Total failure

After starting up painting again, being back from a longer vacation, I felt that my first painting ended up pretty decent (ref. last post). The second try however, must be one of the greatest collisions of color and smudging of paint I have ever made.


The idea was to make a sunset (finger)painting, with nice, colorful water and a nice sailboat crossing over it. Separated by a dark, sharp mountain line. After making the skyline, I thought it would work out ok, but disaster struck instantly as my motivation and consentration for the day startet to decline.

In an attempt to make a nice painting in less time (to get a snack and head out), I started out by making a half-assed mountain line and a even more half-assed sun. Seeing how awful it was, I kind of panicked a bit. The solution for the problem ended up being smudging random color over the the sea section of the canvas, hoping it would turn out as a magical seascape…

As it turned out, it didn´t. A thick, smudged, puke colored sea slowly filled up the canvas, and as my panic increased, I just kept going. Being all done, looking down on this horrible sight, I was very close to instantly throw the whole thing in the trash. I was able to hold back the urge though, and the canvas is now hidden in a corner of the room as an “unfinished object”, (maybe as a warning for future sessions) that may be able to improve (although i doubt it) when the paint dries.

It is extremely frustrating ruining hours of work because of a lack of consentration or motivation. It just feels like a waste of time and paint afterwards. I guess this is another lesson to learn about quitting in time, being able to pick the painting up again when the concentration is back.

I think my next painting will be better though, having learned this lesson, again.

Back in business

After a seven week long vacation, with no painting included at all, I was a little worried that I might have forgotten how to paint anything at all. So after a few days back home I

Water soluble oil paint.

picked up the brushes, and had a go at it.

After watching a tutorial on youtube about making waterfalls, I wanted to try out the technique. I thought it worked quite well for being one of my first tries, and the painting itself looked okay.

The thing i´m struggeling with though, and have been struggling with all the way since I started, is making realistic nature paintings in daylight colors. It all seems a bit cartoonish when i try it. I guess i´m a little lazy when it comes to mixing out and choosing the right colors for it, but I think I still have a long way to go improving my techniques.

If anyone is reading this, and have a tip. Please leave a comment. I suppose it´s a good thing to have something to reach for.

Drawing + painting = ?

In an attempt to improve my painting skills, I recently took up drawing after buying a book on vacation in Bangkok about street sketching. After giving it a few tries, i really enjoyed the concept of drawing people or things in front of you. For instance, as a general practice, I tried to draw the person next to me on a bus ride.

Most of the time though, I have tried to draw celebrities by watching tv or pictures. This makes it easier to decide if the drawing actually looks like the real person or not. I also hope to some day be able to paint people by free hand, and would think that these kind of drawings could help me to also improve my painting techniques.

The more I draw though, the more I actually enjoy the sketching in itself. It is a great way to keep improving my skills, without having to pull out all the equipment you need for dooing paintings. An easier and fun option if you have less time to spend, or are traveling around.

I guess the most important tip I´ve read for sketching so far, is to draw what you actually see and not what you think or expect to see. This helped me a lot for the drawings above. I sure got to use my eraser though.

Here are some more of my sketches:


Finger painting

So I guess my first real post on this blog will be about using your fingers instead of a brush when doing oil paintings. After a lot of video tutorials on Youtube, learning different techniques, I got the idea of trying to apply the paint on the canvas using just my own hands. And as it turned out, it worked much better than I expected.

By working in one color at the time, dragging the paint from one side of the canvas to the other in a horizontal line, I was able to make a quite decent and colorful skyline. Especially when the different colors intertwine, and the results just kind of appear in front of you as you go.

When you have laid down the groundwork, it´s time to pick up a brush and spatula and make some more details in your painting. In this case some pretty basic mountains, trees and silhouettes, wich is easier to paint because of their small requirements of details.

I hope this tip could be helpful to someone. At least it broadended my horizen a bit.