Wednesday, July 23, 2014

More impressions from my balcony

Geranium impressions 20140720

Sketching in the archipelago ( 20140717 - 18 )

Sketching in the archipelago  ( 20140717 )

Sketching in the archipelago  ( 20140717 )
Sketching in the archipelago  ( 20140718 )

Sketching in the archipelago ( 20140715 - 16 )

Sketching in the archipelago  ( 20140716 )

Sketching in the archipelago  ( 20140715 )

Watercolours in the Stockholm archipelago ( 20140714 )


Stockholm archipelago ( 20140714 )

Stockholm archipelago ( 20140714 )

Kayaking in the Stockholm archipelago ( 20140712 )

I spent ten wonderful days kayaking in the archipelago. No hot water to wash but plenty of opportunities to sketch and paint. It was a great holiday.

Stockholm archipelago 20140712

Stockholm archipelago 20140712

Stockholm archipelago 20140712

Friday, July 04, 2014

Making progress ...

Something has clicked in my head. I changed paper and slowed down, I think about composition, colour and tone. I think I've just taken another step on the ladder to be coming a better watercolour painter, that makes me happy.

This watercolour must have been inspired by my visit last week to Carl Larsson and Anders Zorn in Dalarna.


Thursday, July 03, 2014

Portrait by Liu Yi

I want to be this good! 

Frustrations of a student of watercolour and art.

I admire Liu Yi's approach to his ballet dancers and portraits, his hard and soft edges, no pencilling. I hope to reach his level some day. I'm certainly going to give it a try.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Portrait

I have been working on four watercolours today. Here is one, it's not perfect by any means but I like it anyway. I will be at the studio every day this week, I just love holidays.  :)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sketches on the road.

I had a brilliantly inspiring trip last week visiting my Swedish artist heroes. Zorn being the cherry on the cake.  Here are two sketches I did while touring. The one on the right was only five minutes from home. My wife shopped for food and I stayed guarding the car.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Lars Lerin visit

I travelled 300 kilometres south today to visit Lars Lerin's museum in Karlstad.  I'm glad we made the trip, it was impressive to see his work for real. He doesn't seem to care what others think, he just does his thing. I like that.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Inspired by Zorn

I have been traveling around Dalarna, Sweden which is the home of many famous Swedish artists. The other day we visited Carl Larsson's home and today we visted Anders Zorn's house and Museum in Mora. I am totally inspired by Zorn's work, especially his watercolours. The tour of his home was also a wow - sensation.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Self-portrait

I don't recognize myself but others do ...



I recognize myself but others do not.

I was using a mirror for my self-portrait. I discovered that no one I showed it to recognized me. They do not see a mirror image of course. I never thought about it until now, if I ever hang this painting on a wall, it will have to be close to a mirror!


Painting in the studio

Here you can see the original painting in progress, little did I know at that point that the portrait was flipped and therefore not me.


Couple watercolour sketch

I was just playing around here with Fabriano paper. It behaves differently compared to Arches.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

More Bacon

I could not let it go, I had to have another try. This was a quick sketch were I focused on the shapes of the face and not the details.

Francis Bacon by David Meldrum
Francis Bacon

Monday, June 16, 2014

Becoming an Impressionist

I will not be graphic in my execution, I will be an impressionist.
I will not be graphic in my execution, I will be an impressionist.
I will not be graphic in my execution, I will be an impressionist.
I will not be graphic in my execution, I will be an impressionist.
I will not be graphic in my execution, I will be an impressionist.
I will not be graphic in my execution, I will be an impressionist.
I will not be graphic in my execution, I will be an impressionist.
I will not be graphic in my execution, I will be an impressionist.
I will not be graphic in my execution, I will be an impressionist.
I will not be graphic in my execution, I will be an impressionist.

... It is so hard to change old habits. I have a graphical background so I put an outline on everything I draw. I am trying to change, the flower painting here is an exercise in trying to loosen up. I'm happy with the result.

Flowers on the balcony. Saunders-Waterford, Satin, 300g/m, 23 x 31 cm.