Thursday, November 26, 2009

Herring gulls

We went to Hallands Väderö in late August to visit the Sjös, who were renting an old lighthouse-keeper’s house there. We had a couple of wonderful days with hiking, seal-watching, and eating. These are two of the Herring gulls that breed on the island.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Croquis painting

Last Monday it was time for some croquis painting - one of the most difficult things within drawing and painting probably because it involves so many parts of it: colour mixing, perspective, figure drawing ... We also experimented with different light conditions.

The brain consumes loads of energy when we do something as complicated as this and I think we were all pretty tired after these three hours. But I also think we learned a lot. Great job, everybody!

Next: impressionism.

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.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Back to basics

I find it much more rewarding to get back to basics than to try to achieve perfection. On Monday's watercolor class at Folkuniversitetet we worked with light, shade, and gloss to build volumes on the paper. I did this jug as a demonstration, the light coming from all directions which makes it a bit tricky - and fun! Next time we will do landcapes.