Cultural appropriation?

The topic of cultural appropriation is a very complicated one. Here in Southwest USA it is especially difficult to know what is correct. Native Americans are selling their art to make a living and tourists and locals buy their jewelry, etc. and are wearing it… isn’t that borderline? I have been inspired by faces and have used some from Edward Curtis’ photos, but I feel hesitant about doing that. So I have studied some viking art instead. I was born in Norway, my dad grew up just miles from where they found a huge viking ship with lots of treasures, believed to have been a burial site for an important woman. A lot of viking art is amazing; very intricate patterns, images and text. Some of their artists (carvers, etc.) were extremely skilled! I have allowed that art to inspire this painting. It is 27 x 92,5 cm, oil and gold leaf on plywood. I am not sure it is completely done yet and it needs a thin frame. And a title, maybe Woman from where East and West meet…?

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Still life No. 5

And this one should be called “A cup of coffee with sliders, please!”.

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Still life continued… and distracted

Another piece in the series of still life paintings.

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And here is the reason for my slow progress: Gunny, an amazing reining horse, that I got the opportunity to buy a few days ago. Here I am teaching her to back up.gunny1

Slow progress on still life paintings

I am currently working on still life painting number four. Three have been completed, with gilding of the edges and backsides painted black, etc.  It is actually quite a bit of work with the backside and edges too. They will all be the same size, 12 x 25 cm. Not sure how many I will make. here are two.

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Still life

The still life paintings I made last year all sold during the studio tour, so I figured I’d make a series, as it is rather pleasant to make them! This is one of the first I am working on. Small format, 12 x 25 cm, oil on plywood.

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Laughing

Another small two sided piece. This one is called LOL.

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Another one

Another protruding art piece, this one smaller – it is 14 x 11 cm, oil on plywood. This is Tony’s cloud.

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A protruding art piece

The first of a series of pieces that are painted on both sides of a 27 mm thick plywood board. The board does not have any visible grain, so I am using the material in a different way. The title of this one is Uma’s Cloud and it is 30 x 21 cm.

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Two more coast images

Two new paintings of the coast. These are 20 x 28 cm. Oil and varnish on plywood. The one below is called Treacherous Coast.

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