Saying NO and STOP is a universal sign. This is the first sign you show when you want to protect yourself. As a practicing therapist I know from my private practice that saying no is one of the most important skill in one's life. Even though the painting says so, I wasn't a paparazzo. :-) Kwab, my model let me paint him and I am grateful for that. The challenge was the foreshortening...
This is Happy here. He is a great teacher of happiness. Really. There are many dogs with slight sadness in their 'personality'. Happy is just not that kind of dog. He knows how to live life the fullest, he is energetic and happy, happy, happy.
I like to experience with coloured background. This time I've just pushed the experience even further: wet fur on that coloured background. Have you take notice that in those big, fluffy furs there are spindly legs?
Usually I have to find a reason why to paint a given painting. It can be a beam of light, a wonderful colour, a smile on a face, a .... whatever that touches my soul. If i don't find that specific reason, my soul gets bored.
In this case the reason was 'that look'. Just a born aristocrat can have 'that look'. I hope it comes through.
Lately I painted a series of dog portraits.
Here is the second in the row, Hugo. He is my new best friend. A totally different character than Titan.
I don't know how it is with other artists, but with me I am always in love with my 'painting subjects'.
Painting a single white flower is not the easiest task. There are so many white values we still call 'white' that after a while and a good amount of paint I ask the philosophical question: How much white is still white?
Well, in practice even if I see the values properly, there might be are mixing problems and I can start the whole mixing job again. So for a small amount of proper white I need lots of white.
This is my last painting of Khanom. I went up to the top of the flat rocks and put my painting equipment in the shadow of a palm tree. I didn't know that so many curious creature lived on this palm tree, each and all of them got excited of my colours. So we get acquainted with each other but not the proper way. I hope they are great yellow and blue and green survivors.
Usually the pools are built to look blue. But this one at the Lake Tisza was green, so green... and the reflection of the sun was so exciting... I have never seen anything like this. Look the contrast at the background ... Lake Tisza is a living water.
A friend of mine, a nutritionist always says to pay attention to the colours on our plates. If we have the greens and yellows and blues and whites we more likely get all the nutritions we need. One day I will try this approach on a painting as well. Till then here is the day of reds.
This composition has just begged for a black gesso. I couldn't resist.
The inspiration of this painting was the different colours and shadows of a sandy beach. The 'x' sign from mother nature is freshly formed daily. What you don't see on this specific painting is the heatwave. You think that chasing for x sign is easy peasy. And I tell you, that's not the case. The bug bites and a hot day combination is challenging.
One of my favourite paintings is this one. It is so unusual for me to be compelled to paint those 'colourless days' of winter. But this scene was just irresistible. It was so irresistible that I had to stop and drink in the scenery into my soul. Love at first sight.
A morning in Khanom, Thailand. I went up to the rocks to paint this wonderful view. Please consider that I am not a rock climber at all, not even a beginner one... and the painting equipment... well... it is not a rock-climbing one either. So all in all I am very happy to have this painting.