- "BOTANY" -
This is another screen print
from my "Botany" series;
it's called "Clematis".
I have always worked very hard
to make an object appear as 3-dimetional in drawing and painting.
Now I really enjoy the flatness of the screen printed forms,
because it is new to me
and therefor challenging.
I love this kind of challenge
- to have to make an effort
and learn to think in a new way.
- SCREEN PRINT -
Another of my new screen prints.
It hasn't got a title yet.
I'm thinking about giving it another layer
with a text printed on top
- maybe in brilliant pink.
What do you think?
- LILACS AND WATERCOLOR -
These little watercolor sketches
give me so much pleasure.
I'm not quite sure what I'll use them for,
if I'll use them at all in fact.
They're not made as artwork for an exhibition
or anything like that.
I make them because I want to,
because they give me pleasure.
Simple as that.
- SCREEN PRINTING FUN TIMES -
Yesterday was time for another visit to the screen printing studio of Pål Gunnæs.
Since I'm in the process of learning to screen print, I wanted to experiment a little with different colors on both the motive and the background. I ended up with six different versions of the same motive; gold and black respectively on white background + on two different background colors - turquoise and grey. It's very hard to say which I like most and consequently should print a whole series of. I asked my Instagram friends and got so many different answers - maybe I
- AFTERNOON MOOD -
The late afternoon sun
enters our bedroom window
and overflows the room
with golden rays.
So many blessings in an ordinary life!
- NORWEGIAN MADE -
The new NorwegianMade promo pillows have finally arrived and we are so happy with them! Hopefully we'll be able to offer them for sale pretty soon.
- "instagram love" -
The very lovely Emma Harris has made a truly beautiful blog post on my Instagram account on her blog A Quiet Style. Thank you so much Emma, I'm both honored and proud!
- WEEDs -
More delight from the garden: ground elder.
This is really the most stubborn plant ever
but I've been thinking
if I start to see it's beauty
maybe it won't bother me
Ground elder was brought to Norway
by the monks
as a leaf vegetable.
Maybe I should start putting it in my soup?
- NORWEGIAN MADE -
Together with my friend and business partner Cathrine Wefall
I run the company Norwegian Made,
a wenture whos goal it is to support quality handcraft and design products
made in Norway
and made to last.
Recently we had some really, really good news
which called for a celebration.
I'll tell you more about the project
- GOOD MORNING -
- KUNSTHALL OPEN -
Today the Kunsthall Grenland opens its doors:
everybody is invited to hang their artwork on their walls.
The exhibition lasts until sunday.
I'm going to exhibit my new botanical print
" Maple Flower".
- EXHIBITION -
Tomorrow at 1800 hours is the opening of the members' exhibition at TKS
- Telemark Kunstsenter -
at Norges Bank,
I'm participating with a screen print.
Please be welcome!
- RESTRUCTURING -
Making plans for future prints.
Can't wait to keep on working with more screen prints
My mind is working day and night with new ideas
after some time of restructuring,
suddenly I see the world with screen-print-eyes
- possible motives everywhere!
- FRAMED SCREEN PRINT -
My first screen print - "Maple Flower"
framed and going up on the wall.
I'm really excited about this new project!
- WATERCOLOR DOODLE -
I love painting these unpretentious sketches
which are not intended to end up as art work
but give me infinite pleasure
in the making.
I find so much joy in the natural world
and recreating parts of it on paper,
sort of prolongs the enjoyment
It feels like in a way I'm holding fast something good,
without any other intention than that.
No plans to exhibit or sell.
I do it simply because it feels good.
This is the best way to create art
When you are free to listen to your true self,
not thinking about what others
- FORGET ME NOT -
This is a photo from may
when the Forget-me-nots were in full bloom
They grow in abundance in the forest behind our house.
One time I dug up some roots
and put them in our garden
between the other flowers.
Now they feel so at home,
they've taken over the garden completely
and grace us with a carpet of blue delight
for some weeks
every month of may.
Thank you Forget-me-not!
- HELLO! -
- QUICK MORNING DOODLE -
- BE FREE -
There is so much in society pushing us towards liking what is trendy
- in many cases there is a strict code even for what to think and mean.
And there is so little that encourages us to think for ourself,
to figure out what is right and wrong.
My whole life I've had a clear inner voice telling me what is me;
what I like
and what I think is right and important in life.
I've tried to ignore my inner voice and to blend in,
but I've never managed, really,
and to a large degree I've had no other option but to "be me",
to the great sorrow of my family,
in particular my parents
and in part my children,
who many a time have wished that their mamma were more mainstream and ordinary
and less visible.
It is painful not to be like everybody else,
but to me it has been even more painful to try to be
somebody I'm not.
When I try,
I feel like I cease to exist
and it feels like my life is without meaning.
Since I've learned to accept that I am the person I am
and that there is no point in trying to be somebody else,
I've felt like I'm on solid ground.
I have me
and I know that I can trust myself.
So it is heartfelt when I say
(and yes, I know that to be is written with only one e..)
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"Fine works of art never age, because they are marked by genuine feeling. The language of the passions, the impulses of the heart, are always the same."