JENS MALMGREN I create, that is my hobby.

Sidebuilding at Sunnerås

I started with acrylic in May 2009. At first I approached the acrylic from an aquarellist’s point of view and I used plenty of water and I painted on aquarelle paper. Aquarelle painting with acrylic is all very well but there are more to acrylic such as working on a more opaque way. Here I set out to study the same subject in three paintings and I would go opaque. All these images where made in the late afternoon and evening at Sunnerås in the autumn.

If you follow this blog you know I have had a number or aquarelle paintings were I had problems with expressing the typical red of the traditional red Swedish houses with the white rims. Actually that worked out quite well in these three paintings. On this first painting here above I was not satisfied with the ground in front of the house. It was autumn and the ground was covered with leaves in bright yellow and orange colors. The left side of the house was nice but the right side was not straight but at that time I did not notice this.

The sky in this painting was made at a later step. It is better to paint the sky earlier so that other layers can be placed on top with a bit of the sky shining through.

Here is the second painting. This painted from the same position as the first. That is at the window from the kitchen in the main building at Sunnerås. I must have been completely occupied by the leaves and the bright colors so I completely missed that the walls of the house now sloped even more than on the first painting. The wall towards the viewer is has a narrower base compared to the upper part of the wall. This house is in reality not a wonder of straight lines but it is not this bad I can guarantee you. The sky is nice on this painting. I suppose this is because the sky this evening was more interesting and I simply painted what I could see.

For this painting I moved to the window in the living room at Sunnerås so that I could get an easier perspective of the house and as an extra I got more of the colored roof. This house looks a lot straighter than the two previous paintings but the walls are still sloping. I might need to go and compare with the real house one day. Here on this occasion the sky had become evenly gray again. On this painting the taxus yews became visible. I think they add a bit of structure to the painting improving the overall composition. Also the taxus has a shape with volume that adds to the feeling of depths in the painting.

I was born 1967 in Stockholm, Sweden. I grew up in the small village Vågdalen in north Sweden. 1989 I moved to Umeå to study Computer Science at University of Umeå. 1995 I moved to the Netherlands where I live in Almere not far from Amsterdam.

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I create, that is my hobby.