Wednesday, January 28, 2015

More from Venice

Venice, watercolor 38 x 28 cm

Afternoon in Venice, watercolor 28 x 38 cm

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Murano and Venice

Murano, watercolor 38 x 28 cm

Venice, watercolor 30 x 23 cm

Venice, charcoal sketch

Monday, January 12, 2015

Reflections 2

Venice Reflections 6, watercolor 30 x 23 cm
Venice Reflections 3, watercolor 23 x 30 cm
Painting is a true cure for the blues. For a long time I was finding it hard to get myself to grab the brushes, and the longer I didn't do it, the worse I felt. But over the holidays the vicious circle broke. I seem to have found a self-feeding drive to create. No doubt Venice, this inspirational subject helps.

Thursday, January 8, 2015


Venice 5, watercolor  23 x 30 cm
Venice 3, watercolor  23 x 30 cm
Venice - the ideal subject for artists - character, colors, light, water... So attractive, yet so rich and complex. But when you look at some paintings of masters, like Sargent, you realize  how skillfully they simplified it. I can only keep trying, and of course, enjoying the process...

Sunday, January 4, 2015

More from Venice

In front of the Basilica, watercolor 30 x 23 cm
Venice at dawn, watercolor 30 x 23 cm

Thursday, January 1, 2015


Happy New Year! 
Wishing you all the very best!

Venice 1, watercolor 30 x 23 cm
Venice 2, watercolor 30 x 23 cm
As beautiful as Venice is, it seems daunting to paint with all the colors and intricate shapes. So I am starting off with a couple of scenes where the buildings are in back-light and thus their details can be omitted.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Painting Fast

Corfu, watercolor 30 x 23 cm

Maliovitsa, watercolor 30 x 23 cm
The free time over the holidays helped me find some peace of mind for painting. These two are influenced by Roy Simmons' little book on Loose Watercolor, which I found so inspiring, I had to grab the brushes and do some quick paintings. The first one is a view of the city of Corfu from the water. The second is in the Bulgarian Rila mountains. I have painted this view before, with much fussing and fiddling. Now I finished it in about 30 minutes and I like this one much better.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Narrow streets

A Walk in Dubrovnik, watercolor 23 x 30 cm

A Walk in Venice, watercolor 23 x 30 cm

Monday, December 22, 2014


Wishing you all Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Venice in Morning Haze

 Venice in Morning Haze 4, watercolor 30 x 23 cm
 A few years ago while walking along Piazza San Marco in Venice an enormous cruise ship sailed through the strait, dwarfing the city and its beautiful buildings. I had the feeling that this is completely out of place, uncanny and indecent. A pedestrian near by looked at the ship with utter contempt and said just "Americaano!" thus expressing the common feelings to this grotesque picture.

This spring, I happened to sail into Venice on a similar monstrous ship, at the end of an Adriatic cruise. No, I am not proud of that. However, this gave me the opportunity to take some very lovely pictures of the city at dawn. It was only 5:30 in the morning and the sun was not yet above the horizon. While slowly sailing through the canal I could enjoy the view of the back-lit city skyline and the mist raising from the water.
Venice in Morning Haze 3, watercolor 30 x 23 cm
These are a few watercolor sketches I made from those photos. I posted them in reverse chronological order as I think that they are getting better. Initially I was using Ocher, but then decided that the light and hazy effect calls for transparent pigments. So, the top two are done with Indian Yellow, Alizarin and Ultramarine. The other important thing is to have enough paint ready and work very fast before hard edges could form. I wasn't so good at this, apparently. A larger size would need more preparation.

Venice in Morning Haze 2, watercolor 30 x 23 cm

Venice in Morning Haze 1, watercolor 30 x 23 cm