Sunday, September 19, 2010

Happyness in a box

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Don't you love it when the mailman brings you a box with new artsupplies (You ordered the supplies yourself but it still feels like a present)
Most artists I know have quite a collection of artmaterials at their disposal.
Yesterday a package arrived with some oilpaint from Old Holland, Mussini, Winsor & Newton and Rembrandt. Looking forward to give them a try!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

'Icecream anyone?'

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My entry this month for the virtual paintout. This month the place to be is Manhattan. And although I saw many great locations with huge skyscrapers en beautiful yellow taxis I chose this intimate view of an icecream stand at Central Park. The dappled sunlight on the umbrellas and the floor was very interesting to paint. I used the palette knife in places like the light hitting the umbrellas, and modified some of the edges with a brush. Fun!

I used a limited palette here of Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Alizarin, Cadmium Yellow Light and Titanium White.

'Icecream anyone?', Oil on masonite, 
18x15cm (7x5) © 2010, Erik van Elven

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Cow - value study

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I had fun with this value study using a limited palette of ultramarine blue, burnt sienna and titanium white. When you add more burnt sienna the grey mixture gets warmer, if you add more ultramarine it gets cooler. A lovely way to forget color and focus on shape, value and edges, probable the most important parts in a painting.
When I was a little boy (long long looong ago) there was a great book in our local library from a Dutch artist with drawings of cattle. I've recently searched if I could find it but no success. I can't remember the name of the artist which doesn't help. On the cover there was a drawing of a cow in a similar pose to the one below. If anyone reading this know which book it is please let me know.

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'Cow study', Oil on masonite, 
15x20cm (6x8) © 2010, Erik van Elven, NFS

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September mushrooms

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Wow, it's September already. Time sure flies.
The artists helping artists blog is starting a new monthly challenge and this is my entry for this month.
I always wanted to do a painting with these colorful mushrooms and this was a perfect occasion to bring out my tube of cadmium red :)

'September', Oil on gallery wrap canvas, 
18x24cm (7.1x9.4) © 2010, Erik van Elven
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