Friday, March 29, 2013

An optimist

A single lapwing returned to its breeding grounds ahead of the others to claim a good territory but a cold snap must have forced it to turn back south quite soon. Even a thin cover of ice stops it from reaching its sustenance.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Future teaching

Here are my teaching plans for this spring and summer: Monday evenings for beginners at Folkuniversitetet in Lund, starting April 8th. Two full days for continuers at Folkuniversitetet in Lund: June 1st and 15th. Landscapes in watercolor at Skurups Folkhögskola: July 29th-August 2nd. Welcome!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

New colors

While all other manufacturers now favor artificial pigments, Daniel Smith goes back to the quarries for the natural beauties Monte Amiata sienna, Burgundy yellow ochre and Burgundy red ochre. These earth colors are as old as Earth itself but newcomers in my harem. I may now kiss the brides.

Saturday, March 9, 2013


Gunnar Tryggmo, Peter Elfman and myself went birding today. It was a bit too cold for my fingers, so sketching was poor but we found a few lapwings and curlews, a pair of pintails and a couple of shelducks. The sea, sand and reed beds had wonderful colors that took my eyes away from the birds though.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Crouching cat

It may be tempting to paint every hair of an animal's fur but the trick is not to. I'll get back to this subject for a simpler version when I get some time over.