Thursday, March 24, 2016

My new site

This blog has meant a lot to me since I started it eight years ago but it's time to move on. I would like to extend my gratitude and appreciation to all my visitors and followers and wish you all welcome to manssjoberg.com.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Course start

My beginner's course will start April 11th and cover the basics of watercolor painting. Register here.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Robin

The color of a robin's face and breast is orange, but which orange? And what are the colors of the reflected light in the snowy thicket under a semi-blue sky? Here I used quinacridone gold, scarlet lake and cobalt blue.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Size matters

When Gunnar had finished his pastils, he made an inset for watercolor pans and gave me this paintbox for present. All I need now is a travel brush and a pocket size watercolor pad.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

A day at the beach

Gunnar, Peter, and myself went to Rönnen and Sandön for some sketching today. It was a bit too cold for my fingers but nice talking, a cup of coffee and a visit to Gunnar's studio made my day.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Interview

I have had the pleasure of being interviewed by Al Kline with Featured E-Magazine. It's great to be able to reach a new audience this way. Thanks, Al!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

On another rock

A lot of birds that like to dwell on rocks have a black and white plumage and a brighter color like pink and green in this case. The message could be "I am sexy" and perhaps "I am a male Eider". I suppose concealing coloration is for those with a stronger reason to hide, like females on eggs, but I am often amazed how easy it is to overlook a male Eider resting among the boulders. Maybe their contradistinctive colors are well chosen considering the glittering pink and black rocks with some greenish bladderrack on them.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Moa-Li

Strong, soft light on a beautiful child's face. It was a true pleasure to paint this portrait.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Selfie

I painted this while preparing my new course which focuses on people and animals. Direct, weak light is always a challenge, just like ageing.

Friday, January 29, 2016

A five hour pose

The two last sessions of the course we dwelled on a single position for five hours alltogether (with a lot of breaks in between of course). It was nice not to be interrupted, and I think I learn a lot from switching between long and short poses, as between large and small paintings and drawings. No faces this time but that's my next project: portraits.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Three sketches

During one of the long stands I took the opportunity to draw the same pose from three different directions. Challenging my 3D thinking this way was very fun and very worthwile.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

In memoriam

Photo by Kurt Stüber
Indigofera tinctoria is a shrub belonging to the bean family. Nobody knows exactly where it's from originally but its leaves have long been the source for blue dye in India and made its way to Europe a couple of millennia ago. Farther north the same pigment, although much less concentrated, used to be extracted from the woad plant by fermenting it in urine, preferably from drunken men. That was once the color of blue jeans, the Swedish flag and the soldiers' uniforms.

However, Indigo pigment is fugitive and all paint manufacturers have replaced it with synthetic, lightfast dyes. For example Winsor & Newton blends Lamp Black (soot) with Phthalocyanine Blue (aerugo) and the violet Beta Quinacridone. Daniel Smith makes it with Indanthrone Blue and Lamp Black, while Lukas has it Benzimidazolone Carmine, Phthalocyanine Blue and Lamp Black.

In other words: real Indigo is another pigment no longer among us in the world of watercolor, although it is still available for dyeing hair and yarn. As my followers may know, I stick to single pigments but once in a while I take out some of the convenience colors including Winsor & Newton's composite Indigo, which I find very beautiful.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Sitting women

I am back after a break from both teaching watercolor and Peter's model drawing course. I don't think you can ever become fully trained when it comes to drawing and painting. There is always something new around the corner.