This is a "study" for a larger commission I'm working on. I say study but I really took it as far as I plan on taking the bigger painting so really I should call it a smaller first try to the bigger painting I will do. I'm probably going to do a second try before I move on to the 30x40! This is St. Katherine church in Oppenheim, Germany. It's a beautiful church is a very quaint older village near Frankfurt.
This is a restaurant and wedding rehearsal location in the village we live in. They have very good cake and it's a great place to go on Sunday afternoons. Very quaint building overlooking a lovely park in Königstein.
I finished this painting recently. A friend of mine took a really nice picture of a village close by this past fall and I've been meaning to paint it ever since. It really is a stunning view of this quaint village and the colors this past fall were so vibrant, it was a pleasure to paint! It's a rather large painting so it took time and a lot of paint! :) Unfortunately, the first picture has a little bit of glare so I'll try to take a better photo soon...
I painted this scene because I wanted to capture the beautiful colors we've had this fall! This is the view of a small village close to where we live in Germany, the castle at the top of the village overlooks the houses below and then all the beautiful fall colors all around, truly a beautiful sight!
I just finished this painting today. This is another scene of Koenigstein in Germany. The castle ruins with the village below. The kids and I love to walk around the old ruins and you can get really nice views of Frankfurt from the tower!
We visited family in Annecy a few weeks ago. Annecy has a very cute old town and canals that go into a large lake, the water is very clear and has this beautiful light green color. I highly recommend a visit if you can as it is well worth it!
Well after a few months of being away and not painting, here's my first painting in Germany! This is a little down from where we live, a small quaint village about 15 minutes from Frankfurt. I have to say it's been a little challenging moving to a different country, just lots of stuff to figure out and of course the language barrier too! We're getting there though! I got together with a group of very nice women to paint and that pushed me into getting started again, thankfully!
Well, we're finally settled in Germany! It's been a hectic month and lots of new experiences. We're going to love living here, I can already tell, but it's always hard to leave family and friends and start new somewhere else. I'm working very hard at learning German. I did make it to the castle today to do a little sketching in pen and pastels. I still don't have my easel set up and I need to go buy some paint to start painting! The kids will go back to school at the end of next month so I want to be ready to start painting then! Hope everyone is doing well and having a great summer!
We'll be having our annual exhibition at The Academy of Fine Art next week, it should be a fun event and lots of good art to admire! The week after, my family and I fly to Germany for our 2-3 year assignment! I haven't had time to paint lately nor admire all of my blogger friends' work so I apologize for being absent! Hopefully, when we're settled in our new home, I'll get back to the painting world! See you soon and keep painting!
I just finished this painting after working on it for a few weeks. It's a large one, 30x40, and so many details! This is from us visiting Heidelberg in Germany a few months ago, such a beautiful town! We were standing on the castle when we took this picture.
We did an afternoon of plein air last week at the Academy. A lot of fun but I definitely need an umbrella if I'm going to paint outside, it was hot and I got sunburned! I really enjoyed painting the red barn and being outside, a nice change from painting in the studio.
After many many months of work on this project, I finally completed my cast painting last week. This is what I've been working on in the mornings in my studio at the Academy. The bust painting itself was completed about a month ago but then I had to get started on the lace around it. It was a challenge but so happy that I stuck with it. An invaluable lesson in patience and technique!
Below is a collection of pictures I took throughout the weeks, ignore the glare in some of these, it can be hard to photograph! I also included a picture of the setup in my studio.
I have to say that I'm enjoying bringing my sketch book with me. I've always avoided sketching because I didn't enjoy the pencil and pens tend to dry up quickly but I found some new ink pens and I love adding the color of the pastels. Definitely easier than bringing my paints! I did this sketch this morning during my daughter's horseback riding lesson. It was cold so I could even stay in the car!
We started a portrait class this Tuesday so this is from day 1. I'll have 5 more days to work on it so still at beginning stages. The life figure is from today. I only had today to work on it since we'll be going house hunting in Germany next week!
Well it's been awhile! I guess last time I posted something was before Christmas and we all know how busy a time that it! Not that I haven't been working or painting! The paintings above are from Figure Life classes at the Academy. The woman is a 3 hour study whereas the man was a 6-day.
I have big news! In June, my family and I are moving to Germany for a few years for my husband's job! We'll be living in Frankfurt and I'm very excited! I'll have to put school on hold for a few years but hopefully pick it back up when we return. I'm hoping for a lot of painting inspiration while we're in Europe. :)
We finished a 5-day life figure pose last week. I was glad to get both light and shadow sides as I was working on bringing those colors out and showing the bright light coming down on the model from above.
We just finished a 5-day pose in Life Figure class. The pose was a challenge for the model to hold as it was not the most comfortable. I really like how it turned out though so I'm happy she stuck with it! Finally getting to paint at the Academy has been so much fun, I'm spending a lot more time on paintings and it's really fun to see how far you can take it.
Just finished a 9-day pose for life figure class. It was my first class with paint at the Academy, so exciting! I really enjoyed it, trying to get the exact flesh tones and the subtle temperature differences.
We're back at the Academy for another year of life figure, portrait and FINALLY painting for me! :) It's been great to be back and busy as always. I've been working on a few other things that will be done soon but here's our first life figure class of the year, my last figure in charcoal. I like working on the grey paper and adding the white highlights.
We did some plein air painting today in a small town close to here, Wrighstown. They have a cute downtown and a river which makes is the perfect place! It was threatening to rain all morning but thank goodness, we didn't get rained out. I do love painting outside on location, I wish I would do it more often!
We just finished a two-day life figure session at the Academy. I enjoyed playing around with oil paint for a figure study. School at the Academy will be starting back in just a few weeks and I'm excited to get back at it! I hope everyone is having a great end of summer!