Friday, May 29, 2009

Ptarmigans

This is a field sketch of two rock ptarmigans that I saw in northern Sweden a few years ago. It is difficult to recall a visual impression just like that but I have some photos that I can use to get the light and colours right for a watercolour painting. I will keep you informed.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Beach Pea

Just one more Koster painting before returning to the book illustrations that will keep me busy for most of the summer. The seeds of the wonderful Beach Pea float around in the sea for years before germinating on a sand or gravel beach, which explains the species' wide native range covering the shores of Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Harbor Seals

We are still in the Koster area. An epizootic killed half of the Harbor Seals both in 1988 and 2002. They have since recovered and now number about 7,000 individuals in the North Sea.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Shags

The Shag used to be a rare visitor from the rocky coasts of the North Sea. The last few years it has been observed more often and even been recorded breeding on remote islands on the Swedish west coast. This illustration is for the signs at Kosterhavet Marine National Park.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Medicinal herbs

Time for some medicinal herbs for the health magazine Vitalt Vetande. This is a hybrid known as peppermint, a cross between the watermint and spearmint.