Fantastic to be sailing again. 

I haven’t sailed all summer but now I am and it’s wonderful. The holiday season is over so the archipelago is quite empty of boats. No motor boats just a few sailing boats and most of them seem to be visiting from Europe. So it’s very peaceful. We have bought a new boat, not new exactly – it was built in 1975. So we are getting to know how everything works. Next week my wife returns to work but I intend to continue sailing as much of September I can. I want to sketch, paint and take reference photos. It’s going to be an experience.

This watercolour sketch was painted at our first stop on the trip, Gällnö is the name of the island, we stayed for a day then moved on. 

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Watercolour of Gällnö
Gällnö

Danvikstull

I sketched this at Boule & Berså, an outdoor bar close to Danvikstull bridge. The bridge is raised once an hour during the summer months at 38 minutes past the hour to allow sailing boats to pass though Stockholm. It’s very enjoyable to just sit down and have a beer and sketch especially on a Friday afternoon after work. My wife joined me later and so the sketchbook was put away and I finished it later that Sunday.

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Danvikstull
Danvikstull

 

After work

View from Finnbodahamn

Another quick sketch while on my way home from work. I wish I had designed the clouds a bit better. It was just one long cloud in reality but it would have been better if I had broken it up. I am satisfied otherwise, actually I quite like it!

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On the way home

Finnbodahamn

I painted this very quickly on the way home from work yesterday. It makes me happy to achieve finishing one watercolour a day, it doesn’t matter if it’s a masterpiece or not. The most important thing is to practice, practice, practice. ( I think I am talking to myself here.)

Saunders Waterford 300g 28x19cm fine grain.

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Finnbodahamn
Finnbodahamn

The Tea House

2017.08.11

The Tea House, The king’s Garden – central Stockholm. I love the composition, so this is the second time I sketched this scene.
Saunders Waterford 300g 28x19cm fine grain.

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Tehuset, Stockholm
Tehuset, Stockholm

 

 

Fotografiska museet

2017.08.11

It was such a beautiful day yesterday, I just had to go out and sketch. I will paint this in a large format sometime this autumn.
Saunders Waterford 300g 19×20 fine grain

 

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Fotografiska
Fotografiska

Pencil sketches

Paimpol harbour

A selection of pencil sketches from my visit to Paimpol in Brittany. Drawn in an A5 Canson Croquis sketchbook.

Paimpol harbour

I painted this boat last year and now again in 2017, it’s form is cute. Not sure if it has been discarded as it lies next to the graveyard of old wooden boats just outside the harbour. I have been coming to Paimpol every year for ten years and I paint the boats that are no longer loved, they are returning slowly to the sea.
Saunders Waterford fine grain watercolour sketchbook 300g 19 x 28 cm.

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Paimpol harbour
Paimpol harbour

 

Ploumanach

France

Have you ever been to Ploumanach? Giant pink granite boulders by the sea that make people look very small. Nature is king indeed.

Saunders Waterford fine grain sketchbook 300g 19 x 28 cm.

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Ploumanach
Ploumanach