Daily painting: R’lyeh

In R’lyeh, where dead Cthulhu dreams

Oil on Panel, 6” x 6”

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Have you read H P Lovecraft? I like his stories. Many are about ”the old ones”, creatures from other worlds, from the stars, the Yog-Shoggoths and Cthulhu. He’s always very coy about describing the creepy. It’s always ”the un-namable” ”the un-describable horror” and I think a horror story is always the better for a bit of reticence.
He also likes the word ”eldritch” a lot.

The ancient city of R’lyeh lies somewhere under the sea near Antarctica. It is constructed of strangely worked stones build in ”strange angles”. And somewhere below that city dead Cthulhu sleeps, and when he wakes up we are all pretty much doomed.
The first time the city of R’lyeh was mentioned was in ”The Call of Cthulhu”.

Daily Painting, Roy

A small sketch in pen, with water colors, of Roy,

This is my favorite technique for my sketchbook. This is pretty fast so good for work-on-the-go. I don’t have too much bulky stuff in my travel gear, and you still have precision and colour. Of course you can also work just in pen or water colours, but this is fast and it looks good.
At least that’s how I think about it.

In this case I used a drawing pen. The Sakura Pigma Micron 03 in black. These have been favorite pens for years. I have them in black and sepia. Very reliable and water proof. So you can add a water colour wash.
The water colours are my trusted Winsor and Newton watercolor set, the same one I have been lugging around with me for 20 years now!

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Daily painting, Grumpy Pom in a basket

Pom is relaxing in one of the many baskets my friend has strewn around the house. It’s a beautiful 18th century canal house in Amsterdam, and it’s cat-heaven.
This is in pen and aquarelle on paper. Or ”water colour” on paper, but ”aquarelle” sounds so much more chique! I like painting in water colours, it’s restful. As a technique it’s almost the opposite to oil painting. I also choose my technique according to the feeling, the atmosphere I would like to achieve.

Water colour on paper

4” by 6”

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Daily painting: Meeting with a donkey

On our trip to the Dallas Heritage Village we met with Nip and Tuck, two giant, very friendly donkeys.

I found them strange, they had a lot of angles and bumps, beautiful to paint of course. They are both greys with a lot of different shades in their coats. I do not know who is Nip or Tuck, so here is either Nip or Tuck!
This painting is quite small, 4 inch by 4 inch, it’s a miniature, it’s like a small jewel when I hold it in my hand. It will show up much larger on your computer screen, unless you are looking at my blog on your phone. ūüėČ

Oil on board

4” by 4”

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Dallas in the heat of summer

It’s really hot in Dallas. People tell me it could be hotter but I find it difficult to deal with. This view of the Dallas skyline hopefully expresses the heat. We were at the Dallas Heritage Village, an open air museum and very interesting, but it was very very hot.
I mean really hot!

Oil on painter’s board

6” by 6”

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Daily Painting: The adorable Huck

Huck is an Australian shepherd. He is adorable and a master in manipulating people. He has some psychic power which forces me to give him treats. He does not like bananas, he thinks bananas are offensive! He is on the same flyball team as my Antar and I feel good when we race behind the Huck because he is very reliable. Huck can also look very regal as you see here.

This is Huck at White Rock Lake. I had an Italian, renaissance style portrait in mind. Something like this:

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The lake and background were just right. And Huck had the correct regal look.
What do you think?

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Oil on panel
6” by 6”

Daily painting: Le Chateau des Chats

Well, not quite a ”daily painting”, this one took three days. Architecture is a lot of work, and this one is complicated as well. But I really love architecture. From rococo to Mies van der Rohe. (Now that is an idea… a zebra in the Barcelona pavilion). I love this little building, and while I was painting the cats kept popping up, and ended up on the painting.¬† And you will have to imagine that inside the pavilion is filled with small velvet cat-couches, and cats lounging about…

This is painted in oil on canvas painters board, it’s a ”tondo”, a circular shaped painting.

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