Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Cat-Pooper

My sister renovated her WC the other day and needed a suitable painting on a wall in there, to entertain visitors.

I thought this would be a suitable, and not too offensive, subject. It's been a while since I last saw a serving of catshit, since I was digging around in a sandbox, nearly 50 years ago. So I had to paint this by description. Think of poor Hokusai carving woodblock prints of elephants, never having seen such an animal.

Acrylics, on handmade paper, approx. 20 x 30 cm

In a kitchen frame of mind

I found a few fine photos on the internet of kitchen-related items, that I wanted to try on my handmade paper. These are small paintings, on approximately A4-size paper. The paper does swell up with the wet paint, and becomes uneven. This is clearly visible in the pictures below, at the foot of the salt shaker, for instance. This, with the uneven edges, could be said to add to the charm of the picture....

Acrylics on handmade paper, approx. 20 x 30 cm

Kitchen scenes

I bought a "wet-palette" ie. a plastic box with a wet sponge in the bottom, and a semi-permeable layer on top.
This is supposed to keep acrylic paint from drying out while one uses it, the most annoying 'feature' of acrylic paint, in my estimation. The palette works great, the paint is usable for a day, at least, maybe more. [ Update: a week later, the paint is still usable, and not diluted. This box is a fantastic addition to the acrylics toolkit. ]

Here are two aubergines, painted in excitement over the new wet-palette box.

Acrylic, on professionally made paper, about 25 x 25 cm

Coffee, anyone?

I've made a few small paintings to test my handmade paper; here are three coffee cups I painted yesterday. In two cases, I treated the paper with a diluted gel medium, which I let dry out before painting on it. This made the paper easier to paint on.

Acrylics, on handmade paper, approx. 20 by 30 cm

Friday, April 10, 2009


This morning, inspired by the many painters that suffer inclement climate conditions for their art, we went for a short drive, intending to do magnificent nature studies. The mountain in the background is called Helgafell, and is in the vicinity of the township of Hafnarfjörður. We have been up the mountain, hiking with friends. It was a bit chilly this morning, and not very inviting, so the result is only this one image, and a half-finished one at that.

Acrylics on watercolor paper, ca 20 by 30 cm.

The Tax Collector II

Tax season is just past, and I had some image of the prototype tax collector in my head, that I needed to get out.

Here he is, the bugger.

The first version of this picture had a flesh-toned shirt, which was a poor choice of color. While it might be a suitable shirt color for a government tax collector, it made the picture even more bland than it is now. The current, reddish, color of shirt might be more like one that a wife had purchased, but it livens up the picture a bit.

This "portrait" is artificial, that is, painted from scratch without a model. The face, etc. are created out of nothing but standard measures of average heads and faces. Hence this looks like noone I know, and isn't supposed to.

Acrylics on watercolor paper, ca 56 by 76 cm.