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Rush hour in the archipelago

Watercolour of sailing boats in the Stockholm archipelago.

Rush hour in the Stockholm archipelago
69 x 49 cm on Arches rough 300g

I still find it difficult working on a larger scale than before. The surface dries so quickly as my brush races down the paper, so easy to leave unwanted faults, not enough pigment in my palette or brushes that are too small. Still, I want to master large watercolours so the only thing I can do is try, try and try again again. I hate to admit it but I think the preliminary sketch is better than the final painting.

The sketch before doing the final watercolour.
The sketch before doing the final watercolour which is 17 x 12 cm.

2 thoughts on “Rush hour in the archipelago

  1. The final painting and the sketch are good , the only thing I can say it´s not as fantastic as usual is the sky in the painting, you usually paint the skies more expresive than this one, but for me its more than fantastic because of the sea, you´ve done an incredible one.

    1. Yes, struggling with my skies right now. A larger format offers bigger challenges.

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