With a glance at one of the masters…

Apparently Leonardo da Vinci worked on Mona Lisa for several years. I can’t imagine he worked uninterrupted, but kept coming back, looking at the painting with fresh eyes now and then. And supposedly he added layers of light and dark colors to the canvas before he started painting the image. I returned to an image I have worked on several times years ago. I built a birch plywood “canvas” in the same dimensions as Leonardo’s Mona Lisa: 77 x 53 cm (30.25″ x 21″). Leonardo painted a very dramatic landscape behind Mona Lisa and I made a different landscape… I will rest now and come back to this with fresh eyes later. I am thinking of building a fairly large frame, but make it black as Rembrandt preferred. Glossy black.

A lot of action in the studio

Even if I don’t update the blog so often, I am very busy in the studio. This is a painting I have wanted to do for several years. It is loosely based on a photo of my dad as a young handsome man. It is made of two pieces – theoretically it is a diptych, but they have been mounted in a black frame as one. The Artist’s Father, Oil on plywood, 65 x 41 cm.

Productivity in corona times

This lockdown can hardly be noticed, as I am spending most of my time in the studio. I started on a fairly ambitious piece and was not sure if I had taken on too much. But I enjoyed the work. I will call the painting Isolation and it is 120 x 80 cm (47″ x 31,5″), oil on birch plywood.


Suffering for my art

I have been painting a series of miniature horizons. This is the first with a couple of clouds. Oil on birch plywood, 9 x 9 cm. Pardon my fingertips. Very lucky to still have them after an incredibly stupid accident with my table saw.

Nora

In the summer of 2019 I found an old photograph of a young woman and I was intrigued by her pose and the confident, calm look on her face. One hand was hiding behind her and the other hand was clenched in a fist. I wanted to make a rather large painting of her, but as usual I never quite know what will happen when I start painting. I probably had some #MeToo thoughts and I placed a big kitchen knife in her hidden hand and made a contrasting background. While I was painting her, she was calmly facing me and it was quite a challenge to ”find” her and paint that confident face. At times my heart was beating faster and maybe I was a bit nervous about her calm gaze patiently waiting, while she was ready to strike. I had to leave her at times and after several small adjustments I was happy and felt like I could respectfully leaver her alone. I gave her the name Nora and I hope she will be treated well.

Exciting things are happening

I have recently been included in an exclusive group of artists who are working with Artwork International of Santa Fe, New Mexico. They are working hard to promote my name and my art and all I can do is to increase my time in the studio and work on new pieces. Here is a pretty ambitious painting that I have been working on for some time. It will have to rest some time, I need distance in order to see with clear eyes. Oil on plywood, 80 x 60 cm / 31.5″ x 23.5″. What is the story? Who knows…?

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Things are indeed happening

Even though it has been awhile since I posted something new, I am very active in the studio. I have made eight new landscape paintings, 24 x 66 cm. And I am starting an exciting cooperation with Artwork International. More about that later. For now, here is just a snapshot from the studio.

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Finally something new

After a quiet period, not without activity, I am ready to show a brand new piece. Oil on birch plywood, 120 x 80 cm (47″ x 31.5″). The Endless Search for Happiness.

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Kulturhotellet Helsingborg

Saturday August 31 at 2 in the afternoon my exhibition at Kulturhotellet in Helsingborg opens. Welcome!!

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Utter simplicity?

I have been working on a couple of series of very “simple” paintings. Since I am working with the plywood grain, I am trying to keep it simple and it takes self discipline to stop and not overdo it. These three paintings are 24 x 16 cm each. For now I call them Horizons.

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