Sunday, April 13, 2014

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Waterlily in Progress

This is what I am currently working on. 8x10 colored pencil on Stonehenge paper

Sunday, March 2, 2014

"If you only kiss frogs you'll miss the dragons" another book by Author Patricia Koelle and maybe my most favorite cover image I have done for her, because I loved the story so much!  It's a fairy tale for grown ups.

You can find the book here:

This is one of the inside drawings I did for the same book.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A New Story by Patricia Koelle...
... with a cover by me.
A little small but you can see it here  
At this time only available in the German language.

I love collaborating with Patricia, her stories are paintings in words,
letting my imagination take flight.

Thank you Pat, for giving me such an opportunity!

(in case you are wondering, the title is: "Love, Lox, and Another Lifetime"

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Abend Sonne or Evening Sun

Colored Pencil 
Stonehenge paper 
on 8x10 Birch Cradle Board
after an image by Patricia Koelle

In case you are wondering "Who is Patricia Koelle?"  You can find her in English on The Dream Nestalso in German: Short stories and Novels.  And finally her blog (in German):

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Next WIP

"Evening Sun"

From a photo by Patricia Koelle
Colored Pencil on Stonehenge paper on 8x10 
Birch Cradle Board

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Two new paintings

 "Late Summer"  
Colored Pencil on Stonehenge

"The Wall - November 9, 1989"
Mixed Media - Acrylic/Colored Pencil

Saturday, November 23, 2013


This is a terrible picture, but I think the idea comes across.  I find it difficult to work on the gradations of all the different cloud colors, so this is a very good learning experience. I am sure it will not be the only one. I also have to remind myself to work with light, light strokes to achieve the layers of colors I see along the cloud edges.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Book Cover

This is my latest book cover for a children's advent calendar by German/American author Patricia Koelle. The translation of the title is "Dragon Tales". At the moment only available as Kindle ebook and in German.


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Wrong start...

I decided to start over. I can't explain why. The feeling changed when working on the first attempt from excitement to "something is wrong" "this doesn't feel right" "I need to start over". I don't like to start over. Working in colored pencil is time consuming, not to mention all the pencils wasted. But here it is.

Prismacolor Premiers,
 8x20 on Stonehenge Paper

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Colored Pencil - a medium to be taken seriously

When it comes to colored pencil, some artists refer to their work as drawings others call them colored pencil paintings. Many techniques make up the range of colored pencil work, some do look more like  drawings, while others resemble oil or water color paintings. Then there is the question of light fastness. If you are serious about your colored pencil art, you pay attention to that too. But as with any other medium, you wouldn't want to hang your oil or watercolor by a famous painter in direct sunlight now, would you? So why would you do it with colored pencil? The question is how serious do we take colored pencil work.  If you go to the website of the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA), you will see that CP work is something to be taken very seriously.

It is a shame though that when it comes to general art exhibits or juried shows, the category of "Graphics" is a collection of anything that's not oil, water media (watercolor and/or acrylics), pastels or photography. Yes, there are others but those are the main ones. Colored pencil work always falls into the graphics category since it is considered a drawing, no matter how much your work looks like a painting. And that's were the problem lies. Most artists, at least in this area of the country were I live, work in oil, water color, acrylics or pastels (considered the "serious" media in the art world). In most shows you have to have a certain number of works for the category to be considered, judged and hung in the show. Just recently I submitted a work and because there were not enough entries in the "Graphics" category, the work would not have been considered for judging and possibly winning a prize. So I pulled my entry out of the show.

I am not saying that I believe my work is so excellent it would have one a prize, that's not the point.  I am wondering why there are not more artists working in pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, in other words, media that could fall into the graphics category???

The Next Challenge

I have always wanted to draw skies and cloud formations. For years now I have been taking pictures of the sky at dawn, at sunset, before a storm, after a storm…. whenever I see interesting clouds or vivid color contrasts. I recently completed a small image that was the inspiration for going larger and here it is my current work in progress:

Prismacolor Premiers,
 8x20 on Stonehenge Paper

I don't have a name for it yet, but the hours around sunset are my favorite time of day, so until I can come up with something different, the working title is "My Favorite Time of Day".


Here it is, almost finished. I had several reasons for wanting to work on this. I liked the bright lights and shadows, that's always what catches my attention first. Then the perspective of "being" among the blossoms, looking up slightly. I also was drawn to the contrast of the reddish background and the pink flowers, after I saw the digital image on my camera. And finally, because I don't usually like the color pink, at least not the washed out "baby blanket" pinks, or the Bepto pinks, I had to prove to myself that I can work with shades of pink. Also as far as hardness of colored pencils goes, pink is a very soft and creamy consistency and those pencils often give me problems. Yellow is another color like that. I feel they have to be applied sparingly and in many layers to achieve the result I want to see. Those were my reasons for going outside of my comfort zone with PINK :)

Below is the finished product! I named it "Tiptoed through the Tulips". Prismacolor Premier and Derwent Colorsoft on white Mi-teintes Paper. Approx 8x10 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

My newest work in progress...

My own reference photo, Prismacolor color pencils on white Canson Mi-teintes  and a long way to go….

Friday, June 28, 2013

Latest News!

Patricia Koelle's ebook finally came out in print! I am very happy with the way the cover came out. And now I am working on the next one.

Another work I just finished:  "Morning Sun"

This girl is on fire!!! ;)

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Work in Progress

The image I am working from was one of those lucky shots with the low winter sun shining through the kitchen window onto the green shell shaped plate of vine tomatoes. The light was brilliant and I hope I can do it justice.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

So Excited and proud :)

Within the next couple of weeks a Kindle ebook will be published for which I designed the cover page.
Written by the German-American author Patricia Koelle. Patricia lives in the city I called home, Berlin, and among many other things she shares my passion for the ocean. We met online because the spirit of a good friend, known to both of us, pulled some strings and brought us together. Here is a picture of the cover. The book is the first in a trilogy and for now it is only available in German. I have strong hopes that this will change because what Patricia writes is worth spreading around the world, like the oceans…

To visit Patricia's Amazon author's page and find out more about her work, click here: Patricia Koelle on Amazon.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Hoping to start the New Year on the right foot

After a severe blockage I am finding my way back. Just in time for a New Year resolution.... never again to work on several large projects at the same time!!!!!!!

I was so overwhelmed, I felt paralyzed the last few months. I am not saying that I wouldn't work on something small while  working also on a larger project, but in general, I have to keep my focus on one major thing at a time. Finishing the project on the left is my focus for however long it takes and I still have a way to go.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

New Studio Buddy

Meet Cyrus - he is an about 4 year old Great Dane, or Great Dane mix, and he is a rescue pet. He found his forever home at my house in June and he is the biggest pet I have ever had the pleasure of sharing my space with. If you remember the cartoon "Marmaduke", you know exactly what it is like to live with a Great Dane :)