I love garlands.
I don't know why exactly,
it's something about that circular form
and the plants involved
a garland always gives me a good feeling.
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.
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
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?
My first screen print - "Maple Flower"
framed and going up on the wall.
I'm really excited about this new project!
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
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!
The garden is such a joy these days
budding and sprouting all around
Forms, colors, smells and textures
such a delight to the senses
after the cold, white season
Here is a quote from the American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson:
The earth laughs in flowers
Have a floral tuesday!
Playing around with flowers these days
and having great fun.
All kind of floral awesomeness around us
wherever we turn.
Spring is upon us.
My back yard is full of white dreams
They speak of warm winds and long summer nights
Promises of a sweeter season
Have a great weekend!
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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."