Thursday, May 5, 2016

More of the same...

Sea waves 3, watercolor 40 x 30 cm

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Sea waves

Sea waves 1, watercolor 40 x 30 cm

Sea waves 2, watercolor 40 x 24 cm
It has been a long pause for me. I was very busy lately, having no physical and mental energy left to paint, but everything has been all right, otherwise. Finally a long weekend and a chance to get beck to the subject of the sea...

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Watching the waves

I just came back from a short vacation in tropical Riviera Maya, where I spent much time trying to capture the shapes of sea waves in my sketchbook. There is something very relaxing, almost therapeutic in watching the waves.
Now, back to work and catching up with the real world...

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Mountain landscape

Rodopa Mountains, watercolor 40 x 30 cm

Saturday, January 2, 2016

New year, new hope

Apples, acrylic 20 x 15 cm
Apples, watercolor 38 x 28 cm
 Happy New Year to everyone! 

Although, we know that the start of the new year is kind of arbitrary, every year we mark this date with a hope for a new beginning. I truly hope that 2016 will be much better than the past one, which I was very glad to see off.
I am starting off with something new. In addition to another acrylic, I decided to try figure painting. Two out of five attempts turned out decent. Someone asked me how I would paint the new year. I remembered part of the lyrics of a Bulgarian song "naked, unapologetic and young"...

Nude 5, watercolor study 23 x 32 cm
Nude 2, watercolor study 15 x 15 cm

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Light in the City

Street Festival, watercolor 40 x 30 cm

The restaurant patio, watercolor 40 x 30 cm
I have been awaiting these several days, free of tasks and stress. I'm glad we kept our schedule clean, with the only goal of doing nothing. It worked. I got the peace of mind I need to paint and have been doing that every day since Friday. I hope that everybody had the Christmas that they wanted!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Austrian village

Austrian Village, watercolor 54 x 32 cm
I have been planning to paint this scene for years, but was somewhat afraid of the complex cluster of houses in the village. Today I decided to just try it very quickly, only painting the main things and shapes and I am very happy with the result. It took me less that 80 minutes, including blow-drying the washes a number of times.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Fruit basket

Fruit Basket, watercolor 54 x 42 cm
Have you noticed how the works of other artists make you notice things and scenes that seemed ordinary before. When I looked at this basket on my table, I thought of a painting that Judy did some time ago. Then I noticed the beautiful light and shadow patterns over the checkered tablecloth. And I couldn't resist...
First wash of the painting
I painted this opposite to  the normal watercolor technique - from light to dark. I started with the shadows and then added the light colors.

I remember how intimidated I used to be when painting on a large piece of paper. Now I like it, it makes me feel more inspired and excited.

Inferno, acrylic on canvas board, 30 x 23 cm
And this is just a playful experiment with pouring acrylics over a canvas-board. The result looks like a reflection of the atmosphere at the office in the last year :)

Sunday, November 22, 2015

More sea scapes

Minimalist Seascape 4, oil on canvas board, 20 x 15 cm
This subject proved appropriate for trying new media, so I finally opened the box of water-soluble oil paints, which I've had for two years. Good I did, as they were starting to dry in the tubes.
Oils feel quite different. You have to use so much paint and it is hard to layer it without wiping the paint underneath. It is hard to apply the rule of thinner paint over thicker layer, if you want a fluid background. I don't know if I would have the patience to wait for days for the oil to dry before I can do the next stage... Well, that's in general. The little seascape above I did in one layer, with carefully adding the white surf and the seaweeds on the sand with the palette knife.

And the same subject in watercolor - just a simple wet-on-wet wash
Minimalist seascape 3, watercolor wash, 54 x 42 cm

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Minimalist seascapes

Seascape 1, acrylic on canvas board, 30 x 23 cm

Seascape 2, acrylic on  stretched canvas, 50 x  40 cm
My first attempts with acrylics. So far no big surprises. It is easy to make smooth color transitions, similar to the wet-on-wet watercolor washes. Paints dry fast so no risk of fussing and fiddling. And no need to preserve the white for the crashing waves. I am not sure I know what I am doing, but I've been enjoying it, and that's what matters.