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.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


One of the world's most beautiful birds! Bo wanted black-and white illustrations but I'll take any chance to make some watercolor sketches when the Garganeys return in May.

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.