Christmas painting

We celebrated Christmas late into the night here in Brittany. It was real nice to go for a walk by the shoreline and sketch for a while. It was really windy but it was mild and never rained.

The view from Ploubazlenac. Arches Rough 300g 31 x 23 cm. 20151225

Ploubazlenac

Anders Zorn

I would like to paint portraits, at least I think I should. I think I could be quite good at them too but I am not sure because I haven’t done so many. The trick is to start. So this portrait of Swedish artist, Anders Zorn is just that, a start. At least it is a beginning, now all I have to do is improve upon it next time I paint a portrait.

Anders Zorn. Arches rough 300g 23 x 31 cm, W&N watercolour.

Sketches from my trip to France

I’m spending Christmas in Brittany, France this year. It’s milder than Sweden but it’s very windy. I like the change and also being able to paint outdoors.

Ploubazlanec, Brittany, France 20151220

Saint Brieuc, Brittany, France 20151219

Painting a live model

I wish there were more opportunities to paint longer model poses here in Stockholm. Maybe the art colleges have. If anyone out there knows of same position, one, two or three hours model posing please do inform me.
This watercolour took one hour in total to paint. I say in total because we had a 20 minute coffee break after forty minutes. See previous post for the last painting from the evening, it was a quick one that took 10 minutes.

One hour watercolour of live model, Arches Rough 300g

Is using a grid cheating?

I recently visited the Thielska Gallery here in Stockholm. It is a small museum but there are some real Swedish gems to see. Anders Zorn, Eugéne Jansson, Bruno Liljefors and Carl Larsson. It was Larsson’s pencil portrait that interested me most, I was surprised to see he was using the grid system to draw his portrait. So the question remains, is it ok to use a grid while drawing?

Carl Larsson