Saturday, May 26, 2012

Gamla Stan

Stockholm Old Town is a wonderful place to be and to paint. This is a backstreet overlooked by tourists and leading to the hostel where my son and myself stayed a couple of nights. It was particularly interesting to study the play of direct light and reflections on the buildings.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Shapes and gloss

These are demonstrations of how to render shapes and surfaces. The bottle was painted with two consecutive washes, both leaving the paper alone at certain spots to make a glossy surface. The orange was made with a single wash, leaving some virgin paper for the glossy part and with a gradation between the shadow blue and the orange-brown of the highlight.

Saturday, May 12, 2012


I painted this from a photo that my mother-in-law took at our wedding. Reflected light was the greatest challenge and I also tried to avoid too much detail in our faces.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Basic teaching

It's really a waste of talent not to teach any basic art techniques at school, which sadly enough is often the case at least in elementary schools in Sweden. I try to fill in the gaps by letting the children make their own experiences of perspective drawing, figure drawing and color mixing at an early age and definitely before they learn other things. This is a demo from an art class with 2nd graders drawing pine trees with shadows in the schoolyard.