Monday, April 6, 2015

Another one

I tend to overwork my sketches if I have too much time but 15 minutes is okay for a study like this one.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Nude study

It wasn't until I started drawing and painting models that I actually understood how to render weight, tension and movement in my animal motifs. Even my rocks and trees improved greatly. And so did the humans, of course. This is a five-minutes study of a lying woman.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Painting recipes

The Swedish watercolor guru Arne Isacsson (1917-2010) said: "Don't follow recipes!", and many of his learners like to quote him. In my opinion this advice might actually discourage some inexperienced students. You can learn a lot from following a painting recipe (as long as it's not the only thing you do), because it gives you the tools you need to eventually go your own way. That might be part of why the most innovatve watercolor painting is developing in China, where copying is an important part of learning. Here is a two-step illustration of how to use shadows for shapes.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Winter skylark

Skylarks are usually seen singing above fields and meadows, so my first attempts with one in the snow looked totally out of place. After a few sketches I decided to darken the bird and blur some of the snow flakes, which made the snow much more convincing.

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Another illustration for Bo's book - a Kingfisher. This gemstone of a bird is a real eyecatcher in the dull Swedish winter.

Saturday, February 28, 2015


I am illustrating a book about historic birdwatching in Skåne using charcoal pencils and crayons and Fabriano Ingres paper. These new materials are a new experience and a nice one.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Fur Seals IV

I want to spend the rest of my life painting Fur Seals.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Bridled Terns IV

The finished piece.

Bridled Terns III

The strong sunlight bounced on the orange-brown sand rendering a warm light on the bird's shaded undersides.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Fur Seals III

I'll be using these sketches for a watercolor painting as soon as I get some time to paint.