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.
When I fail to have a positive mindset I think that I am a typical Procrastinator. A good day I believe that I am a Dreamer. And Dreamers have more fun. For free.
… 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)
In my last post I wrote that I paint the dark. That was before Christmas, now it is a new year. The winter solstice has passed and I am letting the light and color enter.
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.
I paint what I am in.
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.
I walked on the streets of New York
My feet touching the common ground
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
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.
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:
Njae, mer julstress i julstök. Men pepparkakorna är i alla fall bakade …
GOD JUL OCH GOTT NYTT ÅR önskar jag eder alla!
From Country of Gingerbread – Sweden. I wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Pia Koskela, Caroline (jag) och Anna Andrén poppar upp i Butik Atelier Minervois den 3.e dec med illustrationer på porslin. Kl 15:00 – 20.00. Östgötagatan 77-79. Stockholm. Väl mött!