Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Homemade paints

I work in a school as an art teacher for 7-9 year old children. Last week we made our own paints from red ochre, yellow ochre, bone coal, honey, gum arabic, sodium bensoate and water, roughly reconstructing the process traced as far back as the Blombos Cave in South Africa 100 000 years ago. I'll get back to you with some pictures made with these paints. So talk to you soon!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Playa del Aguila

I made this with a single wash. That's all I had time for and I think a second wash would have lured me into too much fiddling, so I am happy about it. Yes, it's Gran Canaria again, last fall.

Saturday, March 10, 2012


This is a remaking of an old painting from Skaftafell National Park, Iceland. I usually paint on Arches paper but this time I tried Saunders Waterford. I experienced that it doesn't stand as much fiddling and concluded it might prevent overworking. This one will go another round, though.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Daddy rowing

I spent the most exciting days of my childhood on Långaskär, the uninhabited bird island in the distance. This is from last summer, when my father took us there on a day trip for some hiking and swimming.