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Stockholm – Mariehamn

I played with Lunar Black paint from Daniel Smith in this watercolour . If you look closely at the top and bottom of the painting, you will see a lot of pigment granulation. Lots of fun.

The reference picture for this watercolour was taken a number of years ago. I was cycling home one evening, the water was so calm, it was like a mirror. A beautiful scene. I’ve tried my best to capture the moment.

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Memory lane

I had my first exhibition at “Galleri T” back in April 2016. It was a great success, and it was an important step in my development. A lot of my friends bought paintings. I learned later that selling watercolours is more of a challenge when people you know have bought their fill.
Galleri T is situated in the Old Town in Stockholm, quite close to the Royal Palace.

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Grey day in the archipelago

I painted this from an old photo I took 15 years ago. I can’t remember where it was, somewhere out there in the archipelago. It was a grey day, it was peaceful, this is all I know.

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The evening light of summer

The calendar promises summer will arrive soon. Long, warm evenings. It never really gets dark here in Sweden. I’m looking forward to it. 🙂

Summer evening in the archipelago : 36 x 25 cm

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The sailing season begins soon.

Yeap, they say, paint what you love. I’m really looking forward to the summer season. I want to camp and sail. To paint plein air from morning till night. To be in the archipelago. To enjoy the constant light.

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The Stockholm Archipelago

This is one of my first studio paintings since 2019. Kinda had to believe, but it’s true. My seasonal depression has prevented me until now. I painted last week and I added a few more islands to it yesterday. I’m happy with it. So nice to be painting during the winter months again. 🙂

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Fighting picture-postcard syndrome or not

Last week I painted three watercolours. Initially, I was really happy with all of them but after a while I gradually changed my mind.

I had just finished reading a lovely book about Edward Seago by James Russell. Seago was an excellent English watercolour artist that was very successful in his lifetime but was disliked by the critics. “He painted picture-postcards” a critic once said.

He was a landscape painter, he painted the countryside around him. A typical watercolour would be of a summer-blue sky, rolling hills and shadows dancing on the fields while animals grazed. He liked sailing boats too so you can understand that he inspires me a lot. His watercolours were very pleasing to the eye.

So this is the question, should I worry about my watercolours looking like picture-postcards? Maybe I should paint more watercolours like the one featured here. I painted it to counteract the three pretty watercolours. It’s of Poolbeg Power Station in Dublin Bay, Ireland. A quick sketch (30mins) 28x18cm.

Your thoughts please. 🙂

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Just doing it

In the beginning of the week I took the ferry on a short trip across the water to Djurgården here in Stockholm. I wheeled my art gear behind me and looked for an inspirational spot to paint from. In the end it was the weather that decided. I needed protection from the strong easterly wind which was making 7 degrees feel really unpleasant.

The day’s subject became some oil storage tanks on the other side of the water. I was more interested in the sky but I needed a point of focus for the sake of the composition.

The finished watercolour may not be a masterpiece but for me just getting out and painting was the biggest achievement of the day.

Have a nice weekend.
Cheers 🙂

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New video from Utö, Stockholm archipelago

I just published my latest video:
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