Summer is over and Autumn is now grinding to a wet and grey transition to bitter winter. My days of sketching outside I think are numbered…single digits even. I am having an exhibit in a kommun not too far, Spånga, hosted by the Spånga Arts Society. I will be displaying prints of my Giraffes on Wheels, a few new giraffes, and a handful of my colorful Autumn House pieces that have kept me upbeat for the past few weeks. As I feel the heaviness of the lack of sun, recreating the few gorgeous days of blue skies and magnificent color that Sweden provided this early Autumn has proven beneficial to my happiness. Below is a slight progression from urban sketching to playing with color and simple swedish architecture.
Come join me in Spånga, vernissage on Sunday, October 30th at Spånga Församlingshus, Värsta Alle 1, from kl. 17:00
Also open Weekdays from 9:00 -12:00 and 13:00-16:00 until November 12, 16:00
Sincerest apologies for not posting more often….after a very quiet summer, working on portrait art and a personal project that involved sneakers and cursing…..I was enlightened with a very memorable trip to Málaga, Spain. It was a workshop titled Pushing your Sketchbook Boundaries, hosted by 3 different artists, Isabel Carmona, Miguel Herranz and Luis Ruis Padrón
Another Urban Sketcher from Stockholm and I traveled and bunked together and on top of visiting Málaga, learning from talented artists, and meeting a whole bunch of new artists, I had the pleasure to get to know a beautiful person better! So here I share a few of my photos and experiences. It was about the art, but also the culture and the food. Spaniards are loud compared to Swedes and maybe an octave louder than Americans too…it was nice to experience this. But they don’t sleep at night…that was a problem!
The start of a new sketchbook
early early flight Wednesday morning, sitting in Arlanda airport waiting for my traveling friend
One of the many “airplane” sketches I have done
Dinner the first night….ensalada and paella
I painted the mountains in Málaga from the beach.
After sketching on the beach we earned a cool drink…I had sangria, later I would learn to love tinto de verano, lemonade with a splash of red wine
Little salad, lots of fish, tasty but lots of it
Enjoying cool drinks and conversation the first night of the workshop
Getting to know each other the first night of the workshop
First day and we are off! Isabel is our first teacher….light and shade using watercolor
Isabel giving instruction.
Me and my traveling friend together.
Sweating it out…we are the pink group.
collection of our works with Isabel Carmona
Light and shade demonstrated…I wasn’t supposed to add the windows. I was reprimanded
While taking a little fika, or coffee break Isabel uses this chance to demonstrate light and shade with my face, haha
and the beautiful portrait that came from the demo
Afternoon session with Miguel Herranz, telling stories using mystery and different sizes.
Our collection from Miguel’s lesson
Dinner the first night…
Drawing moving targets with Luis Ruiz
Coffee break and sketching moving targets with Luis Ruiz after a tormented morning of failure, speaking personally.
Cool down session with Luis Ruiz, where he dissolves the mysteries of TREES! Very helpful, now to put it into action.
Day 2, afternoon session with Isabel. More light and shade, bigger building. That smile is an exhausted smile of imperfection, by 8:30 at night….that is all I could do.
Enjoyed some local culture at a Bodega, where Isabel showed us local Malaga wine…more like a sherry or port but interesting and tasty.
The wines come in sweet and dry varieties.
Luis Ruiz signing his book, and Joe enjoying a Malaga treat.
Dinner Isabel puts finishing touches on my portrait. That is not gazpacho, is it similar but with ham and egg….can’t remember the name.
Day 3, Miguel brings us to a cafe to sketch a story, using different angles, elements and mystery
So happy to have met this woman….I sketched her too!
The “pinkies” enjoying a pick me up….coffee and shade.
Luis Ruiz demonstrating how to draw. Well more than that but still…by now I am a bit punchy with the program…
Our final entries into our sketchbooks…well, from class lessons anyway…still plenty of room left for more sketches.
For me this was a farewell dinner to everyone, since I was leaving the next day early…El Pimpi
A memorable place for a farewell dinner.
Had no idea what to title this post…it was gonna be a boring title until I realized that is Friday…so TGIF crossed my mind and then the date….and it brought it all together.
Well this post is pretty cut and dry….just sharing my last bunch of Every Day in May paintings….
May 6 A Timepiece.
May 7 Cleaning gadgets.
May 8 Boots.
May 9 Someone you love/admire. My Dad.
May 10 Candy.
May 11 Bucket or Pail.
May 12 Leaves.
May 13 Suitcase.
Yesterday (sunday) I met with the Urban Sketchers of Stockholm. We were meeting at Stortorget, in Gamla Stan….one of my favorite places (and anybody that has been to Stockholm probably also feels the same way). After having spent Friday and Saturday outside in the “weather” I was really hoping for a nice relaxing day of painting with friends. Well….just like my experience in Kungsträdgården for 2 days, mother nature is still throwing bits of winter at us. It was cold, windy, with rain, hail and snow. Oh and there was a fire incident and the trucks came and the trucks went….all very exciting. We enjoyed a warm fika after and then visited two different artists that were having exhibitions.
Finished with color
This is where I ended up sitting to finish the sketch
Where we enjoyed warm fika
This was as far as I got working outside.
One project I dreamt about, and have really enjoyed seeing it come together is my box painting. Using a deep set frame I painted a backdrop and then cut out a watercolored giraffe cycling and placed it in the foreground. Using straight pins to keep the cycling giraffe from falling onto the background and a small dab of clear glue by the wheels, it seems to hold together quite nicely. These giraffes are replications of cyclists I have seen.
A while back, last year, maybe October…I visited the Dansmuseet, Dance Museum of Stockholm and they had windows on display with paper cut-out people that danced to different types of music…..and I was enchanted….and apparently inspired.
The end of 2015 brought the good bye of this home. We will always cherish an abundance of fond memories!
We welcomed in 2016 last night with an incredible bombardment of neighborhood fireworks. It started slowly maybe around 5pm, for it has been dark for hours here in Sweden and lasted till almost 1am! Around 10pm there was a constant popping outside. Dexter and his Best Furry Friend, Missy were very uneasy. It was hard to watch, nothing could ease them.
I woke this morning and started another Dexter page in my journal, a habit I can’t break. I am going to take the month off from doing a series. There are a lot of other things I need to focus on right now, but I hope to revisit a month of something in the future…..At this point, I am excited for the unknown of 2016!
So fun and so flattering to be commissioned to do a dog portrait as a gift! I only could go by pictures supplied by the giftee…and I really hoped I captured the personality and essence of the dog. Dexter is so engrained in my life, my vision and even his behavior is with me when I draw him. Being a black dog has it’s challenges when putting him on paper so I need all the help I can get. I definitely noticed that it made it harder for me to capture the dog without having spent any actual time with the dog, so I hope it is received well.