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Thursday, December 1, 2011


7"x 5" oil on gessobord, copyright 2011 Tina M Welter
"Duet" 7"x 5" oil on gessobord, © 2011
I have been thinking about my "painting style", the thing that makes it possible to distinguish one artist from another. No one would confuse a Rubens with a Raphael.

The last painting I posted I spent several hours drawing and trying out designs because I wanted to incorporate the idea of a brocade. I didn't end up feeling very pleased with it either, it didn't seem to be quite real, neither did it feel fanciful enough. I would like to develop a distinct style, but frankly, I am not sure how.

Jeff told me to just paint and quit worrying about it. After all, he said, just getting a three dimensional object on a two dimensional surface while interpreting it through paint would be unique enough.

So yesterday, I went back to just doing the underpainting in black and white, straight to the masonite surface, while looking at one of the photos I took last week. It was really fuss, not trying to convey some extra layer of meaning, just trying to capture what I found beautiful. I am pleased that so far, it doesn't seem so stiff and formal as the last one. If I can maintain that feeling when I add color, that would be an accomplishment.

I am more likely to paint when it is enjoyable. It does bother me that it is "just swans", nothing more or less. I have all kinds of ideas, but getting them on the canvas isn't easy! I do take comfort that Van Gogh went through several styles before he found the one that everyone knows him by. In comparison, I just haven't painted enough yet to really find mine.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Space to Paint

7"x 5" watercolor sketch, ©2011
"Swan Brocade l" 7"x 5" oil on gessobord, © 2011 Tina M Welter
"Swan Brocade 1"7"x 5" oil on gessobord, ©2011

Well, after seven weeks here in Munich, I managed to get one painting reasonably finished. I am amazed at how much time it has taken for me to get settled. Of course we moved from the first apartment the first of November, so that did put me back some extra time too.

I love the second apartment. It has a south facing balcony and there was room enough for me to set up a small painting space that I can leave out on the desk in the bedroom.

I have seen much that has been inspirational, but I have had a real fascination for the swans in the park. I grew up with grey geese on the canal at home, and charming as they are, I wanted to try painting some swans.
My idea was to incorporate the Bavarian swirls and patterns I see on the buildings here as part of the rippling water. On the watercolor sketch, I added some of the English Garden roses. I couldn't decide if I wanted them on the final piece or not. Honestly, I am not completely happy with the painting right now, but I decided it was best to just post it and move on. I may change it and post it when I figure out what it needs,

The landscapes are changing from fall to winter and I know there will be more ideas to consider. Now that I am started, I want to keep up the momentum!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Getting Acquainted With Munich

Love the silver spots.
Hello Dear Readers, I have been seeing and experiencing so much here in Munich that I haven't even begun to know how to process it. I have loved being able to get out in the park they call the English Garden. It is like Central Park in the USA. I liked seeing the people who do impromptu tight-rope walking on straps between two trees. There is surfing on a standing wave in the Eisbach river that runs through the park. German people seem to love their dogs and have very well behaved ones walking with them in the park. I was very inspired by all the fall leaves and loved the texture and color. I am not familiar with the way they lose their color in silver spots along the veins of the leaf, but it makes a some beautiful patterns. I spent several hours just trying to get some photos that would capture what was inspiring to me. I gathered several leaves and then tried to take some photos in the apartment. I think the best ones are when I held the leaves up to the window with little bit of afternoon sun shining through them. I thought I would share some of my favorites with you.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Emotional Overload

Contemplation, clay bust, ©1988
Hello dear blog readers, after my last blog my father had a stroke and I was lucky enough to be able to travel the 700 miles to be with him and help my family for awhile. I am glad to report that he is regaining some speech and we can talk on the telephone. He has also been able to help my Mom again, since she had a stroke last November.

At the same time, Jeff was accepted in the Masters Degree program at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. After much discussion, we decided that we would sell our home and land that we dearly love so that we would not miss this opportunity.

I have finally had to deal with the things I have had stored for twenty years since I can't possibly keep everything. I have been on an emotional roller coaster since April and have not created any art. I did find this sculpture that I made in college. I decided not to keep it, but I took pictures before I gave it away. No, it is not a self portrait, I don't know the name of the girl who posed for our class, but she had great red hair. I thought it still looked fairly good, especially since it was the only portrait bust I have ever done!

I think I am feeling better and plan to be posting blogs more frequently in the future.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Hello Spring

Surprise!  They are yellow.
I had a tulip bulb that had accidentally ended up in one of my indoor planters because I am guilty of reusing dirt from other pots. The last two years, it has sent up green leaves but never blooms.
I thought that it just didn't get enough sun, being inside and all, but I never moved it.

This year when the leaves came out, I was amazed to see two buds. Oh my, what color would they be? After reading about tulips, I realized that the bulbs need to get cold before they will bloom again. This year was record cold, 22 degrees below at our place. I am reminded that good things can come from difficulties.

I finished one painting, Cat Trip, when I was doing my "relationship" paintings in February. Because of several difficulties, I haven't painted much since....but I can take heart that like the tulip, maybe these troubles will help me bloom later unexpectedly.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Lucky Kitties

The Millicent Roger's Miniature show was last Sat., Feb 19th. I had entered the 5" x 4" painting of Muffy cat titled "I Am Not Amused" which I had actually painted for this show last year, but I didn't get it finished in time so I entered the watercolor "Look What The Human Dragged In" in it's place.

I didn't expect the watercolor cat with attitude to sell because the watercolor roses I painted the first year I entered didn't sell. Then again, the yellow daisies painted in oil on canvas didn't sell the second year.

I was holding my breath because I thought that the painting selling last year, my third try, was a fluke. If the second cat sold, maybe I was on to something.

I was able to exhale when I saw that my painting was one of the 33 that sold that night out of about 157 entered. The gallery does take 45% of the sale which is really fair for all their work in promoting the show and it is a fund raiser to keep the museum going.

So far, the cats are up two and flowers down two. At least for this show. Let's hear it for little purry mammals!

Monday, February 14, 2011


My challenge theme for February is relationships. I have about five paintings in various stages of completion, but I wanted to get the first one I have completed, titled "Cat and Mouse" posted. I like that I now have four paintings related to doorways. It feels like a series! Has anyone seen a greeting card company that might like this style?

I spent today getting pictures ready of the paintings I plan on posting on e-bay soon. This took all of my "painting time" today, but I am determined to keep this goal of getting actual work out to sell this month. I am grateful that I have a relationship with Jeff, because he has been invaluable in sharing his "how to" knowledge of e-bay.

I am also grateful for all of you who have encouraged me and voted for "In The Shadows", I made 2185 out of 5000 entries! Thank you!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

New Year

I set a goal to paint with more concepts in mind, and for the month of January I considered new beginnings. This got me thinking about doorways and the anticipation or dread of going into unknown territory.

I liked the "Waiting" painting so much because it sent me back through our travels in Greece and the many doorways and cats that we saw there. I wanted to explore more of those themes.

"In the Shadows" was inspired by our trip to an abandoned silk factory. I wanted to capture the warmth of the red bricks exposed in the heart of the walls in contrast to the cold concrete. I also wanted to have some of the sense of mystery of "what is in the next room".

"Safe Passage" reflects the sense of hope I feel looking forward to the coming year after being in a twilight of worry for the last few months. A golden cat, for me, represents a good messenger and guide.

"Fortune Teller" is the desire we feel in wanting to know the future, but we can only see such a small part of what is ahead of us. All the constellations of the zodiac are there, but can they really tell us anything?

"Fire and Ice", the leaves caught in the winter ice by our spring and "Sheer Gold", the one amber iris I had bloom this summer are part of those beautiful moments that I just love to capture and share. I hope you will enjoy them too.

PS: I entered "In the Shadows" in the Saachi Gallery Showdown 3, a free online gallery for any artist. If you would like the fun of being an Art Critic, click on the link in my "also like"list and then enter my name in the "Search for" box. When you click to vote, you get to sign up for free on their site and then vote away! Have fun! (You get to vote for me vs. another artist, and then for all the others you want--feel the power!) The winning artists get $500.00 and the publicity.