Watercolour Course with Master Painter Thomas Schaller

From the 15th to the 18th of August 2019, I was so lucky to be able to attend a workshop in North Vancouver, BC. Teacher was the “Architect of Light” Thomas W. Schaller.
The workshop was organized by the fabulous Janice Blore of artescapesyvr.com, who brings every year some of the most acclaimed watercolour it’s in the world to North Vancouver.

I was very excited meet Thomas Schaller and learn from him, since I am a big fan of his work. Not only is his technique impeccable, I also experienced him as a wonderful teacher.

Of course I did my homework and did swatches of most of the colours Tom recommended before the course.

First Day, 15.8.

We spent the first day in the studio and learned about the basics. Palette set up, paper, perspective, light, focal points, and value. Very inspiring!

Second Day, 16.8.

We all met early in Deep Cove on Indian Arm and started painting pleinair in Panorama Park, always looking up to the grey sky. We were lucky. It hardly rained the whole day.

Deep Cove pleinair painting
Thomas doing the first light washes.
Water spraying to dilute colours
One of the secrets in Thomas Schallers art is his use of a spray bottle to let the paint run.
Stef’ s watercolour
My finished watercolour. I took all the buildings and docks off the landscape to create a very serene atmosphere.

Third day: 17.8.

We painted an architectural scene at the North Vancouver Studio.

Fourth day 18.8.

That is the last work I did during the workshop.
I learned a lot.
For example the use of Imperial Violet for shadows. And how to warm up shadows with orange.

After this experience I am sure that I will keep on learning. It is too much fun and I felt that it is especially in watercolour important to have a solid technique, before venturing into more New Territories. 😉

Myanmar Fishing Boat Series

When I travelled to Myanmar in end of January 2019, I was still hurting from the sale of my own boat in December. I had a deep passion and love for going out on the beautiful Pacific Ocean in the Northwest and enjoyed observing whales, dolphins and all the other animals that one can see in abundance here. The beauty of the coast made a deep impact on me.

When I started painting the boats and tall ships in the south of Burma, I was bit by bit able to heal from the deep sadness that I felt inside of me.

After four week trip I realized that I had found a new subject matter, that in odd way connected to my former more abstract shapes of the Instruments of a Lost Future. It became also obvious that this body of work will seamlessly fit in my never ending love affair with TIME and SPACE.

These boats look ages old, but could also sail the waters in a distant horrifying future.

This painting above is the first of six large watercolours. All in the same size, 44,5×60 inch. They will depict boats or other vehicles in an abstract space.

The watercolour below shows a Hpa-An gravel digging ship. It is painted on handmade Indian watercolour paper. 30x40inch.

Hpa-AN, M
New Territories 4 – 22x30inch/56x76cm
New Territories 3 – 22x30inch/56x76cm

Another, smaller work in this series is the cargo-motorcycle below. There are a lot of interesting means of transportation in Myanmar. Perfect for my watercolours.

Cargo motorcycle. Watercolour
New Territories 7 – 11.8×15.7inch/30x40cm

Watercolour – Aquarell

I DO LOVE WATERCOLOURS

In preparation to my big trip to Myanmar, I started seriously working on my watercolour skills. I learned a lot about watercolours on YouTube and bought a couple of books of which Painting in Watercolour – The Indispensable Guide by David Webb was the most helpful.

A selection of watercolour paper that I used

I realized that the best paper is unfortunately the most expensive paper. The 100% cotton papers by Arches, Stonehenge etc.

The same was true with the watercolour paint. Fortunately I already owned a watercolour pad from Schmincke. It is fully loaded with 30 watercolour pans, Of which I later learned I needed only 15. Through my YouTube videos I got onto Daniels Smith watercolour paint and I must say I like them as much as the Schmincke.

Daniel Smith and Schmincke watercolour palette.

I am using watercolour brushes by Escoda from Barcelona. Mine are the Joseph Zbukvic signature brushes. On top of that I travel with some water brushes that come very handy, when the water supply is scarce.

This time i am traveling again with two Stillman and Birg sketchbooks. One with brown paper. Let’s see how that will go.

Territorios 2019

AFTER A LIFE CHANGING EVENT ONE HAS TO RE-INVENT ONESELF. THE MOST RADICAL CHANGE IS TO GO AND VISIT NEW TERRITORY. THERE, IN THE UNKNOWN, THE UNFAMILIAR, IT IS THAT ONE CAN REFINE AND REDIRECT TO THE UNIVERSAL PATH ONE HAS TO GO.

MYANMAR

In Myanmar I traveled four weeks January/February 2019. This trip was a very intense, life changing experience. Many things reminded me of Brazil, but many things were also very different.

In Myanmar I started to expand into new territory. When I came to Brazil in 1994 the first time, it was also an exciting new experience. The whole 7 weeks were very emotional for me and facing a large City like São Paulo, being often alone, was frightening and exhilarating at the same time.

This same happened to me in Myanmar. Some of the regions my travel companion and fellow artist Lisa Haselbek and I visited, had just opened 5 years ago to tourism. One could feel the curiosity of the people around us and the vibe of a country starting out, The friendliness and warmth reminded me of Brazil, as well as the contrast between rich and poor.

During this trip I filled two big sketchbooks with watercolours. Watercolour became the medium of choice for me and will it be most likely for a long time to come.

Expanding – Increasing – Sharing – Caring.

Being curious – Being respectful – Inviting with a smile the approach of people – Being grateful.

When I travel, this is how I interact. When I am painting, sitting at a corner or in a landscape, this is what I keep in mind. I realize, that I am carrying Canada and Germany with me wherever I go. That means that how I am interacting will shape the way everybody that crosses my path will see my two home countries.

New Territories

One always brings a lot of baggage on a new path. May it be concepts, knowledge or tools. Everything will enhance, but not stop the momentum into the new.


Myeik Fishing Boats
Myeik Fishing Boats – Watercolour on Fabriano Paper. 30x40inch, 102x76cm
New Territory
New Territory Watercolour on Arches Paper. , 20×28 inch. 50x70cm

Territories-Territorien-Territorios 2017

After the interesting artist symposium in São Paulo in 2017 and the following exhibition in Nuremberg, where Pontecultura e.V., an exchange Non-Profit art association is situated, there will be happening a continuation of the 2017 theme in September 2019 in Belem, North Brazil.

For this occasion I want to revisit 2017 and then explain my newest body of work and how it connects with the topic.

Territories
Three Leporellos – Instruments of a Lost Future

We started in 2017 with an exhibition in Espaço Nexus , São Paulo where I showed these three works from my Instruments of a Lost Future series. This series. More of this in terms of size very versatile series can be seen on my website.


After the exhibition we spent roughly a week in the wonderful house of fellow artist Damara Bianconi with talks excursions , movies and of course working towards the Territorios theme.


Territories

On this little table I started my love affair with the very demanding medium watercolour and it has been an increasingly pleasant relationship, between my Schmincke Watercolour pad, the paper, and me.

I traveled to Germany the same year in September, with art from my new body of work:

Of Bots, Drones and other Invasive Species.



Exhibition view.

Shortly after this exhibition the conversation about bringing this subject back to Brazil and having an exhibition in Belem on the Amazon started.