Category: Parallel Projects

My parallel projects alongside my course work – for further inspiration and practice

Sketchbook pages (13): Sketchbook #11 – Aare river, Switzerland

This sketchbook is from my sketch crawl close to my residence in Switzerland (Bremgarten, canton Bern) at the river Aare. Inspired by nature, water and residential architecture in the neighbourhood. My physical and embodied encounter with the world around me. I have to say that it was quite cold outside, around zero and felt like minus something. Well prepared with…

Sketchbook pages (12): Sketchbook #08 – Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

Sketching outdoor and looking outside through windows at and in the neighbourhood of my workplace in Meiringen, Switzerland and some views on the mountain Niesen, Thun on the way back home. Working fluently with watercolour, exploring human presence, and investigating various viewpoints. A visual note-taking of impressions and thoughts. A time based looking through my sketchbook –  filled with impressions:…

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #59: Acrylic on acrylic paper (48x36cm)

Daily Self-Portraits: Week 9 – ‘Portrait objects’

This week’s goal is to make each day 9 smaller paintings on one page capturing portrait partials and  other objects that are directly influencing my self perception.  By that I will paint a collecting of items that at the end present myself. I took some inspiration from Carole Schneemann‘s ‘Partial Portraits’, 1963 and the Cluster pictures by Juliette Blightman hanging on…

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #56: Gouache on paper (100x70cm)

Daily Self-Portraits: Week 8 ‘The Eyes of the Skin’

Task for this week: Bodily engaging painting – body painting – painting with my body – another self-portrait “The Eyes of the Skin” (Juhani Pallasmaa) Traditionally vision was considered superior and alongside words the dominant aspects in art history and aesthetics. Other senses as touch and smell were since Aristoteles considered as inferior. Pallasmaa (2005) looked into those aspects in the context…

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #48: Pastel on PastelMat (50x35cm)

Daily Self-Portraits: Week 7

Plan for this week: Revision and reflection Form the previous weeks there are several aspects and approaches that I would like to follow further: Color to depict mood and atmosphere Luminosity through color and tonal contrast and layering Additive and subtractive painting, textured grounds Bodily interaction I think it would be beneficial to dedicate one week to one specific theme. Task…

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #36: Oil and acrylic on linen paper (48x36cm)

Daily Self-Portraits: Week 6

Plan for this week: Further exploration in context, different viewpoints, working in oil Learnings: Luminosity: using japanese paper with oil, absorbing oil (learning from part 1) and translucent to backlight Working in oil takes really more time – challenging for one painting a day. The last paintings were actually done in two days. Focusing on one focus area can make the overall…

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #30: Acrylic on acrylic paper (48x36cm)

Daily Self-Portraits: Week 5

Plan for this week: in oil and acrylic, leverage my self portrait learnings, new poses Learnings: with a coloured ground, still wet scratching is another way to build shapes (reminds me at the scratch works at school time in oil pastels, black overpainting over coloured spots) Luminosity: based on strong tonal contrasts or by multiple transparent layers Concept: Mirror reflection…

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #17: acrylic on primed paper (39x27cm)

Daily Self-Portraits: Week 3

Learnings: Working with palette knife enabled me to work more investigative with additive and subtractive marks With some inspirational references to other artists (#17-21) I was looking into other perspectives of painting. Plan for next week: Exploring planes and less drawing in paint. Inspirational sources: Elizabeth Peyton (#19-21), Jonathan Yeo (#17-18) newest on the top: #21: Gouache on paper (30 x 40 cm) =>…

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #10: ink and white gouache on paper (40x30cm)

Daily Self-Portraits: Week 2

This week I decided to follow just my intuition and to work in some other materials and with stronger emphasis on surface and additive and subtractive painting. I focused more on broken colors and limited palette. Learnings: With a more experimental approach like in my sketchbooks I got a loose approach. Experimenting with oil sticks was fun – challenging on…