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…

To the Coast

I've posted all of these paintings in individual posts lately. But I thought it would be nice to show the whole series together. I'm very happy with the colours in these paintings, which I think is quite depictive of summer in my area. I'm also very fascinated by all these grassy mountains along the coast,…

In the Shade

This is one of those summer days that I just love. It's not too warm. But warm enough to not think about the right clothing. The sun is out, lighting up the islands, reflecting in the sea. But the mountain behind you gives a nice, cool shade. You can just sit there, feeling the pleasant…

One Way In – One Way Out

On the West Coast of Norway, where I grew up, there are a lot of fjords. In these fjords, there are often only one road in. That, again, makes it only one road out. In one way, it makes these small societies look very cozy. On the other side, they are very voulnerable. It only…

Top and Bottom

I didn't plan on it. But in this painting it almost looks like the top of the mountain returns at the bottom. It was supposed to just be an island or something, lying near the shore. But the top and bottom-look is much more interesting. So I decided to go with that. Let's just pretend…

Loose the Way I Like it

I'm really happy with how this painting turned out. The style is loose, the way I like it, but still tight enough to hold it firmly together. The boat also has a kind of human, industrial look about it. Like the kind of guy that would hang around the harbour, I imagine. The painting is…

Cityscape – A Rough Reunion

When I've been away from watercolour for a while, I do tend to get a reminder of how difficult I actually find it. This time it came through my first speed painting in months. I wanted to just get the feel of it all again. So I cut out a small piece of paper and…

Finishing up the series

So, after painting this watercolour postcard I felt that very recognizable feeling. The feeling that this was the last one. That I need to get on to something new. Maybe it's because I subconsciously know that I've spent up all my creative spark for this series. The feeling that I keep making the same painting…