Dark period

Sailing home for winter 12 x 8 cm

Last week it was a bad reaction to what I ate, this week I have totally got the flu and seem to spend most of my days sleeping. Yesterday, I managed three small watercolours. I have an exhibition in the Old Town here in Stockholm starting on the 3rd of December so I thought I’d better get a move on. The paintings are rather dark, the days are getting shorter here, the sky is a numbing grey and I don’t feel so good.

Autumn calm
Autumn calm 14 x 9 cm
Past the city and onwards, winter is coming. 14 x 9 cm
Past the city and onwards, winter is coming. 14 x 9 cm

Illness

Watercolour by Chien Chung-Wei

I had a frustrating week last week. I was so enthusiastic about my new artist schedule and all the watercolours I was going to produce, but then illness struck and I’ve been unable to paint. I still feel awful, I really hope I’m 100% tiptop by the end of the week because that’s when my EPC art course with Chien Chung-Wei starts. Drop back again in a few days I am sure I’ll be back in business by then.

The evening

In the evening of my first day following my tough new artist week schedule I went to life drawing. At this stage my food intolerance was setting in big time, I had eaten something that did not agree with me. I made it through the first half of the session but I was in too much pain and too tired to continue in the second half of the evening. I think it shows in the sketches I did, I haven’t shown the bad ones of course but I think I struggled with them all, at least it felt that way.

I was proud that I was able to produce so much in one day, I hope to continue doing this in the future, like I said in an earlier post – I’m not well today so no watercolours and no schedule was followed, hopefully in a couple of days I’ll be back on track.

 

Some time for improvements

I wasn’t happy with the sky so I made it a bit more cloudy.  This was also part of my busy first day with my new artist schedule.

Afternoon painting

If you read my earlier post you will know that this is the first afternoon of my really ttough artist week schedule! This painting  which is 50 x 32 cm in size took two hours to paint.

The morning painting

This week I have introduced a tough working schedule to my artist week. I’ve been frustrated that I am just not producing enough work. Unfortunately my plans burst after only one day as I became ill, I’m incredibly sensitive to what I eat , it was either broccoli or balsamic vinegar that did it. My body can’t cope with many types of sugars since I passed midlife.

Anyway, the plan is for me to follow a ridget schedule and it worked yesterday so I’m really happy about that. In the morning I spent two hours on a commission and then anther two hours on this painting that is featured here. It’s the ferry called Norrskär that has been in service since 1910.

Working on values

Spending Friday evening working on values. A beer in one hand a marker in the other and Brian Eno in the background. Perfect.