Slälagårdsgatan, Stockholm. 25 x 35 cm, oil on linen.
After three weeks of painting in Norway and Sweden, I was pretty exhausted in my last stop of Stockholm.
Sunday Fishermen with the City Hall, Stockholm. 25 x 35 cm, oil on linen.
As a plein air painter I often feel guilty if I see a great subject for a painting and then don’t paint it for whatever reason. With the 19 hour days they have in Scandinavian in the summer it is very difficult to paint the whole time though, so one ends up feeling guilty a lot.
The Stortorget. 30 x 20 cm, oil on linen.
Cafe on the Riddarholmen. 20 x 30 cm, oil on linen.
After struggling with the majesty of the Norwegian fjords, the Swedish countryside around the Siljan Lake in Dalarna county was pretty easy painting. The parts of Sweden I saw in the past ten days were all exceedingly picturesque. Small farms and lots of very pretty lakes and fields.
The Parking Lot at the Tällberg Forum. 20 x 30 cm, oil on linen.
The Church at Rättvik. 20 x 30 cm, oil on linen.
I was staying in a cabin in the village of Tällberg with my student Louis Ryan. We were shown around a bit by the local talent Anders Ståhl, and the weather was beautiful for much of the time.
Above Lake Siljan. 20 x 30 cm, oil on linen.
The Bell Tower at Mora. 30 x 20 cm, oil on linen.
Birch Trees on the Banks of Lake Siljan. 25 x 35 cm, oil on linen.
Wedding Sketch #1 (The Ceremony). 20 x 30 cm, oil on linen.
This is an idea I’ve wanted to try for a while. Everyone knows that 150 years ago, painters had all the image-making gigs. Today those have all gone to photographers, but one thought I’ve often had at outdoor weddings is that it would be a great occasion for a plein air painter. They can be very picturesque events. Also, since often a great deal of effort goes into making memories of the event for the couple, what better way than non-fugitive paints on oil-primed linen which will last a thousand years while decorating their decedents’ walls?
Wedding Sketch #2 (Afternoon Coffee). 25 x 35 cm, oil on linen.
I’m sure this has been done before, but at a couple of friends’ wedding this weekend I tried batting out some small sketches. It was interesting trying to set up and predict where everything would happen. Also, many of the situations are fleeting and the artist has to work fast (or tell people to pose).
I only got a couple of sketches done, but it was a fun experiment nonetheless. Plus it was the first time I’ve painted in a suit and tie.