About me and my watercolor painting
I was born in Gelsenkirchen, went to school there and started an apprenticeship as a business locksmith very early, at the age of 14. In addition, I continued my education in the evening and later studied at various universities. As a computer scientist (software development engineer) I worked until the end of my professional career. I am still very interested in the topics of computer science today, but I am only interested in IT topics for private reasons. But you can’t let go. So I continue to operate my websites, still dealing with topics such as web development and technologies. Digital photography, image processing and filming continue to be my interests. If there is still time, I practice some of my favorite music pieces on the grand piano.
I have been living in Wierstorf, a small village belonging to the municipality of Obernholz, for over 25 years now. For historical reasons, this region is also referred to as Isenhagener Land and is located in the Südheide, not far from Gifhorn, Celle and Lüneburg. So in Lower Saxony! A beautiful area that invites you to paint. There are still beautiful heathland landscapes with sheep, shepherds and tourist tours here and there. I use the heide motifs in Bad Bodenteich, at the Heiligen Hain near Wahrenholz, and especially in the surroundings of Hermannsburg in the district of Celle, for my watercolor painting. The Otter Centre can be found in Hankensbüttel and offers beautiful animal motifs. In the adjacent Wittingen there is the industrial area with an inland port and old half-timbered houses you can find not only in Celle.
At the end of 2015 I started drawing and watercolour painting. I quickly realized that many possibilities can be explored with painting. I had to learn that a painted image is something independent and not a photograph. Neither a painted image nor photography really depicts reality. For me, watercolour painting is entertainment! Moods are created by painted images, which are intended to appeal to the viewer in different ways. In my first years, I had to learn the basics of watercolor painting. With this 3. New edition of my homepage wants to continue to progress. That’s why I say goodbye to my older works and look forward to the future…
In my pictures I try to focus on the important things that are important to me, to present them as recognizable as possible to the viewer (realistic, in detail) and to simplify the DRUMHERUM a bit. The viewer should be guided through the whole picture. There are various techniques that the old masters have already used. Image structure, composition, perspective, depth of image, plasticity, colours and colour harmony are just a few keywords.
My studies and my professional experience have helped to get to the bottom of the technical matters. Such an approach is also advantageous in watercolour painting, but very time-intensive. In order to be able to get involved in the topic more quickly and to constantly improve my watercolour painting, I take part in workshops of well-known watercolourists. This way I get competent and important information about my pictures and my technology directly on site. As a supplement, I use books, educational films, as well as digital media and occasionally social networks. Nowadays I only occasionally visit the regional district colleges in Gifhorn Wolfsburg, Salzwedel and Uelzen. For this purpose, take part as often as possible in painting meetings, where there is painting outside on site. What I also like very much about watercolor painting is that you often have to deal with things that go beyond painting. Things like the anatomy of animals, subjects from botany or technology need to be researched and worked out occasionally before you start drawing and painting them. In addition to painting, general knowledge is constantly being expanded. Isn’t that a nice thing?
Why do I deal almost only with watercolour painting? On the one hand, watercolour painting is very demanding, as mistakes in painting are hardly forgiven. The white in the watercolor is not painted with a white color, but remains as an unpainted part of the white paper. This means that a watercolour is painted in the so-called negative technique. Often a tricky thing! Of course, there are many other things that need to be considered especially in watercolour painting! So it’s a big challenge for me, which I like to face. For watercolour painting you need very little equipment. Water, containers, brushes, paper and a few colours are enough. The colors dry very quickly and so you can paint at home or outside on site. You get results relatively quickly. (If you can …). The colors are not toxic (with a few exceptions, but you can do without them), and are very brilliant these days. You can paint beautiful pictures with it. All this is so exciting and interesting that I can paint as often as I can. But there are always picturesque low points, which are quickly forgotten when a watercolor has succeeded again.
Through watercolour painting, I have met many people with the same interests. I painted many hours together with other watercolorists. We often paint according to the same motif, but the results of each one are always very different. Each picture has its own charm and you are always surprised. It’s always a nice experience! —- But I like to paint outside in the fresh air. It is an even greater challenge for everyone, because the weather and the many things that can be discovered must first be reconciled. Wind, sun rain, cold and the many details in the area make watercolor painting considerably more difficult. But those who have painted outside will remember the collected impressions for a long time to come. This may be due to the fact that one has dealt with one’s surroundings and the objects for a longer and more intensive time. Another reason to dedicate myself enthusiastically to watercolor painting.
Is it art what I do and am I an artist? It is up to each one to decide for themselves. In my view, I do neither art nor an artist! I like to paint and I am happy when one or the other painted picture pleases.
Have I ever exhibited or sold something? No, not so far. I have not joined any organization which orgenize exhibishens, such as the IWS (International Watercolor Society) or the DAG (German Watercolor Society). And no! Since I have not offered any pictures for sale, nothing has been sold. It is also very hard for my to sell or give away my original paintings. I had given away a picture because a person liked it so much. This image was quickly converted into cash. Therefore, I also give away no more pictures …
Do I have my own painting style or do I want to work on it? No, not really. I paint the way I like it. I would also find it boring, if you could close immediately on the basis of the painting style on my person. Painting also means experimenting for me. These things I will not publish here but because it would go beyond the scope of my homepage …