Thursday, September 8, 2016

Charcoal Love

Dear friends, I know I've been quiet as of late. I've been busy enjoying the rest of the summer with Daniel before he starts teaching again. And...I've discovered a new love: charcoal!
Those of you who have followed this blog for awhile know that I've always had a fascination with portraits and it seems I'm getting back to that (while still doing my colorful animal paintings).
I've had such a yearning for working with charcoal in a style that's been in my head and is finally finding expression.
Here are four larger charcoal drawings I did in their various stages of development. Enjoy!

Even though this isn't painting in the strict sense of the word, I am still linking to Paint Party Friday, a wonderful place to gather creative inspiration of any kind!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!



  1. Your charcoal drawings are wonderful, love everyone of them! Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

  2. Wow, what expressive portraits! Gorgeous Art.
    Happy PPF ♥

  3. Those are amazing charcoal drawings. I thought for a moment they might even be the photos you were drawing from. :) Erika

  4. Wow! Amazing portraits! Your shading on the face is beautifully done. Happy PPF

  5. these are fabulous! what great sculpturing you have done with the charcoal-great depth and shading! Happy PPF!

  6. Charcoal is so much fun (and messy which is part of the fun - ha)! You have a wonderful ability to bring it to life! :)

  7. Silke, these are amazing!

  8. Wow Silke, these are just beautiful .... I love seeing the transformation they go through! I am always drawn to charcoal, but I just really don't like working with it. I don't mind paint on my fingers at all, but that black mess is something else ... Still, seeing the beauty you created makes my fingers itch to try it again :-)

  9. I have been seeing your beautiful charcoals on FB. I am so impressed with them. You have the touch to make the charcoal dance and make magic on the paper.

  10. Amazingly talented charcoal portraits Silke, you must be thrilled with them.
    Each one has a completely different character shining through. Brilliant!
    Happy PPF to you

  11. Oh my goodness I don't even think you know the extent of your amazing talent! These stunning charcoals are chalked with rich raw emotion... Wow I am beyond see much deeper than expression well into the soul!! Incredible work...they are phenomenal!!

    Hugs Giggles

  12. Sehr gut diese Skizzen und schön zu sehen, wie du sie aufgebaut hast. Allesamt sehr ausdrucksstark,Bravo!
    Liebe Grüße