Black Friday. A black day for earth.

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Denlillasvarta

I walked into a big department store here in Sweden yesterday. First I get all exited. So much nice looking stuff. Smart gadgets, pretty clothes, shiny kitchen supplies, stylish make up, little things here and there that I – don’t need. Not at all.

I believe in small scale productions, locally made things, unique, one of a kind handcrafted pieces or wearing out clothes instead of just wearing clothes. Mending, fixing, handing down, reading a book, have a coffee or just do anything that doesn’t mean buying another cheap item that will not last for long. I don’t always manage to live by my own conviction but I try. When I steer off my environmental  track once in a while I try to get back on the conscious track as soon as I can. Bye smart, buy quality, buy second hand. Less but better, more unique and maybe Black Friday will just vanish into a black hole.

Painting. The little black one, 92×73 cm. Oil on canvas. In swedish: “Den lilla svarta”.

 

 

Dress Code

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When I paint people a personality behind the faces emerge. Unintentionally a little story tells me why and what I need to include or exclude in a painting. I tend to exclude more than I include but even so, in my head I have the full story.

The Swedish summer this year was cold. My sleeveless dress on the closet door was ready to be worn but it waited in vain. The few hot summer days we had I managed to be away at even colder places.

The dress never got used. But it did give me an idea to do some paintings. Can you tell a personality of the owner of a dress by the way I paint it? By approaching the tree canvases in different manners I aimed to show a personality behind it.

From left to right: Order or Chaos. Life is simple. It is what it is.

Size 92×73 cm. Mixed media on canvas. Deep edge.

Ordningochkaos

Order or chaos. Mixed media on canvas. 92×73 cm. Deep edge.

Livetärenkelt

Life is simple. Mixed media on canvas. 92×73 cm. Deep edge.

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It is what it is. Mixed media on canvas. 92×73 cm. Deep edge.

When I paint people a personality behind the faces emerge. Unintentionally a little story tells me why and what I need to include or exclude in a painting. I tend to exclude more than I include but even so, in my head I have the full story.

The Swedish summer this year was cold. My sleeveless dress on the closet door was ready to be worn but it waited in vain. The few hot summer days we had I managed to be away at even colder places.

The dress never got used. But it did give me an idea to do some paintings. Can you tell a personality of the owner of a dress by the way I paint it? By approaching the tree canvases in different manners I aimed to show a personality behind it.

From left to right: Order or Chaos. Life is simple. It is what it is.

Size 92×73 cm. Mixed media on canvas. Deep edge.

Fresh flowers on a friday.

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Pink Ladies, 40×54. Oil on canvas.

Angels and softness. I start working with brushes, with colors on the palette that I like. Slowly the image emerges and as I go along with it, I get a sudden urge of what the painting needs. A different approach. More life. This is not a still life. It needs motion. It needs a credit card, (old one:-) to move around the paint so that something happens. It is not a still life. It is life. And in real life one definitely needs a credit card. To buy some fresh flowers on a friday.

I was left alone …

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… with my thoughts.

I am a slow thinker. Not mainly because I don’t have the capacity to think fast. It is just a little crowded in there so each new spark of a thought has a hell of a job to get to the finish line. And when that happens everybody left and I have no one to share my thoughts with.

Title of painting: I was left alone, and thought that I first and foremost should find out where _ _ _ _ was going. (Oil on canvas, 40x40cm)

Jagsattensamkvar

What’s the weather got to do with it?

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Morning of November. Oil on canvas. 45x45cm

Pitch black outside the window. Daytime, grey sky. The nature vaugely showing of a distinct color. The cold air leaving skin and lips in a pale purple tone. Everything outside is turned down.

So what do I paint? Lavish green landscape with bright red flowers and orange, yellow flower buds full of promise! Colors madly running over the canvas.

Nope.

I paint what I am in.

The dark.

And enjoying it. There is a huge variety of values to be found in a toned down painting. As most swedes do when the dark season is over us we go inside and so do my manner of painting. It is still life.

My feet

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I walked on the streets of New York

My feet touching the common ground

of others

It doesn’t matter what face we have, what color we share

we all have to pick it up

what we leave behind

Good or bad

it all comes around

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My feet and some others outside Smile to Go on Howard Street, NY the day after election day.

 

Respekt

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Barnombudsmannen har idag överlämnat sin rapport Respekt till regeringen. Barnombudsmannen har mött 97 barn och unga med funktionshinder och lyssnat på deras berättelser om deras livssituation. Deras verklighet är ofta tuff. Det är barn som begär och förtjänar respekt.

Jag har är stolt att kunna bidra på ett hörn med illustrationer till rapporten.

The Ombudsman for Children in Sweden is a government agency tasked with representing children regarding their rights and interests on the basis of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). I am happy to be able to contribute with illustrations for their Annual reportof  2016; “Respect”, today presented to the Minister for Schools and  Education and the Minister for Children of the Swedish government.

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HAR DU TID ATT GÖRA EN SNABB ILLUSTRATION?

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Det är inte alltid de stora fantastiska illustrationsuppdragen som gör skillnad. Många gånger så behöver en text ett tydliggörande med en bild. Att spendera timmar och leta efter ett perfekt foto på en bildbyrå kan vara tröstlöst. Att skicka ut en fotograf för att plåta en bild som kanske bara ska vara en kvartssida i boken, är alldeles för kostsamt. Vad göra? Jo, man ringer någon av alla skickliga illustratörer som finns och får jobbet gjort!

“Do you have time to make a quick illustration?”

It is not always the big fantastic illustration assignments that makes a difference. Many times there is something in a text that needs further explanations with some sort of image. To spend hours scanning through Photostock agencies will just be a waste of time. To commission a photographer to take one picture that might just end up as a 1/4-page in the layout is too costly. What to do? No worries, you contact one of many splendid illustrators out there and get the job done!

Just an example of a job like that. (Stay focused running.) For a Publishing House.

Ett exempel på ett sånt jobb. För SISU Idrottsböcker:

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