Friday, July 24, 2015

Cormorant portrait

When I once got a wished-for opportunity to observe and admire this exotic species in Kalmarsund in the 70:s, I didn't imagine those 350 pairs would multiply to 25 000 in a couple of decades and become a pest if you ask the fishermen. As a bird painter I appreciate it as a patient model with wonderful shapes and colors. This is an illustration for the ornithological journal Anser.

Cormorant sketches

This bird species immigrated soon after the ice age. It was exterminated from Sweden in the 19th century but some birds from Rügen founded a new colony at Gåsö in Kalmarsund in the thirties.

Saturday, July 11, 2015


We met up at Rönnen just like a year ago, talked, drew, and painted for a few hours and then went on to see Hans Larsson's superb artshow in Arild. Ice-cream and coffee at the harbour afterwards. Thanks for this day of days, Lars Fredholm, Gunnar Tryggmo, and Peter Elfman!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Johan's course 3

Johan is a painter's painter and a teacher's teacher. He really knows how to instruct, inspire and encourage his students. In one of the exercises we used a spray bottle for gleaming light and wet streets.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Johan's course 2

We started with some basic skills like drybrushing, glazing and gradated washes. A recent hike at Kullen gave me the inspiration to this miniature painting.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Johan's course 1

After 25 years of illustrating I felt I needed some input from the loose and wet corner. Johan Ramberg says if you just get the idiom right you don't need any details. "It all starts with a puddle."

Paint review: QoR 2

40% more pigments is probably true. The paint also rewets well and is easy to judge in mixes because it keeps its color when dry, and I don't mind too much about the precipitating earth colors. I will definitely buy some more QoR colors when I get rich or when the price comes down. Aquazol seems to be an excellent binder.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Paint review: QoR 1

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.