Trying to loosen up.

Stortorget, Gamla Stan, Stockholm

Buildings are a bunch of boxes, straight lines and a few curves, rigid things that demand to be stiff and upright. I am trying to create an impression of what I see – to this point I have failed every time. I enjoy the challenge though, trying to find what is missing.

 

Gamla Stan
Gamla Stan

 

Bacon 2017

If you like Francis Bacon you will enjoy this documentary, “A Brush with Violence” by the BBC.

Two – three minute poses

Basis 2017.10.14

Here are Saturday’s offerings. I was hungover, so I was surprised I was able to sketch at all. All the poses were between 2 and 3 minutes long.
I used to find these sort of poses quite frustrating but these days I know my limits, I know I can only sketch so much. It is therefore important to capture the pose with so few lines as possible. Just one line would be the most optimal.

Why was I hungover? The new management at work does not want me to continue working part-time in 2018. I have to be 100% or leave. At least they want me 100%, that’s not bad. I of course would like to continue part-time as an artist, I have been doing so for two years. I really appreciate that I was allowed time to explore and develop into who I am today. Now I have to decide, do I become a full-time artist or not? … I have already made my mind up, it wasn’t very hard. 2018 is going to be a very exciting year. Stay tuned!

Meldrum Life Drawing

2017.10.12

Meldrum Kroki (Meldrum life drawing). Yes, it does sound a bit pretentious but I will just have to get used to it. I started a life drawing evening in my apartment on the 5th of October this month. We have had two sessions so far and I and very happy with it’s success. I really feel that this is something I would like to develop. At the moment I can only have a maximum of 15 people in my living room so I have had to create a small Facebook group of life drawing friends. With time I will expand the group and make it public, right now it’s a very low profile, it has to be that way until Christmas at least. I am considering renting a large room next year so that the group can expand to 40 – 50 people. Time will tell if it will be a success or not.

NB. Today, my life drawing (Kroki) page is in Swedish and I do have plans to create an English version. Until then I advise you to copy the text and paste it into Google Translate. Thank you for your patience. 

 

Filming the process with a GoPro

Sunday was a rainy day here in Stockholm so I stayed in my studio and played with my GoPro camera. I filmed myself painting a sketch in my Moleskin journal. I have an ambition to publish films of my painting process to help others learn from the knowledge that I have gained since I started in 2012. I need to learn how to edit film, next weeks project I guess.

gopro
gopro

Hopefully I have something to show real soon…

Life is good

Nordiska Akvarellmuseet

Cerold Johansson who is responsible for art acquisition at the Nordic Watercolour Museum has bought one of my paintings! It arrived safely today with the glass still intact. To say that I am happy would be a bit of an understatement 😀

https://www.akvarellmuseet.org/
https://www.akvarellmuseet.org/en/about-the-museum

A Proud Salamanca Moment

I am proud to have been choosen by the Nordic Watercolour Society to particapate in the 20th ECWS* exhibition in Salamanca, Spain. The exhibition continues until the 27th of October 2017.

Thanks to Peter Reuterberg for the photographs.

*European Confederation of Watercolour Societies

 

Tuesday’s life drawing

2017.10.03

I went to Konstnärshuset for the first time this term. I used charcoal dust as well as a charcoal pencil. At one stage Gabriel the model had posed in such a way that I didn’t find it interesting so I drew the sketchers instead.

 

Autumn has arrived

2017.09.28

This is a larger version of a painting I did the other week, click here to see that one. It is a challenge to paint larger formats, this watercolour is 70 x 50 cm and painted on Arches rough paper. I added a touch of autumn as the trees outside my window have wonderful colours right now. I am happy enough with the painting, I completed 70% of it and became scared, I think this is a common problem for watercolourists. It is so easy to screw the whole thing up. It’s a real challenge to stay loose and free to the end.

Click image below for full sized watercolour

Autumn archipelago by meldrum
Autumn archipelago by meldrum