Work in Progress: Base Colors

I did some more work on my painting, putting down the base colors. As you can see, there are some strong contrasts in this picture. For the most part, those will remain strong in the finished piece. I like the thin strip of light in the back of the shack. Like a slimmer of hope … Continue reading Work in Progress: Base Colors

Tomatoes, Shelves, and another Artist

Everyone is back from vacation and school has started again. The new class of freshmen is finding their place and the rest of us are getting back into studying routines. With all of this, I am excited for what lies ahead. But I am also excited about what is going on right now. Like, the … Continue reading Tomatoes, Shelves, and another Artist

A Painting, a Flower: Work in Progress

I got some progress done on my oil painting. Now, most of the pink coat is covered and has a base coat of color on it. It still looks really wild, but I can see where it's going :) And when I went to check on my garden, I saw the first tomato flowers on … Continue reading A Painting, a Flower: Work in Progress

Work in Progress: A Chair and a Wall

I have a lot going on these days, and haven't gotten to painting for quite a while. However, a painting won't finish itself, so when I found time today, I got some progress done. I'm not sure what I'll call this picture, but for now, it's "A Chair and a Wall". What do you think … Continue reading Work in Progress: A Chair and a Wall

Work in Progress: A Paint Job and a Garden!

I started the actual "painting" part of painting my new canvas by putting on a base coat of magenta pink. You won't see the pink when the picture is done, but it makes the colors that come after it stand out. I also started building a raised bed in the student gardens. I didn't plant … Continue reading Work in Progress: A Paint Job and a Garden!

A Mask, an improvised Dish, and a Canvas!

I had some white summer squash from last season that had to be used. That combined with a bunch of left-over vegetables were a good basis for an improvised dish: Baked Summer Squash stuffed with Spinach, Garlic, and Mushrooms, in a Tomato-Eggplant-Sauce. Meanwhile, I am working on 2 projects in the art studio: A lion … Continue reading A Mask, an improvised Dish, and a Canvas!

Growing Season!

I started my new semester with some really inspiring classes and interesting topics. Opens up the mind. Growing Season. I'd sown out some tomato seeds on my window sill in mid-march. Now, there are about 30 little plants in my room, waiting to be transplanted. Growing Season. I get to display 8 of my paintings … Continue reading Growing Season!

Spring Break – Time to work!

Today I wrote my last exam for this semester, and apart from some smaller stuff, I am now on vacation until April. Spring Break!! I felt great today, not only because the exam went well, but also because I could kick off the vacation with some art. I finally could get back to my oil … Continue reading Spring Break – Time to work!

Back from the Dead!

(I know I'm late on this, but happy New Year 2017!) I had a lot going on, but due to severe technical issues, I was not able to actively post anything. It was frustrating, but if you have a dark sense of humor (which I do) it was also funny: First, I broke my laptop … Continue reading Back from the Dead!

Work in Progress: A Theater in Seattle

This is what my newest painting looks like so far. It's an entrance to a movie theater somewhere in Seattle. I got most of the base coats in and will be working on the shading and "details" from this point on (it intentionally won't be detailed in the end). Speaking of movie theaters, what do … Continue reading Work in Progress: A Theater in Seattle

Burlap Stories: Plastic Wrap and a new Painting!

I have a lot to do these days, so I haven't been posting updates like I wanted to. But better late than never, I guess: I bought a bundle of tightly-woven, raw burlap last week. I am using it for two projects: a costume and an oil painting. I started making a "Lord of the … Continue reading Burlap Stories: Plastic Wrap and a new Painting!

Highlights of the Week: Art History, A new Painting, a finished Mask

I had another busy week at seminary. Classes, projects and art progress. What I am learning more and more is that there are quite a few connections between art and theology. I am, for example, going to give a presentation in Church history about the 12th century German mystic Hildegard of Bingen. What I find … Continue reading Highlights of the Week: Art History, A new Painting, a finished Mask

Wrapping Things Up!

I eventually found my phone again (hooray!). I seem to be in the mood for displacing things and getting into little messes, since that's what's been happening lately: I lost and found my phone twice within 2 months, ruined the original table top by messing up the epoxy and had to start my Kasperle-Mask over. … Continue reading Wrapping Things Up!

Of Butter, Oil and Clay

I had to get up unexpectedly early this morning because my brother overslept and needed a ride to his workplace by 7AM. This was not to my liking... but while I was listening to the radio I learned an unexpected fun fact: There is a German saying to describe that all is well, it literally … Continue reading Of Butter, Oil and Clay