Inspired by picturesque scenes of Stockholm, Swedish artist Gunnel Moheim captures her hometown in colorful watercolor paintings. The talented creative works freely, allowing her emotion and intuition to guide her work and the delicate quality of her chosen medium to shine through. She says (translated from Swedish), “Creating and being creative is almost as important to me as breathing.”
For Moheim, watercolor is the perfect medium because of its “subtle transparency and luminosity.” Watercolor is a challenge, but that’s exactly what she likes about the paint. “It is difficult to lure, fearless,” she says, “and has a life of its own.” Rendered using plenty of water, Moheim’s works feature abstract washes of vibrant hues, splatters, and drips. Despite her loose style, she still manages to capture the essential details of a scene. From busy cityscapes to quiet landscapes, each canvas features hazy, dreamlike depictions of buildings, train lines, trees, and even crowds of people.
Check out some of Moheim’s watercolor paintings below, and find more from her ever-growing portfolio on Instagram. Want to learn how to create paintings like these? Here are 11 essential watercolor techniques all painters need to know.