I am working on a commission, a portrait of a young goldsmith. Instead of doing something obvious to identify his profession, I am working on a format that is based on the Golden Section and I wanted to have his nice logo in gold spray as a background. To do that proved to be a greater challenge than I thought. I worked on a number if ideas, made a few tests and did not really like any of it. So I came up with a solution and with the help of my longtime friend Eric Johansson at Skyltbolaget in Stockholm, I used a film as a template. Then I sprayed the gold and removed the film without trouble and could start painting. See process below. Photos where I am in the pictures were taken by newborn photo-nerd Andrea.
In preparing for my exhibition at the library gallery in Båstad, I asked myself this question. I even named one of my little pieces this, see below. In every part of what I do, I try to give of my very best, as I did this time too. I made some new works and I tried to present a range of work I am pleased with. The opening was on the first real summer day of the season, the local papers had not done what was expected of them and most people had other things to do, but a group of people came, most of them quite a bit older that Andrea and me. Those who came were enthusiastic, interested and I felt I was able to give them a pleasant experience. But nobody bought anything. “Good luck” some said as they were leaving. It is hard to put food on the table with “good luck”. So what is success? Maybe the main success is what I can learn through all these experiences, these meetings with people, all the lonely times in the studio or elsewhere, when these questions are pressing on?
After ten days of intense interaction with over 2300 visitors both Andrea and I are tired. But also pleased with the response, which has been overwhelming! So many smiles, so many friendly people, so many expressions of praise and excitement, from both young and old. Meanwhile there have been around 1000 visits to this website. My price-overview will stay on-line (below) and we will always open the door to visitors even after the studio tour. Many have said ” we will go home and think about buying…”. Selling is important, it is hard to put food on the table with just “good luck”, but it feels very meaningful to give inspiration, joy and energy to so many people. My steel pieces have been very popular and I have sold a bunch, but I am really most pleased when people like and even buy my paintings!