Three new pieces

Two small Arild paintings are done. They are both 12 x 20 cm. In this one I have used silver leaf to create some glare in the water. Not really visible in this photo, but you can get a hint of it as you move about the painting.




The painting below now has some gold leaf both on the front as well as the back. The gold on the back is an experiment. The shadow has the most subtle hint of gold color. I guess you will mostly notice it when you hang the painting, ha ha. But why not? This piece is 48 x 48 cm, oil on birch plywood.


Fine tuning… and fine tuning again

Sanded the entire painting with fine sandpaper. Then several very subtle layers of carefully worked paint. Finally I am starting to like it. I am going to do some cool stuff on the back side of the painting.


Another challenge

I have been working on this painting for a while. It turned out to be more difficult than expected… just because…
Oil on plywood, 48 x 48 cm. It is not quite finished. Something else is needed. Not sure what. Don’t know who the person is, it is not the main thing. Cover half the face – on one side she looks friendly, almost smiling, and on the other side she looks almost sad.


Paintings from home

Where is home? I don’t know anymore? Is it the Stockholm area where I grew up and probably have spent most of my time, or is it the area around Arild in the south of Sweden… or is it Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Southwest? Well, Stockholm is definitely not “home” anymore, and Santa Fe is become more and more “home” each day. But a big part of my heart is still in and around Arild, where my parents live and our children grew up and where we have spent so many wonderful years. So I am continuing to paint images of the coast. I am doing very simplified paintings, it is what appeals to me. These are new:


Morning light, 25 x 58 cm, oil on plywood.


Untitled, 18 x 44 cm, oil on plywood

A couple of new line paintings

It is nice to work on my line paintings now and then. These are on birch plywood, made with graphite, oil and acrylic paints, 48 x 48 cm.



Taking on a new challenge

My work is evolving. I have done desert landscapes before and I have done some horses, but never a rider with tack and all.
“No Water, No Feed”  14 x 47 inches, oil on plywood.  It may get a few layers of glossy varnish when it is dry.


Back after a few days of intense ranch work

After few days at the Canyon of the Ancients Guest Ranch I am back in the studio. Heifers needed to be branded and ear-tagged, young boys had to be turned into steers, lambs had to be tagged and banded (castrated) and cows had to be moved to better pastures, horses had to be trained and ridden, fences and gates had to be checked… I love it. Now I need to paint again. Photos below by Andrea Skalleberg.



Family distractions… not so bad

Simon and his sweet Anna-Karin visited for 10-11 days and it was hard to leave them to go to the studio. We saw and did a lot of stuff around Santa Fe, it was a good, really good time. But today I was able to focus well in the studio again. While driving through the desert landscapes I have been observing how the light works and how the distant mountains look. Work in progress… but tomorrow we are off for a few days of serious ranch work.


Big surprise!

… I am actually pretty pleased with this! Maybe because I had no expectations and since I have been avoiding it for so long. This piece is 60 x 120 cm (about 24″ x 48″). I need to come up with a title. The dog is our neighbors’ wonderful Sammie, she was a fantastic hiking buddy. The river is Rio Grande and the flat area is Calabasa Arroyo. I may be galloping in that arroyo tomorrow. Sammie is looking out from Buckman Mesa. Los Alamos, where the atom bomb was invented, is a short distance to the right. Maybe the title should simply be “Hiking with Sammie”?


Back to school again…

This has to be one of the most difficult paintings I have worked on. As I have said many times: I am not a landscape painter. Not a good one, anyways. But I have been painting a lot of landscapes recently and I always feel like I am way outside my comfort zone, but some of my recent landscapes I am pretty happy with! But it takes a while to see them with fresh eyes. Now, this one is different. I have to use a lot of imagination and I must remind myself to add layers upon layers of paint to create depth and texture. And it takes a lot of patience to keep working when it looks flat and ugly. This piece has been sitting in my studio for a long time and I have been avoiding it, but now I am at work on it again and am actually enjoying it! I have no idea if it will turn out ok, but that does not really matter so much. I just consider it a good practice in painting. A long way to go still…