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Walking in Steep Mountains

Where I grew up, the mountains were steep. It was hard work getting up, but it went quicker. When we reached the top, the view was fantastic. Not many trees to block the view. Not much shrubbery at all, really. Just rocks, and grass, above ocean and islands. You just had to get up the…

Finishing Up the Mini Series

As I've mentioned in my last few posts, I've painted a little watercolour series on some small pieces of paper. A great way, I find it, to get some painting time into short gaps during the day. My first two paintings were of some birds flying high and a very warm day. And this is…

Cool Water – And the Thought of Having a Swim

I like how rough this painting turned out. At the same time, the colours look kind of fresh. At least that's what I hope. Again, I've used a palette knife to make some icy mountains. When added a crisp blue for the ocean, I get a chilly feeling while looking at it. Like the feeling…

Birds Flying High

On the island where my grandparents live, Runde on the West Coast of Norway, there is a famous nesting cliff. The cliff looks straight out into the Atlantic Ocean, and houses species like puffins, northern gannets and northern fulmars. The island also houses a good amount of white-tailed eagles. There are two ways to get…

A Warm Day – From a Very Quick Session

This is a speed painting I made on a small piece of paper, showing what I imagine is a very hot day. I find that speed painting is a wonderful way to get some practice done, when I don't really have the time to sit down. As you can see, the paper is roughly cut…

Spring Evening

The sun is shining into the evening hours nowadays. And, even though there are showers of snow now and then, the feel of summer is really creeping in. Just seeing the colour of fresh grass is a sight for sore eyes. Even being awakened in the early morning hours by squeaking seagulls. I think these…

Midnight Walking

During our Norwegian summers, the daylight lasts all night. I get such an energy boost from it. Especially after our long, dark winters. In our area there are tour groups spending the summer nights walking up tall mountains. Some even does it walking barefoot. I've never done it myself. But I imagine it's a great…

Threshold – A Digital Exploration

When I take a photo of a painting I've made, I use photoshop to edit it. It usually needs cropping. And quite often both light and colour needs to be strengthened to resemble the actual painting. One day while doing this, I accidentally clicked on an effect called threshold. This is an effect that makes…

Midnight Glow – A Terrible Photo

This is a terrible photo of a watercolour painting I made a while back: The reason why I'm posting it, though, is to express how fun I found it using a palette knife to depict waves. I simply did a quick wash of different types of blue, and let it dry for a while. Still…

Arctic Sea – Using the Palette Knife

I don't remember what caused it, but I got an urge to use my palette knife on this painting. I thought it could be a cool way to try to depict some arctic mountains, all covered in ice and snow. So I did a wash, let it dry for a while, and started "scraping" at…