Hanging together

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At an exhibition it is neat to see paintings in series. I manage to stay focused sometimes to actually create some sort of group that can hang together. And then I end up selling one painting in the series and the rest are packed down and stowed away. Like these. Four Expressions. (Oil on canvas.) Showed at an art show here in Stockholm back in 2015. I guess lesson learned is; sell them all at once 😄 or make bigger and more flexible series. Art is all about learning by doing. Or making.

Ownership Issue

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Ownership Issue I. Oil on canvas. 23×21 cm.

She believes that she has a cat. The cat believes that the lady belongs to him.

I miss our cat, The Intrepid Spaceman Spiff. Spiff for short. He used to hang out in our neighbors stable or sleeping on an old windsurfing sail bag in the garage. When we moved in to the city we didn’t think he would be happy there so we made an agreement with our neighbors that they would look after and feed Spiff and he could roam around his turfs and feel free and happy. We were so wrong. Our neighbor called. “This is not working out. Spiff is not feeling good”.

I went to the barn, called Spii-if! The response was immediate. I have never heard a cat meow that much. He spoke to me all the way back to his new home but old family. Once he dared to come out from under the stairs, he found a new favorite sleeping spot, new friendly neighbors and a new, much smaller backyard to guard. He was home. Whoever owned who. That is of no importance.

Ownership Issue II. Oil on canvas. 27×35 cm.

It is really simple, really!

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I love my friends, I love meeting new people, I love watching people and I love going to new places. And still, I sometimes have to force myself to go out. It always seem to be a better idea to stay at home or rather at my easel. It is just never boring. The paint itself makes me want to stay. The next stroke with the brush or the next combination of colors, by accident or intentionally. I just like to hang out with my paint. That’s as simple as that. Really!

A thought captured 


The Art of Mingling

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Notquitethere

Not quite there. Oil on canvas. 73x92cm.

I see being stuck in a corner as a good thing. Having the back turned to the rest of the world while I am being buzzy doing my own thing. Doodling about, painting, drawing or just being stuck with my own thinking. But I have learned. I have learned to turn around, opening up to people and to appreciate talking to complete strangers. I don’t fear getting a blank mind and I don’t hide at social events as much anymore. A have been the perfect bus girl at parties or events. I have sneaked around, dressed to party but instead collected glasses and empty bottles or whatever the quests are leaving around. So what is the difference now. The difference is A R T. The Art of Mingling when there is ART around. My own art, art of others or just art in general. Then there is always something to talk about. And that is why I now really love doing exhibitions. I open up. And then I can go back into my corner again.

Ranunculus!

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There are some flowers that means spring to me more than others. Ranunculus. They are like sweet layered cakes of promise of a brighter more colorful time to come. I greet them with pleasure and I am thankful that days are finally longer, the birds are singing and it is time to get out of the wool socks and step into some sandals. And this year I have shaved my legs and I have some green nail polish on my toenails. All prepared for some new sunny steps.

Ranunculus. Oil on canvas. 30×30 cm.

Ranunkler

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.

Detärsomdetär

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.

VERNISSAGEDAG

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vernissage

Vernissagedagen bjöd pÄ skön augustivÀrme i och runt Galleri Hantverket pÄ Södermalm. Blommor i vaser och blommor och trÀd pÄ mÄlningar, ansikten och mÀnniskor i olja och ansikten och kroppar i sin verkliga form. En dag dÀr Kvinnligt och Sinnligt fick frodas och en dag nÀr mötet mellan konst och mÀnniskor kÀndes hur naturligt som helst.

Opening day of Art Show. Flowers, trees and people on canvas and in glass. Flowers and people on the floor. A totally natural way of getting people and art together. So much fun. Thank you.

KREATIV KNUT

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“Kreativ knut” Olja pĂ„ duk. 82×110 cm. | “Creative knot”, oil on canvas. 82×110 cm.

Var börjar jag? Hur börjar man jobba inför en utstÀllning? Vilka idéer Àr vÀrda att satsa pÄ. Ska jag ha ett tema eller bara mÄla pÄ och se vad som kommer fram pÄ duken? Det Àr det som Àr den Kreativa knuten.

Jag har normalt inga som helst problem med att komma pÄ idéer eller att bara mÄla av lust men nÀr mÄlningarna ska bli en helhet, nÀr den röda trÄden ska koppla ihop mÄlningar och tanke, och tanke och utstÀllning, och utstÀllning och jag. DÄ dyker den upp. Knuten. Den kreativa knuten. Det finns bara en sak att göra i detta lÀge.

Ta en kaffepaus!

OcksĂ„. Men framförallt sĂ„ Ă€r det bara att börja. Kladda, mĂ„la, rita, sucka, torka bort, mĂ„la över, skrapa av och mĂ„la pĂ„ igen. Ta en kaffepaus. Och börja behĂ„lla. StĂ€lla undan och börja med nĂ„got nytt. GĂ„ tillbaka, förbĂ€ttra, lĂ€gga till och mĂ„la över. Ta en kaffepaus. Och sĂ„ dĂ€r hĂ„ller jag pĂ„, tills, om inte tiden tar slut sĂ„ tar hjĂ€rnan slut. Den sĂ€ger; “Nog nu”. Detta Ă€r din utstĂ€llning denna gĂ„ng.

Och denna gÄng stÀller jag ut pÄ Galleri Hantverket pÄ Södermalm i Stockholm tillsammans med Cecilia Björnekull som skapar med glas, broderi och ull i kopparfolieteknik.

Och hur var det dĂ€r med att ha ett tema. Är det nödvĂ€ndigt? Det vet jag inte men Cecilia och jag har samlat vĂ„ra tankar och verk kring “Kvinnligt Sinnligt”.

VĂ„rt formsprĂ„k Ă€r typiskt kvinnligt. Och sinnligt fĂ„r oss att tĂ€nka pĂ„ den estetiska erfarenhet och viljan att ”ha fint omkring sig” som mĂ„nga kvinnor genom historien har uttryckt frĂ€mst genom vardagligt hantverk. Cecilia har bland annat hĂ€mtat inspiration frĂ„n 1700-tals broderier. Sinnligt Ă€r ocksĂ„ att kĂ€nna och bli varse och i allra högsta grad en del av att skapa.

Vernissage nu pÄ lördag, den 22 augusti, kl 11-16. Galleri Hantverket. Götgatan 63. Södermalm. Stockholm.

Varmt vÀlkommen att mingla med oss!

Kopparfoliering

Cecilia Björnekull: Tiffany glass and embroidery.

CREATIVE KNOT

How do I start working for an art show? What ideas are good and worth keeping? Should I just start painting and see what happens on the canvas? What about a theme? And time? Questions that tangle me up like a bun in the hair. And slowly after lots of coffee breaks, anguish and joy I come to an end. And a start. A start of the art show. On Saturday, me and my colleague Cecila Bjönekull, will open our show at Galleri Hantverket in Stockholm. We plan to have a lot of fun that day.

Sommar i stan

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Sommarateljeblw

Sommarateljé i stan, sÄ perfekt. Ingen kö pÄ favoritfiken, ingen stress pÄ gatorna och gÄngtempot prÀglas av turisternas karttittande lunk. Bra lÀge för fokusering och kreativ koncentration.

Summerstudio in the city. So perfect. No lines at my favorite coffeeshop, no stress on the streets and people has cooled down their walking pace, inspired by tourists look-at-map-stroll-around-the-city-tempo. A good time for focused work and creative concentration.