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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IMG_4312

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 …

Comment of the day, Paintings

… 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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novembermorgon

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.

IS SAD ART BAD BUSINESS?

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Hemmakväll

Det finns dagar som är allt annat än ljusa och fantastiska. Det kan vara sol ute men mörkt inne, det kan vara kul på utsidan men deppigt på insidan, det kan vara full fart ute men inne har allt stängts ner. Idag var en sådan dag. Deppigt värre. Nu målar jag damer i vanliga fall men att låta penslarna forma fram en glad och uppsluppen kvinna är inte tal om. Är då denna bara för mig? Är ledsen konst något man känner igen sig i men inte köper och hänger upp i sitt hem? Att denna har ett värde för mig är självklart, både i själva görandet och även som målning. Men har den ett sämre marknadsvärde? Är ledsen konst svårare att sälja?

There are days that don’t shine at all. It can be sunny outside but inside it is dark and gloomy, it can be fun outside but depressing on the inside, it can be action outside but stillness inside. Just a day like that. I paint a lot of ladies but a day that is “that kind of day”, it is not possible to let my brushes shape anything fun and joyful. Is this art then just for me? Is “sad” art something people feel connected with but never would by and hang on their own walls?  This painting has of course a value for me, both in the making of it and also as a finished piece. But does it have a value on the market? Not necessarily this one, but as a whole. Is sad art bad business?

UTSTÄLLNING/ART SHOW

Paintings
CityGirlBird. Olja på duk. (Oil on canvas) 32x29 cm

CityGirlBird. Olja på duk. (Oil on canvas) 32×29 cm

Under hösten har jag haft ateljéplats ute vid Edsvik Konsthall i Sollentuna. Det har varit fantastiskt (nästan alltid:-)) att kunna ägna mer tid åt att måla och att försöka utveckla mitt egna bildspråk. En konst i sig.

På lördag visar jag och mina ateljékollegor det vi arbetat med under hösten.
Kom och mingla med oss!

VÅR SALONG
Edsviks Konsthall (Väst), Landsnoravägen 42
Vernissage kl 11-15
Invigning av Ricardo Donoso kl 13.30

This last fall I have shared a painting studio with 7 other artists. Now it is time to show what we have been working/laughing/crying/painting/givenup/felt happy about. So on Saturday we will open our artshow at: Edsvik Konsthall i Sollentuna. Our work is done, now it is time to enjoy.

Decision taken

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I min förra post så hade jag huvudbry över en målning som hamnat i ett vägskäl. Utan att jag själv hade tyckt till om det, anser jag. Och som alltid när jag målar, och många känner nog igen sig i skapandeprocessen, så kommer vägvalen, sluta eller fortsätta, papperskorg eller vägg. Jag åberopar magkänsla, grannen som går förbi eller sonen 10 år som ska säga de magiska orden som får mig att förstå att jag gör “rätt”. För mig är nog ändå alltid det rättaste att våga, att våga göra fel, att våga skrota timmar av arbete och att våga gå en annan väg en den jag trodde i början. Jag intalar mig att jag vinner på det nästa gång, eller åtminstone någon gång.

Nu tog jag valet att ge kroppen ett annat huvud. Det var rätt beslut. Tror jag. Denna gång.

In my latest post I had a decision to make. The body didn’t match the face, or was it that the face that didn’t match the body. Anyhow, I had to do something. This is what I did!

flickaframför

Sunday night painting

Paintings

Sunday afternoon and night have always been my favourite time for creating. It is like a soft filter has lowered itself over friends and family and chores and allowed time for a quiet time of painting.
Tonight I stared for quite some time at four unfinished pieces, (in somebody elses eye they probably looked totally done) but they didn’t do it for me.
This one started out like a dark painting, then a young girl came in for a while, then a large very young person took her place, then I got sick of all the people always cramming their way into my work so I said No to them and just started moving my brush…
Now this one has to be in quarantine for a while before I can decide what I think of it …

De här barnen behöver ett hem.

Paintings

“Allas våra barn”

De här barnen behöver ett hem.

Organisationen Children’s Equal Rights stödjer barnhem i Estland och ger vård, rehabilitering och utbildning för de barn som inte har fått rätten till ett liv i trygghet med egna föräldrar vid sin sida.

Jag vill gärna bidra och därför har jag låtit Children’s Equal Rights auktionera ut dessa fyra oljemålningar, varje 30×30 cm. 50% av högsta budet går till organisationen och högsta budet får de fyra målningarna.

They now have a home (oct. 2) and I am very happy to able to contribute!

www.childrensequal.se