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Landscape on Cardboard

April 28, 2015

April has been really hectic so far (of course I don’t believe anything will change in the next few days…), so I’m glad I found an hour for a very quick painting session. This time it was a landscape – something I don’t paint often (I’ve been going through old paintings for a small solo exhibition at the local library and realised that I will be showing only still-lives).

I saw a nice photograph posted on Twitter and fell in love with the green fields and high blue sky filled with summer clouds that drew my attention. Modern technologies, hey? Didn’t even need to leave my house!

As this was supposed to be just a quick and almost sketch-like painting I grabbed an old piece of cardboard. Yes, it’s not canvas and the corners of my painting ended up looking a bit bent, but the fact that it was just and old piece of cardboard gave me freedom to interpret what I saw bravely with almost no pressure to create something perfect.


Not sure if it’s easier to paint looking at the screen, where Nature is recreated using myriads of pixels, but one of the main advantages is staying dry (and warm) even during the toughest April showers.


Landscape on Cardboard, 2015 (cardboard, acrylics)

I’m not going to show you the photograph that portrayed freshly green summer fields (I assume these were the fields of England, maybe somewhere around the Lake District that I always remember so fondly!), as it would make my painting look extremely inaccurate. This time it wasn’t about accuracy; landscape on cardboard was supposed to be just an impression (or even a sensation) laid on coarse brown paper.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 28, 2015 7:01 pm

    I like the effect of the paint on cardboard. The paint is absorbed more and helps to create another kind of surface quality. Your style with this painting is painterly. Is that usual for you or is it due to working on cardboard surface.?

    • May 4, 2015 6:01 pm

      Thank you for leaving your comment, Susan. It’s been the first time I painted on cardboard and I must admit I wasn’t disappointed. I might have put a bit more paint than usual, but it’s so much easier to get hold of cardboard than canvas, that I’m sure I will continue using it for my impromptu painting sessions. K.

  2. April 29, 2015 5:26 am

    Well done! Painting a landscape does not need to be a carbon copy of the original… It is how a painter interprets a subject… And that’s art!

    • May 4, 2015 6:09 pm

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment, Jojo. Always a pleasure to read what other bloggers think to my posts and artwork! I love painting, yet sometimes I get frustrated that I can’t get something right, this is when I say “I’ll better take photos…” and after a while I change my mind and paint again… Well, I’m sure you get the idea. Kristina

  3. April 29, 2015 5:44 am

    Very free, very cool, maybe a brave new start !

    • May 4, 2015 6:15 pm

      Thank you, Jenny. Lets hope it is a brave new start. Would be brilliant, especially if I can learn to paint outdoors (I can already imagine myself in a huge straw hat). I guess summer is the right time for such a big change, I’ll let you know how I get on. K.

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