Monday, March 30, 2009

Seal hunters again

One of my ambitions as an archaeological illustrator is to present prehistoric people as individuals that act, rather than as a blurred mass that things happen to. In this illustration we are back on the shores of the Baltic Sea. This group of seal hunters represents the Pitted Ware culture that flourished in southern Scandinavia 3200-2300 BC, approximately.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The cranes are back

The cranes are now returning from their winter resorts in South-Western Europe to their breeding mires in the North. I made this painting from sketches that I made in Sörmland last year.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Political incorrectness

The prehistoric peoples didn’t know we were going to use them as models for ourselves and write their history accordingly. There is actually little evidence for women taking part in the hunting itself but they must have played a crucial role in the very important ground service. Without somebody tanning and sewing, the hunters would have done a poor job.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Brownflesh Bracket

Coriolopsis gallica is known from Europe, Asia, North America, and North Africa but from only one locality in Sweden: Strömsholm, Västmanland. It grows on dead elm and ash, which the loggers usually don’t leave alone.