This is a larger version of a painting I did earlier this year and I wanted to paint one for my first participation in a Swedish tradition (Easter Art Exhibition). Each Easter artists/painters open up their studios and have exhibitions. Art lovers makes this an event, driving around and visiting local artists.
I know there is early, that there is plenty of time before it is time, but I will focus on getting enough paintings together. That means new paintings, new versions of old paintings and showing a good mix of paintings.
I wish everyone a Merry X-mas and a Happy New Year. Thanks for all the support in 2013 and I hope 2014 will be an interesting and creative year.
This is one of those exploration/experimentations that start something. I had a blueberry painting that was a larger version of another painting, but I didn't want to keep it since I didn't think it added anything new. I took a transparent blue color and painted a thin layer over the whole canvas and had it as a starting point for this abstract floral painting. I will keep this one for time being, but I have done several paintings on this theme.
I think I will allways get inspired and challenged by this subject. The leaves change color in the autumn and the range of colors include purple, yellow, orange and red. I painted this a while back and it shows the trees with it's berries turned red, but the leaves are still green.
I have explored a lot of flowers lately. I have realized that I like it when I go simple, close-up, abstract, graphic etc. If I zoom out and do more traditional, it might look good, but I don't like it.
I didn't have any reference photo for this one, not even a clear idea, just followed my instinct and I like how it turned out.
This is my 3rd and final attempt on this composition. I have no idea why, but I got caught up with the coneflower's petals, going too realistic and clashing with the simplicity of the other flowers. I finally found my way again and this painting took me into a new direction. I have done a few floral paintings where I am less concern with what kind of flowers I am painting and more about the shapes and colors that they have.
It is no secret that I prefer to paint larger paintings, well at least large enough to work my lines etc. There is times when I get the urge to go small and I do think I learn a lot by it. This is one of those paintings and it was painted a while ago. I have also done some smaller paintings last week, but they will be posted later.
I did this one as a part of a project that didn't happen in the end. I explored the same composition in different ways, more as preparation for a really big painting. I might do that big one anyway because I like the challenge of it.
I went with a very limited color scheme with this try, wanted to focus on the shapes and forms more than the colors of the nests.
This is one of my latest paintings and the subject is one of my favorites. A good subject can be done, explored and approached in many ways. Being an endless inspiration source helps too. I am still considering what the next one will be. I went smaller with this one, and really focused on keeping it direct and graphic. I have tried a new size (10" x 10") and I like that it gives me more freedom, but is still quite small.
This was my 3rd version of this composition. They are all similar, but in different sizes. This was the middle size. I wanted to see how much my approach changed with size, if it meant more brush strokes and details, or if I could keep the same simplicity. The two small paintings has the same feel, but the larger one demanded more details.
I think I have changed and improved a lot since I started to paint seriously and regulary. I have been thinking of going through older paintings and see if anyone of them deserve a 2nd try. There can be compositions and ideas that might be good. I never did before, but now I often do more than one version of a subject/composition.
This one is based on an earlier painting, not that old though, but I cropped the composition and went down in size. It is very direct and raw.
This is the 2nd painting I did from a reference photo that I took this summer. I posted the first painting earlier. I usually use a reference photo as an inspiration, a blueprint, an idea. I think I can do many different paintings from the same reference since I put my own twist on things.
I have done a lot of bird's nest paintings, but I think I have done them in a lot of different ways. Still in my style, but with different approaches. This is one of the later ones in the series when I went bold, but not as bold as my last post. This one is more graphic than abstract, I think.
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I did this a while ago and is the most experimental bird's nest painting I have done. I really pushed things with this one. If it is a hit or miss is not that important, time will tell, what is important is that I am not afraid to fail.
I did this one a while back in the middle of the summer. I had taken the reference photo earlier, liked it, but it was so different than what I had done before, that it took a while before I went for it. It is not my typical colors, but I like it.
Not everyone might not be familiar with Rowen berries, but that isn't that important, there is plenty of bushes and trees with similar red berries. This is my latest painting in that series and it will not be my last. This is one of my latest paintings and reference photo was taken late summer, before the leaves changed color.
Whenever I don't know what to paint or need something to get me going, (after a break for example), I paint something that I love to do. One of those subjects are berries and fruit and this one I did to get me started after my long break. It is big, colorful and I went with energy and bold brush strokes. Not sure why, but I have a blast when I do that.
This one was painted a while back. I have posted a similar one, same size, but with a different color scheme. I experimented with colors on a smaller one first (6 squares) and finally did a large one with the same colors. I had a lot of fun doing these. Exploring and pushing my comfort zone.
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It has been a while, but I hope I am back again. I have started painting again and I have gotten the energy back to continue. There are several reasons why I disappeared, some good ones and some bad ones. I did a few paintings that is connected with a project that I am involved in. Can't say much right now, but it is commercial. One part is finished, the 2nd part (involving the paintings I have done) isn't done yet.
To get into painting again, I did a 20" x 20" painting of berries, will probably show that one later, but as my comeback post I decided share two paintings that I did directly after that one, both with the same composition. I did the smaller one first and the went bigger and more detailed.
I can paint fall all year long and I am looking forward to go outside and take a lot of reference photos. This one was inspired from photographs taken last year and painted a while back. Still taking things easy.
This is two paintings that was done when I felt like really push the (my) limits. The first one I just went for it, experimented with colors and shapes and had a lot of fun doing it. I liked the result, but I wondered how it would look like if I took more control of it and kept it cleaner, so I painted the 2nd one. I like them both, but for different reasons.
This is a rather bold painting considering it's size and the simplicity in it's composition. I made it a while back and it was at that time I also started to work with other colors than black in my contour lines.
I did this a while back and I decided to go with the "Abstracture" series name rather than the "berry abstraction" one since it is more abstract and conceptional. A lot of experimentation going on and I had a lot of fun painting it.
I did earlier a very colorful painting with orange/red flowers, I really pushed the colors. I liked it a lot and decided to do a smaller painting with a new composition. I have started to fiddle with paint again, just as a way to get started again.
I am still not painting, but thought I share this one. I posted a similar composition earlier, the first of two I did. I did this one right after the other one, which I liked, but I wanted to try another one without the 3rd flower.
This is the painting that inspired my latest posts of blueberries (,cherries and raspberries). It is large and very in your face considering that some of the berries as large as a head, at least a child's head.
It is too hot for me to paint right now and don't have much spare time to sit down, but it's only summer once a year, right?
I have been slacking lately. Taking some off-time from painting and have been too busy with other things. This is a flower painting I did with focus on the repetition and the changes of colors in the flowers.
The weekend is here, time to show some paintings that has been around a while, but haven't been posted yet. I showed a slightly smaller and more compact version of this painting a while back and I promised to show this one too. The composition in itself is a remake of an old painting that was lost on it's way to Canada. The biggest differences between this one and the one I posted earlier is that this one has more open water, more space between the waterlily pads.
I thought that my first real attempt at Dogwood flowers was a success and I had a lot of fun painting it and decided to make a small one and a large one of the same subject. I did post the "work in progress" pictures below on my Facebook a while back, but I didn't show the final painting.
It was a real challenge to balance all the elements in this painting, but I had a lot of fun.