Saturday, February 26, 2011

Valentine's Day Rose

This rose was standing in our living room during Valentine's day. I did not have any idea that I want to paint it until a few days after that day. I decided to take a photo of the rose and later made a sketch. It was a beautiful light pink and strong red pink at the end of the petals. I don't have yet a pink color in my acrylic palette so this painting is in red. This is done in acrylic paper, and not yet finish.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Practice study on acrylic

In my previous post I said that I wanted to experiment and learn more how to use acrylic. Today I tried it for the second time using the same subject, calla lily. Instead on a canvas, I used watercolor paper. However, later when I was working, I regretted not using my new acrylic paper. Also the paints I used were of less quality. I told myself thereafter that If I want to learn, then I must use the right material for specific medium. So far my experience with acrylic showed that it dries fast, so I also have to work quickly. I know that this work is not professionally done but just a result of an exercise to learn.

Friday, February 18, 2011

First try on acrylic

I used acrylic on canvas for this painting. This is my first try using this medium. And I must say that I want to experiment more on this. I used a reference book for this work but I'll mention its title and its author next time as I could not fully remember them right now.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Buchenwald Room

This is one of the rooms in the Buchenwald Concentration Camp Crematorium building in Germany. The cart in the painting was used then to carry dead bodies of the Jews and other political inmates in the camp. Some friends asked me why I dared to paint this because it gives only bad memories. I said that what I wanted in this painting is for the people to remember what happened during the time of Hitler and that they will learn some lessons from it. I visited the camp on 15 June 2009. After going around and visiting all the buildings, I felt emotionally exhausted and until now I continue to ask how the authorities then can do that to the victims. Really horrible. 

Friday, February 4, 2011

Van Gogh's Asylum Hospital in St-Remy-de-Provence

This is an outside view of the walled-Saint Paul de Mausole, an asylum in St-Remy de Provence where Vincent van Gogh voluntary asked for help for his illness (May 1889). I was there in 09 October 2005 and just like other tourists with their cameras, I took some pictures of the surrounding areas of St-Remy including the asylum. Then, I was not yet into painting as a hobby, so many of the photographs I took were not really professionally taken. I based the above painting from one of those photographs. I still have to do some small finishing touches with this piece.
During our visit to St-Remy, we followed the route where Vincent had painted some of his master pieces. Then we ended our tour to the hospital where we visited the museum inside the compound.