After my last blog post about another seascape from the Danish west coast this is a new pastel of my port series. This is actually something which artistically I like a lot at the moment: On the one hand my atmospheric seascapes and on the other hand my close ups with their different shapes and colors. It is great to be an artist and to be able to express yourself as you want to.
Without the ferries live in the harbour is unthinkable. It’s not only a tourist attraction one can take along the river but a very important ship for commuters to get to the other side. In the winter time the red ferry »Elbmile« gives such a nice contrast to the white and blue of the rivers ice.
Last year we had the idea to do a small video about my work and paintings. Sounds good but it is not as easy as you might think. After we went to the Northfrisian islands last autumn, we went yesterday to my hometown Hamburg. It was freezing cold with 15,8 Fahrenheit and the strong east wind didn’t help either. Besides my feet my brain seemed to be deep-freezing. What this looks like you can see in the following video with some outtakes. In the end of February the final video will be ready and we plan to synchronize it to English.
Afterwards we went to a nice bar where we defrosted and did a sketch of one of the docks.
I am fascinated by the light conditions of the countryside, particularly in Northern Germany. I grew up in Hamburg so I am used to the rugged countryside and sometimes bleak weather and light conditions. The light in northern country landscapes is very special and it is indescribably beautiful. It touches my soul and opens up my heart when I visit the coast and feel the elemental force of the sea.
As opposed to my seascapes, I am very interested in the closely cropped views of the harbor and its endless diversity of shapes and colors.
With pastel painting l have found the ideal medium to artistically and creatively transform these special conditions of illumination. I love to spread pigment on paper without anything else in between.
Pastel paintings come alive when you put different layers of colour on the canvas. This is a great artistic stimulus for me. Which combination of colour pigments can be used to achieve precisely the effect of light and shade that I want? During the artistic process, layers of colour are continually built up and removed until the light situation has been captured and the picture can unfold its unique illuminating power.