My name is Niklas Granqvist and I’m a 27-year-old man.
I’m from a little city called Porvoo which is situated on the southern coast of Finland. I really enjoy living in Porvoo because it’s small and quiet. Painting is a big part of my life but in the meanwhile I also love to spend time with my two children and partner. We also have two black cats who brings alot of joy in our lives.
As a child I always liked to draw. I got interested in digital painting as a teen and I used to draw using my mouse. At my 18 year birthday I got a wacom tablet and drawing got a bit easier. At the age of 20 I started to paint with oils, and at the end of 2016 I tried my children’s watercolors and I found it to be quite challenging. I’m self taught and have been painting as a hobby.
When I started painting with watercolors, I quickly learned that it’s a very unforgiving medium. So I started to search the internet for tips on how to get the best results. On youtube I found videos of Joseph Zbukvic and Tim Wilmot – watching how they painted great paintings with good technique helped me immensely. I’m still very much a beginner but I enjoy watercolors very much and I aim to get better at it and of course with other painting methods also.
I mostly paint from photographs and Google street view but also from my imagination. In my watercolor landscape paintings I usually start with finding a picture or scene that i enjoy in some way, using google streetview or looking through my photos. Then i make a drawing of the subject, checking proportions. The mood of the painting happens on the first wash of color. I start the painting process by quickly laying in the sky and basic wash of colors i see in the light. After that I fill in the shadows, always checking i have the right value and temperature color. And lastly i paint the details and try to bring some interest to the painting. I also use a palette knife to do straight thin lines and some textures. I mostly paint from photographs and google streetview, but sometimes from my imagination. Finding the subject or scene to paint often takes much longer than painting it. I like to paint with watercolors because it’s pretty fast and i can finish paintings relatively quickly.
Materials: I currently use white nights and winsor&newton cottman pigments, Arches 300g/sm paper 56×76 arks wich i cut myself, a couple of cheap brushes (pony hair and synthetic) and a squirrel hair brush , a 3H pencil, a palette knife and a spray bottle.
If you got interested in my art, please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org