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Happy Birthday… William Turner

Joseph Mallord William Turner was born on 23rd april in 1775 in London. He was a Romantic landscape painter, working with oil and watercolors and is known as “the painter of light”. His way of catching light was an important source of inspiration for the Impressionist painters of the later years.

Only 14 years old Turner went to the Royal Academy of Art schools and was accepted into the academy only one year later. One of his watercolor paintings was part of an exhibition another year later and he exhibited his first oil painting in 1796. Financial independenceny allowed Turner to travel a lot and to innovate and develop his style freely. He died on 19th december 1851 in London and left more than 20.000 artworks. To learn more about William Turner please take a look at Wikipedia and visit your local bookstore or library.

For the first time I saw Turner in The National Gallery in London several years ago, and I remember that I almost couldn’t step away. I was fascinated by the use of color to create an atmosphere which seems to drag you into the painted scene. I like that he did not try to make accurate reproductions of a certain landscape, but made changes, e.g. to the height of mountains, to create exact the kind of landscape he wanted.

That’s what I want to be able to do one day, create paintings which such a fascinating atmosphere and such a use of colors. Here are some of my personal favourites. On http://www.william-turner.org/ you will find several of Turner’s artworks.

William Turner West Cowes

William Turner Mere de Glace - In the Valley of Chamouni

William Turner Refectory of Kirkstall Abbey

William Turner The Fighting Téméraire - tugged to her last Berth to be broken up

William Turner The Dogana and Santa Maria della Salute

William Turner The Morning after the Wreck

White Blossoms

Pastel painting of white blossoms. I found the original photograph in the Dutch book Pastelltekenen voor beginners. Painted with Rembrandt soft pastel sticks and Faber-Castell pastel pencils on light blue Canson Mi-Teintes pastel paper, 24 x 32 cm.

White Blossoms pastel painting

7 reasons why I do not follow people on Twitter

Twitter is a great tool and I don’t want to miss it anymore. I meet interesting people there, learn a lot and find inspiration everyday. But aside the obvious spammers there are people sometimes who I do not follow or who I unfollow after a while, and here is why:

  • If people don’t have any information in their profile or a link to their website, I do not follow them. At least I want some basic information about the person.
  • A more than 6 month old account + less than 10 tweets = no follow.
  • If I am simply not interested in what they tweet about.
  • If they repeat the same tweets over and over again. This is spamming and a waste of my time. If they provide interesting information though, I’d rather get the RSS-feed of their weblog instead.
  • If the tweets are predominantly about sales proposals. I just hate this. If I want to buy anything I will look for it.
  • If the tweets are predominantly quotes. I prefer thinking my own thoughts. 🙂
  • And last but not least: I do not follow anybody just because they follow me.

For the last point: I really hope, that people who follow me, do this because they like my tweets! Please do not follow me only because I follow you!!

Sketchbook #37: Top Hat pastel painting

A quick painting of a top hat with conté sticks in red/brown, black and white on black Rembrandt pastel paper.

Top Hat pastel painting

Blue Blossoms

This pastel painting was inspired by the photograph Blue Flower 2 by Richard Robert. Painted with Rembrandt soft pastel sticks and Faber-Castell pastel pencils on black Rembrandt pastel paper, 21 x 30 cm.

Blue Blossoms pastel painting

Still Life with Fruits

The original photograph is from the Dutch book “Pasteltekenen voor beginners”. I liked the colors and wanted to make it an expressive and intense piece. Painted with Rembrandt soft pastel sticks on grey Canson Mi-Teintes pastel paper, 24 x 32 cm.

Still Life with fruits pastel painting

Sketchbook #36: Pears pastel painting

I liked the light and the extreme shadows in the original photograph and wanted to try to catch this with a limited color range (black, white, 3 different shades of brown). Painted with conté sticks on black Rembrandt pastel paper.

Pears pastel painting
Still Life 03 by Cypherstock on deviantArt.

Sketchbook #35: Pink Blossoms pastel painting

A colorful sketch of a photograph made by me. I liked the blurry background and the strong colors. Painted with Rembrandt soft pastel sticks on black Rembrandt pastel paper, 21 x 30 cm.

Pink Blossoms pastel painting

Sketchbook #34: Lantern pastel painting

A painting of a lantern. The original photograph – Lightpainted Lantern – was taken by staffdancer and can be found on deviantArt. I limited my colors to black, white and 3 red/brown shades. Painted with conté sticks on black Rembrandt pastel paper, 20 x 30 cm.

Lantern pastel painting

Sketchbook #33: Sunflower field pastel painting

A field of sunflowers in the Toscana. The original photograph is from the Dutch book “ABC Pastelkrijt”. Painted with Rembrandt soft pastel sticks on dark green Rembrandt pastel paper, 24 x 32 cm.

Sunflower field Toscana pastel painting

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