Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Crawling wolf

This illustrates a wolf trying to crawl under a fence. I suppose it requires a strong motivation.

Jumping wolf

This illustrates the problem wolf safe fences are meant to solve: a wolf jumping over an ordinary fence. Some sheep farmers say not even electricity keeps these carnivores away, while others say it does. I don’t know but I appreciate the efforts to let us have both wolves and sheep.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Displaying lapwing

This is a displaying lapwing painted on commission for Anser, the south Swedish ornithological magazine. The layout requires some empty space for the text, leaving the composition with a semi-finished look at this stage.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Tripod bracket

My wooden easel is an awkward hulk but thanks to Peter Ward’s excellent Watercolour Log I found this bracket that converts my old birding tripod into a plein air easel. The only downside is I can’t use my telescope when I paint unless I buy another tripod, so avian motifs may suffer.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Redwing sketches

I'm privileged to design my own curriculum, which recently resulted in a bird sketching class with the first graders. This is my demo of some redwings in a schoolyard rowan.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

New brushes

The importance of water retension is why I've insisted on using natural hair brushes so far, but I just found Escoda Ultimo with imitated squirrel hair to do the job just as well. They are also cheap and I expect them to last for a few years, which natural hair doesn't. I bought two mop brushes size 10 and 18 and now I'm looking at the round pointed ones.