Monday, February 08, 2016

Saturday's life drawing

Venue: Basis, Stockholm 20160206

We had Saturday life drawing at last. Our old teacher, Harald left town at Christmas and the school had difficulty filling the guy's shoes obviously. Harald is missed but the new teacher seems promising. He got his art education in Budapest so that's interesting at least. He changed the amount of time we spent on each pose after the first two five minute ones. He made them shorter, very short - one minute ones! Funny but after a series of one minute poses we moved up to two minute poses and then it felt we had ages to complete a sketch.

3 minute pose

2 minute pose

2 minute pose

4 minute pose

4 minute pose

4 minute pose

2 minute poses

2 minute pose

3 minute pose

2 minute pose

5 minute pose

1 minute poses

1 minute poses

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Cheap palette

This is the last time I buy a cheap palette to hold my expensive watercolours. It lasted a year,  it was the palette I used at work for my lunchtime watercolours. Live and learn :)

Rusty palette

Friday, February 05, 2016

Tuesday's life drawing

Venue: Konstnärshuset, Stockholm. 20160202

I enjoyed this life drawing session. I was happy with most of my sketches which rarely happens. I was trying out a new charcoal pencil, a Kuelox Charcoal pencil - 1803 Soft. I liked it a lot, the only negative is that the pencil is very hard to sharpen without shattering the compressed coal.
Rosa, the model is an ex-circus artist who is very strong, her figure is quite short and stocky. She's a great model and I've been drawing her since the very start, but these days I tend to stretch her, I make her taller than she really is in my sketches. I guess it is to suit my ideal female form, it's my artistic licence, sorry about that Rosa if you ever happen to stumble over this post.

5 minute sketch

2 minute sketch

5 minute sketch

10 minute sketch

10 minute sketch

5 minute sketch

5 minute sketch

5 minute sketch

2 minute sketch

5 minute sketch

2 minute sketch

2 minute sketch

2 minute sketch

Monday, February 01, 2016

Sunday Nude

I spent the whole day yesterday drawing and painting. First I met up with fellow Stockholm - Urbansketchers. We gathered outside the library at Kulturhuset which is a large cultural centre in the middle of Stockholm. Later in the day some of us attended life drawing at Konstnärshuset,  this watercolour took 40 minutes. It was challenging because I had to paint wet on wet most of the time. I had to apply thick paint for the eyes, otherwise the damp paper would have blurred them out of recognition. If you would like to see my urban-sketches please visit here.

Sunday figure painting

Memories from Japan

I was in Japan just after Christmas. I was visiting my son who has put down roots in Tokyo. It's an amazing place. This watercolour was painted from a photo I took outside a bazaar in Nasukarasuyama north of Tokyo.

Arches rough 300g 50 x 32.5 cm

Japanese clay pots 50 x 32.5 cm

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Last Tuesday's life drawing

I am having trouble finding good light to photograph my drawings at the moment. It is so grey and dark here in Stockholm these days. I hope the cold weather comes back, at least then we get clear blue skies.
The first two drawing show that I continue to experiment with lost and found areas. I wish to achieve this in my watercolours as well.

Five minute sketch on A3 paper

Two minute sketch on A3 paper

Five minute sketch on A3 paper

Three minute sketch on A3 paper

Monday, January 25, 2016

Urban winter sketch

I sat in my car outside the local sailing club here in the suburbs of Stockholm. The boats are out of the water for the winter, red anchor buoys are the only evidence that summer exists.

21 x 14.5 cm Clairefontaine watercolour sketchbook.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Tuesday's life drawing

It was the first for 2016. I'm trying to be a bit more careful when I draw,  I want to improve and the only way to do that is to get out of the comfort zone.

Last life drawing from 2015

I've been so busy,  haven't had time to publish on my blog recently. Life has settled down again so I hope to post a lot more often now.

A3 sketch December 2015

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas painting

We celebrated Christmas late into the night here in Brittany. It was real nice to go for a walk by the shoreline and sketch for a while. It was really windy but it was mild and never rained.

The view from Ploubazlenac. Arches Rough 300g 31 x 23 cm. 20151225

Ploubazlenac