Shore line


A couple of weeks ago I tried painting a shore line, depicted in a tutorial book i bought a year ago called The Art of Painting Landscapes, Seascapes and Skyscapes.

Although the original is much better than this one, i´m really pleased with it. I used about four sessions painting it, in total about 20 hours. With a canvas size of about 60 x 40 cm, there was a lot of space to fill, so i´m kind of short on both white and blue painting now.

It´s the first painting where i´ve used shadowes to make depth though, so all in all it was a new step forward in regards of technique 🙂

A tribute to Svetlana

I’ve been searching around on the internet lately, to find some inspirational paintings. This one from Svetlana Kanyo, called “lake view”, is one which seem to come back to me about every time.

So today I tried to paint it, as kind of a tribute. This is how it looked:

IMG_0159It did’nt turn out as good as Svetlanas version, but, in regard of mye own abilities, i’m pleased with it. So thank you Svetlana, for painting an awesome painting.

Simple sky

I wanted to paint a quick painting this afternoon before dinner, and a simple one as well, seeing that my latest tries have been rather bad and i needed a pick-me-up-painting to restore my confidence.


Since spring time is just around the corner, I wanted to paint a light, clear and blue skyline, which you can look up at on a nice, sunny day. I think it went quite well.

I could have painted some more details upon the skies, but i just felt like keeping it simple. So this is how it looked:

Back on the shores

After a pretty demoralizing period painting bad paintings, I decided to take it back to the basics again. So once again I opened my tutorial book, and painted another version of an old exercise.


The painting is picturing a shore line with ruff seas, but this time I painted it all a bit less realistic then the first time. The question is whether this actually makes it more realistic or worse.

In one way, painting it a bit more abstract hides the areas which looked a bit cartoonish in mye first try. In another way, it makes nothing in the painting look genuinely real. Anyway, here is the old version, so I guess you can judge for yourself.


Distant Island

I´ve seen a lot of paintings lately where the painter has used several canvases to make out the whole picture.  Yoy can then put it up on the wall, hanging them up with a narrow intervals between them.

I gave it a go yesterday, painting what i would like to be a tropical beach along a distant coast.I´m especially happy with the Island in front, and not so pleased with the rock formations on the right side. It looks a little cartoonish. But all in all i think it´s ok.



Sea breeze

After watching another tutorial video on YouTube, this time by Wilson Bickford painting really cool waves, I wanted to copy the achievement.

So this is how it ended up:


Since Bickford only shows the technique of painting waves on a already painted background in the video, I kind of painted my own backround based on yhe look of his one. With a blend of cerulean blue and white for the skyline, and a blend of ultramarine blue, sap green, black and white for the sea.

I´m very pleased with this one, and it´s all thanks to a very good tutorial from mr. Bickford. A great way to learn to construct the anatomy of waves, which works on both small and big proportions.

I can see that it may be missing something in terms of something to catch the center of the painting. Maybe a boat of some kind, or a bird flying by real close.

That may cause me to pick it up again for a last session, but for today, with the time I had available and the end result, I kind of want to just leave it as it is.