søndag 29. desember 2013
fredag 27. desember 2013
This painting is highly inspired by the artist Morten Paulsen. He made a demonstration at the watercolour workshop I attended, where he showed us a tecnique to activily make use of the characteristic of pigments that make a line at the edges when they dry. So this painting is very similar to Morten Paulsens motives and style.
torsdag 26. desember 2013
Long time since blogging, the reason is simply that I haven't had access to internet on my PC the latest months and I have been too lazy to do something about it. I have, meanwhile, been painting regularly during the latest weeks and months. I have also been attending another watercolour workshop at Gerlesborg, Sweden. This time with a Norwegian watercolour artist, Morten Paulsen. As a result, I have been painting a lot of nature scenes this fall.
onsdag 28. august 2013
mandag 5. august 2013
torsdag 1. august 2013
|Thunderstorm, Arches 300 g, 17 x 26 cm|
onsdag 31. juli 2013
|Arctic afternoon, Arches 300 g, 22x33 cm|
This painting is, as almost always, from my head and just "happening". I didn't plan any cottage in this painting, I was more occupied with creating a nice effect with the sky. But the painting needed something more, so I added a cottage and a flagpole to make a contrast against the background. I made it with a clever tip I learned at the workshop - by using masking tape: you put a little piece of tape on the painting, rub a line with the back of your painting brush or something similar upon the tape, and then rip it off - and you will get back the white of the paper. But - it only work with paper such as Arches, otherwise, big pieces of paper may easily be ripped of.
mandag 29. juli 2013
søndag 28. juli 2013
Last week I attended a watercolour workshop by Bengt Jacobsson, a Swedish artist. It was such a pleasure, and I learned a lot during those four days. It was an introductory workshop for beginners, which was very valuable for me.
It took place at Gerlesborgsskolan by the Swedish coastline, as you may see in the painting.
You can read more about the Gerlesborgsskolan here www.gerlesborgsskolan.se , they offer a lot of watercolour courses during the whole year.
Here you can se the work of the artist and teacher Bengt Jacobson www.jacobssonart.se
mandag 15. juli 2013
søndag 7. juli 2013
The book also has many examples of watercolour paintings. And I have again been doing the exercise of copying an other artist in this blog posting. This time it is the artist Jack Reid I have been copying (the painting was untitled). In the book by Greg Albert it is presented as an example of having interesting shapes in a painting. In addition, I think it also shows very well the importance of having a variety of values in order to make an appealing painting. For me it is very educational to copy others like this, and this has been an important reminder of the value of values in a painting!
torsdag 4. juli 2013
søndag 16. juni 2013
Yesterday I went to an exhibition to see the art work of the Swedish watercolour artist Anna Törnquist, http://www.annatornquist.se/akvarell/. I love her style and also her sense of humour in her paintings. At the exhibition there were a couple of painting of icebergs that I fell in love with. I became so inspired that I wanted to have a go myself on an ice motive. I have used only a painting knife here, and I really enjoy this way of painting. I have been working on the floor, using the whole body working with the painting knife. I feel this is more "my" way of painting - really a joyful day of painting!
fredag 14. juni 2013
fredag 10. mai 2013
Two different drawings of the same figure. One loose and very quick pen drawing, and another a little bit more elaborated, but still very quick, pencil drawing. It is interesting how the medium changes the expression.
I am fighting against my own impatience when it comes to painting, though. I like the quick and spontanous way of expressing my self on the paper. But I still don't master the watercolours and the different paper qualities well enough to be able to control such a way of expression. So, I have to fight my own desire to paint in a quick and bold way as it very often ends up with a disaster! There is so much to learn about painting tecniques, different paper qualities, amount of water held in the paper, how the different pigments flow. Luckily, this summer I am going to attend to workshops! It is in Sweden, at Gerleborgsskolan www.gerlesborgsskolan.se . It will be 4 days in July and 5 days later in August. I am looking very much forward to it!
søndag 5. mai 2013
In the version below, I wet the paper first. I usually don`t do that, but I wanted to explore more soft settling of the pigments. I also tried to use more skinlike colours on the face. But for some reason, I find it more difficult than using the blue/purple shades I often use for faces. Hm, I like the more spontanous one above better.
lørdag 27. april 2013
søndag 14. april 2013
søndag 7. april 2013
At the end of the day gave up the wet-in-wet exercises and decided to just paint a flower, after inspiration from a nother very nice book, namely "Painting flowers with impact in watercolour" by Julie Collins.
So, then I finally managed to paint this iris.
lørdag 6. april 2013
onsdag 3. april 2013
This one is also painted in my sketch book, with only 160 g paper. What was fun to watch was how the paint was flowing and drying on this smooth surface. Normally I don`t paint on smooth paper.
mandag 1. april 2013
I have been working on some paintings of squirrels the last days. I have been using a small photo from the newspaper as a reference. This was the first one, a sketch where I drew a very loose pen drawing and then quickly put on some paint. It is from my sketch book, so it is not watercolour paper. I will show other versions of watercolour squirrels later.
fredag 1. mars 2013
onsdag 27. februar 2013
In the beginning, I drew very neat and nice pencil drawings. But that takes time. Because I don`t always have the time nor the patience to draw neatly, I started doing very quick pen drawings. I hold the pen loosely at the top of the pen and avoids lifting the pen from the paper while I draw. The result is like the present drawing, and I have to say I am both quite excited as well as surprised by the results! I really like what is coming through my hands in this way. What happens when I hold the pen in this loose way is that I also loose complete control over the line. But that is what makes both the act of drawing this way, as well as the result so enjoing; I don`t know exactly how the result will be, and the line is far, far much more interesting than the neat and "good" pencil drawings I normally would try to achieve.
So, the present portrait is an example of this way of drawing. I made it yesterday evening in a minute or two by having a look at a photo from the newspaper. Other times, I draw a quick drawing of the news reporters while I watch the news on tv.
lørdag 23. februar 2013
søndag 17. februar 2013
søndag 10. februar 2013
What`s going on between these two persons and who are they? Father and daugher? Husband and wife?
I drew a pen drawing from a small reference photo that I got from a newspaper. As I drew it in a small sketch book, the paper quality is too poor for the use of watercolour. Maybe I will elaborate the study in a bigger format and on quality paper later on.