torsdag 19 februari 2015

"Landscape exploration 17"

I have been working on this one for a while. This is the largest size that I do, would like to go bigger, but for now this is big enough.
I was considering to show a painting with the same theme in my easter exhibition, but that one isn't for sale (hanging in my living room), but decided that it was a waste of an opportunity and did this one to exhibit instead.
I am pleased about how the painting turned out, but am going to photograph it again, as soon as I have figured out where and how to photograph paintings in our new house.

söndag 15 februari 2015

"Landscape Exploration 15

This is one of my smaller landscape paintings. I know that it isn't that small, but I don't like going too small, doesn't fit my style of painting. I can go smaller, but I really have to be in the right frame of mind.

tisdag 10 februari 2015

Landscape Exploration 16

This is a larger painting that gave me trouble. I'm not sure if it was the initial composition or the way that I approached the front and back of the original landscape, but it felt disconnected, like the top half of the painting belonged to a different painting.
The bottom half was much rougher than the top and I decided to rework the top half and this is the result. I am glad that I went for it and didn't settle for something that was average at best.

torsdag 5 februari 2015

Landscape Exploration 14

I did have something else in mind with the lower part of this painting, but I couldn't make it work, so I had to use my own intuition. Some things look great in a picture (real life), but it doesn't mean that it translate in a good way when painting it.

söndag 1 februari 2015

Landscape Exploration 13

After a few wipes it was time to slow things down and not rush it. I am pleased with this medium size landscape, but I had to work for it. I am not in the zone yet. I just have to remind myself to slow down, not over think things and have fun.

torsdag 29 januari 2015

Tree Abstraction 58

To get started I went to some favorite subjects, but somehow, that didn't work, felt like I was going through the motions. I also had problem with the balance between roughness and control, something that was expected after a 5-6 months break.

After a few wipes and rejects, I got this idea to make a new version of an old painting that I like, but could be improved, so I made this one. It isn't perfect, but it got me starting and gave me that inspiration to start something new.

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.