I tried to take some time during my holiday in the beautiful area of Cesky raj to do some summer sketching. Now when I am back it feels like a dream. The weather was perfect. The little hotel with a lovely swimming pool and friendly staff. The town’s best cafe Panorama was just a ten minute walk. And the forest with the river was half an hour down the hill
Which medium to paint with? In the past, I used to paint with OIL paints exclusively. It was a medium that I was introduced to in the one-year art course that I did in my early twenties. Stretching my own canvas, priming it with gesso, mixing oil paints on a pallet, the smell of turpentine penetrating the air. These were my first painting sessions. Until today I love painting with oil
“Spring” break Last week I spent with my 6-year old skiing in the mountains. It was a traditional ‘Spring break’ here for all school kids. I am not sure why it is called ‘Spring’ break if it is still winter and freezing. But this year it has been very warm winter so far. So to get any snow we had to escape the city and travel quite far into the
Improv painting is for me painting pictures according to the rules of improv theatre. I learned this process during an online art class in 2016 created and run by Carla Sonheim. She took inspiration from the Rules of improv theatre as it was defined by David Alger and applied it to the process of visual creation. This process proved to be a great tool for me in experimenting with painting.
Never Stop Dreaming Calendar Printable 2018 It was already January and I was doodling and playing with new drawings when I realized that it might be a nice idea to make the new illustrations part of a calendar. So the pencil and ink drawings got developed further into colorful pictures. And this week I am finalizing a new Calendar printable 2018 called Never Stop Dreaming. It is going to be in
Since it is a new year already I should write something about what I plan to do and achieve this year. I did take some notes earlier but rather than talking too much I love getting down to my pencils and paints. 🙂 So this short post is an update about what has been happening in my studio at the start of the year 2018. I have been taking my
A small update from my studio is that I started working today on a new art tutorial. I am using simple prints made from potatoes together with acrylic paints. Some of the printing is on some of my older paintings that I wanted to experiment with a bit more. Another printing goes together with black and white illustration on a New Year card. I will be giving away a PDF
Less control more flow “A contour drawing is like climbing a mountain rather than flying over it in an airplane” Kimon Nicolaides I remember my first long hall flight over Europe and America many years back. It was an amazing feeling to be looking down at the mountain peaks covered in snow. When I read the quote above by Kimon Nicolaides it took me back to that first flight.
Colors I love There is something about colors I love. Somewhere deep inside I madly love all the colors and I would like to understand exactly why. There are some aspects though which are easier to understand. One aspect of color is how ‘cold‘ or how ‘warm‘ it is. Objects painted in ‘warm’ colors seem to be closer while objects painted in ‘cold’ colors seem to be rather in the
A special place for me Cafe, where I created my first book of illustrations, is a special place for me. The cafe is not far from my home. It has one table at a large window that provides great light for drawing. They make great coffee there. It opens early in the morning. And most importantly there are great people! It is always about the people For me, it is