Monthly Archives: October 2010

What is on his mind?

OK, check this out. A very thin layer of spraypaint (silver and red) on glass. The glass covers about 3/4 of the painting. The piece changes depending on the light and where you stand.

I guess the photo of Gandhi, which I have used, is very well known. He has a funny look. I wonder what he is looking at and what he is thinking? I may call the work “Maybe She is Irresistible?” The work is 91×91 cm including the oak frame. It can be seen at Kafé Zolo in Höganäs.

What is on his mind?

OK, check this out. A very thin layer of spraypaint (silver and red) on glass. The glass covers about 3/4 of the painting. The piece changes depending on the light and where you stand.

I guess the photo of Gandhi, which I have used, is very well known. He has a funny look. I wonder what he is looking at and what he is thinking? I may call the work “Maybe She is Irresistible?” The work is 91×91 cm including the oak frame. It can be seen at Kafé Zolo in Höganäs.

Mahatma Gandhi

I have spent the day working on my Gandhi painting. I have mixed feelings about painting famous people with an icon status such as Gandhi’s, because so many people have opinions on how they look/looked, etc. It is too easy to become preoccupied with the person instead of letting your imagination work. I doubt this painting will trigger thoughts, questions, imagination, maybe even stories in people’s minds. They will look at this painting and say “oh, look – it is Gandhi”. They will study it for a while, find something to criticize, and then turn around and forget what they saw. It has probably been a wasted day. But it was good excercise, though. I enjoyed the work.

I think something else is needed. I probably have to make the painting uncomfortable…

Rust and mold

My poor blog is rusty. I have been in Stockholm, visiting galleries, etc. My new art catalogue works fine.

Finally I was back in the studio today. I experienced moments of excitement and joy and happiness for being able to paint again. I have been avoiding my new project for a few days, it is always scary to start working at the easel when I have been away for a while. Anyways, this is the start of my latest undertaking.

Why am I painting Gandhi? Well, my friend Rashmi suggested I paint some famous people. I was hesitant, but decided to at least give it a try.

One reason why my blog has not been updated very much is because the café has taken a lot of time, but now it is open and my ambitious wife is working like crazy to make all guests happy. Victoria is a great help and is learning to make great coffee. And it turns out to be a great gallery for my art. Pontus Ikander also has a painting on the wall.

Almost there

The floor is done. And a lot of stuff is coming close to completion. Tomorrow the new dishwasher is going to arrive. Too tired to write much tonight, just two pictures…

Almost there

The floor is done. And a lot of stuff is coming close to completion. Tomorrow the new dishwasher is going to arrive. Too tired to write much tonight, just two pictures…

Not Zolo at Kafé Zolo

O’boy, I am focused right now. Can’t go to sleep at night because I am thinking about how to fix this and how to do that. My boss is pushing me hard, he he.

But she also works hard.

We found that the floor was water damaged and we had to remove it. That was unexpected and created a lot of extra work. Luckily we have NordSkiffer around the corner, with our friends Björn and Tulsa! Björn suggested a grey slate with a touch of green in it. Two kinds of the same slate – one is polished, the other not. That made it possible to make this checkerboard pattern.

A lot of work now, but it is going to look fantastic. Another great thing is that both Andrea and Victoria have learned a lot. Victoria asked me yesterday “daddy, how come you know how to do so many things?” Well, now I can ask her “Victoria, how come you know how to lay a slate floor?”

Victoria has done a fantastic job, works long days and is happy and pleased with the result of her work. That is how it should be!

Tomorrow we will do the grouting and on Monday we will be able to move the fridges/freezers and some furniture back in their places. We will also have to build the dishwashing module, which will be located where Victoria is happily pounding the slate tiles in place. Maybe we will be done by Wednesday…

Busy, busy, busy

I am sorry, have been very busy. Unfortunately not painting, but making a 48 page book, 300×220 mm format, in high quality print. Hopefully I will have the books delivered within two weeks from now. The name of the book is Facing Plywood and the book will not look like this – this is something else…

We have also been very busy with other matters. Andrea bought a café yesterday! It is located in Höganäs, it is tiny, and it is cozy. Today we will start repainting the walls and do a lot of other stuff. It is probably going to take about a week of intensive work to get ready for re-opening.