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Finally finished: Road to Cavalry

August 18, 2015

Tomas Honz

Painting inspired by a trip to Lanyu, small tropical island near the cost of Taiwan.


Oil on canvas, 150x85cm, April 2015

Oil on canvas, 150x85cm, April 2015

Finally finished: Yangminshan

June 23, 2015

Tomas Honz

This was the view from my dormitory while I was studying art in Taipei.


Oil on canvas, 150x85cm, April 2015

And the original sketch for it.

Clouds and mountains

Plein air sketch, Oil on canvas. 38x28cm, May 2014

Finally finished: After Dusk

June 1, 2015

Tomas Honz

After dusk. Oil on canvas, 180x100cm, April 2015
Finished and ready for the graduation show.

After Dusk_Tomas Honz

Finally finished: Into nowhere

May 15, 2015

Tomas Honz

Finnaly finished. Oil on canvas. 150x80cm. March 2015


Above Prague, part 1

April 4, 2015

Tomas Honz

Weather studies from January to March 2015.

Twilight in the Cemetery

March 19, 2015

Tomas Honz

How to paint that mysterious time between day and night? Cameras are unable to capture it nor did I see many artworks that would manage to do it. Shapes dissolve, colors shift, everything changes so quickly at that time. I think figuring this out shall be my long term goal.

Twilight in the Cemetery

Twilight in the Cemetery – Sketch. Oil on canvas, 60x35cm, March 2015



Plein air in the famous cemetery in Prague.

March 12, 2015

Tomas Honz

I was so fascinated by the bare trees above ancient tombs of Olsanske cemetery. These trees, not the graves are what actually make the place so creepy.

Bare trees

Oil on board, 36x44cm, February 2015

When you compare the two paintings you can notice that I made some small changes after I returned to the studio.


Painting of a snowfall – process

February 21, 2015

Tomas Honz

This is how I usually approach painting outside. I don’t want to disappoint anyone but it’s not a magic, you see? .)

Step 1

I start by establishing the extremes. The lightest light and the darkest dark.

Step 2

Then I aim to fill the whole canvas as soon as possible with big simple shapes.

Step 3

I gradually increase detail all over the canvas.

In the midst of snowfall

Final touches and corrections are made with careful consideration. I suggested the falling snow by splashing bit of grey color all over the canvas.

How to paint a small landscape study (video)

February 2, 2015

Tomas Honz

I recorded a demo I did for students during one of my workshops. The topic was painting a small landscape study. This is pretty much how I usually put color on canvas, especially when working in plein air.

The reference was a painting by Caspar David Friedrich. I’ll be glad to hear what you think. Especially if there is anyone interested in more of these videos.

Sketches from Czech Republic

January 19, 2015

Tomas Honz

Bunch of random observational sketches I made while wandering around my country.


I started a blog on thumblr

January 13, 2015

Tomas Honz

I recently started a blog on thumblr. I will be sharing some more personal stuff there. Art, traveling, insights, inspiration. Lot of short posts. My aim is to give you an opportunity to look more deeply into how I live and where I get the inspiration from. I already have lot of content there so check it here!

I will keep using this blog too, but I will be sharing only the more important stuff here.




Ink paintings from Taiwan

January 5, 2015

Tomas Honz

These are some of the Chinese ink paintings I did while I was studying in Taiwan.

Master study – The Holy Night by Correggio.

December 25, 2014

Tomas Honz

Is there a better way to learn about an artwork than to break it into pieces and discover it’s magic by yourself? I’m going to show you how I usually do that. This time, I chose a famous painting by Antonio Allegri, better known as Correggio. orig It’s called The Holy Night and you can comfortably admire it in high resolution at google cultural institute. But I of course strongly recommend seeing it in person. It’s hung at Zwinger in Dresden, Germany.

“The scene is lit by the dazzling light radiating from the manger as the happy mother gazes at her new born son. In the background we can see St Joseph tending to one of the animals and the foreground is dominated by the figure of a shepherd who has rushed to witness the miracle. Two servant girls appear in the mid ground, one is looking at the shepherd, and the other raises her arm dazzled by the light of the manger. The angels in the top of the picture ride on a cloud of expectation as they herald the birth of the infant Jesus.”

One quite important thing that Correggio did here was that he made the newborn baby the only light source. It became standard later in baroque but it was quite revolutionary at the time. It adds lot of mystery to the scene.   But what are the inner mechanics of the painting? Bellow is simplified path our eye follows while observing the painting. The first thing we probably notice is Maria with newborn baby. From that point, our eyes are carried around the whole painting, creating something like number 8 while never being allowed to leave the canvas completely. composition1   Following are the major forces that pull our eyes. Interesting to note is that there is basically nothing which would push our sight out of the painting. Everything seems to be compressed on the left, resulting in strong sense of calmness, expectation and permanence. composition2c     When we abstract the composition we can fully appreciate the beautifully designed dark negative shapes. If we take a closer look at the painting we can notice that these shapes are gently repeated thorough the whole picture. Other thing to note is that there are almost no sharp spiky points in the painting. Everything is slightly rounded. We can also clearly see that the bright areas form something like letter X. The ratio of light and shade is roughly 1/3. composition5   Here is my pencil study of the two servant girls. I really dig the difference in their expressions and their relation. Correggio Tomas Honz I hope this was as helpful to you as it was to me. This article is the first of hopefully long and fruitful series of master studies which I’m going to do.

Into Darkness – insight into the painting process

October 10, 2014

Tomas Honz

Enjoy some insight into what had to be done to finish this painting.

I was always captivated by the absorbing darkness of dense pine forest. When you stand on the right spot, it almost feels like it is going to devour you. I wanted to paint that thing. And this summer, I finally got around to do that. Bellow is a moderate size oil study. I also took lot of photos for aid.

Into dakness - plein air sketch


The idea I had in mind was little bit different though. So I did what I always do when I want to do some deep exploration – digital painting. This was the sketch that I decided to go with.

Into darkness - digital sketch


And this image is a snapshot of what I painted after the first session. My goal is always to fill the canvas as soon as possible, this was also the case.

Into darkness - painting in progress


And the final painting. Executed in oils on 150x100cm canvas. You can see that I made some further changes in composition along the way.

Into darkness



August 30, 2014

Tomas Honz

3 days in Berlin are gone. I made an educational trip there, mainly to see it’s famous museums.
I focused on Gemäldegalerie where spent unbelievable 7 straight hours. When I finished, I was quite close to passing out. Call me crazy but it was worth it.

These are the biggest highlights from Gemäldegalerie, at least for me.
Botticelli’s madonna. She is, like most of his female figures, so strikingly beautiful. I can’t describe by words how wonderful this painting is.


Jan van Eyck’s small painting. Everything in Jan van Eyck’s painting has meaning. And they are masterfully painted too. He was one of the biggest geniuses, really.
Rembrandt’s selfportrait which will lock you in and won’t release you easily.




The Alte Nationalgalerie is  also well worth mentioning. You can admire rich collection of 18th and 19th century art there. These things were most mindblowing to me there.

The most suprising discovery for me was a section dedicated to Adolph Menzel. I really didn’t know he was such a brilliant painter before I saw his small free-handed studies here in Berlin..




Whole room belonging to romantic hero of art Caspar David Friedrich is just pure miracle. You will not want to leave that dreamy place.




And last but not least, light-as-air-sculptures by Antonio Canova. You have see these in person and walk around to appreciate them though.


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