Cinque Terre, Italy

For this painting I wanted to use a different set of colours than I've been using lately. More precise, I wanted to use some pastel colours. A good place to start when it comes to buildings painted with pastel colours is Southern Europe. I chose a scenery from Cinque Terre, Italy, showing a small, narrow…

The main street of Oatman

For this painting, I wanted to have a go at the main street of Oatman, US, which we visited in 2014. This is the photograph I decided to use: Oatman, Arizona I don't have any pictures of either the initial sketch or wash, though. This because it actually took me three attempts to get a…

A watercolour bouquet

In my last post I ended up making a marker bouquet. This was my first attempt at drawing a bouquet, and afterwards I really got an urge to repeat it. It just felt extremely calming drawing the petals and flowerheads, and giving them some colour. This time I wanted to use an approach I've seen…

A gas station in Death Valley

This was an attempt to paint a gas station in Death Valley, California, which we visited on a road trip in 2014. A gas station in Death Valley We actually had kind of a nerve wracking start to the whole trip, as an oil lamp suddenly got turned on on the dashboard of our rental…

The Oatman Post Office

One of my most common mistakes in watercolour painting, is to take on a too complicated or detailed scenery. I just don't have the skills to master it yet. So, for this painting, I decided to make it a bit less complicated. I wanted a scenery with just one main building, adding some people to…

Back from tutorials

After what's been a good watercolour period using tutorial videos, I decided it was time to do one all by myself again. This time I had three specific tasks in mind: Choose a (quite) simple scene to paintDon't spend too much time doing detailsKeep the painting loose So I chose a photo we took in…

The first wet-in-wet

This is a painting based on a tutorial by Tim Wilmot. It's also my very first go at a wet-in-wet painting. This is how it ended up: Riverside village To sum up; it was a fun experience working with this technique. I also understand the experience you'll need to have to get all of the…

A walk on the countryside

A walk on the countryside

Another tutorial painting by Tim Wilmot. And this was a fun one, since I've never painted a countryside scene using watercolour. I was excited about painting some trees, grass and bushes agan, and really get to use some of those yellow and greens. So I started with this sketch: The sketch I forgot to take…

Working the shadows

This painting is based on a tutorial by Tim Wilmot. For me it was a good practice painting shadows. Not just light patches, but really dark contrasts. It was also good fun trying to paint some farmland houses, with some sharp edges to it. They just look much cooler than the city buildings, if you…

A harbour view

This is a painting based on a tutorial by Tim Wilmot. It's also my first time painting boats in a long time. It was quite fun getting back to the water again, and especially trying to paint it using watercolour. The blend of colours make it look much more alive than similar paintings I've made…