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Place Royale, Spa -Traveling with William Turner

November 20th, 2015

Place Royale, Spa -Traveling with William Turner

William Turner frequently traveled his home country, but also went on extended trips on the continent. His sketchbooks with thousands of sketches, mostly in pencil are witness to his relentless desire to study landscapes. One of the most enchanting collection in the Tate archve are the Meuse-Moselle Gouache and Watercolour Drawings.
Turner mostly used coloured paper for this gouache sketches which he did around 1839 on his trip to Belgium,Luxembourg and Germany.

Place Royale,Spa is one of those which I chose this time for another oil pastel study.

Learning from Mr. Turner, Constable and collegues

November 13th, 2015

Learning from Mr. Turner, Constable and collegues

A few things on the net are a really great. One of those are the digital archives of the Tate gallery, London. I love to browse the sketchbooks and paitings of great masters like William Turner , John Constables and their contemporaries. Every now and then I print out an image to do my own version in oil pastel colors. I started to do that after I had seen some of Constable's oil sketches on cardboard in a museum. Those works are not fully executed paintings, but their loose and bold style together with the effect of ageing makes them the most intriguing objects of art I have ever seen.

Dedham Lock and Mill is a famous work by Constable, you can see the full oil pastel study based on a sketch by Constable here..

Abbey Maulbronn, Sketching autumn colors on a extremely warm November day

November 9th, 2015

Abbey Maulbronn, Sketching autumn colors on a extremely warm November day

Incredible 20°Celsius and sunshine were ideal conditions on this weekend to visit the hills around the Abbey Maulbronn and to do a landscape sketch with autumn trees. So I packed my bag with a set of gouache colors in pads, some brushes wrapped in cotton cloth, a mixing tray and a A5 sketchbook to climb the hills. A place in the sun was easy to find and the relaxing joy of looking and sketching could begin.
Nevertheless I hope for rain to come soon as water supplies become already critical in some areas of the country and ships on the river Rhine are having great difficulties with their cargo.

Decorative framing options on FAA - worthwhile to explore

November 8th, 2015

Decorative framing options on FAA - worthwhile to explore

It is very much worthwhile to explore the framing and matting on FAA. I love to play around with various matting and frame combinations, which can change the look of the work considerably. My favorite choice for this little pastel flower still life is a classic ornamental frame style.