Friday, September 18, 2015

Peter's course

"Use the pencil to explore what you see". I'm attending Peter Jönsson's model drawing course at Folkuniversitetet in Lund to learn more about this interesting subject. The skills we are developing here are very useful for both watercolor painting and animal drawing.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Handmade pen

I like to try new stuff and here is something that really makes drawing comfortable. Lynn Miller, Nixa Missouri, makes these sketching pens by hand. He cuts the wood blanks for the pens, drills a hole through the center and glues a brass tube in them. After turning the wood he presses the pen parts together in the wood. His brother George - one of my watercolor students - offered me one of these pens and it took me less than a minute to fall in love with it. Also, the nibs are available in any art material store and come in different hardness grades.

Sketchcrawl at Revet

Yesterday was a great day at Revet, Simrishamn. The wind brought us some Caspian and one Yellow-legged gull, and several flocks of migrating Brant geese, Scoters and Eiders passed by. The moulting Eiders at the waterline made wonderful models and the chef at Röken made superb herring burgers. Thanks for a great day, Hans, Peter, and Gunnar!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

On a rock

Another Barn swallow, this one perched on a rock at Rönnen, where we had a sketchcrawl in July.

Flying Barn swallow

Those sketches resulted in this illustration for the ornithological journal Anser.

Swallow sketches

The summer is over and the time for painting and drawinga a bit limited at the moment. But the sketches are still there. Two barn swallows at a farm in Skåne

Portrait workshop

Yesterday I had a portrait workshop for this happy group of women on a joy-hopping tour. Great job, everybody!