Today I saw a documentary on Rembrant and it gave me a lot of inspiration. So I have made a bunch of improvements and changes. And I think I have decided to simply call the piece “Girl with red finger nail”. Still some work to do and then I need to do some “framing”… more about that later. This photo taken with photo studio lights so the colors are more correct, at least on my screen.
My sister-in-law sent a poor picture with a clear message: “I need a painting of this on plywood”. When I started I was seriously doubting if I would be able to pull it off, but when my brother received his painting, everyone, including him, immediately knew it was him in the painting, so I guess I did pull it off. The piece has a two-sided “frame” made of partially stripped THHN wires and I call the work “Super Charged” because that is what my brother is! He has seemingly endless stores of energy and everything he does is done “all out”. Size 70 x 69 cm.
It is New Years Eve and I’ve been working on a piece I started a few days ago. It is a triptych (so I can fit it in my suitcase), 58 x 72 cm. My intension is to keep working on it for a while. I am inspired by the old paintings which were done with the primary colors and I am thinking of doing a contemporary twist… will see what happens.
Why did I build the studio? Despair. Pushing hard to find openings, things I can believe in, that I can enjoy working on… well, enjoy is a big word, it is always a hard struggle for me. I worked on the small landscape paintings and decided to make a little fun art project – I have sent several as post cards to friends. I call them Post Art. Will be interesting to see how they look when they arrive at their different destinations, some are overseas.
Today I also finished a piece I have been working on for a while. Untitled for now. Oil and varnish on plywood with concrete base, 50 x 10 x 10 cm.
The back looks like this.
I am back in the studio after a very nice visit by my parents. We have fully concentrated on being tour guides in Santa Fe, up to the Canyon of the Ancients Guest Ranch in McElmo Canyon and back south through Monument Valley to Cave Creek just north of Phoenix, Arizona, where my brother and his family have a house. It has indeed been a good time, but now it is time to get really busy in the studio.
I am working on some small landscape studies. Not ready to show them, but a while ago I made a new sculpture-painting with a concrete base. Don’t really know what to call it yet. It is 50 x 10 x 10 cm.