One of my paintings has been chosen to be part of Höstsalongen at Rackstad Museum in Arvika this year. It is as usual organized by the Art Association in Värmland. The vernissage is the 1st of October and I will be there. You can find more information about the exhibition here!
I have been thinking about doing gold paintings for quite a while now and I got some gold leaf for my birthday. I haven't tried the gold leaf yet though, because it takes quite a lot of time to apply it. BUT I went to this big art store yesterday (Boesner) and there I found some gold oil painting tubes. I really wanted to test it so I made this acrylic sketch on paper and covered the hair with golden oil. When you look at the painting in different lights, you get these interesting metallic reflections.
Close to Årjäng in the deep Swedish forests you will find an abandoned classic car cemetery. Nature is taking over the corroded carouses and trees are growing in and out of what once were leather seats and windows. The mix between the sharp metal pieces and the soft shapes of the branches is extremely fascinating.
I can´t stop thinking that this cemetery is so much beauty gone to waste. What wouldn't these cars have been worth today if someone had repaired and cared for them?
This cemetery must be one of the first signs of the cash-and-trash mentality people have nowadays. It is so damn hard but we should try to stop throwing things away. In Germany, one of the most popular terms at the moment is "up cycling" - which means taking something old and recycling it into something even greater than it was before. We can learn from them :)
This city is a place that got bombed and restored and where you can get lost and find yourself again.
Fantastic facades in Kunsthofpassage in Dresden's new area.
View from the Dreikönigskirche:
The old town is full of new buildings that are supposed to look old. So much were bombed in the war, that they had to rebuild churches, castles and parliament buildings almost from the ground.
In Dresden you'll get lots of value for your money when you book an hotel. Golden curtains, enormous windows and purple (yes, love that color) pieces of furniture in the heart of the old town.
To the right, Stefan outside the Stallhof. A little more finesse compared to the usual standard red stables back in Sweden.
There were horse carriages to be seen everywhere and musicians in every corner, playing violin, trumpet and even piano. I must say this is rather a romantic city. Who new?
This is the graveyard where the first
German President is resting and
the place is completely enchanting.
It feels like the graves are placed in
the middle of the forests. No
gravestones are the same,
no trees are alike,
no perfect lawn can be seen.
Everything is unique and breathtaking.
And the best part is that is is full of sculptures.
Best way to illustrate that simple is beautiful:
Friedrich Ebert's grave:
There are so many wonderful places to photograph around here, and inspiration for following paintings and exhibitions just keeps coming.
First layers of acrylic, then oil, as usual :) I still love painting hands, and in this I got the chance to do that. All the knuckles and veins are very exciting and intriguing to paint.
Below, I have started on the oil. It makes it easier to smoothen out the skin tones and to get a unifying feeling to the painting.
Here it is done and framed and hanging at the gallery. Last chance to see the exhibition will be this weekend, Friday-Sunday 12:00-16:00, Galleri Lilla Vågen, Kristinehamn. Some paintings will already be picked up from their new owners before the exhibition is over so if you want to see them all, I'd recommend to pass by on Friday :)
Here is the official poster of the exhibition and just a little reminder that it will be open for two more weekends. :)
Unfortunately I don't have any before-pitures of this one, but I remember it was kind of a struggle to get it right. It looks like such an easy thing to paint, but it was far from effortless. I think I had to apply oil in three different layers (apart from the layers of acrylic underneath). I almost gave up on it, but I didn't and now it is one of my favorites. One of the reasons why I like it is because it looks like it has a depth to it when you study it from afar. It is also one of the least realistic ones I have on display at the exhibition.
Here it is hanging in the gallery and it was one of the first ones to get sold.
Photo credit: Magnus Carlsson, NKP. Read the article in Swedish here.
Last Wednesday, Magnus Carlsson from NKP payed me a visit for a small interview about my solo show. I had just arrived to our flat in Kristinehamn from Frankfurt a couple of hours earlier. The thing is that I have painted a little less than half of the paintings for the exhibition in my studio in Sweden, and the rest at our place in Germany. We actually temporarily transformed our flat there to a painting slash frame-building workshop. I planned it in such a way that the paintings would fit into my suitcase and I crossed my fingers and prayed that they wouldn't break while flying. Luckily, just one frame got a little damaged, but S. fixed that in time for the opening (and S. built almost all the frames for the entire collection). Couldn't have asked for better help than from the now master-of-frame-building :)
Anyways, you can read the article in the link above or see a short video of the gallery at my Instagram account. If you want to see the exhibition live, it is open tomorrow Sunday from 12-16 pm (same opening hours on Friday-Sunday until the end of May). Hope you enjoy it!
Here are a couple of pictures of Featherlite. The first one is an early stage of acrylic, and the second one is after the oil had been applied. I made the feather a little thicker and the skin a little smoother. Most of the time I have a hard time showing paintings to others before they are completely done, since they look so ugly in the first stage of the process and I feel like criticizing them aint completely fair due to the fact that they will look very different in the end. On the other hand, seeing the potential in that ugliness is a motivational factor to keep me going.
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