fredag 12 december 2014

4 days left...

I know that it has been long between posts, but I hope everything will get back to normal soon.
Four days left and I can feel it in my bones, can't wait to move. There are now approximately 50-60 boxes in our living room. We have emptied our attic space, well almost, there is a candy pastille box left there, but can't move that one by myself (sounds weird I know).

Getting the keys to our house on Tuesday. Will start to move then, but the big load moves on Wednesday. That will be a great workout session.

I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry X-mas and a Happy Creative New Year.

onsdag 26 november 2014

20 days left....

I thought I would be able to get some painting done before moving, but my heart and mind isn't in it, so no painting until we are set in our new place. I did create this nice pile though. Does it count as a sculpture? (just kidding)

20 days left now...

torsdag 6 november 2014

Latest update!

I have been absent for a while and I haven't had any serious painting time for months. 
It started with the idea of starting to plan the next part of our life, getting a larger place to live in.
That meant fixing/renovate our kitchen etc., selling our apartment, finding a house to buy and moving there.
Well, we have 6 weeks to pack our things and move to our first house. A lot more space (with a real studio space to paint in), a garden etc. I am looking forward to it.

I am going to try to get one painting done before it is time to focus on packing. It is for my own pleasure and to get my mind off things. I think I am going for a large version of an old favorite of mine. 

I also took the time to go through old paintings and destroyed the ones that I didn't like, wasn't good enough or interesting enough to keep. The final count was around 70 paintings, so that makes the move slightly lighter.

I hope I will get back to some regular painting soon.
This is a picture of some of the paintings that are no longer.

tisdag 4 november 2014

Carol Marine's Book "Daily Painting"

Carol Marine has written a book about "Daily Painting". She is a great artist and teacher and the book is full of great art and tips about painting. Carol was kind enough to include me, my thoughts and a painting in the book.

It is a great book and it is available at Amazon.

torsdag 18 september 2014

Bird's Nest Abstraction 40

I started this one 5 weeks ago, in the middle of my 9-10 weeks break. I had to stop painting when I realized that covering up the newly sanded and varnished floor was a bad idea, the color on the floor has to set first, otherwise you got dark and light spots.
It is finished now though (I think), I have experimented a lot, pushed my limits, tried to keep it rough enough, playful and not simplify it too much. This is the largest bird's nest painting that I have done and a real challenge since I only had the basic composition to work from.
I'm not objective enough to judge this one right now, but I learned a lot from the process.

lördag 13 september 2014

Flower Abstraction 103

I am about to start painting again, am a little to eager to start right now, so I have to relax and not rush things. This is a square version of a painting that I posted earlier. Both paintings were painted back in June.

Some of you might have noticed that I have started to sign smaller paintings a little bit different, not included the year when it is painted. Not sure if this will be a permanent thing, but the thought is to make it easier to sign smaller paintings and not making it so visible. 

måndag 8 september 2014

Tree Abstraction 55

I hate waiting, and there is a lot of that going on right now. I still got some paintings that I can post, but I will run out sooner or later.

onsdag 3 september 2014

Bird's Nest Abstraction 7

Still not painting but I still got things to post. This is one of my earlier bird's nests, more natural, less abstract in a way. It is scary how time goes by so fast, this one is from last year.

söndag 31 augusti 2014

Rowan Berries 21

Still not able to paint (well, I started but had to stop), am in the process of selling our apartment and buying a larger apartment (or house), don't want to mess up all the things we have done recently.

I will be able to paint after I have covered the walls (with plastic) and the newly sanded and varnished wooden floor. I have to wait another 2 weeks until I can cover the floor though.

This is a painting of one of my favorite themes. The intention was to do an updated version of one of my first Rowan berries paintings for my Easter exhibit, but it didn't make the final cut, not enough space.

måndag 25 augusti 2014

Landscape Exploration 10

I have started to paint again, not as much as before, but I have a lot of things going on in my life right now, not sure if I will be able to do as much as I would like to. This is a painting that I painted a while back. It is a little different in the way the composition is almost like a close-up, a fragment of a larger scene.

söndag 17 augusti 2014

Landscape Abstraction 9

This is one of the last paintings that I did before I took my break. It is different enough to feel fresh, but still be a continuation of my landscapes. I need to feel that I am going somewhere, that there is a progress, not a repetition. Not saying that each painting must be dramatically different, but I get energy from exploring and that is what drives my journey.

fredag 15 augusti 2014

Flower Abstraction 95

This is also an experimentation with a rejected painting. I did a dark blue transparent wash, making the old painting showing trough the layer and using it when it had a purpose. The process of this painting is more or less going from dark to light.

If everything goes well tomorrow, I will be painting again after my 3 weeks break.

måndag 11 augusti 2014

Flower Abstraction 106

Still not able to paint, but soon I hope. This is a flower abstraction painting that takes advantage of a rejected painting. I did a transparent red/pink layer and used it in the composition. Sometimes a rejected painting can still lead to something. The downside with acrylic (compared to oil) is that I can't wipe a canvas/panel, but sometimes I can use what I got left with.
This is a painting that is all about experimentation and having fun.

fredag 8 augusti 2014

Shapes & Movement 8

Here is one of my earlier non-figurative abstract paintings. As usual I have no logic to when to post which painting.
Still on a break, have a lot of things on my plate, but I think it is a good break that will charge my batteries and get some new ideas.

tisdag 5 augusti 2014

Shapes & Movement 25

This was a large landscape painting going nowhere. It did didn't have the edge that I was looking for. Since a start with initial line work and washes on a empty canvas was an impossibility, I decided to do my largest abstract painting ever, it was a real challenge. I had a lot of fun, a lot of head-scratches, and learned a lot in the process. I'm not totally objective to judge it yet, but so far, I am pleased with the result.