I am working on a large triptych. The first third is done, it is 120 x 128 cm, so the entire triptych is going to be almost 4 meters wide. It will replace a piece in our living room, which will be moved to the portal (the outside covered patio) on the studio building. I used to think these line paintings were relaxing and easy to make… but not in this format! Just building each section of baltic birch plywood and pine was difficult, as they have to be the same size and have to be made with minimalistic perfection.
I have been away in cowboy country, been working as a carpenter, waiter, etc. and then branding calves and stuff… learned not to go for the hind legs – they kick! My thumb is probably sprained, healing slowly, but I am able to hold a brush reasonably well. So I am making a painting that will be my picture in the map overview for next year’s Konstrundan. Not sure about title yet, format 46 x36 cm, oil and mixed media on plywood.
A very dull and difficult view of Kullaberg, very hard for me (anyways) to do something with it. Hasse is out with his traditional small fishing boat, two porpoises are surfacing briefly, the beam from the legendary lighthouse is NOT on during the day… that is just because of the famous artistic freedom, ha ha. Just another landscape exercise. The tiny white lighthouse close to the water my dad designed in the sixties! The piece is 19 x 58 cm and will receive a few layers of varnish.
According to Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers it takes 10 000 hours of practice to become really good at anything. Talent or high IQ is of lesser importance that just plain grit, patience, endurance. I find that inspiring, because it means “I can do it” if I just keep at it. So now I am working hard, doing works that may not be art, but exercises that can lead to something. These four little pieces are from Arild. The coastal paintings are my main focus, the one of the fields was just a little insignificant test, maybe to prove that I am not a landscape painter (yet). Each piece is 12 x 20 cm, oil on plywood.