Yesterday was spent in the screen print studio of Pål Gunnes
at his beautiful farm in the forest of Siljan,
working with prints for our Norwegian Made project.
We feel so lucky to know Pål
and to be able to use his skills and expertise.
These prints will be turned into pillows, pouches and kitchen towels,
which we will sell to endorse our
support-the-makers project Norwegian Made.
We hope to be able to open our web shop this fall
where we'll sell these Norwegian Made promo products.
These days we're sending out our Norwegian Made bookmarks.
We would very much like you to be part of our community reclaiming traditional norwegian values and we need your help to spread the word. If you want to be a Norwegian Made ambassador please let us know and we'll send you a gift as a token of appreciation along with some
This is my tuesday morning portrait class.
This week we were working with the grisaille layer of the portrait
- the layer where we work up the values of the face
using just paine's grey and white.
Next week we'll start painting with the full palette,
using all the colors of the color wheel.
That's when it starts to look like something.
The concentrated ambiance
of people deeply focused,
is something quite special.
Afterwards one feels tired but so welcomely recreated!
Our family are foragers
- we really like to harvest what earth has to give us,
all for free.
These days nature is bounty full
when it comes to mushrooms.
And all four of us
are having a blast!
Some years ago I planted a few hydrangea bushes in my garden and finally they are blossoming big time. I just love the shape of these flowers and their various shades of pink.
These days we work vehemently with our new (well, relatively..) project Norwegian Made.
Our company's goal is to raise the interest in handcraft and design produced in Norway.
You can read more about Norwegian Made on our homepage norwegianmade.com or on Instagram. You also find us on Facebook.
Norwegian Made is all about the story behind the products. We want to give you a glimpse into the workshops, to show you the love and dedication the norwegian produced handcraft is made with.
Norwegian Made is Cathrine Wefall and myself. We will travel around the country, telling the makers stories.
The photo is from yesterday's Norwegian Made road trip. We feel so lucky to be able to call this work!
Autumn is a season of bounty,
when nature gives generously
and we are free
In our garden we have planted three plum trees
and they give us so many gifts
more than we have been able to eat.
This autumn we wanted to find a use of the plum surplus
and we looked for a recipe
for plum jam.
The one we chose,
told us to remove the stones,
cut them in 4
and cook them in the oven,
together with brown and white sugar
+ a cinnamon stick and some star anise.
Super simple and highly recommended!
Here is the recipe:
2 kilos of plums, remove the stones, cut in 4 and put them in your biggest roasting pan
1 kg sugar (200 gr brown, 800 gr white)
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
Cooks in the oven on 150 degrees Celsius for approximately 1 hour. Stir now and then.
Put the jam on clean, small glasses and write a nice tag if you feel like it.
This jam tastes great alone on toast, or on top of some french cheese.
It is a fantastic gift to give to a dear friend!
These days I'm working with the Exhibition of Telemark - a juried exhibition where all the artists from the region of Telemark are invited to enter maximum 3 works. This exhibition is 50 years old, and represents a great opportunity for professional and non-professional artists to have their art considered by an external jury.
Yesterday, 66 persons came to deliver their artwork, and today we expect something of the same.
I entered two of my screen prints, and I'm really excited to see what the jury thinks of them!
These are photos
from our summer workshop in plain air painting
at Tangen farm
- this most lovely place on earth,
where motives abound
and all the noises of civilization
are far, far away.
Planning and preparing my workshop in plain air painting at Tangen farm these days.
This old place is full of charming remnants of the past
and there are motives literally everywhere!
A huge part of learning how to paint is about finding your subjects
- what appeals to you so much that you will dedicate quite a bit of your time
to make art of it.
So one part of a workshop like this
is about opening your eyes to the not-so-obvious beauty of life
and accessing your heart
to find out
what really moves you.
I'm looking so much forward to these days at Tangen!
This single feather,
not quite sure why I like it so much,
something to do with the fact that it's a natural object
which has had such great influence
on the written word
and thereby on civilization,
This motive is part of my plan
I simply can't wait!
My daughter Erle is my favorite model.
From she was a wee little baby
I've photographed and drawn
and painted her.
She's not always so happy
with me looking at her as a motive,
but she's normally very patient and cooperative
when I say "Hold it right there!"
and run for my camera.
Thank you my sweet!
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.
Today was another fine day of summer:
and a screen printed, black & white table cloth.
Who could ask for more??
As an artist,
summer holiday is no good reason to relax.
Because I love to work.
It's simply what I like the most in this world.
So when the motive above appeared
I immediately photographed it
and started to think
how I'll use it:
will I make a watercolor
or a screen print
or an oil painting
or a pencil drawing
Time will tell!
The other day
I felt like making a still life.
I set it up on the floor
because I wanted the background to be white.
And I had a good time doing it!
Have a great day!
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Information about my workshops here.
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See more pictures from last years workshop here
See my fineart photography here.
You can see more of my cyanotype prints here.
"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."