Friday, October 30, 2015

Old horizons

I've painted this before, the first version was smaller and had some sailing boats for a centre of interest. I left out the boats this time, I'm happy I dared to let the composition work without eye-magnets such as people or boats. Saying that, I think the end result is a too flat and therefore lifeless, I will not go down this path again, consciously at least.

Storm and sun. Arches rough 39 x 29 cm.

Paul Klein on becoming a successful artist

I thought Paul here had good advice to offer on becoming a successful artist. I'm just starting out, having just become a half-time employee and therefore halving my income. I need a certain level of success if I want to afford visiting my son in Tokyo etc. This is why I found this video interesting, he has the experience that I have to gain, the quicker I learn the better.


The lone commuter in the silent station that is called, Södra Station, Stockholm , Sweden.
2b, 6b and 9b pencil sketch on 14 x 9 cm

Drawing the Eye by David Jon Kassan

I've admired David's portrait skills for a number of years now. I watched this video when I was having breakfast this morning. It wasn't the first time I watched it, some films can be watched over and over again.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Urbansketching at the Rodin exhibition

Rodin's work was is on display at the National Museum here in Stockholm. It was really inspiring.

My current urbansketching kit

This is what I used today while sketching at the National Museum here in Stockholm.
14 x 9 cm,  one clamp,  Koh - i - noor putty rubber,  Creatacolor 9b, 3mm 6b mechanical pencil and 0.9mm 2b mechanical pencil. I also had an Arm -Adillo pen holder.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Tuesday's life drawing

Venue: Konstnärshuset, Stocholm 20151020

I'm feeling tired tonight, just thought I'd publish these and then go to bed.
I'm drawing with an extended pencil at the moment, it means I don't have full control which helps me not to be so focused on just one point. I'm looking from a distance and my figure drawing is improving I think.

A4 five minute pose

A4 five minute pose

A4 five minute pose

A4 five minute pose

A4 four minute pose

Saturday's life drawing

Venue : Basis, Stockholm 20151017

A4 two minute nude

A3 ten minute nude

A4 two minute nude

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Jim McVicker: A Way of Seeing

I found this film about Jim McVicker to be very inspiring, mainly because I feel that I am on the same path. I'm just starting out, at least that is the way it feels.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Life drawing

20151014. Location: Master Olofsgården, Old Town, Stockholm.

This life drawing session was in the middle of the day. Normally I can't go because of having to work, but now I only work 50% so suddenly I have more time to paint and draw, heaven!

A3 paper. 15 minute sketch

A3 paper. 10 minute sketch

A4 paper. 5 minute sketch
A4 paper. 5 minute sketch

A4 paper. 2 minute sketch

Never throw away a painting

I was about to trash a large painting when I thought to myself, maybe I can cut it up into smaller pictures. So I cut out two, one I liked and one I didn't.

Part of a failed painting. 19 x 29 cm Arches rough.

Better late than never

Yeap, it's been a few weeks since I last published. I have a good excuse though, my son was visiting, he lives in Tokyo so it was real nice spending some time with him. I plan to visit him in January, I can't wait, I've never been to Japan.

Here are my life drawings dated 20151010. Location: Basis, Folkkungagatan, Stockholm

Ten minutes on A3 paper

Ten minutes on A3 paper

Three to Five minutes on A3 paper

Two minutes on A4 paper

Two minutes on A4 paper

Two minutes on A4 paper