Was in Stockholm and went to The Modern Museum, directly translated. It was really interesting and sort of got me out of my inspirational drought for bit but we’ll see. Bought a book about contemporary watercolor-artists. Kind of got me in the mood to try again what I honestly haven’t done for several years. It’s weird that it’s so cheap and it’s mostly the first thing you start of with, but so impossible to master. I also saw some stuff by Marcel Duchamp, Edvard Munch, Francis Bacon, Salvador Dalí among others. Bummer that the Niki de Saint Phalle-section was closed for re-hanging or something. She was the one that inspired me the most.
I wish I could have done him more justice than this but I tried my best. This is a portrait of the man whose work has had most impact on my life. Not a painter but the musician Yasunori Mitsuda. Loved his work ever since I was fifteen and it hasn’e diminished one bit. I can’t speak Japanese but thank you, arigato Mitsuda-san. You won’t believe how much you’re meant to a short painter across the Pacific.
Just finished a new painting which is a portrait of the great Swedish dramatic director and writer Lars Norén. I deliberately made it this way because I get the feeling that he portrays his own characters as flawed and incomplete.
This one never made the cut. I call it Porto de Galinhas after the beach in North-eastern Brazil where I lived for six months some time back. Beautiful place: Paindet with really cheap colours Afremov-style. Some people like it. In other news the world never ended obviously and I’m painting again. Horray! I think it’ll be finnished soon. It’s a portrait of a musician I greatly admire.
There’s a disturbing trend in my productivity over the years. In 2009 I made 11 paintings! That’s not only insane but how the hell did I find time for that? Maybe the reason was that I studyed to become a teacher at that time and that programe was slow as hell. Now, 2010 I made 6 paintings. About half of what I made the previous year and by that time I studyed at the art teaher course so I could combine my interest with school stuff, like Trådrulle and Monica Zetterlund are examples of art projects for that course. In 2011 I only made TWO! What the hell! THREE this year and I don’t think I’ll be finishing a fourth painting this year neither. This is depressing! And a lot of exclaimation marks…
I just started listening to two interesting podcasts that I think you too should give a try-out. The first one is called Freakonomics and discusses various matters conserning modern economics, politicts and such. I’m really lousy at summing up because I haven’t listened to all casts yet but judging from what I’ve listened to thus far it’s very promising. The other one is called The Partially Examined Life and is a little more esoteric. It is about philosophy and I can imagine it doesn’t appeal to everyone. Plus, the casts are quite lenghty so it takes some commitment. However, they are really good and well worth subscribing to! You’ll find them both on the link-page or here:
Some of my paintings are up for display at Art Shop, Örebro. The nice couple owning the shop granted me two weeks so I hope people will stop and check them out, if not buy one or two. You could say this is my very first exhibit and even though the road doesn’t have that much traffic, it’s a start. All the paints I’ve used for my paintings I have bought at Art Shop and I really love the pasion the new owners have for this shop. They have changed a lot for the better in my opinion. Hopefully it will be good advertisement too.
Found this frame in my parents’ basement some time ago and I decided to make a painting for it. The frame is pretty beat up so I had to fasten it with duct tape in the back. Doesn’t show anyways. I don’t know what I will do with it really. I’ll either try selling it or give it away as a Christmas gift. I think it turned out great! Go, duct tape!
Knappen is finished! My friend remarked that he looked sort of evil but he liked what I did with his arms. I’m pretty pleased with it.
I’m now available on Facebook! Like me! Just type the name. Also, please check out an incredible painter. His name is Po Pin Lin and you’ll find his page in the link-section or if you’re pressed for time just click here: http://www.popinlinartstudio.com/
If you, like me, has developed an interest for the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche you ought to check out this lecture series on “The Will to Power” by Dr. Jason J Campbell. It’s very good and interesting, but long:
Painting again. A friend of mine uploaded a picture of him and his daughter on Facebook and it really got me out of my creative draught. I requested to make a painting of it and he counter-requested me to paint him with more impressive muscles. Regardless of what people say, I consider myself a realist above anything else but i was so anxious to get the Go that I told him I’d try. I don’t know when it will be ready but I’m just so glad that I’m in a creating spirit again. It always comes back to me but the cool-down can last for a while between the works. Summer almost over…
One year older and one year wiser, I wish. At least I hope my head is filled with a little more information than one year ago. Still a little dry on inspiration at the moment so meanwhile check out this face-swap thing that my friend conjured up with a new app for his cell phone: Me and my brother on my birthday celebration. Good times.
Met up with an artist friend of mine, Tomas Andersson to see his most recent works and also help him out with “some stuff” as he called it. Turned out it involved moving those big stone leviathans of his to his truck. Even though he had a bad-ass crane to help us out I was scared to death that we would get severely hurt or worse when trying to unload his four massive stone pillars. He pointed out that they were not yet finished but I was seriously impressed either way! None of his works are named. I just call them “Heavy as hell”. I’ll let you know if he gets his own web page.
Some good news coming my way finally. First off, I’ve finished Jag vet vad du ser. Check it out on “Home” far left. Secondly I passes the course and then some which is a huge load-off. Now I can enjoy the summer and read books I didn’t have time to read and play games I didn’t have time to play. Thirdly, I have a commission from my uncle. Some friends of his are getting married and he asked me to paint something so that will keep me occupied for a while I think. Lastly I’m going to sell the painting Fräulein Feuer to a work colleague of my mom. Some extra cash and appreciation is always nice.
Back in the cram… Meaning you wont see a lot of activity here for a while. My most recent painting is about, I would almost dare say 70% done, which in reality means 50%. So let’s call it 60 for good meassure. Anyway I’m a little tired of these ready-made canvases in the art shops so for my next project I’m gonna try and assemble one myself. Seems like a diffucult task but the whole painting feels more like a craft that way.
Added three entries to the link section. Kid Carbunkle and Staphan O’Bell are two seperate singer/songwriter acts that I also happen to know personally. Very talented guys and I recommend you to check them out if you’re into the indie-scene, although their styles are very hard to pinpoint directly in my view. You simply have to make up your own mind. The other one is the one and only multi-talented Lasse Åberg: actor, author, painter, enviromentalist and it wouldn’t surprise me if he owns his own eco-friendly space station either. He is amazing!
I’m working on another painting that will be called Jag vet vad du ser which means “I know what you see” and it’s based on an image from a dream I once had. I don’t know when it will be finished, and as always, I can’t guarantee that it ever will. Hopefully it will.
This man is amazing! I wish I could get his music in Sweden. I also wish I knew Japanese so I could find it period. Please give him a chance, I don’t think anyone can deny the sheer happiness his music effuses.
My new painting Den trötta världen där utanför is finally done. It almost feels like I’m on my way to crack the code when it comes to this oil painting thing. The further I get the more time-efficient the process may turn out to be… eventually. I’ve been doing this for more than three years now and to be completely honest I’m still waiting for the day I’ll complete my first “real” painting. So sad that I haven’t had time to produce more the recent years but that’s the way it is. I actually decided to paint this one to fit with a frame that I dug up in my parents’ basement. I think it will turn out cool but I’ll have to wait six months for it to dry sufficiently before I can se the end result with the framing and all. The frame is old and somewhat broken too, but it doesn’t matter that much to me. I think the mood of the painting will fit it perfectly.
Happy Birthday for Sundays, Estelle! Hope you’ll have a great childhood! New painting coming soon.
I was hoping that I had time to do a little more work this year but because of school stuff I don’t have time. But Merry Christmas to all anyway!
I have to declare my admiration to this one extraordinary artist. He really paints in the air with sounds, if that makes any sense. I find it hard to discover interesting music nowadays, so this is is a welcome break from all the sameness. He calles himself Pogo, this song is called “Whisperlude” and is made out of sounds from the movie “A Little Princess”.
My new painting Du är inte rädd för en farlig förbannelse is finished. Check it out.
Congratulations Tomas Tranströmer on winning the Nobel Prize, the most prestigious award on the planet! I can’t say that it’s well deserved (although a lot of Swedes think so) because I haven’t read anything of him yet, but that’s gonna change! Poetry has never really been my thing but I’m so glad and proud that a Swede finally recieved the award that I owe it, not only to Tranströmer, but to my language and nationality to read his works. It’s sad that he won’t be able to deliver his speech due to his stroke, but I hope he’s still able to appreciate the gravity of his triumph.
I’ve decided to submit an unfinished project. Maybe it is the one and only “Failure” of mine that I’m not ashamed of because the subject matter is shame. For some reason it looks as well as it ever is going to look despite all the obvious imperfections. It’s about being incomplete. It’s a memory from when I was a child and very sick. The memories are still vague so it only feels befitting that the painting is flawed. You’ll find it in the gallery. It’s called Namnösa vänner (Unfinished)
I’m usually not a fan of modern art but there is this “open art”-scene going on for a couple of months in my home town, and one piece really stands out. This Rabbit it awesome not just because of its insane size. The artist, whose name I don’t have yet, said that he didn’t plan to make it that big but he was never so good at math. Super-size or not, it’s an incredible effort:
Turned 28 a couple of days ago. I got a lot of really nice gifts among which the framed Renoir-print: “Little Irene” I got from my parents was the crown jewel. The first girl I fell in love with is finally mine. Not a lot has happened, still reading while I still have the time to do so. I’ve begun on a painting that I hope will look like something before autumn. I want to make a painting of Sonya Semyonovna from Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” too. I have a tendency of not being able to focus on just one project. As of now I’m reading two books at once. One of which really isn’t that good but it’s the last one of a trilogy and I bought it so I feel obliged to read it for some reason. It’s some kind of compulsive thing that I have. Added some new links as well. Be sure to check them out.
“The world will be saved by beauty”
- Fyodor Dostoevsky
I’ve added two new links to the link-page. “Obscura Antiques and Odditie”s which is a blog about the store with the same name. They deal with wonderfully weird stuff and their show can be seen on some channel I don’t have… The other one is Everyman’s Library: a book publishing firm that releases classics in a format that does them justice. Check them out!
Varnishing-workshop extraordinaire! Some of my paintings have rested for six months so they’ve finally gotten their finishing touches. Thought about putting up a picture of it but it’s not really that interesting of a picture. Plus, I can’t find my camera and I’m too lazy to look for it.
I’m not feeling like painting at all for some reason. I have a painting that I started last year (actually I have two) that I also signed 2010 because I was so confident that I would have it done in that time. Well, obviously I was wrong about that. I just don’t hope I doubled-blundered by signing it 2011 and I have to sprint to get it done before next new years eve. The free time I get off from school I spend immersing myself in books, mostly Russian literature. I hope it will amount to something that will inspire me in my art. I’m just not feeling the vibes just yet. Books are really wonderful. Never before have I read as much as I do now.
New year, new inspirations. My most recent work will be in shortly. Unfortunately I don’t have as much free time to spend with my artistic passions due to my university studies… And you can’t force inspiration. At least I can’t. Meanwhile check out the new additions to the link-page. I’ve added a new category with my five favorite writers of all time. Not to sound pretentious here but there’s nothing like a cup of coffee and a play by Shakespeare when it’s raining outside…..
HOH-HOH-HOH, God fortsättning! Merry Christmas everyone! Being Swedish I celebrated yesterday with my family and it was great with really good food, nice people and useful presents. I got some valuable art stuff that I needed and books that I liked among other things. All in all a very merry Christmas Eve.
Anyway, I got bored some weeks ago and, being inspired by some games that was into at that moment, I decided to make my own concept drawings. For some reason I don’t think it will develop into something more substantial but it was fun.Neat, huh? I thought it would be sort on a Kafkaesque game. This is the last update of the year so have ahappy new one people!
The Dillinger Escape Plan RULES!
Sorry, that’s hardly news but it deserves to be repeated once in a while.
Pudor is driving me up the walls! I’m chewing froth soon, I’m so lazy it’s a disgrace. Last week I spent studying for a test and when the weekend came I promised myself to get something done but I was too tired. I watched The Osbournes instead and hung out with my brother. I think I’m on one of these droughts again. Now I know what they mean when they say that the mind wants one thing but the body another. I got a wordpad documents with about seventy ideas for comic strips that I just don’t have the energy for. I need to get paid to find some motivation. Man, I’m ashamed…
And check out the new entry on the link page. It’s called Engrish and it’s hilarious!
I’ve got a lot of wished and wants and the one that’s bothering me at the moment is how much I wish I could ink comics. It is truly an underrated art form that brings life and class to the finished product. I once had the honor to meet with the artist Kenneth Hamberg who currently draws the Swedish comic Bamse (he also created Goliat) and his wife who does the inking. She inked a character that I created and the result is just astonishing! It’s clear to me that her proficiency is not just attained though natural talent but years and years of experience. I can only hope to be half as good as her one day.
I Just HAVE to give a shot out to this spectacular performer. He is truly inspiring to me as an artist even though we work in different forums. He should really win this year’s season of AGT. Prince Poppycock ladies and gentlemen!
Oh yeah, I’m still working on my latest project Pudor but since I have a lot of other stuff to attend to, my very most optimistic guess would be that it’ll be finished in a month or so. Hopefully I won’t settle for anything less than perfection. Like I said; the Prince has inspired me!
I normally don’t like abstract artists because I think they’re mainly about splattering paint on canvases made to fool the feeble minds of, so called, art-critics and art-connoisseurs. However, I like this guy! I think his color sense is profound and well-balanced. The elements of his works harmonize beautifully with each other and he’s got a very positive outlook on life that I wish I could adopt some day.
I sometimes get the question if I made all of these paintings and other works, and the answer is: “yes”, all me. And of course there’s a whole lot more I’ve made over the years but not all of it makes the cut. I’m too self-conscious to give you an example though. I’ve also updated the links section with three more links. For those very few of you that don’t know Neil Gaiman; check him out. A little less known artist that I decided to give some notice to is John K who created “Ren and Stimpy”. I wish we could see more of him because I think he’s amazing. I also included a link to Ghibliworld Must love the Ghiblis!
Hausra is finally finished and you can find it on the gallery page. It’s a pity that it looses its impressiveness on the comp but that’s how it is. It was made on a 100×100 cm MDF-board and it didn’t take as much time to complete as I had anticipated. I used several layers of gesso that I spread out, or splattered rather, over the flat surface to create an organic look with cool reliefs that I later intensified using an airbrush. Enjoy.
Still working on Hausra. The other one I’m bored with so that’s on hiatus for the moment, which is really inconvenient because it’s big, heavy and takes two people to just move it so it’s just gonna sit (or stand) there for a while. But the other one that I was talking about is still in the works and hopefully will be out soon.
Meanwhile, check this out. Time lapse by an incredible painter named Philip Craig. This video has really opened my eyes to what’s possible to do with regard to technical details. I’ll paint in this size format soon enough too. I just have to find a space large enough… And a wallet large enough.
Currently working on some separate projects involving huge MDFs and a large amount of gesso-primer and this time I’m also documenting the process. I would like to display it through some kind of time-lapse clip show (or whatever they call it) and put it up on youtube. If anybody out there knows of a good and easy program to do it on, it would be greatly appreciated.
Finally the new web page is up and running. It was a birth with mayor complications I can tell you, but never mind the bollocks, it’s delivered and I’m really proud of it. I owe this fine thing to graphic designer Kent Eriksson at Reply Production who designed and programmed it so lots of cred to him; the man behind the spokes. Be sure to check him out at either: http://www.reply-production.com or his personal space at http://creativeinstinct.se
And congratulations to Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden who got married yesterday!