torsdag 27 augusti 2015

Flower Abstraction 154



This is one of my latest paintings. I still dabble in flowers and bird's nests, but looking for my next muse.
If anyone got an idea or a suggestion about a subject that could be interesting in my style, feel free to contact me.
I wanted this one to be like a rainbow, to be soft but with contrasts. It is all about repetition with variations.

tisdag 25 augusti 2015

Flower Abstraction 141



This painting is all about variation of a color and the complimenting color. I used acrylic spray paint to make the soft gradient colors and then worked with lines and bold thick brush strokes to contrast the soft. I have a lot of fun exploring this.

måndag 24 augusti 2015

Flower Abstraction 143



Going outside my comfort zone is a good thing, scary but good. I have played around with colors and textures. Using spray paint allows me to hint colors within colors. Not easy to control, but a lot of fun.


lördag 22 augusti 2015

Rowan Berries 26



I did this a while back and was ahead of time, this berries is getting read around now. There is a lot of similar berry bushes/trees, even if these isn't common everywhere.

This painting was originally rectangular, but I thought it lacked focus and cut the canvas down and re-framed it as a square.

måndag 17 augusti 2015

Artist Appreciation Month

I was reminded by Patience Brewster that August is Artist Appreciation month. Patience is an artist herself and designs holiday ornaments and figurines. They invited me to write about artists/painters that have or are inspiring me. Naturally I accepted.

I started out drawing and painting without a drive, without any ambition. I never did something new, I didn't push myself and I didn't grow as an artist. It also meant that there was nothing to drive me forward. I painted a few paintings and then nothing. It could mean that I didn't do anything for years.

At a point I realized that I was stuck, I was repeating myself. I also felt that there were too much focus on skill/technique and too little on expression. There were artist that I always felt connected to, Like Vincent Van Gogh. I love his combination of bold brush strokes and strong colors.

Through Internet I found new artists that inspire me and have made impact on my art. They way I paint, the direction I want to go.

I don't want to be a copy cat, I learn from what I see and make it my own.

A few artists that has influenced my work are (in no particular order):

Carol Marine (Love her brush strokes and her ability to simplify, keeping it clean and graphic).

Robert Joyner (His roughness, almost abstract approach is amazing. He brings order to chaos (if you know what I mean).

Steve Penley (I espcially like his landscape paintings, but also his portraits. Love his bold colors and brush strokes.)

Andrew Salgado (I get inspired by the way he combine areas that has bold brush stokes and textures with other areas that are calm. He does super large abstract portraits.)

I have grown a lot and I hope that I won't stop doing that. I am on a journey, a fun one.


 This is where I am today.


This is me in 2009 (a painting called "Above")

I am not saying that my art sucked back then, I did some great paintings, but they didn't inspire me to keep painting. My art today drives me forward, inspire me to continue and other artists inspire me to push myself outside my comfort zone.

lördag 15 augusti 2015

Flower Abstraction 145



Finally I have a beautiful and functional greenhouse. It took a lot of time, hard of work, but in the end, it was worth it.
This is a painting that I did a while back. It is a flower abstraction that has a limited color palette and has a lot of impact.

söndag 9 augusti 2015

Bird's Nest Abstraction 53



Am busy assembling our new greenhouse, a lot of work, but thought I post this painting that I did a few weeks ago. This is a large bird's nest painting that has a lot of earthy colors, wanted to play with variations, keep it interesting without it getting messy.

onsdag 5 augusti 2015

Flower Abstraction 150


 SOLD

I wanted to do a dark  flower abstraction with a limited color palette, with the sparkle of yellow/red in the center of the flower, glowing in the night.

måndag 3 augusti 2015

Flower Abstraction 135







Well, still doing garden things and not painting, but gardening is creative too. We considered to build a low stone wall, but the thought of digging etc. changed our minds. We continued the fence instead. We made it slightly lower than the side, but we connected them in a way that we think looks great. Still has to plan, buy and plant more bushes, trees and flowers, and let it grow, but it is a start.

The painting is a small flower abstraction with a two flower composition and some bold brush strokes.

lördag 1 augusti 2015

Flower Abstraction 144


SOLD

This is a small abstractions that I did earlier and it has found a home already. I played around with the colors and the contrast with gradient colors and flat brush strokes.

onsdag 29 juli 2015

Flower Abstraction 152



Not much painting going on right now. The free time I got I spend in our garden. Hard work but I actually loving it. I was afraid when we bought the house that I wouldn't.
I try not to post to often, to save paintings for later. I could show on of those, but I think I post the one I did recently. It is the same concept that I have worked on for my flower abstraction, but I pushed and played with the colors. I like the result and might do a larger version of it.

söndag 26 juli 2015

Update

I've /we have been working hard in the garden, a lot done, a lot left to do, but I like the progress. I took some photos of my latest paintings hanging in my kitchen, as size reference.
I also include a few pictures of the progress in our garden. Big empty rectangle space is prepared for a green house that should arrive within 2 weeks. Some spaces lack grass, but that will be corrected soon.






tisdag 21 juli 2015

Bird's Nest Abstraction 54



I planned to paint a lot, but instead we have done a lot off planning and reshaping our garden. This is our first summer living here and I confess, it is hard work but also a lot of fun.
I did manage to get this one done. I got a request to do a large single nest painting and this is what I came up with. It was a real challenge.

onsdag 15 juli 2015

Flower Abstraction 151



Have been busy with planning and working in our garden lately. Have been able to paint and finish a large bird's nest painting, but more about that later.

This is a my largest flower abstraction to date. I wanted to go bold, making a more complex composition with more flowers, not just the same amount, but larger.
So this one is over the top, colorful and fun.