A painting involves an almost endless chain of decisions, some are self-evident in their nature (where to start and end a brush stroke, etc.), others are more deliberate and calculated. Now I am at a point where I am sitting down, spending time to just look. I am letting thoughts sink in, testing ideas in my mind, letting them mature. In a few days I will continue.
For some time I have been planning a new large painting to be in our main room. The old painting has been on display since 2011! About time to offer something new at the next Studio Tour in March 2018. The old painting will be “re-built”, more about that later.
After a few days of painting, taking breaks, cleansing my eyes, adjusting, leaving, returning, pondering, touching up… the big question is if the young man in the painting can recognize himself? Will he feel confident with the work or will he detest it? What will his mother say? The piece is fairly large (130 x 81 cm) and the price is fairly low. What the heck, I have enjoyed it!
I am working on a commission, a portrait of a young goldsmith. Instead of doing something obvious to identify his profession, I am working on a format that is based on the Golden Section and I wanted to have his nice logo in gold spray as a background. To do that proved to be a greater challenge than I thought. I worked on a number if ideas, made a few tests and did not really like any of it. So I came up with a solution and with the help of my longtime friend Eric Johansson at Skyltbolaget in Stockholm, I used a film as a template. Then I sprayed the gold and removed the film without trouble and could start painting. See process below. Photos where I am in the pictures were taken by newborn photo-nerd Andrea.