planet called earth anyways, I combined it with a stint to Aruba, where another friend lives (thanks Maga!).
So two weeks, and much celebrating to do, so not too much time for art. But I managed to do one or the other drawing, watercolor painting and photo. So here are the goods.... Part one:
Of course I had to paint the beach. I got caught up by the waves several times though since I sat a bit too close. You can see my shadow on the lower edge. So the painting suffered a bit. Makes it look more natural-rough kinda.
Just when I was saying that I doubted the stories about wild crocodiles eating other grooms-mates of weddings in Cancun, we actually saw one. Knowing now thanks to google images how high crocodillos jump, it maybe wasn't smart to get so close.
We also went to trips - the following one is on our way to Chichen Itza. It's a painting of a Cenote. Those are sinkholes in the ground, where the Mayans used to throw human sacrifices. Now you can swim there... which sadly I had to skip, so I can use the half hour for the image.
In Chichen Itza I was not allowed to paint - despite roughly 50.000 Mexicans in there that carved and painted souvenirs. So no pic.
Mexicans seem to love cookies! Half the supermarkets were filled with a huge selection. I could not resist this design.
After Cancun I had a one day trip to Miami-Beach. Here's a little vid of some birds there... man they have the best life, chasing waves day in day out.
More to come in the next part.
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