tisdag 18 januari 2011

Fort Lauderdale (no Everglades)

The last three days we spent in Key West, probably the biggest disappointment on this trip...
My expectations and mental image of the island were completely crushed in our first day. It's a tourist trap with all it's components, sky high prices for crap (hotel, food etc), cheap t-shirts with sex-jokes, a train on wheels, adultstores, mass-produced art in the galleries, you name it!
So we cancelled the fourth night at our hotel (would have cancelled more if we didn't have to pay for it).

When doing some more thorough research on the web we realized we had already passed through the Everglades. I think I had a different image of what the Everglades would look like...
And if we wanted to see the Everglades again we would have had to backtrack our path quiet a bit.

So instead we decided to head to Fort Lauderdale where we met the only swede who has ever blown up an american battleship!
It's true.
As a part of an artificial reef-program the old battleship was blown up outside of Pensacola. Today it serves as shelter for fish and attraction for sport-divers. The discovery channel made a show about the sinking so you can probably find it on YouTube.

Fort Lauderdale seems really nice so we decided to stay here tonight. I saw some galleries when we drove through the city so I hope to see some good paintings tomorrow.
I haven't had many good opportunities to paint lately which is very frustrating but I sincerely hope to do wip out the brushes soon.

- Posted by Gustav

Location:Fort Lauderdale

måndag 17 januari 2011


Due to a lot of traveling lately I have had very little time to paint. But tomorrow we are heading to the Everglades in Florida and I've been longing to go there for some time now. So by tomorrow I sure hope to have some new sketches to post!

- Posted by Gustav


måndag 3 januari 2011

Happy New Year!

I apologize for not posting in a while but I have had very little or no access to the information superhighway until reaching civilization today.
We have been driving a few miles, from L.A through the Nevada desert to SinCity and then to Grand Canyon for a couple of days before heading to Santa Fe and today we arrived in Albuquerque! (long sentence there..)

Here follows a few recent sketches

Nevada desert approx. 5x10 cm

Nevada desert II approx. 7x7cm

And for a landscape painter few places are as majestic to paint as the
Grand Canyon.
Not only was it grand it was also the coldest conditions I have ever painted in
(-12 Fahrenheit = -24 Celsius).
I wasn't sure if the paint was going to stick to the canvas when I set out the first morning. So please don't judge me to hard on the drawing. My only goal was to capture a few color notes, then I will use, I going to say it!, PHOTOGRAFS!, for drawing reference. :)
The night before I made a small copy of an american painter, Clyde Aspevig, to help me figure out some values in distant landscape, see below.

Color-sketch-copy after Clyde Aspevig

Then here are two colorsketches from Grand Canyon

South Rim approx. 12x30 cm

By Matherpoint approx. 10x15 cm

Until next post, Happy New Year!!

Location:Nevada & Grand Canyon