What a struggle

I have been struggling. Yesterday I did not care to show my “progress”. Today I have continued the work. Patience is a virtue. I used to think I had/have patience. But while working in the studio, I start to doubt if I have much of it. If I had, I would not despair so much, I would simply trust in my ability and be confident that it will work out in the end.

I don’t know why I complain, this is the process I need to go through. Each time.

Tomorrow I will continue. I will spray paint the background and I will add another layer of paint – maybe a warmer tone?

Always a difficult beginning

I am starting up a commission to do two small portraits of two children. The paintings will be 20×16 cm each.

Always when starting on something new there is a tremendous feeling of helplessness, a feeling that I have lost it all. I always keep telling myself to be patient, to have faith, but it hardly helps – the feeling is there. Sometimes the feeling of failure remains throughout the entire process and then after a long time I may see the value of my work. In any case, it is impossible to give up and not try one more time. The process of struggle has to be there, it has to be difficult…

Anyways, this is the subtle beginning.

Robert Terry at Lars Bohman Gallery

It seems like the huge article in Helsingborgs Dagblad on Villa Holsby has created some interest. I have had a lot of visitors on this blog. The article and 24 nice pictures can be viewed on this link: http://hd.se/bostad/2010/11/01/villa-holsby-i-ny-tappning/

I can’t show what I am working on right now. It is a portrait for someone who is turning 50 and it is supposed to be a surprise.

So I will share a few photos taken with my telephone a few weeks ago when I visited Lars Bohman Gallery in Stockholm. When we entered the gallery I thought “oh, a photo exhibition” but I was mighty surprised when I saw that the “pictures” where painted with very much paint. The artist was Robert Terry, an American. He had also done a series of paintings of Abraham Lincoln which were pretty cool. Check these pictures.

You can also visit the site:
http://www.larsbohmangallery.com/exhibitions/robert-terry

Robert Terry at Lars Bohman Gallery

It seems like the huge article in Helsingborgs Dagblad on Villa Holsby has created some interest. I have had a lot of visitors on this blog. The article and 24 nice pictures can be viewed on this link: http://hd.se/bostad/2010/11/01/villa-holsby-i-ny-tappning/

I can’t show what I am working on right now. It is a portrait for someone who is turning 50 and it is supposed to be a surprise.

So I will share a few photos taken with my telephone a few weeks ago when I visited Lars Bohman Gallery in Stockholm. When we entered the gallery I thought “oh, a photo exhibition” but I was mighty surprised when I saw that the “pictures” where painted with very much paint. The artist was Robert Terry, an American. He had also done a series of paintings of Abraham Lincoln which were pretty cool. Check these pictures.

You can also visit the site:
http://www.larsbohmangallery.com/exhibitions/robert-terry

What is on his mind?

OK, check this out. A very thin layer of spraypaint (silver and red) on glass. The glass covers about 3/4 of the painting. The piece changes depending on the light and where you stand.

I guess the photo of Gandhi, which I have used, is very well known. He has a funny look. I wonder what he is looking at and what he is thinking? I may call the work “Maybe She is Irresistible?” The work is 91×91 cm including the oak frame. It can be seen at Kafé Zolo in Höganäs.

What is on his mind?

OK, check this out. A very thin layer of spraypaint (silver and red) on glass. The glass covers about 3/4 of the painting. The piece changes depending on the light and where you stand.

I guess the photo of Gandhi, which I have used, is very well known. He has a funny look. I wonder what he is looking at and what he is thinking? I may call the work “Maybe She is Irresistible?” The work is 91×91 cm including the oak frame. It can be seen at Kafé Zolo in Höganäs.

Mahatma Gandhi

I have spent the day working on my Gandhi painting. I have mixed feelings about painting famous people with an icon status such as Gandhi’s, because so many people have opinions on how they look/looked, etc. It is too easy to become preoccupied with the person instead of letting your imagination work. I doubt this painting will trigger thoughts, questions, imagination, maybe even stories in people’s minds. They will look at this painting and say “oh, look – it is Gandhi”. They will study it for a while, find something to criticize, and then turn around and forget what they saw. It has probably been a wasted day. But it was good excercise, though. I enjoyed the work.

I think something else is needed. I probably have to make the painting uncomfortable…

Rust and mold

My poor blog is rusty. I have been in Stockholm, visiting galleries, etc. My new art catalogue works fine.

Finally I was back in the studio today. I experienced moments of excitement and joy and happiness for being able to paint again. I have been avoiding my new project for a few days, it is always scary to start working at the easel when I have been away for a while. Anyways, this is the start of my latest undertaking.

Why am I painting Gandhi? Well, my friend Rashmi suggested I paint some famous people. I was hesitant, but decided to at least give it a try.

One reason why my blog has not been updated very much is because the café has taken a lot of time, but now it is open and my ambitious wife is working like crazy to make all guests happy. Victoria is a great help and is learning to make great coffee. And it turns out to be a great gallery for my art. Pontus Ikander also has a painting on the wall.

Almost there

The floor is done. And a lot of stuff is coming close to completion. Tomorrow the new dishwasher is going to arrive. Too tired to write much tonight, just two pictures…

Almost there

The floor is done. And a lot of stuff is coming close to completion. Tomorrow the new dishwasher is going to arrive. Too tired to write much tonight, just two pictures…