19 June, 2010

Yesterday, 18 June, Andrea and I had our 25 year anniversary! I spent a good part of the day in the studio, working on a portrait in two parts. This is the first part I worked on a few days ago.

80 x 40 cm. A careful start to find the face.

After some hours. An almost photographic image that felt more like an illustration than a piece of art? I felt quite miserable in the process – the feeling “I can’t paint anymore” that hits me now and then, and which is a good feeling, because it makes me try harder. I will start on the other half of the face and do it very differently, and then go back to this painting and see what I can do. Maybe several layers of varnish will help create some action – some disturbing glare…?

17 June, 2010

The bathroom is almost done. Lucas has done a fantastic job, check this out!

14 June, 2010

Activities in the studio have been unusual. We have celebrated Victoria’s graduation. Andrea made a fantastic buffet, her kind of art, and we set up a long table in the studio. Instead of a table cloth we had brown paper and a lot of color pens.

Now we are coming close to finishing the bathroom. The floor is done, mirrors are there. We are now waiting for the glass walls for the shower. While we are waiting there are a number of things to do…

10 June, 2010

Another long day…
Several steps forward, but still a lot left to do. Now toilet, sink, and water connected.

Tomorrow morning the larger mirrors are coming up, hope we don’t break them. Lucas will do the mosaic on the floor in the shower also.

A big portion of the day was spent preparing for the graduation reception for Victoria tomorrow.

9 June, 2010

It has been a long day, entirely spent in the bathroom. A lot of things were done and the most evident accomplishment was the slate floor. A polished slate called Riverstone, 30×60 cm pieces – a lot easier to lay than mosaic. The shower will have mosaic on the floor also. Tomorrow night we will be able to use the bathroom, except take showers.

8 June, 2010

Not much happening in the studio right now. We are trying to finish the bathroom. The mosaic is there, looks good. Mirrors are coming up soon, walls being finished and floor will be done tomorrow.

But I heard from Cologne that my painting in the park has disappeared. Who took it? It was sitting pretty high up in a tree, somebody must have wanted it badly…

3 June, 2010

Lucas is now doing some of the most difficult stuff you can do – setting mosaic. It is much harder than you can ever imagine and the most frustrating thing is that you think it is looking horrible and you keep going back  fine tuning, fine tuning, fine tuning – and it just looks worse. But then when you do the grouting it normally looks really good! I guess it is a bit like painting – you have to be patient and wait for the result.

Well, I think I am now finished with the portrait. Today I added a much diluted layer of dark Cadmium Yellow. I let the paint run down the face for a while and then I placed the painting flat on the grass in the warm sunshine. The bugs where attracted to the yellow color. I guess they are called Lygus Bugs and are feeding on Canola. Fooled them!

1 June, 2010

Most of the day was spent helping Lucas with the bathroom, getting ready for the plumber.

But I did work on the painting a little more. Sometimes it is necessary to risk ruining everything in order to move forward. I decided to use white – half Zinc white and half Titanium white – and some linseed oil and just quickly and brutally paint the bright side of the face. I became quite pleased with the result. It almost looks like a mask over the face. Now the white will probably take a few days to dry. Creating is waiting.

31 May, 2010

Today I had a busload of Norwegian visitors in the studio. They were actually visiting the area to look at castles, but improvised a morning visit at Villa Holsby. They were very inspired and interested.

I also managed to work a little on the portrait. Azo Yellow Lemon and Cobalt Blue.

What shall I do next? Hmm….

30 May, 2010

Yesterday Andrea and I attended the opening at Höganäs Museum with silicone works by Mattias van Arkel and abstract paintings by Richard Ahlqvist – a very nice exhibition. We also went to Skärets Konsthall, for the opening of an exhibition with Britta Marakatt-Labba, a Sami artist who works with embroidered pictures from the Sami mythology and culture. Very interesting!

I have been busy in the studio, but mainly cleaning up and re-arranging stuff. I have bought some equipment and inventory from a man who has been doing a lot of framing, so now I almost have all that is needed to do professional framing. Nice.

A few days ago  Lars Vilks called and had finally seen the painting at Nimis. He was very pleased…

Finally I am back in the studio.A very subtle beginning – a thin outline of the most important features.

A quick layer with golden ochre, diluted with a lot of linseed oil. From now on I am trying to save the main lines.

The paint soaks in to the wood rather quickly and I can soon continue with another layer, this time green umber.

Immediately another round, this time purple, mixed more or less with green umber. A lot of linseed oil… Back and forth and then back and forth again…

These three steps within about three hours.

Tomorrow I will continue, but I don’t know how.