I am deeply honored because this awards is given by some of the best pastel painters around, whose work I admire. Juror Liz Haywood- Sullivan remarks, the painting »has captured perfectly a windswept coastline, with beautiful subtle values and a supporting composition.«
The March/April issue of the Pastel Journal is featuring all winners and the editor Sarah Strikely again has done an interview with me. Covering five pages further works of my are shown and in the article you get a pretty good insight about my development in the past two years.
I have taken this award as an opportunity for a new video shooting which gives insight in my work as a pastel artist. We went to the port of Hamburg, the Northfriesien island Sylt and of course you can watch me as I work in my studio.
I have added this winning pastel painting in the video and the camera shows many details.
We have created an English version of the video for my international readers. I hope you enjoy it.
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.
During Summer 2011, The Managing Director of Unison Colour, Kate Hersey, travelled to New Mexico to the pastel convention where Kate attended as keynote speaker. In her talk she gave a brief history of Unison Colour and described how the beautiful pastels are made today. The presentation includes many photographs of the process and the staff. It shows how the color palette was inspired by the environment of Northumberland and why it differs so much from what big companies offer. A treat for all pastel artists.
This isn’t the video of the TV team yet, but shows me at the easel in Austria/Wildkogel. With the help of my sketches, my plein air studies and a foto I show one possibilty how to turn this into a pastell painting.
I don’t know about you guys, but once in a while the computer is a real mystery to me and doesn’t work the way I want to. The other day I accidentaly wiped some emails and they were gone. (Of course, before I read them).
So here is a video by the english comedien Eddie Izzard on computers. Very funny, especially in the end. Watch, enjoy and laugh.
Today, we had a visit from a TV team, who produces short video clips about artists for one of our big art supply stores in Germany. I was filmed at work, interviewed and they will put it all together to a nice and short film. Best of all, we will make it possible to the english viewers to follow. You just have to be a bit patient…
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.