The rare feeling of being happy with my painting results – #worldwatercolormonth

My 13-4/31 #worldwatercolormonth // 170_2016 Watercolor-Sketches /Marabu Mixed Media 21,0 x 14,8 cm / 8.3 x 5.8 in

I am so happy with the sketch on the top.(and this does not happen too often) I wanted to try a limited palette inspired by the mostly rainy weather of this summer. I drew a little pencil sketch in my notebook to get an idea of light and shadow and the values – and then just started with a large brush in my watercolor-sketchbook. I think it is a good idea to make a quick value-sketch with pencil in preparation for a watercolor, especially when it is an architectural motive. It is good when I don´t have to think about the shapes and structures anymore while I am painting because I can concentrate on the colors and the flow of the brush. What I like about this watercolor-sketch is that the motive is pretty complex old building that became simplified in a good way here.

The second picture is from a late-night-painting-session after work last night. It was more experimental and actually I did not know where I would get with it when I started. It is a little bit overpainted because when I started to get an idea about the motive I tried to add details and value and the looseness of the beginning got lost. Anyway I like how the colors turned out and I will probably try the motive a second time.

The last two pictures for today are two versions of the same motive – one from the sketchbook, the other one painted on watercolor-paper. I am not really satisfied with both of them, they are too much drawing and not enough painting. I think the sketchbook version is a little bit better, because it is more loose – but I probably will give it another try later.

Happy painting everybody!


My 13-3/31 ‪#‎worldwatercolormonth‬ // 202_2016 Watercolor/ Lukas Bali mould made rough – ca.40 x 30 cm / 16´x 12´ in Another late-night painting.

Ich bin richtig glücklich mit der Skizze oben (und das kommt nicht so häufig vor). Ich wollte eine eingeschränkte Palette ausprobieren, ein wenig inspiriert von dem verregneten Sommer. Ich habe erst eine kleine Bleistift Skizze in mein Notizbuch gezeichnet, um mir über Licht und Schatten und Tonwerte klar zu werden – und dann habe ich direkt mit einem großen Pinsel in meinem Aquarell-Skizzenbuch losgelegt. Nach und nach stelle ich fest, dass es eine gute Idee ist, eine kleine separate Bleistiftskizze zur Vorbereitung zu machen, ganz besonders, wenn es sich um ein architektonisches Motiv handelt. Es ist ein großer Vorteil, wenn ich mir über die Formen und Strukturen des Gebäudes beim Malen keine Gedanken mehr machen muss. Was ich an dieser Aquarellskizze so mag, ist, dass mir die Vereinfachung eines relativ komplexen Gebäudes gut gelungen ist.

Das zweite Bild ist gestern spät in der Nacht nach der Arbeit entstanden. Es war zu Beginn mehr experimentell und ich wusste erst gar nicht, was daraus werden würde. Letztlich ist es nun ein wenig zu viel gemalt, weil ich recht viel übermalt habe, als sich endlich ein Motiv heraus kristallisierte. Die Lockerheit ist beim Hinzufügen von Details und dunkleren Bereichen etwas verloren gegangen. Trotzdem mag ich die Farb-Zusammenstellung ganz gerne und werde das Motiv wahrscheinlich noch einmal malen.

Die letzten beiden Bilder für heute sind zwei Versionen des gleichen Motivs – eine aus dem Skizzenbuch, die andere auf Aquarellpapier. Ich bin mit beiden nicht wirklich zufrieden, weil mir die Umsetzungen zu sehr `gezeichnet´ und zu wenig gemalt erscheinen. Ich denke, die Skizzenbuch Version ist etwas besser, weil sie etwas lockerer ist, aber ich werde das Motiv vermutlich noch einmal versuchen.

My 13-1/31 #worldwatercolormonth // 164_2016 Watercolor-Sketches /Marabu Mixed Media 21,0 x 14,8 cm / 8.3 x 5.8 in
My 13-2/31 ‪#‎worldwatercolormonth‬ // 198_2016 Watercolor/ Lukas Bali mould made rough – ca.40 x 30 cm / 16´x 12´ in

11 thoughts on “The rare feeling of being happy with my painting results – #worldwatercolormonth

  1. I love, love your first one….the second with those rich colors, third and fourth are both wonderful as well. I really like the reasons why you like to do a sketch beforehand esp. in regards to architecture and then you can spend more time painting, getting in clear in your hand so to speak? I like that.

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    1. Thanks so much, Margaret! I want to be able to paint all kinds of architecture. Sometimes i find myself being afraid to paint buildings that fascinate me but appear to be too complex in their structure.. I am still looking (and will probably search forever) for ways to illustrate any kind of architecture without the feeling i can´t do it. I want to able to capture the mood of any plein air situation without putting too much effort in painting without being overhelmed by details.I want to learn so much more!!! Happy painting!!!

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      1. ah…..that struggle….oh I know that one so well and I would imagine paintings buildings in plein air is pretty intense. I have done that perhaps twice and I know that it is hard as it is to capture the essence but without all the details, esp. on the time limit. Happy painting to you as well 🙂


  2. They are all really wonderful, each in different ways. The second one has such a startlingly different mood. It’s really beautiful, but then I am partial to blue as a color and to ways that blue creates sometimes a quality of mystery, as here.

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    1. Thank you so much, Aletha. I think in the second picture the special late after midnight mood came through. J I made a lot of mistakes on that one, because I had no idea what I was going to paint when I started it. – But I still like the mood and will probably give it another try pretty soon. I always appreciate your kind comments.

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  3. these are lovely! and I find myself returning to look again and again at your brushstrokes…. you’ve simplified the forms and shapes so well. delightful. love the colors you chose for each. very very nice work!!! cheers, Debi

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