Monthly Archives: August 2011

Rain and Fungus fight

In spite of the crazy rainy weather, we are making good progress in the fungus fight.

This scaffold is coming down soon. We have completed the north side of the house.

The three windows are back in place; the repaired kitchen window and the new (round) window in the upstairs bathroom and the new window in the pantry. New zink gutters. I am very pleased with the result! A lot of work remains, but I have been able to work a little in the studio again. Will show soon!

Rain, rain, rain…

Street Art in Vienna

At a brief visit to Vienna, Lucas and Victoria took these photos:

A Facial at Grünanger Gasse…

Pretty cool stencil…

This is truly street art…

Unintentional street art?

And very intentional art in the streets of Vienna. Beautiful city, have to go back there…

Street Art in Vienna

At a brief visit to Vienna, Lucas and Victoria took these photos:

A Facial at Grünanger Gasse…

Pretty cool stencil…

This is truly street art…

Unintentional street art?

And very intentional art in the streets of Vienna. Beautiful city, have to go back there…

Fighting the fungus

We are successfully fighting the fungus, thank’s to my great builders. Now I have been joined by two cheerful bricklayers as well.

Partly very rotten wood on the other side of the house as well. Good thing we have decided to do all four sides.

This cannot rot. A much better solution than the previous and one that is quite common in this part of Sweden.

The sky seen from the studio last night.

No time to paint

This week has been very, very busy. Since we have been struggling with fungus in our house for over a year, I decided it was time to really find out what was going on and to eliminate the fungus before it ruins our great house, which will be 100 years old in two years.

We have erected scaffolding to be able to work safely.

This is what has caused the fungus… Totally rotten wood. Why was it rotten?

Lasse Rehn is cutting away the tin plate to reveal the cause of the rust and rot…

An enormous hole in the drain pipe, not very good… Amazing that our problems have not been more severe.

Still we have had to make pretty drastic meassures to eliminate the fungus. The kitchen window had to be removed and repaired. John is standing in the kitchen window while Tobbe is cutting boards to make a temporary cover for the window. With the help of great guys we will soon have this problem solved. I feel great now that I know the cause and also that the damage was not as bad as I had anticipated! I expect to be able to get back to work in the studio soon again, while my fantastic builders are doing a great job to repair the house. I am doing my best to support and serve them and be available, so I am doing other projects around the house while they are working on the fungus problem. No time to paint.

Jazz and Picnic at Villa Holsby

Last Friday we had a fantastic evening at Villa Holsby. Johan Christoffersson and friends played great jazz and I enjoyed every minute. Our guests had brought their own picnic baskets and we served plenty of Kafe Zolo´s popular Lemon Curd Pie for desert.

Very talented musicians! I hope we can do this again…

The sky is the limit

Last night I saw this sky outside the studio.

I have continued painting…

Shepard Fairey in Copenhagen

Friday night V1 Gallery in the Copenhagen meatpacking area opened their Shepard Fairey exhibit. I went there and was a bit surprised to find the relatively small gallery filled to the absolute max with Shepard’s works. I was even more surprised to find that the price list was printed with red dots on all but two or three pieces! We got there two hours after the opening – had the price list been re-printed shortly before we got there, or were they simply showing works which were already sold, or had they had some VIP viewing before the show opened? In any case, it gave me a sour taste in my mouth…

In November 2008 Andrea and I visited Irvine Contemporary, a gallery in Washington D.C. where the original Obama portrait by Shepard Fairey was being shown, along with several other works. I had just briefly before that visit become aware of his work and was rather impressed. After several weeks of hesitation, we decided to buy an original piece, Peace Bomber – one that has been used in many variations as prints on paper, metal, fabric, etc. When seeing the works on display at V1 Gallery it was clear that our Peace Bomber is very nice and it has probably trippled in value, or even more.

Check this link for pictures from Opening.

I used the occasion to place a few faces in Ködbyen…