Still life practices

Today I have had some fun practicing with some still life painting on plywood. No ambition to make art pieces, just letting the paint flow and build up layers. still1

And the large painting has been installed.whitesand8

Fine tunings and considerations

A painting involves an almost endless chain of decisions, some are self-evident in their nature (where to start and end a brush stroke, etc.), others are more deliberate and calculated. Now I am at a point where I am sitting down, spending time to just look. I am letting thoughts sink in, testing ideas in my mind, letting them mature. In a few days I will continue.whitesand7

Lots of blue

I have consumed a lot of blue. Some white remains to be added.whitesand5

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Big project, large painting

For some time I have been planning a new large painting to be in our main room. The old painting has been on display since 2011! About time to offer something new at the next Studio Tour in March 2018. The old painting will be “re-built”, more about that later.Apotekaren177x317

Follow the project I am working on here:whitesand1

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Recognition?

After a few days of painting, taking breaks, cleansing my eyes, adjusting, leaving, returning, pondering, touching up… the big question is if the young man in the painting can recognize himself? Will he feel confident with the work or will he detest it? What will his mother say? The piece is fairly large (130 x 81 cm) and the price is fairly low. What the heck, I have enjoyed it!goldlogo9

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I am working on a commission, a portrait of a young goldsmith. Instead of doing something obvious to identify his profession, I am working on a format that is based on the Golden Section and I wanted to have his nice logo in gold spray as a background. To do that proved to be a greater challenge than I thought. I worked on a number if ideas, made a few tests and did not really like any of it. So I came up with a solution and with the help of my longtime friend Eric Johansson at Skyltbolaget in Stockholm, I used a film as a template. Then I sprayed the gold and removed the film without trouble and could start painting. See process below. Photos where I am in the pictures were taken by newborn photo-nerd Andrea.

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“Sloppy work” she said

Even though some others were excited over my painting, I was not happy. And then Andrea told me the other night she thought the work was sloppy. So I have been been spending a few more days working on it. I guess it isn’t really sloppy anymore. Did I overdo it?annelie4

Just letting it go

I have left my painting on the easel for a week, because I was surprised by comments of those close to me (especially my parents) who thought my painting was fantastic. So I will leave it as it is now and do another one in much smaller format.

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I forgot it was this hard

I am currently working on a piece that is harder than usual. I had forgotten it was this difficult to paint. I have no idea if it is going to work out. The format is 40 x 106 cm, don’t ask me why. It is far from done, a lot of work remains, I think!? Nobody knows.

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Another new piece

This little painting is called Donald Trump is coming for dinner tonight. The size of the piece is 12 x 20 cm. Oil on plywood.

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