Light & Shadow

I painted this series two years ago when I first started experimenting with raw unbleached canvas (and making my own canvases).

It is now my absolute favorite painting surface – I love how the acrylic paints soak into the canvas like they are watercolor. I’m always so inspired by urban sketching and daily, fast art journaling. You could say: What does abstract painting have to do with urban sketching, aren’t those two complete opposites?

Franziska Schwade, 2016-2017 “Light Shining Through Foliage IV”
Acrylics on stretched canvas
30×40 cm / 11.8×15.7 in
available for 245 € + shipping

In theory, they are. But I love the look of watercolor painted onto paper with a quick hand, without taking a lot of time to get the details ‘right’. Working quick and energetic, the beautiful unpredictable flow of color, that’s what I always want to bring to my painting as well.

Franziska Schwade, 2016 “Light Shining Through Foliage III”
Acrylics on stretched canvas
30×40 cm / 11.8×15.7 in
available for 245 € + shipping

Franziska Schwade, 2016-2017 “Light Shining Through Foliage II”
Acrylics on stretched canvas
30×40 cm / 11.8×15.7 in
available for 245 € + shipping

This series reminds me of where I grew up. We have all those shaded streets, winding through wooded areas up and down hills and mountains. When the sun is in it’s perfect spot during certain times of the year, there is this beautiful light illuminating the foliage in the most perfect shades of green and gold.

Franziska Schwade, 2016 “Light Shining Through Foliage I”
Acrylics on stretched canvas
30×40 cm / 11.8×15.7 in
available for 245 € + shipping

Thank you so much for visiting and I hope you are having a fantastic day!
Lots of love from Bremen,
Franzi