the mechanics of light, and its dance with color. This watercolor was painted over twenty years ago, a 1972 Ferrari 246 GT Evelucion at a car show in Huntington Beach, is a good example of the dance of light and color.
A dramatic angle adds interest, as in this less than subtle pose. This P-51 Mustang seems to be flying out of the paper in this dynamic watercolor. I call myself a portrait artist, but this painting was also a portrait. It was done as a birthday gift to a P-51 pilot. People love their planes, boats, and automobiles almost like family. Beautiful automobiles and beautiful women have a lot in common. Men have their man caves, and this is a piece for the trophy wall.
Any work of art needs an emotional connection of some kind with the viewer for the piece to work. Whether it be dramatic, as above, or like a cute puppy that makes you tilt your head a bit and say, "Aww . . ."
The real magic of watercolor is the white paper. The paper is the white and the light, and the challenge to make it believable, no matter the subject. It's called "transparent" watercolor because the light actually goes through the paint, to the paper and is reflected back to your eye. This is unlike oil painting or acrylics, where the light is reflected directly off of the pigments to your eye, giving watercolors their unique look and magical quality.
Von Prum Watercolors
Lance Von Prüm
"American Renaissance Man"
Artist / Writer
Thank you for visiting my site. I don't look like that, do I? My nose isn't that big, is it?
I really love to draw. I love to paint. I like to see images come to life on paper. Much of my original work and prints of my originals are available to purchase on this site: Click Here for more details.
I accept commissions to paint portraits, including pets, children, automobilia or any special project you may have in mind. Please email me from the "contact" tab above.
My hope is to entertain you, to make you laugh, at least make you smile. Laughter reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and strengthens your immune system. It just makes you feel good.
I've had about a dozen brushes with death. I drove a Mini Cooper off a cliff when I was 17 (no, not on purpose), had my pilot's license by 17, and flying helicopters up and down the Ho Chi Minh Trail at 21, survived two Huey crashes, an ultralight crash, over sixty skydive jumps, survived the 70's, and I was just getting started.
One of my favorite subjects is automobilia. I love to render chrome and reflections because it seems like magic on paper. Even more magical is portrait painting. I know I've done well when my work starts looking back at me.
I created "Airhead," an outrageous character, in the 1980's while at The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Now Airhead, a crash test dummy in the future has the starring role in a series of fantasy science fiction stories that I've recently illustrated and written. It is currently available on Amazon Kindle as an ebook or paperback, along with the other eBooks I've written. Click here to view them.
I've drawn and painted since I was a child but I favor watercolors because of the challenge the media offers. I painted this watercolor about twenty years ago and it remains one of my favorites. I most often paint in a realistic style and work from photographs but I saw much of this image in my mind before I ever began to paint.
this, but to see it on paper is amazing. By cat number five, I could see that these cats had a story to tell, than each painting after became a deep learning experience, much of which is beyond words, much as though I was connected to the spirit of each cat, as I brought their images to life on paper.
Art and Writing Come Together
Lessons from ten cats.
Recently, I gave myself the assignment to draw and paint ten cats, with a goal of learning more and better ways to render fur in watercolor, and to experiment with other media as well. By cat number two, I could see that the eyes of cats can be as expressive as humans. I think I always knew
I've been drawing, painting and writing all of my life, I mean from the age of four or five. I can also design and build almost anything, given the tools, materials, and equipment. I also seem to have had more than my share of adventures, especially in my younger years.
I've looked death in the face at least a dozen times. I saw a UFO when I was 7 years old. I had a pilot's license at 17, had a 1956 Alfa Romeo Spyder and a 1960 Mini Cooper. I was involved in military intelligence, got my helicopter rating at the Bell helicopter plant in Arlington, Texas and was stationed in Iran. From there I was forwarded to a base in Thailand that didn't exist and I was never there, but if I was there, I flew photo recon and radar mapping missions of the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos and Cambodia. I've crashed two Huey's, have well over sixty skydiving jumps, literally flew my Mini Cooper off a cliff, and built a flying car for the movie, "BladeRunner." Yes, really, all before the age of twenty-five, with plenty of photos and broken bones to prove it. I've built limousines, went to The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, built and rode a unicycle, made a recumbent bike from a photograph I saw, then built the world's first (as far as I know) recumbent electric trike. I owned my own hot rod shop and built custom cars. I paint award-winning, professional watercolors, write and illustrate both eBooks and paperbacks, including my autobiography.
I've been fortunate enough to have had several good teachers along the way. Being able to draw well is only the beginning, yet, it takes years. Then comes color, balance, composition, light and shadow, and then, the magic of reflections. I was taught to see with an artist's eye, to grasp
This is Jasper, one of my first portraits, She was a hostess at the Fredericksburg Brewing Company in Fredericksburg, Texas, over twenty years ago. Her auburn hair matched the copper brewing tank behind her. The subtle reflections in the copper help bring the image to life.
More than coming alive on paper, I could feel the emotion of each animal. Will the mouse run? Will the cat pounce, or will they sniff noses and become friends? I've learned not to try and paint what people will buy, but to paint with passion and emotion. That's what people want; an image that tells a story, expresses emotion and makes a connection with the viewer, an interaction that holds and entertains the eye.
Each progressive cat became a Zen Master, teaching me far more than I ever expected to learn from this exercise. I've become a better artist as a result.
The "Ten Cat Effect" I think shows here in the watercolor I created just after my last cat painting. The baseball and marbles look like you could pick them up, as though they are in front of the painting, but the toy plane pulls the viewer in. The eye moves from object to object, drawing the viewer in deeper. Is it the dramatic angle, or does the image awaken a childhood memory?
I write and paint because I've felt compelled to do so since I was a child. I had a few good teachers along the way that kept raising me to the next level. I love to paint and watch images, especially people come alive on paper. That emotion seems to carry over into my work, as I effort to capture the essence or personality of my subject.
Oh, the 70's. I kinda remember some of it, and you might see that in the image to the left.
Recently, "Steampunk" has become fashionable, but we invented it back then. "Bladerunner" was steampunk, as was "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," "Clockwork Orange" and others. Airhead is steampunk. Anyway, it has its influence on me.
George Herriman was ahead of his time. He created Krazy Kat in 1913. The man was 50 years ahead of his time. I'm not saying that George may have dropped some acid but he was fifty years ahead of his time. His syndicated cartoon ran until the 1940's, but continued to be published as comic books into the 1950's.
"Underground Comics" were on the cutting edge back then, and some of those artists and illustrators were amazing. This is one of a three panel tribute to those younger days.