Iris

Siberian Iris, more precisely Iris sanguinea are one of the first flowers coming up in springtime in our garden. Actually, they are growing wild everywhere in the Garrigue and when we started re-building our garden, we found lots of them around.
That elegant, fine flower inspired me to a new painting.
Exceptionally I used a synthetic pigment (aluminum silicate), violet outremer, as I could not find a natural version. I added different binding agents such as lime, marble powder, wax and oil to get soft and more profound shades of violet on the canvas. As always, there are lots of layers and the light of the day does it magic to it, bringing the colours alive.

Spring is coming

After a long winter break, caused by too much other work, I did a new painting.

I do not really like winter especially, the cold and the snow, even if a winter wonderland certainly has its charms.
The snow covers and hides the beautiful colours of nature and when the sun is strong enough, they shimmer through.
I already smelled the spring a few weeks ago and then, when the birds were chirping every morning and the flamingos made their rounds in the sky, I knew: spring is here.
This year-by-year awakening of nature continually fills me with fascination and awe.

Plastering a wall with stucco

Many years ago, when we restored our house, I plastered my very first walls ever in our living room. I just came back from a one week training course where I learned the basics of wall plastering with lime, sand and marble powder. These walls were in a very rough condition, we had removed the old plaster, closed some holes with natural stones and here I came, ready to build up all the layers necessary before the final one could be done. Back then, I used sieved sand with lime and troweled it off. I did not know that the trowel should be made of a special steel so that no traces of troweling will be visible afterwards. My trowel wasn’t such a one and when the walls were try, lots of greyish traces became visible. It didn’t bother us very much but during the last years I became more Continue reading “Plastering a wall with stucco”