Monday, February 27, 2012

Lunch Sketch #7

I thought it would be a good painting exercise to capture Arnold Schwarzenegger's muscles with water colour. This will probably take a whole week of lunchtime sketching, this is day Nr. 1.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Daily Paintworks

Buy some cheap art! I stumbled across this site, Daily Paintworks today, it's a family business in Texas selling artwork online. It is mass production at a price most ordinary folks can afford. A good idea!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Lunch Sketch #6

I am getting more ambitious with my lunchtime sketching, this time I used real watercolour paper, taped onto board. The painting took three lunch breaks to complete also and not the usual one. I am trying to be more patient when I paint, I think three hours is a long time while professional portrait artists can spend one hundred hours easily on just one painting, I have room to improve my level of patience.

Neil Young

Sunday, February 19, 2012

I just joined, a forum for people who want to be both sketcher and socialite. For one day, every few months there is a world-wide sketching day, local groups from all around the globe go out and draw and then post the results on the forum. I think this is a wonderful idea and I plan, for the first time, to join the next Stockholm SketchCrawl. Enrico Casarosa founded the forum, SketchCrawl back in 2006 (not 100% sure of that date) and has been growing in popularity ever since.

Enrico Casarosa as the founder

Friday, February 17, 2012

How to paint trees with watercolours

A nice nice video that offers tips on how to paint trees with watercolours.
See also: Terry Harrison demonstrates his top tips for watercolour artists from Terry's dvd available from

Water colour by Direk kingnok

Oh, I like this artist's technique too! I'll have to check out more of his work later, he seems to be very good.

More Alvaro Castagnet

Another Alvaro Castagnet video for my blog.

I've started painting again after a break for 25 years!
Well, if I think about it I have never really learned to paint, and therefore have never actually really painted.  I am older now and hopefully a little wiser, I can see that I have shyed away from painting because it was too difficult and that one actually has to make an effort to learn the skill, much like learning to play a musical instrument. It wasn't within me, I did not have the desire, but now I do and I want to learn the art.

So, at the moment I am using water colours and I have used acrylics last weekend, both demand different skills and I am enjoying the challenge of learning to express myself in these mediums. I find Alvaro Castagnet's confident style appealing, I like his fearless, cocky approach to painting in water colours.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Caricaturist - Diego Parpaglione

I found this caricaturist, Diego Parpaglione, when I was surfin the net, I liked many of his sketches.
He has a gallery on Diviant Art, his alias being, Parpa. Check it out!

Charles Bukowski by Parpa.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Lunch Sketch #6

I had the ambition of completing a sketch every lunch break, but it is not possible; life gets in the way, regularly.

Oscar Wilde