Saturday, February 28, 2009

The Valley from Hawai'i in the Bedroom...

Don't you think this would bring marvellous dreams when you have such a painting on the wall in your bedroom, sweet memories of a holiday in Hawai'i, memories of luscious green valleys which look like velvet and the fragrance of Frangipani in your nose? You have never been to Hawai'i? Now then it is high time!
What about starting with the painting first to pre-set your vibes...

You would like to see some details of the painting? Here they are - please enjoy! This silk painting belongs to a whole series of landscape paintings - Magic Landscapes

"The Valley"
(from the Magic Landscapes Series)
silk, 21" x 40"
©Petra Voegtle

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The "what-if" Question in a Doorway...

I am a person who constantly asks that question "What, if...". Do you know what I mean?
I love to play with things, change colours, create new compositions out of old. I am constantly trying to materialize ideas, think about alternatives in a given context. So I have done here. I admit, this is a voluptious place and it requires a bit more than just the common.

I do paintings with the right context i.e. I create images with precious materials - silk is precious - isn't it? And in order to make an image even more precious I mount it in a frame that would fit into any precious environment - such as this one.

If you want to see details of the silk painting please check this link. It belongs to the Magic Landscapes series.

original image source from

"Angkor's Relics"
(from the Magic Landscapes Series)
silk, 40" x 13"
©Petra Voegtle

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Secrets of your Bedroom...

The most private room in the house is your bedroom. It is the place that is all yours, where there is no entry for any intruder, the place of your secret dreams, the place of your inner self, the place that is hidden before the public - that place that no foreigner will ever get to see, just like in a serail.
I brought India's exotic into this room - for no-one to see but just yourself...

A heavy, hand-carved, sculptured wall piece, named Mithunas, which means "lovers" and which took me more than 6 months to finish (inspired by India's temple ornamentation, however my own original design).
If you would like to see more detail please check this link on my website or click on the photo below.

original image source

wood carving, 55" x 46" x 7", 70 kg
©Petra Voegtle

Monday, February 23, 2009

DryLand - a Landscape in an open Living Room

This is one of my favourite silk paintings and called Dry Land. Details of the painting you can find by clicking on the link.
The warm colours of this open living space would be the perfect match for this painting and vice versa of course. Open spaces give you room for development in any direction. In the narrow environments of our cities this could be the place for feeling free and snug at the same time...

original image source from

"Dry Land"
(from the Magic Landscapes Series)
silk, 40" x 21"
©Petra Voegtle

Friday, February 13, 2009

The Magic of Machu Picchu in the Bedroom...

Well - this is only a part of a showroom and people may not have floors like that in their own home but nevertheless it shows beautifully how matching colours and the elegance of simplicity of form can build up a magnificent composition.
This silk painting Machu Picchu may send you dreams you have never dreamt, dreams of adventure, discovery and the secrets of ancient cultures...

original image source from

"Machu Picchu"
(from the Magic Symbols Series)
silk, 40" x 13"

Thursday, February 12, 2009

A Treasure on the Wall...

This is one of my favourite silk paintings Nautilus from the Magic Creatures series. This time I really looked for a room where this painting would look like a treasure on the wall. It's neither spectacular (the room) nor very big but it's simplicity reveals a decent elegance. The painting adds to the atmosphere and this is what a painting should do - don't you think?
If you would like to see more details of this painting click on the link above or on the photo below.

original image source from

(from the Magic Creatures Series)
silk, 40" x 13"
©Petra Voegtle

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Bedroom with Garden View....

When I first saw this room without reading where it was photographed I thought - wow, but this room very much reminds me of the rooms I used to have in Thailand. LOL - it was photographed in Thailand, in Thalang on Phuket. There is something about this simplicity, the light and the view into the gardens, that is simply charming and soothing and I nearly can hear the noises from the near jungle...

I added another modern element - an acrylic painting that repeats that special light: Copper Wall, another painting from the Reminiscences series that describes the Olympic Student village in Munich.

original image source from Richmond Group, Thalang

(from the Reminiscences series)
26" x 18", acrylic, mixed media
©Petra Voegtle

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Charm of old Walls and ancient Motifs

In one of my later posts I talked about the charm of old walls. This is another example. While I wrote about two silk paintings from the Magic Symbols series and ancient Minoan culture in my German blog I am showing here how wonderfully these paintings would harmonize with the old walls of this room.

Details about these silk paintings can be found here or click on the photos below.

original image source from

"Minoans I and II"
(from the Magic Symbols series)
40" x 13", silk
©Petra Voegtle

And what would you say about an interior design that is nearly 4000 years old? Doesn't these images reveal a charm that could be originated in any contemporary grand mansion? But these images come from the grand palace in Knossos on Kreta:


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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

A very modern Composition

Themes are completely fitting here: there is that charm coming from the wall with the seemingly peeling paint (I am actually not sure whether this serves only as an promotional background or wether it is a "real room" with much energy given to make the wall actually look ragged).

The point is that the painting on the wall called White Wall is part of my Remininscences series, a painting series, that was created from my photo documentary about the Olympic Student Village in Munich, that has been torn down last year in order to be re-constructed.

In order to create a kind of memorial for the beautiful and often funnily painted walls which are now all lost I took hundreds of photos from the village. But this was not enough for me - I also decided to create a painting series from the most impressive and beautiful parts i.e. walls, doors and windows. The peeling paints and especially the marks all the vines left on the plaster created wonderful patterns and structures. There is an extra photo series only about these wall motifs which you will find here.

More about the painting itself and the whole series you can find under this link or you can click on the photo below.

original image source from

"White Wall"
(from the Reminiscences series)
acrylic, 26" x 18"
©Petra Voegtle
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