Friday, June 12, 2015

Paint review: QoR

I try hard not to buy every tube of paint I see at the local art material retailer. It's much smarter to spend the money on quality, and here is a new brand that might fulfill my dreams.

Golden Artist Colours, best known for their well-renowned acrylic paints, introduced the new expensive brand QoR - Quality of Results - last year. Their "new & better" is the polymer binder Aquazol which they say keep more pigments than gum arabic does.

Their color chart presents 83 colors, 63 of which are single pigments. Their yellow ochre, siennas and umbers are natural, while the transparent oxides are synthetic. In fact everything is these days, with a few exceptions.

I ordered three 11 ml tubes from Jackson's Art Supply at the cost of 545 kr ($66, £43) including shipping and taxes. Their Ultramarine violet is a single pigment (PV15, Sodium aluminium sulfosilicate), the same as Daler Rowney and Winsor & Newton.

Judging from this limited comparison, QoR colors are more pigment rich and more transparent than both Winsor & Newton and Daler Rowney. They seem to lift easier, granulate a bit smoother and flow well in the water. They also maintain the intensity while the others dry a bit duller. The same is obviously true for Transparent yellow oxide and Transparent brown oxide, although I didn't compare them directly with any other make.

QoR looks good so far but I'll get back to you when I've used them a bit more, so stay tuned!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Wheatear drawing

The prettiest passerine is back from Africa. Welcome!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Work in progress 3

Darks last. Soft, hard and broken edges and not too detailed for movement and immediacy.

Work in progress 2

The water had a surrealistic turquoise color enhanced by the contrasting browns. It was constantly moving in big heaves, again contrasted by the solid rocks and lolling seals.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Work in progress 1

Sorry to bore you with another one of these adorable animals, but this blog is about my paintings and this is what I'm painting since our return from Australia. This time I decided to use masking fluid for the first time in a decade, in an attempt to render the incredible sunlight bouncing on the water and the wet rocks and fur seals. I did the seal and the rock in a single wash to connect them.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sitting woman

My model painting sessions at the beginners' level start with proportions, foreshortenings and balance. Then we add grey for tone values before mixing flesh tones. At the end of the session we skip the pencil and do everything with a brush and paint.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

African theme

Today I visited Maria Thorlund's Gallery in Lund, where my friends Thomas Fåhraeus and Peter Elfman had a corner each, among some others. Great art and nice talking!

... with color on it

To a Swedish visitor like myself the sunshine was incredibly strong and came in almost right from above. I had to be bold with the light effects to convey the mood of the scene.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Young fur seal ...

A quick sketch that I will put color on as soon as I can. These animals' agile bodies and the Australian light are tremendous challanges.

Thursday, April 23, 2015


I have a religious relation to deep lakes in thick pine woods. I can spend hours listening to the silence sometimes interrupted by the calls of Black-throated loons, Black woodpeckers and Crested tits.