Monday, December 26, 2011

Painting of Rolf Markusson Svensk glasmästare ( Swedish glazier )

46cm X 55cm burnt sienna on canvas board
Painting based off the drawing from a previous post here. Its really an oil pick-out. Felt more like a drawing when I was painting it. Didn't rely on tiles but instead using paper towels to lighten areas or a q-tip dipped in mineral spirits for the highlights. Really fun process. One of my favorites. A little scratching in the hair with a palette knife. It will be on display at the Rättvik Kulturehus, Sweden December-January

Saturday, December 03, 2011

November 30 Days of Drawing (Final Day 30) Alfred Nobel

Alfred Nobel
Inventor of dynamite, and propagator of the Nobel Prize. He's a rather dapper looking fellow here, and was kind enough to model for me. He was very still and didn't say a thing the whole time. For the upcoming art show my group is having, the theme is Nobel. In Sweden, December 10th is Nobel day. He was a Swedish inventor. I'm still not to sure exactly what I will have on display. I have some wild ideas, but they seem hard to conceptualize. I might make it easier on myself and paint or draw a portrait. I checked online and there isn't much art on this guy except from when he was still alive and blowing things up.
Art in the Garden December 10th.

Friday, December 02, 2011

November 30 Days of Drawing (Day 27-29) Maia!

I was very pleased with this drawing. At first. Now I'm seeing some things that need a little adjusting. Its funny how seeing a drawing after its scanned or the size is reduced, you can pick up on some of the mistakes, and changes that are needed. My daughter was a very good model for this one. She was reading her Disney Princess magazine, and it helped her to keep her pose. I won't take full credit for the nose. My wife helped fix it after I drew it to big. I am very happy with most of the results.
Another phalaenopsis, but this time one of Mother-n-laws. Its my first attempt to draw one, or any flower from the back. The one on the right did not come out as good as I hoped. (Next time)

Thursday, December 01, 2011

November 30 Days of Drawing (Day 25,26) Choir

The art group I'm in is having a show on December 10th. at
Studiefrämjandet Norra Dalarna
the link may, or may not work, but all the other info is googleable.
(yup I just said "googleable")

I liked  how she turned out. Real simple!


Had  a little fun drawing the lady in the middle.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November 30 Days of Drawing (Day 20-24) Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain

Not the best likeness. He looks more like a sentimental Jesus than a melancholy grudge rocker. I've been listening to Nirvana alot lately, and the local Swedish rock station plays them frequently. The other day  I drew a girl playing a cello, and wearing a Nirvana shirt. She was the same age I was when I first started listening to the band. Kinda weird, but made me happy at the same time. I wonder how or fathers felt when they first saw a younger generation wear clothing with the names of their favorite bands from their youth.

From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah [Live] - Its Nirvana, its live, you can pretend they are in your living room, or car.
Sliver: The Best of the Box - Alot of their demos, early recordings, some early live work, and alternate takes

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

November 30 Days of Drawing (Day 17-19) Birds!

 Twitter Bird, Facebook Crow, and Google Owl.
Fat blue birds, and a constipated whale.

Some crow sketches from memory that look more like seagulls.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

November 30 Days of Drawing (Day 14-15) Flowers?

 One of the flowers on a phalaenopsis orchid I received for Swedish Fathers Day. A little known fact about me: I can draw any orchid,  from memory. I might start drawing, or painting one a day. We have 12 plants now, and its nice to see them taking turns blooming.
Any time I get the excuse, I will buy my wife roses. She loves their smell, and will make time to draw them. Sometimes I join in on the fun.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

November 30 Days of Drawing (Day 13) Eva!

I think this was around 17 hours of drawing. Definitely 2 days and some hours after finishing some details or corrections. Its the longest I've spent on a drawing, and I think it shows. The drawing is of a sweet little old lady in Leksands Church Choir. I've drawn her around 7 times before I drew this one. It really helped to have that experiance before I attempted this one.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

November 30 Days of Drawing (Day 12) Timjan!

I don't draw my son much. He rarely sits still, even for a picture. My mother n law was over the other day and took some awesome portrait shots of our kids sitting or standing next to our window. It was close to sunset and the light drenched everything in a warm yellow. The photos were instant inspiration to draw or paint. So more to come!
I might give this one another shot one day, but it would be nice to do a larger painting, and try to capture his likeness more. He's a beautiful boy!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

November 30 Days of Drawing (Day 10-11) Music

I spent this weekend drawing at Folkmusiknatta i Falun (Folk Music Night in Falun) There where three stages, with performers playing traditional Swedish folk music, new folk stuff, American, and a little Indian. The musicians would play in the hallways or waiting rooms and jam, or join in with strangers who were playing familiar folk music. Members of the bands would also join in before or after their show. Some of these groups would have 8-20 people. It was from 6pm till 1am, and I pretty much drew the whole time. So I'm counting it as 2 days of drawing.

Warm-ups. The man with the guitar was very energetic for an old guy, and the bottom right was the first cello I've drawn. The sketches were drawn with a 2mm, 2b lead. The bottom left was drawn with a .9mm, 2b lead.

Hawkins Hawaii Trio. The band was great to listen to. Great slide guitar from this guy. I kind of rushed drawing the instrument, and should of added more detail. I also had to draw this in the dark so I used a 3mm, 6b lead.

The guy on the top had a great little stance while playing. I tried, but couldn't capture it. The other sketches are of Deliverance. A bluegrass group that sang all the songs, in English without a Swedish accent! I was amazed at how authentic they sounded. The guy on mandolin was an awesome singer. It was fun to listen to the bands introduce themselves or the songs in Swedish, but say the titles in English.

I found these two playing in the stairwell. They had a nice little area all to themselves. They had these great little stances while they played that was hard to capture. The girl was more hunched over, as if she was trying to hide. She played harmonica and sounded awesome.

 Crazy old man. Thats all I got to say.

There was one room that played folk dance music all night. Toward the end of the night they had 25 people on the stage playing mostly fiddles.

Monday, November 14, 2011

November 30 Days of Drawing (Day 9) Cody!

Cody from my friend Will Terrell's Superzeros. He's one of the characters that Will draws in his online comic. Lots of fun, and entertaining characters, and I really dig on his colors.

Colors, amp, cords and a few wardrobe changes coming soon.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

November 30 Days of Drawing (Day 7) Anki!

My wife is kind enough to let me torture her by drawing her endlessly and needlessly over and over, and over again. I have maybe over 100 drawings and paintings of her. With various degrees of quality. I love her, and she is my favorite model.
 Prismacolor Tuscan Red, and white pencil. I liked how the nose, and how the hair came out.
I drew this a month ago, but I have it here for comparison. I like the shadows and value range, but the hair needs to be rendered more, among other things.

Friday, November 11, 2011

November 30 Days of Drawing (Day 6) Violins!

On Mondays, Leksands Spelmanslag, the folk instrument players in Leksand get together, practice, and jam. Its great music to draw too. I was invited to come draw while they played. A little hard to do since they move so much and their expressions change often, but great fun! Their was a couple of warm up sketches I did before these that didn't make the cut.
Magnus Sanden. 1 hour. Could use a little more detail in the hand and arm. Magnus is a good friend here in Leksand. He can sing any song and play any instrument.

 Warm-up 20mins

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

November 30 Days of Drawing (Days 1-4)

For November I'm going to do at least one drawing a day and try to post it each day.
The first four days of November I was drawing moose for an upcoming book I'm working on. TBA
After drawing moose for 4 days i think I'm about 50% the way there. They are alot harder to draw then I thought. Harder to draw than houses. Which I thought at first they where just horses with big horns. I have come across 5 moose in Sweden two of which were a mother and her offspring crossing the road. They are very peaceful and beautiful to watch graze or stride.

The bottom one I tried to make the antlers look more like a crown, as they did in the picture. In Sweden the moose, called elk (älg), are the kings of the forest and their antlers symbolize their crown.
My favorite out of the bunch. The eye needs a little work.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Rolf Markusson Svensk glasmästare ( Swedish glazier )

Rolf has taught me how to make stained glass windows, how to be a glazier, and about patience. I wanted to do a painting of Rolf. He'll be 72 soon. Maybe have it done for his birthday. The first step is to do a pencil study. Then a small burnt sienna pick-out. I don't know if I will complete a full color painting, but we'll see.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

John H. Vanderpoel Studies heads, faces, and skulls

The pages were mostly text, with a few full page drawings. These were the images on the side of each page. I will try to draw the pages I left out, but for now I might take a break from the studies. I feel I was rushing through some of these drawings.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Leksand's Church Choir

I moved around the practice this time. I wanted to draw as many members as possible. Practice slowness.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Rattviks Konstforening

I will have artwork on display at the Rattvik Kulturehus(Culture House)
April 19 to May 7
Opening is Tuesday at 5pm
The art will be paintings and a drawing of my family.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

John H. Vanderpoel Studies, ears, and ears, and ears

Not the most accurate. The sketches from behind the ear were very difficult and looked like a slug while I was drawing it. These are all the pages with ears in his book. Next time will be some faces.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

John H. Vanderpoel studies more mouths

The last full page of mouths from the book. This one took some time to do. These studies really help some of the other art I do. Next is ears!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Vårsalong ( Spring Salon )

I was in the Swedish newspaper again, kinda...
The article is on the Spring Salon here in Siljan. The article is in Swedish, but it pretty much says that the one man jury Peter Johansson (well known here) choose only 8 out of the 50 artists that applied for the show. Because the overall quality was very low. The article lists me as one of the exhibiters.

So if you are in Mora you should drop by! Its at the Kulturehus (Culture house)
and the poster

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Animals for a song

At church someone saw me drawing and asked if I could draw some animals for a song they will perform for the kiddies. He showed me a drawing he did for another song that was pretty much an assortment of colored stick figures. I thought maybe I might be some help.

Curly sheep
Crocodile. Not my favorite out of the bunch. (I might come up with a second version.)
Hedgehog. I liked the way he came out.
A fish