Monday, December 26, 2016

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Yellow Study 4

30 cm x 24 cm, Oil

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Yellow Study 3

18 cm x 18 cm, Oil

Friday, December 23, 2016

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Giorgio's Stuff

30 cm x 40 cm, Oil

Referring to the muted-colored still lifes of Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964)

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Yellow Study 2

18 cm x 18 cm, Oil

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Yellow Study

30 cm x 30 cm, Oil

Monday, December 19, 2016


50 cm x 50 cm, Oil

Friday, December 16, 2016

Kaiserring 7

Kaiserring 7, 40 cm x 40 cm

Finally, I have set up a website...

Will continue this blog of course.
Good weekend to you!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Beauty Contest: 7th

18 cm x 18 cm, Oil


30 cm x 40 cm, Oil

Monday, December 12, 2016

Weihnachsaustellung in der Galerie Lauth

Excited to be part of this exhibition with 7 of my recent works!

Galerie Lauth, Mundenheimerstrasse 252, Ludwigshafen am Rhein

Street Composition 11

30 cm x 30 cm, Oil

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Sunday, December 4, 2016


30 cm x 30 cm, Oil

Cross View 2

30 cm x 50 cm, Oil

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Friday, November 25, 2016

Moment of Clarity

30 cm x 50 cm, Oil

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Monday, November 14, 2016

Kaiserring 6

40 cm x 30 cm, Oil

Form Study

18 cm x 24 cm, Oil

No.290 - Bordom

18 cm x 18 cm, Oil

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Under the Bridge

40 cm x 40 cm, Oil

Friday, November 11, 2016

Monday, November 7, 2016

How to keep the oil painting palette fresh

How to keep the oils on the palette fresh after work?
One can read quite a lot about this... Some artists freeze their palettes, some put it under water. Some add substances to their paints. Some companies offer products with clove oil. Some artist cover the palette with a plastic foil. Etc, etc, etc. Some artists stop bothering and keep losing expensive paint drying out on the palette. The latter type has been me! Some methods work insofar that the paint stays wet... They are just too much of a hassle. Cooling has been my prefered option but over time my palettes have grown and do not fit into the fridge anymore! No my palettes are not special, i just have several. Therfore i started to experiment a bit ... and proudly present... ;-)

I keep my palette fresh by putting it into a large vaccum bag (often reusable, available in different sizes, i bought a package of three for 8€ in a bed shop, size up to 100 cm x 70cm. They are intended for the storage of clothes and pillows) and fill it with CO2 gas from the bottle. Nitrogen/Argon has the same effect. A refill of my 10kg gas bottle costs 20€ and will fill the vacuum back hundreds of times...

The video shows the fastest drying paint on my palette... Burnt umber. After 48 hours a dry film on the pile has developed when kept under air. After 48 hours under CO2 burnt umber is like fresh from the tube.
Interested? Just contact me..... I sell "Ruckstuhl's palette conserving bag" for just 200€.... Get the three bags for the price of two!   ;-D

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Rainy Fantasy - Software Study

Under the Bridge - Software study

Master Palette and Mine

Left: Barry Raybould's palette during a painting   Right: Mine

I have spent the last three weeks in the tuscany with Barry Raybould. What an amazing experience!!! I started painting four years ago and I had never seen a master at work before. Just one of the highlights was a sunset we painted side by side at his studio in the mountains overlooking the landscape... He painted three studies within an hour up to a size of 30 cm x 40 cm, all just breathtaking. I scratched off my small approach...
He spent a lot of time explaining what it takes... It all starts in your head of course.... but also on the palette mixing the paint... Much more paint than i was used to..... The mixes need to flow into the other resulting into a gradual value change of the mixed piles of paint.
Barry said that usually it just takes a look onto the palette to evaluate the painter. The color harmony must be found right there on the palette"
Thank you Barry!!!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Danke.... Thanks for your visit last night!

Danke nochmal an alle Besucher meiner Ausstellung gestern Abend! Schätze wir waren 80 bis 100. Leider gibts bisher nur Bilder wo etwa 5 Menschen abgebildet sind. Hat jemand Beweisfotos, dass wir mehr waren? Bitte darum, mir diese zukommen zu lassen. Danke.

Thanks again to all visitors of my exhibition opener last night. I estimate we were 80 to 100 people. I have only seen photos showing about 5 people. Does anyone have photos showing more people? Would be great to have for the PR department of my business. Thanks.

At the exhibition ending November 18th, 47 of my paintings are shown. Heard that by now 17 are sold. Thanks a lot for buying my artwork!


2 days after the event still no better photos have turned up.
However, eye witnesses say there were many more visitors. There is no measurement data of the exact number. 
It is good to know that in such a case I can rely on my memory!
I resume....
1000 visitors at the event, where I showed 470 paintings and 170 sold after day1 ! 
Thank you ten times! ;-)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Red Wine Ramble

40 cm x 30 cm, Oil, Pleinair

Painted this one on my little promotion tour yesterday in Freinsheim. This weekend is the popular red wine ramble directly passing my parent's house. So I placed a table on the street with the wine and flyers about my exhibition (hey on friday in Mannheim... Don't forget)
Yesterdays event counter:
"my aunt or someone else i know paints, too" .... 13 times
"The wine looks great may i drink it?" 
"Before becoming a painter I was a boxer." .... 25 times
only once:
"wow, a painter... How nostalgic!"
"Damn wrong madam, this is the future"

Friday, September 23, 2016

Rainer Negrelli

50 cm x 50 cm, Oil

Rainer Negrelli is one of the most important artists of our region and an absolutely inspiring person. I am very happy and proud that he will speak a few introducing words at my first solo exhibition next Friday, September 30, 19:00, Club Arte, Galerie im Mollgymnasium Mannheim (Zufahrt über Belchenstrasse). Everyone heartly invited!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

Kaiserring 5

50 cm x 50 cm, Oil

Friday, September 16, 2016


50 cm x 50 cm, Oil

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Cross View

30 cm x 50 cm, Oil

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Last Summer Eve

24 cm x 30 cm, Oil, Pleinair

Last Summer Day

30 cm x 50 cm, Oil, Pleinair