Thursday, 29 December 2016

portrait of a man in graphite pencil

I just finished this portrait. It is a gift for the birthday of my teacher, it is a portrait of her husband.
Very difficult to take good pictures of such a drawing. The paper is really white, a bit blueish I think. I always have to alter the photos and I always am not satisfied about the result. Of course every screen of a computer, laptop and such is different and therefor pictures are darker or lighter than at my screens.
It seems that my screens are a bit light in comparison to the ones of others.
So I place 2 pictures, in different ways altered.
Of course I like the original the most but once I gave the portrait away I only have the photo to look at. That's why I want good photos of my work.
The top one is softer, the bottom one is clearer but a bit harsh and a bit too much contrast. I do not know which one I find the best in comparison to the original drawing.


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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Tiny cyclaam drawing

I just finished a new drawing.A clyclamen. This is a tiny one.
The leaves and flowers are only 4 cm.
I have the plan on doing the assignments of the SBA online course on my own.
So here is the second one for the first assignment.


Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Pelarganium botanical drawing

After I have been busy for a while with taking macro photos I undertook a new adventure: teaching online botanical drawing for beginners.

Just finished writing the text and drew sketches and drawings for the online course.
The content of the online course is 47 pages with more than 80 pictures and 34 excercises.

It was a huge challenge.
The drawing of the Pelarganium is placed on the last page of the course.
As always: very difficult to take a scan of this drawing like this, but here it is.


Thursday, 23 June 2016

I love macro photos!

I took some macro or close up photo's, one of a part of a large fern. Only a couple of centimeters of the leaf.
And I am learning and learning to get better photos.
Step by step there is some progress. But Oh boy! how difficult it is :-)

The second photo is of the underside of a leaf with a tiny aphid on it.
I discovered this aphid afterwards.
You can even see its tiny eye. How wonderfull nature is.

Next thing I want to explore is to use extension tubes to get even more closer and detailed photos.

Click on the picture to enlarge them.




Tuesday, 7 June 2016

again flies, flies, flies photos

again, try to take photos of flies. How difficult it is.



Sunday, 5 June 2016

macro little colorful flies

Just some ordinaire little flies, sitting in de sun.
When you see them sitting on a flower you do not see how colorful they are.
Therefor I love macro photography.
To discover a whole new beautiful world.

I bought some extension tubes, so I hope to get even more details.
But macro is not easy at all.
I live in windy Holland, always some wind and...... flies and other insects do not sit still.
So it is hard to get sharp photos.



Friday, 27 May 2016

Alteration of the seedball background

I was not satisfied about the room at the top of the photo.
So I altered it with Paint Shop and add at the top of the photo I added more space.
I think it is much more in balance this way.


Thursday, 26 May 2016

Sonchus oleraceus close up photos

I love those fluffy balls full of seeds. Just ordinaire weed and we pull it out in our garden.
But the flowers are lovely and so are the seeds flying in the wind.

I took these photos with a macro lens 90mm and my Sony a300.
For the photo of the seedball I used an umbrella and flash.
With the umbrella I covered the flash to get soft light.

Tomorrow I receive some extension tubes. I want to take even more close up/macro photos.
A real challenge but I love to experiment.




Saturday, 21 May 2016

photography close up and macro

Summer and there is no painting course, so it is time for another hobby of mine: taking photos.
Especcially close up and macro. Not easy and some time frustrating.
I took some very small cherry tomatoes, put them on a mirror and here it is.


I took also some macro photos of flowers. Another challenge, mostly the wind. Never no wind at all here in The Netherlands.
So I am very proud of these three photos. The flowers are really tiny.

Blue berry folowers




flowers of a wild garlic



geranium, also very tiny





Sunday, 6 March 2016

watercolor flower

The last 2 years I concentrated on painting fine art with oilpaint.
But Spring is in the air and so it is time to paint some flowers with watercolor paint.
So difficult to photograph though.

Saturday, 27 February 2016

a beautiful cock almost finished

It took many many hours to get this result.
On the first photo you see the underlayers of umber and white.
On the second photo I added color, also many layers building up depth.
Still not yet finished, the white feathers need another layer and tweaking. You still can see the underlayer of umber and white shining through. The rest of the animal is ready (I think) :-)




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