Tag Archives: watercolour

Evening Sea sketchbook gouache

‘Evening Sea’ gouache on paper A4

The joy of being part of the cosmos.

The horizontal diamond shapes in the sky represent light and they are moving into and out of the water. An experiment.

We play with the light.

It’s evening.


Earth Changes 6: Childhood Dreaming

modern sea landscape by sue wellington
‘Earth Changes 6: Childhood Dreaming’ watercolor on fabriano rough 300gsm paper 44 x 29cm (17.3 x 11.4)
close up childhood dreaming landscape watercolor and gouache by sue wellington
‘Earth Changes 6: Childhood Dreaming’ close up watercolor on fabriano rough 300gsm paper 44 x 29cm (17.3 x 11.4)

Dear deer at the Back of Aleksandras House

deer at the back of aleksandras house watercolour by sue wellington
‘Deer at the Back of Alek’s and Johan’s House’ watercolour on Hahnemuhle veneto paper 10 x 7cm


Seeing ‘real’ deers are one of the joys of living in Sweden.

I’ll never get used to seeing deers- making themselves at home in people’s backyards here.

I didn’t grow up with deers. I grew up with kangaroos. (Though not really. You don’t really see them in the suburbs near the beach in Melbourne – though it is relatively easy to see them in the outer suburbs… where there’s open countryside.)

We visited a friend last weekend and I did this watercolor of the deer who was relaxing amongst the woodpile in the backyard.

Her neighbours can’t stand them and have built a fence to keep them out. You should be so lucky.

Feng Shuiing the Studio

It’s been a pretty intense couple of weeks. Full of ups and downs. (And then Prince died… thankyou for the music Prince.)

Getting spiked by a falling Aloe Vera

I suddenly became obsessed with ‘feng shuiing’ the house, (I don’t know if there is such a word but it sounds like you’re shooing things away- which you are) to try to improve my health.

Supposedly having a feng shuied house- which means the energy in the house is energising you rather than depleting you- is one third of your prosperity, health and success.

Supposedly… you should walk in the door and feel fantastic. And if you don’t- you move or add appropriate items to each direction of the feng shui bagua.

I went the whole hog and bought a compass. And worked out the directions for all the rooms in the house.


feng shui map of the house

Interestingly enough, we’d intuitively placed many things in the right sectors.


red heart gouache sketchbook drawing 19 4 08 by sue wellington klee like green squares gouache sketch book 15 4 08 by sue wellington
Gouache from one of my sketch books that I stumbled upon while moving shelves and things. Another gouache from the same sketchbook.


My tiny studio is actually in the creative sector which is west.

(The other directions are north west – helpful people, north – career, north east – spiritual growth, east – health, south east – money, south – fame, south west – love and marriage.)

It’s taken 2 weeks to finally decide that everything is in the right place.

After moving books and printers and boxes of art materials- from the north to the south and back again- including my aloe vera plant that spiked me in annoyance. I’m now sitting in the feng shui power position – which is facing the door.


studio 2

Supposedly, you should be able to see directly who is coming in. I must say- I did feel a subtle energy difference when I moved into this position.

It doesn’t seem to make you more creative though.

Read how to do it at Feng Shui for Artists


Why Am I doing This?

Still working on the watercolour and gouaches. Sometimes I think why am I doing this?

Recently my creativity just disappeared… which it hardly ever does. I mentioned it to Hiie, but then as soon as I did, it was back again.

Who knows?


first stage watercolour by sue wellington Rock in the local forest. Can you see the face?

rock in forest photo by sue wellington

First stage of watercolour.

Black and Blue and a Tutu please

It’s inspiring to look at other people’s art when you’re feeling lacklustre.

Before I came to live in Stockholm from Melbourne, I used to think ‘oh there must be so much art to see’.

Well no. You see more in Melbourne. The main National Gallery in Stockholm is closed for years. And there’s barely a shred of anything much in the temporary gallery. Though it doesn’t look like it when you first enter it.


national museum stockholm photo by sue wellington
Temporary gallery for the National Gallery Stockholm.


Andy Warhol in sverige

Sweden is well and truly captivated by conceptual art and artists. Though they have got an Andy Warhol show starting soon. He is a painter and printmaker- so I can’t complain- though a rather conceptual one. (“The reason I’m painting this way is that I want to be a machine” Andy Warhol – shivers…)

(I must say I enjoyed his diary – it was very funny.)

They just had a huge Warhol show in Melbourne. Hemisphere to hemisphere Andy Warhol.

You get desperate to see a great painting show here. And now there’s going to be a huge David Hockney show starting in Melbourne this November. (I’m jealous.)

I love that he loves colour.

…you can never have too much colour up the top of the world… with the gloomy weather and all.

The Stockholmers get about in a lot of black and dark blue  – you’d die to see a hot pink tutu on someone.

Inside houses and public buildings the style is more light with colour accents though. But outside. No.

Though our house is yellow.

Like Van Gogh’s yellow house…



Pine Tree on an April Day: watercolour on paper

pine tree unfinished watercolour and acrylic by sue wellington

The roots twist and turn in a dance with the earth.

‘Pine Tree on an April Day’ unfinished watercolour and acrylic on cotman 300gsm paper postcard size

ps. Twitter Exhibit

I mentioned last week about the twitter exhibition in New York. Well, I managed to stay up till 1am Stockholm time, to watch the exhibition opening on periscope tv.

It was great… when it worked.

It’s the first time I’ve watched anything on periscope, so I don’t know whether that’s a common occurrence.

Anyway, it was good to watch 5 mins of the founder, David Sandum, giving a speech to a packed audience. It was a good vibe. I sold my postcard too… which was fantastic. All the proceeds go to Foster Pride’s ‘handmade program’.

a symbol of all that mattered…

pine landscape gouache on paper by sue wellington
Landscape in Blue and Orange gouache, acrylic and watercolor on Hahnemuhle Paper rough 200gsm 17 x 24cm (6.7 x 9.4in)

Sometimes I feel like I’m in a whirlwind.

The only time I really feel calm and centered is when I’m painting or drawing.

The sensations and experiences you have in life get transmuted into one image. Just one.

A symbol of all that mattered to you at that point in time. A calm center within the storm.

‘Yellow orb over the Sea’ painting

Yellow disc over the Sea gouache and watercolour by sue wellington
‘Yellow orb over the Sea’ watercolour and gouache on Fabriano 300gsm rough paper 20 x 20cm (8 x 8”)

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 painting I used for the first time a Molotow masking liquid stick (2mm) (very handy for tiny details, such as light on waves), which you paint in to protect from paint those areas. The larger areas I used a bottle of Sennelier liquid masking and I’m glad to say it didn’t rip the paper when I took it off. Hooray as that product has damaged other papers slightly.

Only to a certain extent are the images planned. You put in all the drawing and masking liquid but once you’re painting with watercolour I’ve found you need to let go and let your spirit bond with the paper, water and paint at some point. It’s exciting when that happens. You’re on another level but things don’t always go to plan.

This painting started off in transparent watercolour  but I wasn’t happy with the results. It just didn’t have enough body and power to me, so eventually I used gouache for the sea and rocks. My old favourite. Maybe I’m not going to use transparent watercolours after all for these sea paintings.