This is a very small painting, about 15x15 cm. For the details I have used a size 1 synthetic brush. Normally I use Gesso before I start painting, followed by a layer of acrylics and then endless of layers of oil paint. This time I just simply started with the oil and I loaded the brush with more color than I normally do with the goal to finish the painting in just one layer.
In the end I blended out the worst edges to give the painting a smoother finish.
I've been asked by a couple of friends to hold a "portrait workshop" in a couple of weeks time and I am already planning for that little session. It will be my first time trying to teach someone else to paint. Hopefully my passion for painting will rub off :)
This charity event aims to collect money for The Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation, which is a non-profit organisation dedicated to collecting money to prevent and combat cancer diseases in children. Artists, musicians and stand-up comedians will help collecting money and one of my paintings will be presented during the evening and later on it will be auctioned out online on Tradera. The painting I have given away for this purpose is one of the best I have ever made and I hope you like it :)
The event will take place tonight at Scalateatern in Karlstad and tickets are available here! You can also see it live on youtube (just search for Glimt Tv and you should find it).
This exhibition was organized by Värmlands Konstförening and held at the Rackstad Museum in Arvika in October last year and I was lucky enough to be part of it. My mom accompanied me to the vernissage as well as to the very cosy "afternoon tea" event afterwards. Stefan's relatives also came and payed a visit <3
When this photo was taken most people had already left, but it was so full at times that you could hardly move (such a luxury problem). About 600 people in total came to the opening, not bad!
Mom and I to the left. Marc Broos sculptures/installation to the right. For more pictures, click here!
My contribution "Gateway". The picture below is from the end of the painting process when I was working with the details. This painting got a new home after the exhibition <3
I found a photo from last year's Postales desde el Limbo. My postcards are hanging highest up in the corner, and they are collages made out of pieces of canvas painted with oil. This year's charity sales has already passed as well, and in some days we will know how much money was collected. The money goes to "Centro de Solidaridad Proyecto Hombre Zaragoza". To learn more, click here!
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?
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