Monthly Archives: January 2016

In an experimental phase

Today I have worked a lot with the young woman. The lace collar, her face and hair, her body and some touch up on the older woman. Then I applied a thin layer of a cold and greenish yellow on the entire background. Not sure I like it, but it has to dry before I do anything more.

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Patiently working with the subtle details

Today I have added a third layer of white to the baby’s dress, I have worked a lot with black on the women’s dresses, the hand of the older woman, the man’s white collar and started working on his face. More tomorrow!

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Detail work in progress

Quite a bit of work done, but probably hard to see in the photo. Such as a second coat of white on the baby, detail work on hands, the face of the baby, the old man’s tie, etc. etc.  Now is a phase that is pretty hard to do, enjoyable and scary, because it is easy to ruin parts of the painting, since I can’t just add layer on layer as with traditional oil painting on canvas. It is important to keep the birch texture and keep an even balance in all parts.

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The problem solving has begun!

What colors to use? How much to add? Varnish? Background? Etc… The birch plywood creates a wonderful texture, soft and like fabric! I have to be careful not to do too much!

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Kind of exhausted

An intense day. Slowly making progress. Many problems remain to be solved. I have never made a large painting on birch plywood before – I like it!

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Yesterday black, today white

Today I have added a lot of white and some Titanium Buff. This is a cropped picture of the “canvas”. It is always interesting to paint on plywood – my plan was to do this and that, but when I start painting and realize what the plywood does, it often changes my plan of action. This time I am painting on birch and I am really starting to like it, because the birch creates a shine that is pretty cool. Well, a lot of work remains… a lot.

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New, exhaustive work

For a number of days I have been preparing and starting my, probably, most ambitious work until now. Today I was able to start painting. It will be a big job to bring this to completion. The size of the painting is about 150 x 120 cm (59″ x 47″).

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The Weaver

Another small piece, 20 x 20 cm (8 x 8 inches) with some gilding.

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