Over the years I’ve heard commandments like “Don’t use white”, “Don’t paint in Venice” and even “Don’t paint boat sheds”. Similarly “Never use black” is the advice some salesmen give my students, planting indigo and sepia in their palms instead because “These won’t kill your painting”. It's just that both those colors are ready mixed and contain black, so they are not the solution if black is a problem. My own fad is “Only use single pigments” because mixing should be done by the painter, not by the manufacturer - and black is just as good as any. (Just don't use this advice as a commandment!) By the way, this is Dyrhólaey, "Doorway peninsula", in southern Iceland painted with lots of Ivory black and some Raw sienna, Burnt sienna and Ultramarine blue.
The Swedish wolf population is growing but not fast enough for me to find a model just like that. Instead I sketched some primitive dogs like jämthunds and shikokus but changed the shapes and proportions for a more authentic look.
This illustrates the problem wolf safe fences are meant to solve: a wolf jumping over an ordinary fence. Some sheep farmers say not even electricity keeps these carnivores away, while others say it does. I don’t know but I appreciate the efforts to let us have both wolves and sheep.
This is a displaying lapwing painted on commission for Anser, the south Swedish ornithological magazine. The layout requires some empty space for the text, leaving the composition with a semi-finished look at this stage.
My wooden easel is an awkward hulk but thanks to Peter Ward’s excellent Watercolour Log I found this bracket that converts my old birding tripod into a plein air easel. The only downside is I can’t use my telescope when I paint unless I buy another tripod, so avian motifs may suffer.
The importance of water retension is why I've insisted on using natural hair brushes so far, but I just found Escoda Ultimo with imitated squirrel hair to do the job just as well. They are also cheap and I expect them to last for a few years, which natural hair doesn't. I bought two mop brushes size 10 and 18 and now I'm looking at the round pointed ones.