Every 30 April we all go down to the beach to se the traditional spring fire. There´s something so fascinating about it , -the changes in the flames, the unpredictable transformations of the shapes, the heat and the changing colors, that just forces me to look straight at it. It tickles my fantasy and I start to see a thousand different shapes, figures and objects in it. As I always carry my sketch pad with me I often pick it up to draw the things that I see for my inner sigh
Yesterday I had a workshop for a team in a bid Swedish company, Mostly engineers. Most of them had´t been painting before and despite, or maybe, because of that they started to paint right away as if there weren´t any boundaries. How come? Was it because they didn´t have anything to loose as this was´t their profession, or was it just because it was just a game for them and they did´t have to be responsible for the final result?
It was several years ago since I made this, but it reminds me to dig where I stand and to look around right where I am, right now, in everyday life. I remember I just went home from the store and unpacked the groceries on the table, and I was hit by the beautiful colors and the simple, yet expressive shapes and colors of the labels. I can imagine how Warhol felt... cool
And so there is business as usual, trying to make patterns and shapes work together and on top of that a composition that works. It´s a real challenge to find a composition that isn´t to simple and yet not to complicated.
Once I began the heart project and the closer it got to Valentines day 2016 I started to see hearts everywhere. To squeeze things in to a shape is a challenge, but also e relief to know where to start and to have frame to hold on to. One thing that I did was to cut out a heart shape from a paper, leaving it as a hole shaped as a heart in the middle of a A4-sized paper. I then placed the frame over different kinds of pictures and got something new. The pictures below are the
Pictures are often about feelings. I try to capture a feeling, but find it hard to express it the way it feels. Seven mounths ago I started a project that I called "The heart project", from an idea that I should paint a heart every time a strong feeling came to me, good, bad, happy or sad, and then paint it somehow containing the heart as a symbol. After a while it became a project for Valentines day and a workshop for charity. And the project still carries on. Where it´s goi
At http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/beautiful-minds/the-messy-minds-of-creative-people/ Scott Barry Kaufman sais: "Creativity is very messy. According to one prominent theory, the creative process involves four stages: preparation, incubation, illumination, and verification. This is all well and good in theory. In reality, the creative process often feels like this": In other words, -really though! Right now I´m in stage 3 and 4. Hope to move on to stage 5 and 6 tomorrow.
We were at a family gathering this afternoon and after a long sitting session that ended with a huge cake, my son took me aside and said: -Mum, let´s sneak away and sketch for a while. And so we did. We went down to the basement of the house and picked up our sketch pads and pens from the bags, cause we often have it with us in case of abstinence:) We had a great time down there, sketching in silence while we heard the noises of the birthday party at a "far enough distance".
One thing that I have learned is that, for me, it´s a good thing to be bored and do really boring things every ones in a while, so that I can long for more stimulating activities like poping ideas, drawing, painting or making a party-dressed snowman or something... So today I was lucky, soon it´s time to send in the Annual Report to the Tax Authorities! And I simply had to do it! YEY!!
Gotta say that I love the art event of IKEA, Sweden, showing photo art in limited editions in 20 swedish stores around the country, boosting artists behind the art works and sharing it on the site http://www.ikea.com/se/sv/catalog/categories/collections/29579/?cid=a1:em%7Ca2:se%7Ca3:nl%7Ca7:lwi%7Ca10:malmo%7Cc1:16666998%7Cc2:715368511%7Ccc:915#doherty By this, at least I, get the message that art is all around us. Not just at fancy galleries in town somewhere. And I just lov