Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Skaftafell

So we did landscapes on Monday’s watercolour class. This is a demonstration painting from a photo I took at Skaftafell National Park, Iceland, in 2001. I softened the background with a sponge and strengthened the foreground with a few extra brushstrokes to improve the perspective and focus.

5 comments:

Lluís Sogorb said...

The tiny human figure gives you more grandeur to the landscape. Very good result with the sponge. A greeting

Øivind Egeland said...

As always, a beautiful watercolor. I am impressed by the shape of the person in the foreground - no more than a dot of pain , but still with a well defined posture and direction.
I have never tried using a sponge - is that a sponge especially made for watercolors?

Måns Sjöberg said...

Thanks a lot, gentlemen!
The sponge is an ordinary natural one. I think they grow on the bottom of the Mediterranean. I bought mine at the local artists' shop.

Øivind Egeland said...

A sponge is on my list for christmas, then. And of course, I mean a dot of paint, not a dot of pain...

Måns Sjöberg said...

That sounds great! By the way - it took me many failures to learn how to use the sponge the right way: Dip it in water and squeeze it semi-dry, then wipe up the wet (or rewetted) paint softly with the sponge.