söndag 29 april 2012

Tree abstraction 5

I jump one painting in my path of exploring, don't have a photograph of number 4. I went up slightly in size and went with more line work, especially with the white one. The previous paintings (Tree abstraction 2 & 3) was on the warm and soft side, so with this I went with a harder and cooler direction.

fredag 27 april 2012

Tree abstraction 3

I have had a blast lately painting my "Tree abstraction" paintings. One painting lead to another and so on.

This one was done right after "Tree abstraction 2" (one of my favorite paintings this year), and is similar in color and mood. Tried out a few new things, for example I used a rubber tip pencil to scrape off wet paint.
When I do get into one of these series, a new painting is either a reaction to the latest (big difference) or trying out things that pops in my head during the last one (what if I did that instead).
Got some large ones to show later that I am very pleased with.

Have a great weekend.

torsdag 26 april 2012

Forest exploration 2

I didn't have any intention to post this one, not one of my favorites, but people around me have other ideas, they like it.
 I just went exploring with this one. I had no reference photo or planned direction, it just evolved along the way.

tisdag 24 april 2012

Tree abstraction 2

One of my most viewed paintings is the recently sold painting "Tree abstraction 1". I have been fooling around, taking a more abstract approach to my latest forest paintings. The colors and inspiration comes from from darker scenes and cherry trees in full bloom. One can see them all over town. I will take new pictures of my latest paintings, but this have to do for now.

söndag 22 april 2012

In the forest 9 - The Big One"

It is a while since I went really big, and on canvas, so I thought I would take the opportunity to make something for myself. I have never done a "gallery wrap" painting, so I bought frame and canvas for a 100 x 100 cm (39.4" x 39.4") painting.
I did a real big painting a few years ago, in my old style, but this is the biggest I have done with my new looser style. I had to adjust my approach to the size. I had the tendency make too much small details everywhere, had to balance it with big broad brush strokes. It was fun, I learned a lot, and I like it.

torsdag 19 april 2012

Forest exploration 1

In September last year, I started to paint on canvas hardboard-MDF (hardboard that has a canvas glued on it). Before that I painted on paper for a while, exploring and finding my "voice" as a painter. I accidentally ran out of canvas hardboard-MDF last weekend, and I started to paint over a an old unfinished painting on paper.
I realized that in some ways, I loose up and am less afraid to fail on paper, perhaps because it is cheaper. I like the result and I think I will do more on paper.

onsdag 18 april 2012

In the forest 5

This one was painted right after I finished "In the forest 4", and when I put those two together, it looks like a continuous forest/painting, well almost anyway. They have the same feel. 

"In the forest 4 & 5", side by side

tisdag 17 april 2012

Tulips 4 - the whole bunch

A painting often leads to new questions, makes me wonder what if I did that instead. This one was to answer how I would do a full bouquet of tulips, how it would look. This painting did trigger the question how it would look if I mixed the colors of the flowers, but I haven't acted on it, not yet anyway.

måndag 16 april 2012

In the forest 7


I hope people doesn't get tired of my forest explorations. I doubted from the beginning that it would suit me. There is some type of landscapes that I haven't found how to approach yet, but I will get there.
I tried to get a "looking through" feeling on this one.

söndag 15 april 2012

A honey crunch apple

I did this apple right after I did a remake of the old favorite of mine "four apples". This one is also a kind of remake of an old painting, but on the other hand "going for it" makes it unique.

lördag 14 april 2012

In the forest 8

This is one of my forest paintings. On this one I decided to tone the colors down a little, it is more like being in the shade, taking cover.

fredag 13 april 2012

Horse-chestnuts on the ground 3

After I did my last horse-chestnut painting, I felt like doing another one, and I wanted it to be over the top graphic. Not like a crazy painting, just as crispy as I could get it. Well I know I'm crazy, I love horse-chestnuts.

torsdag 12 april 2012

Tulips 3

A while back I painted a rough painting with red tulips. I liked the result a lot, but I wondered what it would look like if I had been more into it from the beginning and taken it a little more easy with it. So I did the same composition, changed the color of the tulips and did a softer/calmer version of the painting.

tisdag 10 april 2012

In the forest 6

After doing a few small and medium paintings with forest explorations, I went big again. I am having a blast with these explorations and I learn a lot. I have realized that if I go too much into a "realistic approach" I get bored and I don't like it. I have no idea where this journey will take me, but I'm sure I have to keep my own approach to get there.

måndag 9 april 2012

Four apples version 2

This is a larger version of an old favorite of mine. Since I don't have the original painting anymore and I thought there were some room for improvement, so I gave it a go.
I had to do some adjustments, balance the amount of details and the simplicity, but I think the result is what I aimed for.

lördag 7 april 2012

Horse-chestnut on the ground 2

I know that it is spring, and this is a look back to October last year when I did one of my all time favorites. That one was done on paper and this is my take on the composition now. I changed the composition to fit the square and I didn't look at the original painting. The result isn't that different from the one I did last year. Slightly less color, but I still love it.

torsdag 5 april 2012

Tulips 2

This is my first of two paintings with this tulips composition. When I started the first one, I was not really in the mood for it, I'm into more earthy colors at the moment, and those bright red tulips didn't speak to me.
I started with it anyway, and went very rough with the brush strokes, at times too rough, wasn't sure if it would end well. I think it went OK, and it inspired me to do another one with different colors and not as rough. I really love the 2nd one.

onsdag 4 april 2012

In the forest 4

I am not saying that I am back to my old self, but have been very creative lately, 6 paintings done and reworked an old one too. There has been a lot of forest/nature exploration, but have mixed it up with some other subjects too. This is the first of two similar paintings. Tried to keep it simple and graphic, but with a loose touch.