Sunday, November 29, 2009


I can finally breathe again! I believe I was holding my breath the whole time I worked on this today. I am so nervous when I work on portraits of any kind, that's why I usually don't do portraits.

While I was putting down the first few layers of skin tone I realized that the paper is not suitable for layer after layer of colored pencil.  I also will not be able to burnish the colors in the usual manner. I am okay with that, it means I will have to work in a much looser style.

Remember this?

I have decided to finish it. But not as the black and white pencil drawing my son wanted but as a colored pencil drawing. Wish me luck, I need it!

First Advent Sunday and...

... the advent calendar my sister made for me a couple of years ago is hanging on the wall. Starting on the 1st of December I will count down the days to Christmas Eve as I used to do as a child (that I still am :). Christmas brings so many good memories for me and this year I am especially looking forward to the season.  This is also the time of year I get homesick, still, after 36 years of life in the US. I am sure that my childhood memories of all the Christmases in Germany have everything to do with this.
The one thing I miss the most, besides the people, is the snow. Not that we always had snow for Christmas growing up in Berlin, but there where a few years we did have snow, coming down in big fluffy flakes, and those years I will always remember as very special. There is the one year when I was in college and lived away from home. I had traveled home by plane and arrived at my mother's house about noon on Christmas Eve. Within an hour of my arrival it started snowing and by the time it was dark outside, about 4:00 o'clock in the afternoon, everything was covered in a blanket of white. It turned out to be a most memorable Christmas Eve.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

A big surprise!

My sister Cornelia sent me a drawing she made just for me. I wanted to take a picture and post it here... yeah, I want to brag a little because I am so proud of her! She does amazing pencil drawings of faces with the most intriguing eyes!  (She is also the best little sister in the whole world!) The problem is that the drawing was rolled up for a couple of weeks while in transit and I have to flatten it first before I can get it framed or take a good picture.

Well, as they say... Good Things are worth waiting for! :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Art is Life - Life is Art - and there is more to Life...

I put so many things on this blog beside just my art work and I was wondering last night if that is a good thing or not. But I  am more than just my art work and even though this blog is about my art, my art is also about my life. Art and creativity are a big part of that, even my working life. Everything around me also has an effect on my creative state and therefore effects my art work.
And with that I stop wondering and present the latest in backgrounds. It doesn't look like I have made a lot of progress but I have been working on it. I never realized how difficult it could be to draw smoke.