Sunday, November 27, 2011
I'll be on a blog break until I return on Friday night!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
The glass kiln was ready to open today in the afternoon, but I didn't have the time to go and check the results. Tomorrow I will ... Cross your fingers!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Love Lundell is right now exhibiting at Göteborgs Konstförening in their Big Gallery. You can roughly say he is exhibiting two slightly different types of works. Both are good, but I think his more collage-like works (above) stand out. They have something that makes me think of them again. And again. What especially appealed to me is the way he works the surface and his feeling for the material, the colour planes and shapes. There's a rhythm. I got inspired by this exhibition.
Love Lundell also works with illustration. The exhibition ends on the 4th of December.
this line of work I didn't like as much. This painting was the best of them. Not that they weren't good. It's just that "I've seen it before" ...
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
watercolour on canvas
Jarl Ingvarsson, a Swedish artist, said in an interview I read years ago that his best impulses or ideas come when he has spent sufficient time in the studio to start feeling a bit bored. If I remember it right he said he then would be more free as he wouldn't care so much. He could do whatever. (this could very much be me making it up - in that case: Sorry)
Last year I listened to a great artist talk with David Batchelor (an artist I admire very much) and among other things he talked about how he got his ideas in his studio. His art might seem very conceptual, but studio work - or real life experience of materials - is essential to him. By seeing things in his studio piled up on a shelf, or a brightly colored canvas lying temporarily in a certain way, he got his ideas. Just by seeing things that might be by coincident, or seeing things with new eyes. (It's not "just" though. It takes a certain talent.)
I've lately been getting really frustrated in my studio because I felt like I'm not advancing, I need something more to my art to make it better and in order to get more interested in what I'm working with. In some ways I felt bored with it, even though I have had occasional moments of flow. A bit like; "yes, sure a nice painting ... but shouldn't it be more to it? The same thing again... Am I in the 19th century?" For me frustration is good - if I have the time to explore it. I will go a bit wild then, more courageous.
Cutting things up can be a way - I tried it and laughed a bit, but felt like there should be more to it than that. Changing materials a bit can be a way. So I tried painting watercolor on canvas instead. And bigger. Didn't really do it, but I felt a bit better. Then I tried something else and got a fantastic surprise side effect. I'm very hopeful now. Could this be it? Tomorrow I'll get some advice from an artist working with glass - and then I'll hopefully know if I can recreate what I'm after. Anyway I'm on a new track now. I can feel it
Friday, November 11, 2011
yes yes, it's spring...
Have a nice weekend!
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
when I get stuck with my art cutting it up and combining bits in new ways is a great way to reflect
and get some self distance. I analyze what I do - and why.
Sometimes it feels harder to blog. It can be because of lack of "inspiration", because you're into something else in the real world, there might simply not be enough time, because you are too tired (me right now). It can be because you don't see the point spending all that time ...
Those days I remind myself of all the good things I've gotten through blogging;
- inspiration and encouragement
- job opportunities
- the habit of documenting my work and process
- the habit of reflecting over what I do and the courage to do it aloud
- several years overview of what I do (like a diary)
... and much more.
Monday, November 07, 2011
I'm working on some things in my studio now that I feel I can not show in progress - until later. Normally I don't have a problem sharing my process, but now it's different. All year I've been wrestling with where I'm heading with my art - feeling I need some change, some development.
Posted by Alexandra Hedberg at Monday, November 07, 2011
Friday, November 04, 2011
The exhibition will be on until the 17th of November.
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
I've been awfully quiet here on my blog lately (posting photos though). According to plans my days are all spent in the studio where I do only creative work - and all that administrative stuff (and blogging) is being done at night during 2-3 hours. I've had a long lists of tasks that finally is getting shorter (I've even done my bookkeeping for October).