Because everybody needs a little colour in their day.
"Colour", 24 x 30cm, oil on canvas
Because everybody needs a little colour in their day.
"Colour", 24 x 30cm, oil on canvas
"What Have I Done?!"
24 x 30cm oil on canvas
We all know that feeling, the shock of realisation, when the results of a prior decision make themselves known to us.
Take a look at this and see how this develops.
After finishing a drawing for a , I thought the image would work very well as an .
Royaty Free Music: Bensound.com/royalty-free-music
After completing a drawing I recently completed for a , I decided that it would also make a good .
Judging from the social media response, the image struck a chord with quite a few people.
Having completed the drawing also helped with the painting, since the values were already worked out.
I also set up the camera to shoot a time lapse of the painting progress. I'll be posting that soon also.
The original painting is available.
"What Have I Done?!", Leo Plaw,24 x 30cm, oil on canvas
Another plein air expedition out into the golden colours of resulted in this of one of the wrought iron gates in the .
Those last warm sunny days in Autumn are to . When those long shadows finally fall across you, that's the reminder of how fleeting it is.
Go out, enjoy the fresh air and . Soak in the the fine details, the colour and pageantry that Autumn offers.
I've been working on a few of late for an . This is the last in the series.
I'm now somewhat inclined to render this image as a for myself.
21 x 29cm, on paper
Burg Liechtenstein, the ancestral seat of the Princes of , was the subject of my plein air session in the air.
I'm still coming to grips with working as it poses many challenges that do not.
On the flip side, working affords you the chance to enjoy the last of the good weather for the year.
30 x 21cm, oil on canvas board
Do you want to have better control over the colours in your ?
Soon this September I will be guiding an on using a limited palette. I'll show you the advantages of and how to get the most out of working with just four colours.
More information via the Vienna Atelier of Traditional Art
Do you want to have better control over the colours in your paintings?
Soon this September I will be guiding a workshop on using a limited palette. I'll show you the advantages of and how to get the most out of working with just four colours.
"The Nymph and Satyr", Leo Plaw, 40 x 30cm, oil on canvas.
I'm rather fond of mythological themes because they are such a rich vein of and studies into .
"Vulcan at the Forge", Leo Plaw, 40 x 30cm, oil on canvas.
This is a reworking of an I did for a for some of my . The painting waited some time before finally hit on how to resolve it.
I've been working with a theme lately, I've painted one of my favourite spots, the Schwarze River which flows through a deep gorge between two mountains in Lower .
Even in the height of Summer the clear water of the Schwarze is numbingly cold. There are many shady spots to escape the Sun, but if sun is what you want then you have seek out gravel shoal somewhere to set up.
The location is popular, so the weekends can be rather crowded which spoils the idyll a little. During the week is a much better time.
"Schwarze", Leo Plaw, 30 x 21cm, oil on canvas board
The original is available.
"Slaying the Minotaur", 40 x 30cm, oil on canvas
It should not be so surprising that if we should enter into the of the self, that at the very centre we might find a . The journey within can be a perilous one in which we may become lost and devoured. Theseus trusted in his his archetypical opposite, his anima, represented by Ariadne to provide the means, a ball of thread, to retrace his steps back out of the Labyrinth to the conscious world.
Painted with a limited palette of Titanium White, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Van Dyck Brown and Paynes Grey.
This is a digital remix of one of my original oil paintings. "Centre of it All", 24 x 30cm oil on canvas
I've released it as an on .
"When we are no longer able to change our situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." - Victor E. Frankl
Music: "Signal to Noise", Scott Buckley, https://www.scottbuckley.com.au
I'm having a of my . The list of available can be downloaded here:
"A Ray of Sunshine Against Dark Days", 40 x 30cm oil on canvas. DM for inquiries.
This one has been a while in the making. A ray of sunshine when we need it.
If we select the seeds we sow, care for them, they will sprout grow and bloom.
Hygeia, was one of the five daughters of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and his wife Epione who represented the care needed for recovery. She is the goddess of cleanliness or hygiene, hence we derive that word from her name. She was associated with the prevention of sickness and the continuation of good health.
Her siblings were Aceso, goddess of the healing process, Aegle, the goddess of good health, Iaso, goddess of recuperation from illness, and Panacea, the goddess of universal remedy.
Gustav Klimt painted a very famous image of her. This served as part of my inspiration for this painting.
In ancient times, she was included in the Hippocratic oath that physicians swore before the gods that they would follow a code of established ethical standards of practice.
Hygeia was typically depicted as a young woman feeding a snake, that was often depicted as drinking from the bowl (container) that she held. Her bowl with the snake is one of the typical symbols of pharmacy along with the Rod of Asclepius.
Hygiene cannot be equated with being sterile. Living under sterile conditions is antithetical to life. We ourselves, our own bodies are a host to an ecosystem of other organisms that we cannot live without. That said, these very same organisms can also cause us ill health if the overall state of the body (health) is not in balance.
Hygiene is about finding the correct balance cleanliness versus external influences for the optimal state of being.
"Hygeia", 30 x 50cm, oils on canvas
Prints available via my Red Bubble store:
I had the idea for this painting a year ago. It is only now that I'm finally committing it paint. I did however work up the digital reference for this some time back and even produced a drawing from it.
I'll share more information about this painting when it is completed. Watch this space...
I've been recently online. The current I've been working with my students on are value . We've done the typical still live studies, but last week I made it a bit more interesting and chose one of Rembrandt's .
These are only small quick little studies, with the aim being only to capture the essentials of the image, with an emphasis on the values while ignoring the details
Losing ourselves in the details is something that we all do as beginners. The details are the "false friends" that lead you astray. They are like eating your sweet desserts before your main course. Consume those first and you'll never get to the real substance that gives sustenance to your image.
"Rembrandt Study", Leo Plaw, 12 x 17cm, acrylic on card
How often do we in our modern lives make time to sit still? No, I'm not referring to looking at your mobile phone, or any other screen.
I mean to sit still and just be with ourselves, taking in our thoughts and our environment. Too often today we are transported elsewhere via digital windows into other people's manufactured reality. We look to (social) media influencers to tell us what to think, rather than pondering what we ourselves might actually think and feel, thus formulating our own opinion.
It is all to easy to go with the flow, follow the herd and feel assured that "everyone" thinks the same. But at what cost?
No two people are the same in body or mind. What is good for one is not necessarily good for another, just ask people with food allergies. There is no one size fits all.
In this era of mass everything, mass production, mass media, mass movements, the individual is under threat. What is the mass, but many individuals. If the individual is lost in the mass, then the mass itself is lost. Those that are lost are then all too willing to follow the (mis)guidance of self-appointed saviours, as we have seen in this past century, most often to their detriment and any others not included within the chosen ones of the mass.
The ills of the world are first cured within ourselves and our immediate environment before looking elsewhere, otherwise everyone is busy with everybody else's business while never attending to their own. It is far easier to point out the wrongs elsewhere than to deal with the unpleasant work of your own.
This is why people escape to virtual realities and feel good vocal crusades. A good deal of mental energy and focus is expended, thus we can tell ourselves that we did something. Better still, show everybody else in that same virtual space, how pious we are and bath in the applause of affirmation. It papers over the cracks that lead to the chasm of reality, that in the end we have not attended to the garbage piles in our own lives.
If we attend to our own little corner of the world starting with ourselves, we have indeed then made a change in the world, because we each are a part of it.
"Stillness", Leo Plaw, 30 x 40cm, oil on canvas
Even in times that seem hopeless and all seems dark, a shift in perspective might reveal to you a glimmer of the light of opportunity, and thus hope to inspire you forward, from survival, to enduring, to thriving.
It all starts with making ourselves aware of what within ourselves (thoughts and emotions) and our immediate external environment that we can change; the things that are within our grasp.
The world may have gone mad around you, but if you can make even a small change in your own personal world, your life, then that too is a change in the greater world around you.
An ocean is made up of many small drops of water. Everything has a tipping point, maybe your small action is that one tiny drop that starts the chain reaction, redirects the momentum to a new direction.
"Reaching for the Light", Leo Plaw, 30 x 40cm, oil on canvas
Contact, especially physical contact is essential to humans. Without it our physical and mental health suffers. Human infants will actually die if not held in close contact due to stress. In early childhood, contact and interaction is essential for small children to learn the social skills necessary for them to be balanced members of their families and societies as they grow to be adults. The first five years are critical, as the neural pathways are still in development, after which behavioural patterns become for the most part hardwired and can thus play a significant role in the life path the individual finds themselves on.
Even for adults, mental and physical isolation is an extreme challenge, so much so that solitary confinement is often used as a form of punishment or torture and can be used to break an individual's will.
We are social beings, needing contact with each other, whether a friendly smile, a kind word, a gentle touch or the warm embrace of some one that loves you.
"Reach Out and Touch Me - Hands 43", Leo Plaw, 30 x 40cm, oil on canvas
"What Price Freedom?", Leo Plaw, 30 x 24cm, oil on canvas
This is a recent painting commissioned by one of my collectors.
"A New Day", Leo Plaw, 24 x 30cm, oil on canvas
It is also literally a new day for this painting also. This is yet another painting that I rescued from the oblivion of the forgotten corners of the studio.
This is a that lay neglected in various corners of the , shunted from one pile to another. I was never happy with the first attempt and thus chose to ignore it. But, it saw the of again, and after a looong break from it, with fresh eyes, I could bring it to a state that satisfied me.
So in a way, the title is rather fitting. I defied my own overpowering sense of powerlessness to make a change for the better.
"Defying the Gods", Leo Plaw, 30 x 24cm, oil on canvas
The last still life I painted looked so tasty, I had to bite into the challenge of another one. This one is on my normal sized small canvas. I wanted to achieve something that had a classic feel to it, akin to the Old Masters.
I may return to still life paintings again in the future, but the next artwork will be a return to my figurative works.
""Pairs of Pears", Leo Plaw, 30 x 24cm, oil on canvas
"An Apple a Day...", Leo Plaw, 17 x 12cm, oil on primed card
The saying goes, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away". Fruit have long been associated with good health and fertility. Some fruit such as apples have even been known as the fruit of the gods, granting them immortality as with the Norse myths.
While a deceptively simple image, three apples resting on white boards, when it came time to paint it, there were many surprising details to take care of. It's been a great exercise for sharpening observational skills.
This is demonstration that I did for my online art students.
Many a time I have walked the hills where Beethoven walked for inspiration and reprieve from his thoughts. As his hearing loss became progressively worse, he had to move further and further out from the city to the country, because he could no longer hear how loud he was, disturbing his neighbours. The frustration of his deafness drove him to near su***de, yet he persevered and continued to write music even when completely deaf.
"Moonlight Sonata", Leo Plaw, 30 x 40cm, oil on canvas
Here's a values demonstration that I painted recently for my online art course. The aim was to represent a reference image using just 5 values, white to a very dark grey. Details were to be ignored and the focus placed on the major shapes of value. Getting lost in the details is what often leads us astray when attempting to accurately render an image. If you get the fundamentals right, then the realism of your image will work.
acrylics on card.
The latest painting off the easel is a commission for one of my English collectors. He needed another painting to compliment the current painting of mine he had. So naturally of course, I obliged him.
This is now the third in a series of figures bathing in the golden light of the sun.
"Golden Light III", Leo Plaw, 30 x 24cm, oil on canvas
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