I don’t paint male nudes so often

Male nude

It’s true, I don’t paint male models as much as female ones. It’s just a preference. I enjoy the female form more, I like to draw the curves, a sketch is soft and smooth. Male models are more angular, more shapes and bumps to capture. Difficult when you only have a few minutes to capture… Continue reading I don’t paint male nudes so often

Winter doodle

winter woods

I was just playing around. Lights and darks. The darks dominate, and cool colours too. It’s fun not putting pressure on oneself, just playing like a kid – no stress. Learn by doodling. 😉 Click the thumbnail if you would like to see a larger image.

This watercolour is disturbing

Starved nude

I am the first to admit, I made her too skinny. I like the pose and the lighting though. I should try again. Click the thumbnail below to see a larger image.

Experimentation and looking for a form of expression

Reclining nude

I have no wish to compete with photographic images. When I paint a nude from a photo as in this case I want to find my own way of expressing the feelings I have towards the subject. If I just tried to copy the image on my computer screen it would be just so uninteresting… Continue reading Experimentation and looking for a form of expression

A sailing memory from last summer in the archipelago

Walking on Fjärdlång

As I write this it is minus 10 outside. Summer feels very far away right now. Thankfully I am an artist and can recreate the memories of the long magical days we experienced while sailing in the Stockholm archipelago last year. We sailed for a month, most nights we slept in a different natural harbour.… Continue reading A sailing memory from last summer in the archipelago

Why do we become uncomfortable by nakedness?

Nude

I am the first to admit that I have been uncomfortable when confronted by nudity. I grew up in Catholic Ireland and at the same time I was very exposed to the culture of England which was and still is so anchored to Victorianism. I’d better be careful here, I don’t want to get political.… Continue reading Why do we become uncomfortable by nakedness?

My life drawing classes begin this week

Nude

My life drawing classes, which are live-streamed on Zoom begin again this week. I don’t actually get much time to sketch during the sessions as I am the organiser of the event. I’ll have to join someone else’s life class to practise. Ironic, I know.Because I don’t sketch the nude as much I’d like to… Continue reading My life drawing classes begin this week

I try to communicate what I see and feel

Björnö

It’s been grey here in Stockholm for I don’t know how long. Boring, yes it is – but there is beauty out there in the greyness. I try to walk most days. I took some photos of the waterline at Björnö, not far from Stockholm. The reeds are all dead but beautiful anyway. This was… Continue reading I try to communicate what I see and feel

What happens when you add salt to a watercolour?

Landsort Chapel

Just playing around with salt crystals scattered on my wet watercolour. It’s fun to experiment every now and then. 🙂The featured chapel is on an island which lies south of Stockholm called Landsort. We explored the island during our sailing trip last year. A nice memory, I look forward to the summer with impatience. Landsorts… Continue reading What happens when you add salt to a watercolour?