GUEST ARTIST: “Loving Paint” by Ilse Hviid

byxa Clothesline watercolour painting by Ilse Hviid

Hello. My name is Ilse Hviid and I was born in Sweden in 1962. I live in Malmö in a small apartment, with a room, a kitchen, a bathroom and most importantly, my studio. I love to paint and have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. I had lots of paper, paint, brushes and pens of all kind as a child. They were my favorite toys. Still are actually.

Drawing and painting is a kind of mindfulness as well as an opportunity to invent and create something new, something never seen before. I am inspired from almost everything that I experience in life. It is my comfort when feeling sad, and expressing my joy when feeling happy.  It’s a way to escape into the flow when everyday life is boring and a way to deal with difficulties in life.

ice cream watercolour painting by Ilse HviidI will not leave the flat for any reason without a small pen and a sketchbook. I sketch when sitting on the train, waiting for my coffee at a restaurant or in the dentist’s waiting room, in the park, sitting on a bench at the square, at the beach, or just any place when I get a spare minute.

ystad watercolour painting by Ilse Hviid

Over the years, I have been using almost any kind of paint. I did paint tiny landscapes in acrylics and watercolors, wood imitation and marbling in oil or acrylic on furniture and walls as well as large canvases in oil, pretty often with a motif of some fruit or veggie. I actually worked as a professional construction painter for over a decade. I do not anymore due to an injury. But, I paint large abstract oils and sweet little watercolors.

Nowadays I work as a teacher in artist painting in evening classes. I teach painting as in oil, acrylic, watercolors, drawing and kroki.

In my free time I paint. This spring and summer, I made a special effort to really become friends with watercolor. I consider myself as a kind of newbie in watercolors, as I only took a class for a single weekend about 25 years ago. Well, I got myself a bunch of fine watercolor papers of some different grains, a couple of nice brushes and a sweet little box of high quality half pans, and set the goal of doing a small painting every day. I had so much fun!

ost watercolour painting by Ilse Hviid

I painted on my summer trip, at the beach and in the park, but mostly I sat on my balcony in the warm summer evenings, watching the sunset and painting the stunning view of the city, my tomatoes growing and my glass of water (well sometimes glass of wine) as well as some pieces just trying to catch the feeling from the moment and not so much the things actually seen.  I painted using my right hand and sometimes using my left hand, to challenge myself.

I love the flow, and the lightness of the watercolors, and the surprise moments when using a new kind of watercolor paper. A fine grain, hot press paper will get a different result from a rough grain. I might like the rough grain the best. I use a lot of different brands. Some papers I prefer are Fabriano, Canson and Bockingford. For watercolor paints, I enjoy several different kinds such as Winsor & Newton, Schminke, Daniel Smith, and Van Gogh. For brushes, I enjoy Da Vinci, Sakura, Isabey, and some brushes that are really old and the names are not readable anymore.

This winter I’d like to learn to make watercolor paint by myself as I am a passionate collector of pigments. All the paintings shown are made this lovely summer, and I will continue to paint until my hands are falling off.

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25 Comments
  1. Mary Roff 2 months ago

    Lovely paintings, Ilse! Thank you for sharing your watercolor journey!

  2. shawnthompsonart 2 months ago

    Nice paintings, IIsle, you are very good.

  3. Karen Fortier 2 months ago

    Ilsa thanks so much for sharing your story with us! Your paintings are beautiful!

  4. Sandra Strait 2 months ago

    Ilse, I’ve been enjoying your work here and on Facebook and it’s so wonderful to learn more about you. That you for sharing your artistic journey with us!

    • Ilse Hviid 2 months ago

      Thank you for reading!

  5. Jennifer J. New 2 months ago

    I truly enjoyed your artwork. The paintings, plus the words you used to describe everything you have done. just caused a peace to come over me. Thank you so very much for sharing your beautiful paintings and your love for your talent since you you were young. I am sorry you were hurt, but so glad you kept going and I hope you truly love the new direction you took being a teacher and learning watercolor. :)Jen

    • Ilse Hviid 2 months ago

      Thank you for reading and for your sweet wording. 🙂

  6. Robert J. Coleman 2 months ago

    Beautiful miniatures, Ilse. And it’s great that your work is available on Etsey!

    • Ilse Hviid 2 months ago

      Thank you! Yes I am at Etsy as well.

  7. Sharon Nolfi 2 months ago

    I see a lot of joy in your paintings! Thank you for sharing them.

    • Ilse Hviid 2 months ago

      Thank you!

  8. Alaiyo Bradshaw 2 months ago

    Your paintings are little gems! I love your use of the medium. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Jean marmo 2 months ago

    thank you for sharing. I love your style,

  10. Stephanie Louise 2 months ago

    Marvelous 👍You did a good job.

  11. Janneke Booister 2 months ago

    These paintings are really nice, a treat for the eye. And done in only one summer… that does promise a lot for the upcoming autumn and winter – I hope 🙂

    • Ilse Hviid 2 months ago

      Thank you! And I hope to be able to keep up the painting in winter as well. Sometimes the winter is very warm where I live, no snow or frost, but I can still paint from my memories from earlier winters with lots of snow. 🙂

  12. Stephanie Louise 1 month ago

    Wonderful painting. I love them.

  13. Imdalegreene 1 week ago

    Beautiful work. I’ve never been very good at watercolor and I admire people who are masters at it.

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