How to paint a portrait – Video No.266


In this 20 minute video Isabelle Richard paints a portrait. The time lapse speed painting video shows all the important steps from the first marks made on a darkened canvas to the finished portrait.

Isabelle is a self-taught artist living in Canada specializing in portraiture who creates amazingly beautiful realistic paintings.

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Still Life Series – Stones in Space

miniature by Pat Harrison aka Rainer HillebrandThis still life painting shows pebbles floating in the galaxy. It combines an almost abstract background with realistic objects.

It is 13x18cm in acrylics on canvas panel.

I painted this still life after intensive work on a large landscape painting which took several weeks.

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Award Winning Miniature Painting

I am pleased to have received photographs of my certificate and trophy after winning the DAS Centenary Award for Miniatures at the society´s summer exhibition. The pictures show the photographs together with my winning entry. The trophy was first introduced for the society´s 100th birthday in 2014.

The juried competition was held at St.Anne´s Hall, Babbacombe, Torbay, Devon. There were several hundred paintings on display from many different artists. More details and photographs of the exhibition can be found on the society´s website.

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How not to worry about failure – Video No.265


In this 6 minute video Eric Armusik tells us not to worry about failure. We should learn from our mistakes and persevere to reach new heights. Eris sees failure as the road to success. While he is sharing his advice you can watch Eric paint.

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Still Life Series – Soap Bubbles

paintings by Pat Harrison aka Rainer Hillebrand

Soap Bubbles

This still life painting shows soap bubbles on a colourful background with drops of water. In a way it combines an abstract background with realistic objects.

It is 18x13cm in acrylics on canvas panel.

Painting still lifes is a relaxing way to experiment with new ideas. They are quicker to produce than landscapes since you usually do not have to put too much detail into it. If you get the composition right it will turn out to be quite attractive.

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Hyperrealism versus Photographs


In this less than 2 minute video Anna Halldin Maule from Sweden uses oil paints to create art that looks more real than a photograph. It can take up to 4 months for Anna to finish one painting.

May I add a quote from Wikipedia – Hyperrealism is contrasted with the literal approach found in traditional photorealist paintings of the late 20th century. Hyperrealist painters and sculptors use photographic images as a reference source from which to create a more definitive and detailed rendering, one that often, unlike Photorealism, is narrative and emotive in its depictions. Strict Photorealist painters tended to imitate photographic images, omitting or abstracting certain finite detail to maintain a consistent over-all pictorial design.They often omitted human emotion, political value, and narrative elements. Since it evolved from Pop Art, the photorealistic style of painting was uniquely tight, precise, and sharply mechanical with an emphasis on mundane, everyday imagery.

Hyperrealism, although photographic in essence, often entails a softer, much more complex focus on the subject depicted, presenting it as a living, tangible object. These objects and scenes in Hyperrealism paintings and sculptures are meticulously detailed to create the illusion of a reality not seen in the original photo. That is not to say they’re surreal, as the illusion is a convincing depiction of (simulated) reality. Textures,surfaces, lighting effects, and shadows appear clearer and more distinct than the reference photo or even the actual subject itself. Unquote

So do I think it is art combined with skill and an immense effort – the answer is YES as it needs composition, design and skill to produce hyperrealist paintings. Here is a link to a report about an exhibition in Amsterdam. Here is an eight minute video by an artist showing how he works.

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View of Cleves – Acrylic Painting

painting by Pat Harrison aka Rainer Hillebrand

view of Cleves

This view of Cleves inspired by B.C.Koekkoek sold at our exhibition at the Koekkoek Museum in Cleves. If you wanted to compare it with the master´s own work you would notice that a number of details have changed or have been omitted. Koekkoek´s original which hangs in the museum in Cleves also depicts a different time of day to mine. You may want to compare the two online. Here is the original.

The painting is 30x40cm in acrylics on wood.

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How to paint a River Scene – Video No.264


In this time lapse speed painting video Victor Yushkevich paints a river scene in just under half an hour. There aren´t any explanations just listen to the music instead. The technique will work in oils and acrylics. You may come across one or two short adverts but the painting process will be worth it. You can always jump forward if you haven´t got the time to watch all of the video.

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Hallenburg Castle Exhibition Photos

Last weekend my friend Peter and I went to paint en plein air at Hallenburg Castle in Germany. We had been invited by the well-known artist Herdin Radtke who conducted an open air painting session with dozens of artists from all over Europe. At the same time there was a local arts market and festival.

While Herdin and his students were painting soap bubbles on canvas Peter and I had hired a booth at the arts market to paint and exhibit landscapes and hopefully sell some paintings.

Here are some photographs of the picturesque town and our booth at the market.

Although they call it Hallenburg Castle it should more suitably be called Hallenburg Manor. It is originally Baroque in style built between 1706 and 1712. The family donated the castle to the county of Hesse in 1954. For a number of years it was home to a grammar school and now houses the county´s music academy.

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Exhibition at Hallenburg Castle

This coming weekend we are going to paint en plein air and exhibit at Hallenburg Castle in Germany. My friend Peter and I have been invited by Herdin Radtke who is going to hold a spectacular event around the local arts market and festival. Herdin will have about one hundred of his students painting soap bubbles with cameras filming the show.

Here is a short introductory video which includes a summary of last year´s event which you can watch after Herdin´s short speech.

Peter and I will not be painting soap bubbles with the others. We have hired a booth to paint and exhibit landscapes. On the Saturday prior to Herdin´s show we will be displaying our works at his gallery.

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