Friday, December 10, 2010

Golden Eagle again

The front cover painting of the predator folder is this year's last illustration. Now I am taking a break for celebrating Christmas and spending time with friends and family. Take care and see you next year.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Nanny skipper

The skipper of Nanny looks like a time traveler from the 19th century and may even be one. But he does use GPS and all other modern devices and manages to transport hundreds of tourists to Hallands Väderö every summer day.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Another lynx

Here is another attempt with the lynx. It's a hard one because I have never painted it before and it's not just like any other feline. It's a peculiar thing, something in its own right.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Red Kite

I painted this Red Kite for the ornithological magazine Anser. Kites make wonderful models soaring slowly above the painter's head.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Painting session

We did interiors in class last Monday, with special focus on perspective and light. I made this watercolor of my new private student painting in our kitchen.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Lynx

It took me a few attempts to get where I wanted with this one. The lynx's head is a lot smaller than those of other felines, that's what pulled my leg.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Eagle on a carcass

The Golden Eagle so far, still some details to be done on the head and feet...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Continuation course

We just decided on a four evenings continuation course starting Monday, January 10th. We will be studying the different pigments' properties like weight, transparency, and granulation, then move on to atmospheric effects like midday thaw, evening light, and mist. We will also be dealing with perspective and how to achieve immediacy - letting the viewer feel like being part of the scene. Welcome to join us!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Lighthouse

We did buildings in last Monday's watercolor class and this is my demonstration painting: the lighthouse of Hallands Väderö from a photo I took last summer.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Course start

My watercolor course started again a couple of weeks ago. These are some of the first demonstrations: how to use values for shape and how to render structure with different kinds of brushstrokes.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Brown Bear

The tricky thing with this illustration was to emphasize the weight and strength of the animal and present it as the alert and agile animal it is.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Golden Eagle

I will be working on the predator folder for the next few weeks. This is a young Golden Eagle.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Wolf sketch

Here is another sketch for the predator folder. Unfortunately I have never seen a wild wolf, so this is a member of the Kolmården pack.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Eagle sketches

My friend Jens, who is now working at the Jönköping County Administrative Board, just asked me to illustrate a folder about the large predators in that area. This is one of the sketches so far: a Golden Eagle feeding on a roe deer carcass and another one chasing a hare.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Lancaster sands

Morecambe Bay is an unimaginable experience even for those familiar with the concept of tide. I spent hours just looking at the seascape being transformed into a landscape by the tremendous force of the moon. This painting is in part a remaking of an oil I made a couple of years ago.

Update May 6th, 2011
This painting was just selected for Birds in Art, a yearly exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wisconsin!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Bowland

This is a late summer evening with long shadows cast over the moors of Lancashire. The fell across Littledale is Clougha Pike.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Baniki

Bene and myself are working on the book about Kumba whenever we get time for it. This is Kumba's new friend Baniki, in a bad mood as usual. The tricky thing about these African illustrations is the light, which is much stronger than what I am used to.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Assisted demo

This morning I showed watercolor painting to a group of senior citizens at Falsterbo Art Gallery. It's very rewarding to talk about painting with the elderly because you can't get too old for it. My daughter Sissa's preschool was closed for planning so she assisted me with new perspectives on the subject. Photo by Lena Miörner.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Fågelsträcket

The opening of Falsterbo Art Gallery's annual bird art show is on Saturday August 28th at 12-17 o'clock. This is the top event of my painting year and I want all of you to be there! The gallery is at Hjalmar Gullbergs Plan 1, Falsterbo. Welcome!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

One-day courses

I am currently working on two one-day courses called "Nature and Birds in Watercolor" to be held in Falsterbo September 11th and 12th. You are welcome to join us - please call +46 40 473310 for inquiries.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Morecambe Bay

Britain's largest estuary makes a marvelous spot for watching migrating waders in fall. I got there in late July and watched the outgoing tide and the birds dividing the beach between them: Herring Gulls and Lesser Black-Backed Gulls on dry sand, Oyster Catchers on wet sand, and Curlews on the shoals. The Stone Jetty Café, originally a train and ferry station serving the export trade to Ireland, is strongly recommended.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Arctic Tern

The raspy calls of the Arctic Tern make an essential part of the summer atmosphere of the Baltic Archipelagos. This one is perching on a long-abandoned stone jetty in Ragnabo, Småland.

Friday, July 30, 2010

The Marsh

I just returned from Lancashire, where I visited some friends and explored interesting habitats like mudflats, moors, and pubs. This site is called The Marsh and is found at the east bank of River Lune. Grazing sheep, goldfinches, and lapwings dominated the scene but crab shells and seaweed also indicated that the tide sometimes floods the area, perhaps when coinciding with heavy rain and land-breeze.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Wheatear

Kullen is one of the places I have dubbed the most beautiful one in the world and it's also a great spot for watching migrating birds as well as nesting ravens, peregrines, and wheatears, to mention a few species. This is a male wheatear that my wife and I encountered on our annual two-day honeymoon.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Garden table

I'm on vacation and taking the possibility to do whatever I want, like painting in my father's and stepmother's garden in the countryside of Sörmland, middle Sweden. It was 33 degrees in the shade and the horseflies were terrible so I had no patience at all for details, which I think actually improved the painting. So that's what horseflies are good for!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The maid

After finishing a few more urgent jobs I finally have time for Bene's and my own long term project: the book about Kumba. This is the family's maid Esi being disappointed with Kumba always running away from his duties.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Framing for Falsterbo

I am busy framing the paintings for the 17th "Fågelsträcket", Falsterbo Art Gallery's yearly bird art show. Erik Lundgren taught me how to frame my watercolors and I really love it. Hope to see you in Falsterbo!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Grains of gold

Although I have made watercolor my corner of the illustration field, occasionally I also do some ink drawings. This is one of ten illustrations I just drew for a book about everyday grains of gold that my wife Maria and her friend Ulrika are writing.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Work in progress

This dirty sketch from Stockholm Old Town will be converted into a watercolor painting as soon as I get time for it. At this time of the year I am always busy catching up with myself, finishing all the loose ends that result from intensive procrastinating during the rest of the year, so pleasure projects like this one have to stand in line for a while.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Sunlit crusader

The crux with bright sunshine is the reflected light, here casting a brown illumination from sandstone rocks on the down facing surfaces, while sides giving onto the sky are bluish. The strong backlight also paints the sunlit side all white.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Old volcano

A basaltic cliff of solidified magma is what is left of a Jurassic volcano near Frostavallen in Skåne. 161-200 million years after the eruption plants like Woodruff thrive in its basic environment and elvish ambience.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Eurasian Baskettail

Sometimes evolution produces real beauties like the Eurasian Baskettail, a species with scattered populations in south eastern Sweden. It can be spotted near shallow lakes for example in the Frostavallen area in Skåne.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sledging

This is an illustration for Höör's parish, that is informing visitors about what you can do there. I tried to capture the speed by minimizing detail.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Iceland

This is a memory from a trip to Iceland a few summers ago, I would rather say between the volcanic eruptions than before the last famous one - that's what Iceland is like. The glacier is the great Vatnajökull during a day's hike in the Skaftafell National Park. Two ravens are playing above the cloud shadows.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Surveying butterflies

Animal ecologist Lars Pettersson at Lund University recently asked me to illustrate how to survey butterflies; the surveyor walks a certain route and notes every butterfly within an imagined 5x5x5 meter box.
The foreground Large Blue Butterfly has an interesting lifestyle. Its caterpillars secrete a sweet substance that attracts a species of red ant. The ants take the caterpillar to their nest and eat its secretions. After wintering in the tunnels the caterpillar begins to feed on the ant's eggs and larvae. Then it hangs itself in the nest's roof and builds a chrysalis around itself. After three weeks it is transformed into a butterfly, crawls out of its chrysalis, and flies away to find a mate.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Future teaching

My watercolor course at Folkuniversitetet is over for this time. I have had a great time and I hope the students enjoyed it too. The next beginners' course starts October 4th and there will also be two full continuers' days: October 10th and 23rd. Two nature painting workshops are also planned for September 11th and 12th at Falsterbo konsthall as well as three lectures for elders also next fall. Apart from that I am planning a set of workshops for the summer 2011. I will get back to you when the details are clear. Stay in touch!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Model painting

Even with a professional model like Ellen croquis painting is something we could spend a lifetime on without getting fully trained. Therefor the continuers' course that I am planning for the fall will contain some model painting too.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Birds in Art

The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wisconsin has organised Birds in Art since 1976, a jury selecting about 100 works for the exhibition each year. This is one of my entries: the third version of the sheep in Gunnar's meadow. First I left out the Barn Swallow not to overwork the painting but then I took it back again and I am satisfied. The bird and the nearest sheep seem to be interacting just like I felt at that point last summer. I only wish I could paint the sounds of the grasshoppers, birds, and sheep too, as well as the smell of sheep dung.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Mural

I made this Atlantic underwater scene at Bilingual Montessori School of Lund five years ago, partly for the children to learn the different animals' names in Swedish, English and French. I enjoyed painting it surrounded by kids that asked funny questions like "What's that blob on the left?". Photo by Philippe Longchamps.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Water

... was the subject of my last watercolor class at Folkuniversitetet. These waves came in from the Baltic Sea last summer. Now you won't be hearing from me until after Easter because my son and I are going for a short vacation. Take care!

Monday, March 22, 2010

At the water's edge

My youngest daughter Sissa a summer evening in the Blekinge archipelago. The water was lukewarm and full of parr - a very exciting experience for a toddler.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Perspective

This is the old lighthouse keeper's house on Hallands Väderö, where we stayed a couple of wonderful days with our friends last summer. I used the painting for a perspective demonstration in class last Monday.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sweets

This was a lot harder than I thought. Semi-glossy and semi-transparent ... it took a number of attempts with watercolors and a great deal of photoshopping before I was satisfied. Now it's time to eat up the models and paste the candy receipt into the accountancy book.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Course start

My watercolour course at Folkuniversitetet is up and running again. So far we have done colour, shape, and structure, next comes perspective and later on seascapes, croquis ... well, I'll keep you informed. These are my demonstrations of oranges and peelings in different lightings.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Front cover

The Whinchat is one of my favourite models - beautifully designed by Mother Evolution and always showing off in interesting poses. I was a bit unhappy about the dull background when I was done with this painting but Magnus Billqvist did the layout of the front cover in a way that makes the painting come out of its boundaries and talk to us. It has struck me many times that a painting's ability to communicate with the viewer depends a lot on how and where it is shown and not just on how it is painted.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Warty Newt

This is a male Warty Newt, also known by the name Great Crested Newt. It lives on land but breeds in ponds and pools in southern Scandinavia and Eastern, Central, and Western Europe. I made this illustration for a poster featuring protected species in the province of Småland.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Male pintails

I am still working on the identification plates to be published in the June 2010 issue of the ornithological magazine Anser. Here is how to tell a first-winter male from an older one: a bit smaller body, rounder head, shorter and duller beak, and shorter tertials often obscured by the shoulder feathers. In flight the duller wings are also worth noticing.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Roe doe

I will be spending the next two months painting 30-40 new pictures for the local zoo Skånes Djurpark. This gives me an opportunity to visit the zoo in winter - a lovely experience with snow, hopefully sunshine and all the animals in their beautiful winter furs.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wolffish

Do I love this one because it makes a delicious fish & chips or because I would beat it in a beauty contest? Would I still love it if I didn't beat it? To be on the safe side it resides on the bottom of the Atlantic, where it feeds on crabs, clams, welks, cockle, starfish and sea urchins. It is also known by the names Seawolf and Catfish. This is an illustration for the health magazine Prosana, now renamed Vitalt Vetande.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Forest grazing

This is a rare view nowadays. Farmers used to let their cattle browse in the forests - cheap but risky because wolves and lynxes had little else to hunt as their natural prey was outcompeted by these efficient grazers. I drew these cows and calves from photos taken before World War II, after which everything was modernized. I think these oldfashioned breeds are more beautiful than the high-producing ones.