onsdag 7 oktober 2015

Flower Abstraction 140

This is a small painting I did in June. I played around, tried new things and and had a lot of fun. Still don't have the urge or need to paint, taking the opportunity to do other things.

To mix things up, I offer a 10 US $ discount on this one.

fredag 2 oktober 2015

Flower Abstraction 123

This is a painting that I did in May. Painting whites and soft colors with my distinctive line work isn't easy or something that comes naturally. The natural thing is to go bold, use maximum color. I still can't judge this one. I like it, but is it something that I want to proceed with? Time will tell.

måndag 28 september 2015

Tree Abstraction 60

This is one of a couple of paintings that have been around for a while, but haven't been posted for some reason. This one is from February and I was doing a lot of landscapes and tree paintings, getting ready for my Easter exhibition.

fredag 25 september 2015

Flower Abstraction 157 + Bird's Nest Abstraction 55

The autumn is here and the days are getting shorter. It is hard to find time to paint during the day, when the light is good.
I took some pictures of my latest paintings, displayed on my kitchen wall, showing their size. Not the best light condition, the paintings are in shadow, but I hope they do them justice.

torsdag 17 september 2015

Flower Abstraction 157

After the initial start, the large flowers and the dark, but vivid background, I had two choices. I could stay with that and only work and balance these elements. I could also take advantage of the large size to ad smaller elements, to ad size and depth contrasts. I chose to latter. I think I made the right decision.

söndag 13 september 2015

Bird's nest abstraction 55

I worked on this for a while. It was originally a flower abstraction that went nowhere I wasn't inspired and painting wasn't on my mind. At some point I decided to scrap it and have some fun with it. Working on a used canvas has it's benefits and disadvantages. On one side there is no pressure (can only get better), on the other side lower ones expectation and not taking things serious.

It took some time to get things right, but I had fun, got some inspiration, and I like the result.

lördag 12 september 2015

Flower Abstraction 155

I hope I don't jinx it, but I am painting again. I have done a large bird's nest painting and I am currently working on a large (39.4" 39.4") flower abstraction painting that looks very promising so far.

I did this one a while back, experimenting with colors and shape.

söndag 6 september 2015

Flower Abstraction 156

Time flies and the garden have taken a lot of time and interest. A lot to think about, plan and execute. I have also harvest what we got, made some jam etc.
I am not sure if it's the garden that interest me more right now, but I don't feel any strong urges or inspiration to paint. I know that I need to find and get inspired by a new subject, well it happens when it happens.
This is a small flower abstraction I did earlier. It is fun, bright and playful.

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.