Sunday, August 14, 2011

PS We had some sort of thunderstorm today, hence the rather dark impression of the photographs. I'll try to improve my photographical skills, which are, as you well see, very poor indeed. Cheers...

Well, two more steps to follow...

Nicki Schaepen after Richard Wilson, Mount Snowdown from Llyn Nantll, 2011 [1766], oil on canvas, 73 x 60 [127 x 100 cm] cm [Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham].

Some time ago I started this landscape by Wilson. I am trying to finishing it some day...

Ground: Double layered oil ground, lead white, heat bodied linseed oil.
Seized with burnt siena and a little amount of natural umber, paint thinner

Oudt Hollandse
Scheveningen yellow
Burnt umber
Burnt Siena
Natural Siena
Ivory Black
Ultramarine Blue
Cadmium yellow

Paint thinner

Nicki Schaepen after Follower of Philippe de Champaigne, Madonna with Child, oil on canvas, 73 x 60 cm.

Painted on a linen canvas prepared with a double ground, mainly consisting of chalk and rabbit skin glue, with small amounts of ivory black and natural umber. In order to reduce the absorbency of the ground, heat bodied linseed oil has been poured into the chalk-glue mixture.

Lines were sketched in with charcoal and then the paint was intended to being applied as directly as possible. However, as those old-fashioned grounds are really unpredictable regarding their absorbency, a classical layer technique had to be applied.

Paints used:
(due to the strict German law I am unable to use lead white any more, which is only given to people who have permission granted by the department for the protection of historical monuments. I had to replace it therefore and am now using Scheveningen yellow instead).

Oudt Hollandse:
Scheveningen yellow
Natural Umber
Natural Siena
Burnt Siena
Red lake
Ivory Black
Ultramarine blue

Thinner: simple paint thinner

Friday, August 12, 2011


Es ist in letzter Zeit hier sehr sehr still geworden. Das hängt mit vielen Entwicklungen im Studien- und Privatleben zusammen, die mich vom Malen abhielten. Inzwischen sind jedoch einige Projekte begonnen und auch schon in einem solchen Stadium befindlich, daß ich sie entweder heute noch oder aber in den nächsten Tagen hier vorstellen kann.

Es handelt sich dabei um zwei Kopien: Eine Mutter Gottes aus der Champaigneschule und "Raphael und Tobias" von Domenichino. Zudem sind noch drei weitere Werke in Vorbereitung. Dazu jedoch bald mehr.