Björn-uwe Timm

Sch­leswig-hol­stein, Ger­many, North­sea Waves, acrylic, 40 x 60 cm (16 x 24")

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My In­spi­ra­tion

From early child­hood I grew up on the coast at what was for­merly “Rauschen” in East Prus­sia. Then, as a school­boy, the waves of the Weser Es­tu­ary in all sea­sons and in all weather had a great at­trac­tion for me. In ad­di­tion, the chang­ing light at var­i­ous times of the day fas­ci­nated me. This taught me there are two things that never cease to en­chant me: the wa­ter and the clouds. Even to­day, these things fas­ci­nate me.

Dur­ing a walk on the beach on the west side of the is­land of Sylt, I ex­pe­ri­enced the swiftly chang­ing light and shadow. This, to­gether with the waves, was what in­spired me to paint this pic­ture.

My De­sign Strat­egy

With a cam­era, I cap­tured a rather un­com­mon wave con­stel­la­tion. The pic­ture only con­sists of sky and wa­ter, and I have po­si­tioned the hori­zon, so the pic­ture is ap­prox­i­mately halved. The nec­es­sary shadow area is pro­vided by the out­go­ing wave in the fore­ground. With its size and all its facets in the light, the fol­low­ing wave is at a con­spic­u­ous place in the pic­ture for the viewer.

In ad­di­tion, the waves in the light on the left and right sides of the pic­ture dif­fer sig­nif­i­cantly in shape and ap­pear­ance and avoid any sym­me­try. I waited a long time for such an op­por­tu­nity dur­ing my walks. I had the idea at the time to paint such a seascape us­ing acrylic paint.

My Work­ing Process

I used a white-primed can­vas and de­lib­er­ately left struc­ture un­changed. The pic­ture is very de­tailed on the fore­most and sub­se­quent waves, so I sketched them first. Firstly I primed the su­pe­rior ar­eas, like the sky, the re­flec­tion and the damp sand un­der the front wave.

I took photos now and again, printed them out and worked out some de­tails with col­ored pen­cils. This is to ac­quaint my­self with these de­tails, be­cause the acrylic col­ors dry out quickly when paint­ing. On the palette I mois­ten the col­ors with dis­tilled wa­ter. I worked with syn­thetic flat brushes in dif­fer­ent widths. For de­tails I used some fine red sable brushes. I make sure the col­ors har­mo­nize with each other.


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