Why I have a dark and a light style
The llama / alpaca is a good example of the lighter version…

The llama / alpaca is a good example of the lighter version…

As you may have noticed: My style varies.

One could say there´s a daytime and a nighttime version of my art. Both have a very distinct style which still can be recognized as mine. But one is darker, the other one is light.
Why is that? How did this come about?

 
…whereas the fennec fox lives surrounded by night sky and a crystal.

…whereas the fennec fox lives surrounded by night sky and a crystal.

First of all: This wasn´t really a conscious decision.

When I returned back to ink and watercolor three years ago after having a grand tour through acrylics and color pencils, I also returned back to the way I knew how to drew animals: Detailed, a little bit stylized.

The only thing that really changed was the background.

Almost three years ago I managed to move out of the city center. We suddenly lived in a house, had a garden and most importantly: We saw the sky!

 

This might sound absolutely ridiculous, but inside the city, you barely saw the stars. Light pollution made it so that you hardly got to see anything up there apart from a grey-blue blanket. So when we moved and I took a nighttime walk, I felt like I had forgotten about a great miracle and that amazement deeply influenced the next two years of my art.


Last year we moved again.

Just outside of Vienna, to Lower Austria. The starts shine even brighter here. We´re 450 meters above sea level, so winters are a tad colder and longer. This has been my first spring here and I´ve never lived anywhere, where the flowers put on a show like here. Every inch of our garden is covered with something that blooms.

It´s very hard not to be inspired by that.

I felt myself being lured into something more colorful. Like some little fairy pulling me on my sleeve, whispering into my ear. “Do you remember what it was like, when you were 16, you still believed that the world could be saved just by flowers and nature? The time when you covered every inch of your school books with tiny flowers?”

I mean, how could I resist such a call? :D

So this is where we are now. I think I´m very much going with the seasons. Autumn and winter art is darker, spring and summer turns light and bright. Seems pretty logical, now that I think of it…

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