Archive | October 2015

Shades of Blue

Back to painting with acrylics, playing with mixing white and ultramarine blue. In the end I added some scribbles with my black PITT Artist brush pen.

The knight’s Tent

Have you ever watched a film about knights, or medieval armies? The nobles live in colourful tents, and of course blue and red are the colours of nobility. Blue pigments were hard to get and very expensive, so only the rich people could afford to buy blue textiles.

At the same time I had the impression of a medieval helmet when I looked at the finished painting. A very stylized helmet of course…

Psychedelic Butterfly

This time I added a background to my butterfly. I used my stabilo68 pens and went over the strokes with a wet brush. I love the stabilo pens – they are inexpensive and produce vivid and strong colours.

Strange Star

This is another watermedia painting – done with neocolor II watersoluble wax crayons. Here I played around with blue-red-violet-purple hues and with yellow-blue-green hues. Everytime I am using the neocolor II crayons I am fascinated by the intensity of colour they produce.

Butterfly with purple Wings

Colouring is a wonderful activity if you need to relax. Colouring with acrylics is far beyond my capacities, but colouring with neocolorII watersoluble wax crayons is not. As I mentioned in one of my earlier posts I keep the shavings in the wells of my palette, and although it is quite some time ago that I used them for the last time the colours are still vivid and strong.

I found the butterfly colouring page on pinterest, traced it onto my transparent paper, went over the backside of that paper with a soft pencil, turned it around and used it as transfer paper. Then the fun part began – colouring with a very small brush.

Green Shores

Green shores – Acrylics on watercolour paper

This time I focussed on the combination of various shades of green with blue (mostly ultramarine blue). I didn’t have a sketch in the beginning, I just distributed patches of paint all over the paper. Looking at the emerging shapes I decided that it looked like a shore with lots of green grass, trees and water coming in.


This acrylic painting is the first “big” painting – big meaning it’s on a sheet of DIN A 4 watercolour paper. In the middle of the painting process I felt tempted to stop and throw the thing into the bin, but knowing that is a stage which has to be stepped through I carried on till the end. The good thing with acrylic paints is that you can do changes on the painting. It is another painting focussing on reds and greens. The funny thing is whenever I plan to paint with other hues I finally end up using reds and greens. Hmph. This time I not only mixed my greens with yellow ochre, white or yellow, but I also mixed them with reds, getting some very dark reds.

The second interesting thing was that I had bought a System 3 tube of Daler&Rowney Hooker’s Green which is quite a dark green. However when I put my first blob of paint on my palette I had the impression that it was more in the direction of emerald green. Maybe that was the reason why it was on sale?

Orange Flower

At the moment red or orange seems to be my favourite colour. This is a painting I did with neocolorII quite some time ago. For what reason ever I didn’t scan and upload it; instead I put it away in one of my folders. I haven’t stopped painting with acrylics but the painting I am just working on isn’t finished yet. So I thought I could show you this one.

As you can see it is not a certain flower but a fantasy flower. I love flowers, love to take photographs of them, but I’m not into realistic painting.

Black Swan

Some days ago I’d done a very quick swan sketch which I wanted to use for a painting. So I cleared up the lines on a piece of tracing paper, went over the lines with a 6b pencil and transfered the drawing to a sheet of Acrylic paper.

The painting was done with some cheap acrylic paints (blue, black, and vermillion) and Cadmium Orange Hue from Schmincke.


This piece of watercolour paper was left over, and I thought I’d use it for some colour experiments – how many different colour tints can you get when mixing violet with white? I used Schmincke College Violet with an unknown white which I got in a one Euro shop. I was quite surprised how creamy the Violet was – I just dipped my brush into the water and then applied the paint with my brush. Although the Schmincke College brand is the least expensive of the Schmincke paints it is richly pigmented – and the pigments are given on the tube. In comparison the no-name acrylic paints you can get in the 1 Euro shop have far less pigments and are more watery.