Saturday, January 25, 2014

Arctic tern

This is a remaking of a summer sketch. For some reason I find summer light easier to paint in winter, maybe because I'm longing for it, as for these wonderful birds whos crisp calls and swift flight are an excellent accent to the waves and the heat haze.

Sunday, January 12, 2014


This is a restaurant in my hometown Lund. As my wife and I are building a garden shed and doing the gutter and downpipe right now, I needed to be disciplined not to dwell too much on those interesting details. Unlike drainage a watercolor painting shouldn't be perfect.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Yellow house

This is a demo from my last beginners' course. Perspective is important and try not to make a sharp border between the house and the ground so it doesn't look like a toy to pick up.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Downsized line-up

I’m constantly revising my palette, trying new colors, dubbing some and discarding others as the answer to “What colors do I actually need?”. It’s an expensive habit but I hope it makes me wise. So here is my new team: Permanent rose, Cadmium red, New Gamboge (PY108, Anthrapyramidine), Prussian blue, Ivory black, Venetian red, Raw sienna and Ultramarine blue. I use whole pans and fill them up with tube paint when they run short. The brands are usually Schmincke, Winsor & Newton, Daler Rowney and Daniel Smith. Up my sleeve I also keep an opaque gouache white for occasional use but no green because I like to mix the greens myself.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Watercolor on limestone

Why not start the new year with a glimpse in the rear-view mirror? While waiting for paper to be invented the Stone Age watercolorists relied on rock for a support. Of course the flickering light and the artists’ imagination must have influenced the result but still the Paleolithic painters rendered animals that resemble their present-day relatives, which indicates a realistic approach. Geneticists recently confirmed some of the coat color variation in ice age horses. The ancestral bay dun was probably the most common one but a European wild horse flock must have been a beautiful mix ranging all the way to leopard spotted and grullo.