After the Studio Tour in south Sweden at Easter and the following week, with around 2000 enthusiastic visitors, it is time to search for new ideas. A lot of people have asked how I come up with the ideas for some of my work and it is hard to give a simple answer. I generally say I am on a journey, something like a hike in nature. When you reach an opening or a hill, you can see a bit further and then you become curious of what is behind the next bend or beyond the next hill, so you keep moving and gradually you learn more and more. It is important not to stop, to keep being curious and eager to find new ways, but to also do this from the core of your work. I will have an exhibition at Kulturhotellet in Helsingborg in August and I am looking for ideas about what to show there. Since I sold 35 pieces of art during the studio tour, there is a need for new works, so I will need to get busy.
A four day visit with Lucas & Måna in Detroit will surely open up ideas. The visit to the Detroit Institute of Arts was fantastic. One of the most important art collections in the USA and a very nice museum! Rodin’s The Thinker is placed outside the entrance to the museum.
In spite of absolutely amazing weather the entire Easter weekend, around 1800 incredibly happy, friendly and enthusiastic people came to our house to see my art (and Andrea’s photos). The Studio Tour will continue for another six days, Tuesday –Friday between 4 and 7 in the afternoon/evening and 10 to 6 Saturday and Sunday. Welcome!
Who can say what is right or wrong? Good or bad? It does not have to be perfect, but it should appeal to the viewer. And we are all different and like different things. A couple of studies, never intended to be art pieces, just exercises… It is a lot easier to take a great photo of a beautiful sky than to paint it, that is for sure!