Clever Otters!

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 CLEVER OTTERS!  
SIZE: 15 in. x 15 in. - 38 x 38 cm
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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Otters are not only incredibly cute, no, they are also terrific intelligent! In addition to monkeys, crows and dolphins, they are one of the few species of animals that produce tools and use them specifically. So they use stones on their belly as an anvil to crack on it shells or crabs.


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Cornwall Coastline

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CORNWALL COASTLINE

SIZE: 12,6 in. x 9,4 in. - 32 x 24 cm
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

a far dwelling
on this point across the bay
stones to clouds

©magyar


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Years ago I've spent a gorgeous time at Cornwall and since these days I wish I could live there forever. The longing was always a great impulse for painting for me, since my very first steps with watercolor, also years ago. This one was one for my sky- and cloud exercises. 



Moorland - Lower Saxony, Germany

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MOORLAND - LOWER SAXONY, GERMANY


SIZE: 12,6 in. x 9,4 in. - 32 x 24 cm
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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No hurry, autumn is here and so the wide-open landscape of my homeland Lower Saxony shows its best side. Amazing colors, great skies or poetic foggy horizons. Best moods for watercolor painters. I hope you enjoy this lovely season as much as I do. 


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Rose Hips

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 ROSE HIPS

SIZE:  15 in. x 15 in. - 38 x 38 cm 
PAPER: SAUNDERS WATERFORD ROUGH 425 g/m²
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER


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Rose hips are one of the motives I paint every year again. I love these bright red dots in nature and garden, these last farewell of the lovely roses. 



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Song of the Sea - 2

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SONG OF SEA - 2

SIZE: 12,6 in. x 9,4 in. - 32 x 24 cm
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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Sky- and Cloud studies, preferably daily are a part of the really good tips for the future by Thomas Schaller. And so I try my best to full fill this plan. 



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Under the Brigde - Fulton River, Chicago

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UNDER THE BRIGDE
FULTON RIVER CHICAGO - Sketch

SIZE: 15 in. x 22 in. - 38 x 28 cm 
PAPER: BOCKINGFORD RKP FatPad ROUGH 425 g/m²
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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Painting cityscapes, streets, and urban scenes have always fascinated me. For many years, I have accumulated an infinite number of ideas, sketches, and photographs and I will try to transform more of them into watercolors. Reduced and focused on the essential moment and yet narrating a story. That's the plan and I hope it succeeds. 


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Faded Season

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FADED SEASON

SIZE: 22 in. x 15 in. - 28 x 38 cm 
PAPER: BOCKINGFORD RKP FatPad ROUGH 425 g/m²
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER
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this fall day
fades into sunset
a bird watches
©magyar

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This is another watercolor after my own photography of the lakes Meissendorf, Germany during the wonderful watercolor workshop with Thomas Schaller at Chicago. For years I thought about painting this motive and Thom created such a great demo with a "bull eye" start for a soft background wash, that I decided immediately to select this as my motive. Thoms demo you can find in the collage below. 




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Red Haubarg

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RED HAUBARG

SIZE: 15 in. x 22 in. - 38 x 28 cm 
PAPER: BOCKINGFORD RKP FatPad ROUGH 425 g/m²
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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I started painting this view of one of my own photographs from the Red Haubarg Schleswig Holstein, Germany during the wonderful watercolor workshop with Thomas Schaller at Chicago, perfectly organized by Ingrid Albrecht. So much learned about picking the right object, composition, position of light and color choice. So all I need is time and practice to paint all the views and stories who I carry inside my head. 

***A Haubarg, rarely also Hauberg, is the typical farmhouse of the Eiderstedt peninsula on the northwest coast of Germany and is a type of Gulf house. It emerged in the late 16th century when West Frisian immigrants brought with them the Gulf type of farm building and it was to continue to be used until the late 19th century as a farmhouse. In the Netherlands these houses are called stolpboerderij.
The word "Haubarg" means a place for piling or stacking hay (see hooiberg). As a byre-dwelling, man and animal lived for centuries in haubargs under one roof, albeit in separate rooms. www.wikipedia


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It's Autumn again



 IT'S AUTUMN AGAIN
SIZE: 15 in. x 15 in. - 38 x 38 cm
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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I love to paint Physalis and every year again I MUST do this. Since three years they grow in my garden and it's so lovely to watch these orange points of happiness in autumn. 



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the big cloud

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THE BIG CLOUD

SIZE: 5,7 in. x 22 in. - 14,5 x 20,5 cm 
PAPER: CANSON HÉRITAGE COLD PRESSED 300 g/m²
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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I am a member of the FB group Watermedia with Maggie Letham
And they have created a challenge, everyone paints the same photo, and we all post our watercolor under the inspiring photo.  This month we painted a really big cloud photographed by Deborah Secor. As you know I love this kind of challenge and can't resist painting my version too. 


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Windmill de Paauw, Nauerna - Netherlands

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 WINDMILL DE PAAUW, NAUERNA - NETHERLANDS
SIZE: 15 in. x 15 in. - 38 x 38 cm
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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That's my contribution to the SEPTEMBER painting challenge at the FB Watercolor Art on Paper group. 
This month theme was again a wonderful inspiring photo by Lois Davidson. 




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Juist Beach

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JUIST BEACH

SIZE: 5,7 in. x 22 in. - 14,5 x 20,5 cm 
PAPER: CANSON HÉRITAGE COLD PRESSED 300 g/m²
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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And one more paper test with CANSON HÉRITAGE this time the cold pressed version and I must say, I'm thrilled. This is so far the best for me. Easily to make soft washes and create hard edges. Perfect, absolutely perfect for me. 


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Norddeich Marina

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NORDDEICH MARINA

SIZE: 5,7 in. x 22 in. - 14,5 x 20,5 cm 
PAPER: CANSON HÉRITAGE SATIN GRAINED 300 g/m²
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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I'm still at my paper testing phase and this is a really fine paper, satin grained, lovely for smooth washes, with a lovely texture for the background. The other properties are exactly like the CANSON HÉRITAGE ROUGH.  Both papers worth more than one try. 



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Portland Bill Lighthouse

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PORTLAND BILL LIGHTHOUSE  

SIZE: 5,7 in. x 22 in. - 14,5 x 20,5 cm 
PAPER: CANSON HÉRITAGE ROUGH 300 g/m²
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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I'm testing new papers at the moment, it's always a great experience and time for doing little pieces without any pressure on the shoulders to create masterpieces. Yes, it's definitely fun doing this. Canson Héritage is a strong and absorbent 100% cotton paper designed for use with watercolour paints. It is available in two weights, a standard 300gsm and a heavyweight 640gsm. Both weights of Canson Héritage are also suitable for use with coloured or watercolour pencils.

What really sets this robust watercolour paper apart is the sizing, which allows artists to lift paint and to scrub at the paper without deterioration to the surface. It is possible to layer paints, returning to the same image and re-wetting the surface. The ability to make corrections while the paint is wet or after it has dried makes Héritage a very forgiving paper to paint on. This sizing also gives great image clarity, as it does not allow marks to bleed. Sharp edges are retained after the paint has dried.



Simple Things - 2 - there's a crack in everything

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SIMPLE THINGS - 2 
THERE'S A CRACK IN EVERYTHING 


SIZE: 15 in. x 22 in. - 38 x 28 cm 
PAPER: BOCKINGFORD RKP FatPad ROUGH 425 g/m²
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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“There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.”

― Leonard Cohen


Inspired by the wonderful photo of my good friend Heinz Kurt Rintelen, Wien with his friendly permission. 



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Places for Longing - Porquerolles

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PLACES FOR LONGING - PORQUEROLLES

SIZE:  15 in. x 22 in. - 38 x 56 cm (half sheet)
PAPER: SAUNDERS WATERFORD Rough 425 g/m² 

2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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“It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are still alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them.”


― George Eliot





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to hold the colors― September

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TO HOLD THE COLORS 
SEPTEMBER

SIZE: 14,2 in. x 18,9 in. - 36 x 48 cm 
PAPER: HAHNEMUEHLE LEONARDO MOULD-MADE  ROUGH 600 g/m²
2019 © ISABELLA KRAMER


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Below you can see the first stopped version, but after some days looking at it, I've missed depth and so I've added some hints of Hydrangeas in the background. I've lost now a little bit the light, but for me I've won more complexity. Sometimes one must risk something. What's your opinion on this? 


first version 


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Vernissage and Master Demos Watercolor Art Zürich 2019


Vernissage IWS Watercolor Art Zürich 2019, Gallerie Kunst Zürich Süd, Adliswil.  
I was very glad to represent Germany at his great International Event. 


THE CARD PLAYERS OF CADAQUÉS

SIZE: 12 in. x 16 in. - 31 x 41 cm 
PAPER: SAUNDERS WATERFORD ROUGH 300 g/m²
2018 © ISABELLA KRAMER

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Was thrilled to learn that my painting "The card players of Cadaqués” was accepted into the Watercolor Art Zürich, 17.8. - 31.8.2019 Switzerland 2019.
Vernissage and Master Demos was on 17th August 2019 at Zürich, Adliswil - Switzerland 


Atanur Dogan (Turkey) and Helidon Doni Haliti (Albania) 


Thanyaphorn Inthahom (Swiss) and Wiktor Mielniczuk (Swiss)


Awesome experience meeting such famous artists in person - with Thanyaphorn Inthahom (Swiss)


Asuman Dogan (Canada)


Christof Hoelzel (Austria) 


In the middle António Bartolo (Portugal) and Silvia Neiger (Mexico) 


Atanur Dogan - Founder and President of IWSS Globe


Helidon Doni Haliti (Albania)


Amit Kapoor (India) 


Lafe (Thailand) and Thanyaphorn Inthahom (Swiss)

 Massive thanks to the Jurors and all the hard-working people at IWS SWITZERLAND & IWS THAILAND. And congratulations to all the entrants. 





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