JENS MALMGREN I create, that is my hobby.

From Monochrome to Color

Here is the result of a two theme evenings at Aquarelmere on 4th of November and 11th of November 2010. The idea was to analyze a still life motive and first paint it with monochrome colors and then finish with a full color painting.

Here to the left is my first blue version of the still life. I used ultramarine, indigo and cerulean blue.  The painting gets a kind of moonlight feeling because of the blue.

Here to the right I change the composition a bit and now I use mainly indigo. The paint in my tube of Winsor & Newton indigo is retracting during the drying leaving little white spots. It is almost a kind of denim look here.

The next painting, to the left, is done with burnt sienna and cadmium red. Without a hastily feeling I paint these monochrome versions really quick. 20 minutes per painting. I am actually really delighted by the result.

The next theme evening I painted a full color version. On the right side you can see that I used the entire evening for this single painting and although it is not bad it is somehow missing that directness that the monochrome versions had.

On these painting you see clementine’s in a bowl. Next to bowl a tin can. In the bowl and behind it there are also flowers lying.

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I was born 1967 in Stockholm, Sweden. I grew up in the small village Vågdalen in north Sweden. 1989 I moved to Umeå to study Computer Science at University of Umeå. 1995 I moved to the Netherlands where I live in Almere not far from Amsterdam.

Here on this site I let you see my creations.

I create, that is my hobby.