Friday, December 21, 2012


A few weeks ago, I painted this of two sisters, one of whom is a colleague.

They don't look much alike, but that is not (entirely) the painter's fault!

Acrylics, on canvas, approx. 45 x 62 cm

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Another repeat: Riyo, November 2012 version

Here's another "repeat" where I wasn't happy with the first painting, and tried again. I can see how this would become an infinity loop, but one has to stop somewhere. This is again a colleague who subjected to portrait painting.

Acrylics on cotton, approx. 46 x 60 cm

UPDATE: I put transparent coat on the painting, as is my habit, and it 'crackled' producing an effect on the painted surface that would be interesting in some contexts, but here, it ruined the picture. So, it doesn't exist anymore. No great loss, I admit.

Sunday, September 23, 2012


Last night I ran out of things to do, and whipped up a self-portrait, until it was too dark to continue. Finished it this afternoon, after a trip to Krems, to see an exhibit of Picabia. (Didn't like it all that much.)

The photograph exaggerates the contrasts of the painting a bit, the dark shadows come out too dark and disruptive. I can't be bothered to fix it -assuming I know how.

Anyhow, this is acrylics on canvas, once again, approx. 40 x 40 cm

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Jose II

Never happy with my painting of my colleague Jose posted earlier I wanted to 'touch it up', with the result that I repainted it. Once I started fiddling with the 'aquarelle-esque' paint, with overpainting, there was no turning back...

Still not quite there, but I had to stop at some point.

Acrylics on home-stretched canvas, approx. 61 x 61 cm.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Courtney II

I'm not too happy with the previous picture of my colleague Courtney (see earlier posting below). Here's another. Following advice from a friend who is a real artist, I inspected the painting in the mirror, and immediately spotted something that needed fixing, but wasn't evident when I looked at it head-on, so to speak. Curious!
I'm discovering something strange; the photo readily shows separations of colors that are not so apparent in the original -not my my eye. For instance, I note that highlights with a strong white portion separate themselves from the rest, with an effect that skin looks lumpier than it is -to my eye- in the original. I don't know whether this is a "feature" of the iPhone camera, or the software (camera or JPG). The original is slightly smoother than the photo would indicate.
And here's a photo of the work in progress...

Acrylics on canvas, approx. 46 x 61 cm

Sunday, August 26, 2012


This is my colleague Martin, who graciously offered to be a model. Here, I'm trying to mimic classical oil painting methods, with acrylics, and this involves a whole lot of nifty work with the water spray, but may eventually be a useful method for painting.

Acrylics, approx. 46 x 61 cm.

Below is an early version, after fixing the pencil drawing, and laying in the underpainting with some mystery dark color.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


This portrait is supposed to show another colleague; as fine a picture as I can make, but unfortunately it doesn't much look like her. Which is a shame.

Approx. 46 x 61 cm Acrylics

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


This is a dear colleague who started working at the Org. the same day as I did, back in 2000.

Not one of my best efforts, unfortunately, much as I would like to do this one well. It seemed that any stroke I added just made the picture worse, so it was best to stop.

A 'work-in-progress' photo of this painting, showing my primitive work methods.

Finally, here's another one of the same subject, which I did for my own entertainment. This might be her reaction, seeing the first painting...

Both paintings in acrylic, 50 x 60 cm on cotton canvas

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Another quick portrait of my colleague Sanya. This is acrylics on 50 x 60 cm canvas

For fun, I also took a picture of the painting sometime during the process.

Saturday, August 4, 2012


Here's a quick painting of my colleague Courtney, who agreed to being photographed and painted. This is approx. 60 x 60 cm. in acrylics.

This is nearly finished, I'm not quite happy with this as is, but nearly. Below, I also put a photo of the earlier stages, fur fun.

(This is the second attempt; the first one is underneath, painted over. Some day, someone will uncover it using Xray technology..)

And this is the draft (if it isn't clear from the painting itself)

Sunday, July 15, 2012


Here's a portrait of my long-term colleague and friend Antti. Approx. 50 x0 50 cm Acrylics on canvas.

Monday, June 18, 2012


This is another of my colleagues, painted with acrylics, 40 x 60 cm on canvas

Sunday, May 27, 2012


This lady is another colleague who has submitted to being painted via photograph. There is some reflection from the still-wet varnish layer. One of these days, I'll figure out how to photograph the paintwork to show it at its best. It is of low enough quality as is, doesn't get any better by crummy photographic technique. This is again done with acrylics, on 40 x 50 cm gessoed canvas.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

El Malik

This one is of my friend and colleague, who likes to be considered "The King" of outside BBQing, and pretty much anything else. This is painted in the watercolour style, but with acrylic paint. On 60 x 60 canvas, stretched, glue-coated and primed by myself. I think this background (with gesso primer) looks better than the last one, with only the natural canvas background. Acrylic, on canvas, approx. 60 x 60 cm

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


This is a picture of my friend & colleague Jose; it is painted on a piece of fabric I stretched myself onto a 60 x 60 cm frame, and coated with animal skin glue. The color of the original fabric shows through -on purpose, of course- but maybe it would have looked better if it had been primed with gesso.

I realize while posting that the photo is pretty bad; it is blurred and the final glossy coat reflects the light from the window. :-(

In any case, acrylics, 60 x0 60 cm

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Boss

(No, it ain't Springssten)

This is a portrait of Mr Tóth, our boss, the second attempt. I thought his rather angular face might make for a good subject for a painting like those of Bogdan Pascu, or even a Freud, but I botched that one. Painted over everything with white, and tried another approach: the minimal, aquarelle-style.

Acrylics on canvas, 60 x 80 cm

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Þrætueplið 2012

I spent some time this weekend, trying to make a fake-brass replica of an apple, which I wanted to "award" to my most argumentative colleague in 2012, and maybe make an annual event out of this (no shortage of argumentative colleagues; could last me a century or two). Anyhow, halfway through the process, the plaster solidified (in two minutes), and other things went wrong, but still never dried out ... Here's the result: a lump of plaster some 8 cm tall.

Sunday, January 22, 2012


I've been following Stanford's Paul Hegarty lecture on iOS development on iTunesU. What a magnificent opportunity, and excellent lectures! There is practically limitless amount of material out there, only a matter of finding time to view it all.

At some point I got fidgety, and sketched this pastel of the lecturer, in a few minutes rather than sit still and pay attention to the eminently useful discussion of the Xcode Debugger.

Pastel on pink paper, approx. 26 x 36 cm (japanese B5 size); photographed,
appropriately enough, with the iPhone 3.