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Mountain Lake II by Callego Mountain Lake II :iconcallego:Callego 8 0 Nebula Explorer by Callego Nebula Explorer :iconcallego:Callego 7 2 Sunlight through Redwoods by Callego Sunlight through Redwoods :iconcallego:Callego 4 1 Autumn Walk by Callego Autumn Walk :iconcallego:Callego 4 0 Weak by Callego Weak :iconcallego:Callego 1 0 Precious Star by Callego Precious Star :iconcallego:Callego 1 0 Capitola Plein Air Sketch by Callego Capitola Plein Air Sketch :iconcallego:Callego 2 0 The Old Man and the Sea Giant by Callego The Old Man and the Sea Giant :iconcallego:Callego 11 3 Goblin Lake by Callego Goblin Lake :iconcallego:Callego 11 0 Forest Waterfall by Callego Forest Waterfall :iconcallego:Callego 14 0 Moses takes off his sandals by Callego Moses takes off his sandals :iconcallego:Callego 3 1 The Red Shed by Callego The Red Shed :iconcallego:Callego 34 2 Solvorn Seter I by Callego Solvorn Seter I :iconcallego:Callego 9 0 Redwood Glow I by Callego Redwood Glow I :iconcallego:Callego 37 4 Minneopa Falls by Callego Minneopa Falls :iconcallego:Callego 4 0 Utah Salt Flats II by Callego Utah Salt Flats II :iconcallego:Callego 15 1


015-052 Dahlia from Bellesymphorine by sweetmarly 015-052 Dahlia from Bellesymphorine :iconsweetmarly:sweetmarly 42 34 watercolor by loosey17 watercolor :iconloosey17:loosey17 821 55 Krakow by takmaj Krakow :icontakmaj:takmaj 4,355 627 rain in Prague by takmaj rain in Prague :icontakmaj:takmaj 1,457 192 San Marco by takmaj San Marco :icontakmaj:takmaj 1,495 179 Raposa/Fox by Als-Castro Raposa/Fox :iconals-castro:Als-Castro 6 0 Manwe by kimberly80 Manwe :iconkimberly80:kimberly80 507 45 The Seasons by necco-artistry The Seasons :iconnecco-artistry:necco-artistry 7 2 The Stars, the Moon and me by Gawarin The Stars, the Moon and me :icongawarin:Gawarin 33 8 Toxin by TamberElla Toxin :icontamberella:TamberElla 2,514 44 Day 19 - Go Shopping by RachelCurtis Day 19 - Go Shopping :iconrachelcurtis:RachelCurtis 19 0 Goldfinch  by vikisheptalina Goldfinch :iconvikisheptalina:vikisheptalina 5 0 Charles Bridge, Prague, watercolor painting by jane-beata Charles Bridge, Prague, watercolor painting :iconjane-beata:jane-beata 1,210 87 Banshee by kolaboy Banshee :iconkolaboy:kolaboy 91 10 A Melancholic Mermaid (Collab) by Sieskja A Melancholic Mermaid (Collab) :iconsieskja:Sieskja 169 2 Maple Leaves by Oddeum Maple Leaves :iconoddeum:Oddeum 400 47


Mountain Lake II
[note: the image seems to have ended up a bit blurrier than I would like--hopefully a better quality image to come eventually, it's just kinda hard to manage with something this big).

Second full-size version of a commission for some friends. This is the largest watercolor painting I've ever done--the paper is approx 2x4 feet (maybe slightly short of 4? difficult to measure) and the image smaller by 1-2 inches on each side. I will post the first version when I get around to it--I like both, but this one fixed some things that were bothering me with the first. Doing a painting this large seems to inevitably be a process of experimentation and problem-solving, as the size makes it difficult to do things as loosely as I usually do with watercolor. I tried to balance the light as well as possible in the photo, but honestly the effect can change so much depending on ambient lighting that any number of pictures could accurately represent the painting at one moment or another...

-I bought one of those big 10 yard rolls of Arches Rough 140 lb watercolor paper for this plus another large commission that I am really needing to get to. Pretty unwieldy to roll it out, cut it, and stretch it, but worth it for the experience of painting something so big.
-My brother helped me make a large frame to stretch and staple the paper on--super helpful, and I think the previous version of this would have gone more smoothly if I'd had the frame then. I think I have a picture of the frame on my IG (CallePaints)...
-Mostly Princeton Brushes plus a few random ones I've picked up: a large Princeton Elite 1 1/2 flat and a large Princeton Neptune mop for the sky, the large flat again for the mountains, a size 16 Elite for larger details, and a Princeton Kolinsky Sable that I surprisingly found for super cheap on Amazon for most of the other details--and a Rembrandt size 2 kolinsky for extra small details that was on sale at Lenz Arts in Santa Cruz. First time using Kolinsky, and it is amazing...
-Paints--Daniel Smith: French Ultramarine, Transparent red oxide (plus a mixture of the two I have ready ahead of time for a black/gray), Nickel Azo Yellow, Quin Rose and Quin Purple, Pyrrol Scarlet (the DS one is a warm red, whereas the MG paint of a similar name is a reddish orange); and M Graham: Cobalt Teal, Pthalo green BS, Pthalo Blue GS, Anth Blue... That might have been everything, though I expect I'm missing one or two.
Nebula Explorer
First time trying to do this sort of watercolor nebula space background--I love it! Watercolor paints (Daniel Smith and M Graham) on Arches Rough (leftover from a large commission I recently completed) with highlights done with Higgins white ink. I will have prints available here and on my Redbubble shop (vikingsbooksetc) and will eventually put the original up for sale on my Etsy (CallePaints), unless someone contacts me about it first. Let's see if I can remember all the paints that went into this... M Graham: Neutral Tint, Anth. Blue, Cobalt Teal; Daniel Smith: transparent red oxide+french ultramarine (I have a bunch of this mixed up as a neutral and just added a bit more ultra to it), nickel azo yellow, quin rose and quin purple, pyrrol scarlet (charged into the ship engines and the nearest planet for some deep red glow).

The scene is meant to be an explorer in her cool spaceship checking out a cluster of rogue planets in an active star forming region--that's why the planets and ship are all only in silhouette, since there is no local sun despite the relatively bright background. Whether or not the lighting would actually work out like this I don't know, but I think it is an awesome scene anyway. :P 

Hopefully more of these to come. I also recording my process, and if I ever get around to starting that planned YouTube channel you will get to see it up there.
Sunlight through Redwoods
A really long watercolor sketch I did continuing the 'light in the redwood forest' theme. Will be making this available on Etsy soon as I have a chance. It's an odd size, but I really enjoyed painting in this format...
Autumn Walk
A watercolor painting inspired by some of the trees at a nearby park (though the large one tended more towards gold than orange...). This ended up being a fun opportunity to balance my highly staining colors (the glowing reds oranges and yellows) against my highly granulating ones (lots of green apatite genuine, french ultramarine, cerulean chromium, and transparent red oxide). I really like the energy in this picture--hope to take the lessons learned here and apply them to the larger commissions that I've had to put on hold lately.
Another of my favorite Inktober illustrations from this year. Prints available here, but also on my Redbubble shop:
Hey folks, the Midwinter Art Contest is here at the Norse Mythology blog! Award winning Blogger Karl Siegfried has started hosting annual Midsummer and Midwinter art contests at the Norse Mythology blog--topics for pictures should be Norse-themed, though Scandi folklore works as well, as long as you are sticking to the proper seasons. Preferably hit on traditional practices for that time of year. You can read more at my blog or at Karl Siegfried's post on the contest itself. The celebrity judges this time around are Icelandic scholar Dr. Helga Hlaðgerður Lúthersdóttir and renowned comic book illustrator Steve Parkhouse--you can read more about both of them at the contest post on Karl's blog. I got first place (!) at the last midsummer contest--but you know, I am totally amateurish compared to so many of the folks out there doing Norse-themed art, so GET ON IT! It would be great for this contest to stay on as a regular feature at the Norse Mythology blog, but folks have to keep submitting to keep it going. 


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CG Olsen
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
I am a PhD in Scandinavian studies, and have taught courses in Norse Myth, literature, language, and history, Scandinavian folklore and literature, Swedish language, and other subjects since filing my dissertation a few years back. Have taught at UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Gustavus Adolphus College, and translated the book Heavenly Bodies by Ola Sigurdson on the theology and philosophy of the body. Also a published poet (small time still), with recent pieces in Ideomancer and Everyday Poets. I've started a blog (Vikings, Books, Etc) where I've been writing book reviews, posting pictures of vikings, and other things. Mostly work with either digital (photoshop and more recently painter) or pen brush, more often the latter recently. In addition to DeviantArt, here are my websites:
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StarryPotato Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fave!
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Thank you so much for the fav! I really appreciate it! Much honored! Nice gallery, btw.
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Thanks in turn! :)
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Thank you for faving The Black Mill and St Elias Mountains :w00t:
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Many thank's for the fav's Thinking 
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thanks for the +fav !
i realy like your watercolor paitings!:) (Smile) 
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Thanks so much for faving  Steampunk Landscape by GrimDreamArt ! Appreciated :D
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No problem! Thanks for sharing your beautiful art! :)
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