Little forest acrylic…

I bought some posca markers a few weeks ago and I must say I love them. This little postcard sized forest landscape on paper was done with them in about half an hour. There are so many acrylic products now you don’t know what to choose but I read a blog by Drew Brophy recently…

‘Yellow orb over the Sea’ painting

It felt good working on this one. It takes a little while to get used to the Fabriano 300gsm rough paper and see what it can do. I’m still testing the limits of techniques and materials but this paper can take a lot of water and mark making without losing it’s lovely texture. In this…

Landscape on board: variations on a theme of grey, white and yellow

This small acrylic painting on wood is a preliminary test for composition, colour and techniques that I will reference in a new series of landscape paintings I’ve been working towards. They’re inspired by the subtle and sometimes glittering light and atmosphere of the Baltic Sea. It’s variations on a theme of greys and whites basically….

Just a faint halo.

Today I worked on a larger canvas – 90 x 90cm. I see gold  in my mind- gold fragments – gold mosaic pieces glittering. It’s for our house, this painting – perhaps the bedroom. You can never get enough yellow in Sweden as there’s very little sun for over half the year. I originally started…

Trees, trees, trees!

Happy New Year to everyone and best wishes for 2014. May it be a productive year. Here’s some pencil drawings I’m doing at the moment of trees in my neighbourhood which I’m using as references in various paintings. The main purpose of these drawings is to capture the main trunk and branches. Plus the basic…

‘A River in Time’ gouache sketch

This is a quick sketch I did a few years ago of eucalyptus trees along the Yarra River in Melbourne. The Yarra is an unusual browny colour as a result of clay soil which is quite unique. This painting’s in one of my favourite mediums- gouache on paper. The Australian landscape to me is rough…

Painters I’ve been looking at:

Peder Severin Kroyer (1851-1909) Danish Painter ‘Summer night on the south beach of Skagen’ Oil (1893) Rembrandt Van Rijn (1606-1669) Dutch Painter ‘Landscape with a Stone Bridge’  Oil (c1640) Geoff Dyer (1947-) Australian painter Ocean Beach 2 Oil (2011) Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) American painter ‘Horizon’ Oil (1959) A Diebenkorn exhibition I’d love to see: The…

Sketchbook drawings from 2009…

Since Flickr recently has generously given a terabyte of free space for photos for anyone in the world who wants it, I thought I’d upload all my sketchbooks from the last 30 years. I’ve just started and plan to do 2 a month. But we’ll see. Here’s a couple from the 2009 sketchbook. More drawings…

To frame or not to frame my gouaches

I’m continuing to work on these abstract gouache paintings. I suddenly remembered- after I’d finished a few- that that you have to protect them from water… as they’re extremely dissolvable. You can pick them up- a couple of years down the track- and continue to work on them. If you want. But if you’re selling…

What art materials to take on your holiday

It’s always a bit of a conundrum what art materials to take when you’re going on a holiday. You might not have a lot of time to do any art or even want to but you never know when inspiration (or a spare moment) strikes. So I always take something just in case, even if…

The joy of snapping: photographing birds

I take a camera with me basically everywhere I go. My father gave me one for a Christmas gift 3 years ago and I’ll be forever grateful that he did as it opened up a creative outlet that I’d forgotten all about. I rediscovered the joy of snapping. (I’d only ever used the camera to…

Landscape drawing 1: Chilling out in Sweden

Drawing of my local neighbourhood in Akalla, Sweden. It’s winter and snow is everywhere. I do my exercises walking around this area and it gives me a chance to find some great spots to draw. In this drawing there’s a small hill in the background that paragliders use on the occasional sunny day here in…