Wednesday, October 31, 2012

stricken by reality

I have too much to do right now, I'll be back in one week ...

(above test prints. Printing next week)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

last year; continued progress pictures

after making the painting more distinct and warmer with red, it was time to add something that would give more of a "mirage" feeling (the title of the painting)
... gold! Tried it out with pieces of gold painted paper
 ... yes, could work. 
used a transparent plastic for sketching the mask before spray painting. Made a mental note about how much I liked that plastic look. Static electricity made the plastic stick to the painting and I decided to keep it as the mask instead of transferring the shape to a paper mask  -  a decision that made a huge difference for the next step ...

to be continued 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

sometimes it takes almost a year ...

Before I post more photos of my Merry-go-round signs I think I should explain what lies behind; my thoughts and intentions - and the long road (often uphill) I walked to get there ... I've now got so much material (art) I will never use, because I felt that was not really what I was after. At least I'm not afraid of experimenting and really giving things a try!

Last autumn I really felt I wanted to get rid of the need to frame my watercolors, to get away from that "picture on the wall" feeling.  So I tried painting watercolour on specially prepared canvas. I also wanted to work with a kind of repetition, the "same same but different" you see in models' faces, in stereotypical beauty, in advertising. It's a canon, but also superficial. I was thinking biiiiig, I was thinking billboard. Maybe rising the pointless and superficial to an almost religious level? Overwhelm? Superimpose? Instead of minimum go fro maximum?

These are work in progress images I never showed from October-November last year.

my starting point and "inspiration" - a bikini add from H&M. I was only interested in the faces though
preparatory sketch in real size (2,4 meters broad or something like that)
mounted the sketch on the stretched and prepared canvas and made some changes (skipped the hand)
first blue/red sketch (I never sketch with pencil). Still nothing "new" ... but it is coming be continued

Monday, October 22, 2012

today: screenshot

These days it is mostly Photoshop and InDesign for me  - and decisions decisions. When you want something to be really good you can not take any short cuts! Or rush it... 

Friday, October 19, 2012

in darkness

more to come ...

Monday, October 15, 2012


Today I had a screen printing demo with Göteborg Konsthall and we printed in grey, not in silver. And today I suddenly realized that it's the middle of October, that it's autumn dark -  and that I have already started planning for January in my calendar. 

I suspect there is a creature stealing some of my time, like socks from the laundry machine ...

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Merry-go-round I

Did I ever tell the title of the laughing turning sign, that I completed in June? It's "Merry-go-round I" (there will be three merry-go-rounds). And here is a proper photo of it taken the other day. I have another one too - soon I'll share what that one looks like in a dark room.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

... busy

photos by Hector Mora

... and then I have hundreds of photos to go through 

Monday, October 08, 2012

photo session, day 1

Taking photos of more or less all my work made since September last year, with the help of the best person in the world (thank you, my love). Quite a few paintings - and most of them in tricky red, pink or yellowish tones. But thanks to the colour card we are getting there!

It's hard to grasp the size of my paintings without any reference, but with me in front you get the idea.

photos of me with my paintings by Hector Mora

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

characters for my children's book?

For two days I've managed (kind of) to block out any thoughts about my paintings and my work in the studio - and concentrated on the children's book. I imagined I entered another mental room, which helped.

It turned out to be hard writing the script without knowing what my characters looked like. Or, rather; I wrote a script according to our instructions for the exercise, but even though I thought the story was good - I didn't at all feel like illustrating it. It was a story for someone else to illustrate!

So I'm taking another approach - looking for my characters before getting serious about the text. (I have an idea about the story though)

Monday, October 01, 2012

laughter smells like ...

Laughter smells like pink chewing gum and carnival. 
Laughter stinks of blood and raspberries.

This autumn I'm also taking a course in "Illustrated Children Books". A major part of the course is about writing better texts. We've been doing exercises in intuitive writing that has helped me to write about my laughters (that is my art) in several ways. What laughters smells like, sounds like, metaphors etc. I've been filling paper after paper with text - without any judgments or self censor. Analyses is to come later...  
But I am supposed to write a text for an illustrated Children Book - not my artist statement. So this week I'm sitting down, at home, trying to focus on that task instead.
I might need my hat.