fredag 16 december 2011

Still doing Portraits from Life

Hi guys,
I haven't come back to painting yet. But I am still very much in love with sketching my family members from Life. The self portrait was done with help of a little mirror. yours

lördag 12 november 2011

Sketches and a New Sketchbook

Hi guys!

Couple of weeks ago I planned to go out and paint but it was not meant to be so. I got quite sick and struggled with my health. Having not much energy to go out with all my gear I decided to sketch some more. I found a gorgeous sketchbook, leather bound with handmade paper, in our little town. The sketch of the trees and the fence is the first one I did in the new book. The other drawings are done of my son while he is watching a film. This is his usual position when he sits for me. We put up all the pillows behind him and he is sitting on his bed and I sketch him.

The drawings were made on photocopy paper with pan pastel and charcoal. A4 format.


fredag 14 oktober 2011

Charcoal commission

Here is my latest portrait. A commission of a little girl in charcoal.

onsdag 5 oktober 2011

No! I am not crazy!

Hi everyone,

Oh boy, the self portrait looks like I am nuts or have a mental health issue. But I can assure you all that this is not the case! I am healthy and a very friendly guy.

I learned something interesting doing the portrait. Using a mirror I had to turn it a bit to get my face into the frame, the result gave me a nose up look. And drawing myself life from the mirror gave me these concentrated staring eyes.

While reading art history I saw several paintings and sketches like these. Here the author of the books said that the pose of the artists shows confidence and pride of their achievements. They called it the mature phase of the artist life.

Well, I don't know about that. Maybe they too had too small mirrors and had to change the angle to fit their faces in. I wonder about all these funny smiling portraits, these relaxed looking artists if they where in truth not painted from photos. I feel sorry for my models that they have to suffer these crazy eyes starring at them. ;-)

I am still into sketching people around me and enjoy the ride big time. I am learning a lot. I hope that next week I will be able to pick up the paintbrush again. The last weeks where crazy because we where waiting for a new family member which arrived last Tuesday. A little girl born to my daughter! Here are some of my sketches.

onsdag 14 september 2011

Fear and Development in Art

here comes a little addition to my last post. A friend of mine send me a link to a great video I like to share with you about fear and development as an artist. Great stuff check it out.

Milton Glaser – on the fear of failure. from Berghs' Exhibition '11 on Vimeo.

torsdag 8 september 2011

Yes! and No!

Hi everyone!

Yes, finally I dared to ask people to sit for me as a model!  

I had a dream and I had a problem. The dream was to be able to ask someone who is not a member of my family to sit for me as a model.  

I wanted to draw people around me,  not sketching them in secret but asking them if they could sit for me. 

I really wanted it but didn’t dare to step out, there was a power in me which didn’t want me to leave the comfort zone.  I was afraid to fail, was afraid that the model would be disappointed with my drawing. 

I waited and waited for the freedom to pull me along, allowing me for what I was longing for.

This day of freedom never came. I waited and waited…

Now some weeks ago, I decided that if I want to do it I do it now and I don’t care what happens. 

I didn’t allow my feelings and thoughts to stop me but ask the first person to be my model.  The first portraits took me about 25minutes.  In the beginning I was asking if they would sit for a limited time. Then later I skipped that question as it too was born out of fear. I wanted to put the drawing first and not to worry about anything.  I had only one agenda and that was asking a person to sit for me and to finish his portrait, good or bad. 

What I learned is this:

It’s only our ego with its fears hindering us from the things we really want. How is it otherwise possible that I know what I want to do but don’t do it? 

It’s because an identity in me (the ego) wants to stop me doing just what I want.  When I ignore its negative babbling I was free and could step out into the freedom.  

Today I simply dare to ask anyone to sit for me.  The ego doesn’t give us freedom, we have to take it. That is if you want to do what you really want to do. 


lördag 13 augusti 2011

Anders Zorn Part 5

Hi everyone!
today I will show you the last pictures I have from my trip to Mora. I recommend warmly a visit to the Zorn museum and to his house called "Zorngarden". The guided tour there was very good and gave me a clear picture how Anders and Emma lived.

Next week I hope I will be back in full swing of production and be able to show you more of my own  paintings.

Until then, happy painting!


lördag 6 augusti 2011

Anders Zorn Part 4

Today I am going to show you some of Zorns "en plein air" sketches. Please click in the picture to size it up even more. Then, if a magnify glass shows up  in your browser click another time to size it up even more. Like I said before, my camera is very bad and todays sketches where shot through a glass window. These small paintings where done I guess "en plein air" from Anders.

I am pretty sure that he used blue in his palette, what do you think?  I don't believe you get this kind of blue through greys only!

PS  There are lots of great Zorn pictures in very high resolution at Artos Art! Check it out here!


måndag 1 augusti 2011

Anders Zorn Part 3

Ok, here are some more close ups of the girl in white.  The entire painting you can see in my blog post called Anders Zorn Part 1. Again if you click in the paintings you will get a much higher resolution. After you click on the picture you might see a magnify glass in your browser, if you click again the painting might even fill your screen. Have fun with Anders and the way he painted edges!

Here is his studio!

söndag 31 juli 2011

Anders Zorn Part 2

Before I started my travel to Mora I decided to concentrate my studies mainly on his brushwork and the way he worked with his edges. I was concerned that I would be overwhelmed with information seeing everything and in the end nothing. I was happy to notice that one was allowed for personal use to shoot photos without using a flash.  The trouble was that I only have a lousy small camera and she didn't manage to make good pictures. From the over 200 shots I took most where a total loss. So guys, if you come to Sweden, bring a very good camera with you, you will be allowed to use it but without a flash.

Here is a shot I took of his brushes and his painting knife. In the right side of the picture I believe I see cobalt blue and ultramarine blue on his palette. If I am not mistaken I too saw a tube of cobalt blue in his painting box.
Anyhow the sign on the wall said that he used only zinc white, ivory black, light ochre, cinnabar and emerald green.

Here are some detail shots from the portraits I showed you in Zorn Part 1. If you click on each of the pictures you can see them much bigger and study the edges.

Have fun!