I´m about to crash

This fall have been hectic, private and work wise. Before Italy things were pretty hectic at work. I took my escape in my creative process. I went to Italy and had the best week ever. Felt so inspired wanted to do so much. And yet here I am, feeling unable to create.

I have a history of being home sick due to to much stress in several parts of my life. Now I feel I´m going back in to that. I thought I had learned something, I thought I had things under control. As things piled up, when I saw the future projects contents being so much bigger then I first thought – I still felt it was ok. Told my self that I were to take one thing at a time, other things had to come second, simple as that. And then on Friday I crashed at work. I had been in meetings the whole week, being unable to do what I felt I needed to do. And one person came to my office at a break and spoke to me about a problem and I just couldn´t  take it any more. I interrupted that person and said I hadn´t the time right now. And when I was alone, I cried. And from there I have tried to take it easy this weekend. I had big painting plans for two projects, but that have to wait. I cant paint now, I have no energy. At night I have been shaking, can´t relax, I feel I have been running a marathon, but I have done nothing.

I know what I need to do for my self right now. Take time to relax and reflect. Make that a priority. I know I´m not down i the deepest darkness yet, but I will be if I do not take action. So things will be more quiet around here I think. Hope you are still here when I have some extra energy.

I had plans to paint this face this weekend, but she will wait for me

I even grounded two pieces, but they too will wait.

 

Let me tell you about Orvieto, this is what I made

So here I have been rambling on about all the things we did in Orvieto – or almost, got a few thing I haven´t written about yet. But now I feel it is time to show you what I created. I showed you some sketches the other day. I build from them and started painting. I focused on the faces and to learn how to mix skin tones. I never would have thought of adding green to a face but it really adds depth when applied in layers.

So, the theme for this week was to paint icons or something like it. I feel I went for – something like it – and loved it. At first it was hard to paint the faces but after the first one, it got easier and then even more after second, and so on. I spent long hours in the studio. There were days when my stomach was upset and I really didn´t feel like eating a big dinner, then I went to a supermarket for some yogurt and bread and sat in the studio. I treasure those quiet times, I really could focus and push forward.

Getting feedback from Misty and the other students really was helpful. I got some hints and tips from the others on what was missing or if I could change a shade to make it look better. Imagine having that for a whole week!! Money can´t buy that. Thank you all for being there to push me forward the whole week.

The paintings I show here are for sale. Price and more detailed information is in my Etsy shop. But you always can contact me here or any other way you want. If you do not have Etsy I´ll give other options when asked.

So this was the first one I painted. She came out of the sketches I showed you the other day. I took bits and pieces from it and painted it. I added the gold dots last. I feel it gave the painting more of a icon feeling then with out, and without being religious. The dots also make a feeling of a starlit sky. I also swore not to do any more dots ever again – remember this as you continue to look at the other paintings.

Camilla Olsson Art - icon paintings done during Misty Mawns class in Orvieto 2014

This was the second one, painted one evening when I was sitting alone in the studio. She is the least icon looking painting. Here I got inspired by the flowers that was in the background of an icon I´ve seen in the class material we had gotten. This was also the first I painted with a toned background first. I´ve never done that before, and it totally changed the colors that I had for skin tones and how they showed. And then.. there was this no more dot thing. There was a lot of dots on the flowers and then I had to add them on her dress to make it more interesting. ;)

Camilla Olsson Art - icon paintings done during Misty Mawns class in Orvieto 2014

This was the third painting I did. It really felt more easy to paint this one then the others. Even though I had trouble with her face. But then I just let it all dry and did it all over again. When I was done with her, I saw that her eyes were on different levels. So I had to edit that. And do you remember me saying – no more dots? Well – I guess I´m not a good listener when it comes to myself. I had to ad them around her head at first, but then the dots looked to big for that small area – so… I kept adding dots.

Camilla Olsson Art - icon paintings done during Misty Mawns class in Orvieto 2014

On our last day in the studio, I felt I wanted to sketch. I felt I had painted so much and wanted to pack away my things, so I took my time on these faces instead. I feel I want to paint this but also do a few changes first. But I love it.

Camilla Olsson Art - sketch done during Misty Mawns class in Orvieto 2014

The paintings I show here are for sale. Price and more detailed information is in my Etsy shop. But you always can contact me here or any other way you want. If you do not have Etsy I´ll give other options when asked.

Let me tell you about Orvieto, and the time in the studio

The first day in the studio was kind of nervous. Here I was. Now it was for real. How could I ever focus on anything with all these talented people around me. At our places we had a sketch book from Misty Mawn, with her art in on it and some beautiful prints in it. Others had also left some gifts and I felt so welcomed.

(Also look at this post about what I made during my stay)

Camilla Olsson Art went to Orvieto to paint with Misty Mawn. Here is a picture of a gift she got from Misty.

The studio was right up there. It was small, but also cozy. At the first glance it would not look much, but when it was filled with creativity it was the best place on earth.

Camilla Olsson Art went to Orvieto to paint with Misty Mawn. Here is a picture from the time in the studio.

As the first thing to do we were to take our sketch books and go out in to town to sketch what ever we saw, it could be people, buildings, details, patterns. I tried hard to get people down on the paper, but they never stood still for that long, so I skiped on to patterns instead, things I could incorporate in the icons we were to paint later. Misty showed us lots of techniques and ways to be creative. I´ve taken three of Mistys online classes before, and it wasn´t really any new information, but seeing it live, hearing her, beeing able to ask a direct question about things I was wondering about and getting mediate respons, lifted the information and the class to a whole new level. Seeing her hand and the way she put the paint down was totally different then seeing it in a video. I´ve learned allot from Mistys online classes and I have loved every minute of them, don´t get me wrong there. But if you have a chance to take a live lesson from Misty or any other artist, take it! And I also got great knowledge from the other participants too, it was the most inspiring week.

Here you see how a demo could look like. Everybody gathered around Mistys table and we watched and listened. Here you see, Misty painting, Renée hiding behind Misty, Lorraine, Rena, Anne, Robin, a part of Diana and then Dot down in the corner.

Camilla Olsson Art went to Orvieto to paint with Misty Mawn. Here is a picture from the time in the studio. Camilla Olsson Art went to Orvieto to paint with Misty Mawn. Here is a picture from the time in the studio.

During our week we had a theme. It was to paint icons. So everyday we got new things to do. We started out with sketching patterns and faces, simple once. Then the next day sketching an Icon, and this one came out.

Camilla Olsson Art went to Orvieto to paint with Misty Mawn. Here is a picture from the time in the studio. This is from an exercise, just a sketch.

Another excercise was as you see on the image below. We got to pick different pictures with out knowing what we were to do with them. Then we were to sketch an Icon using every picture in some way. It was a good exercise, it wasn´t easy but oh so fun.

Camilla Olsson Art went to Orvieto to paint with Misty Mawn. Here is a picture from the time in the studio.

This Icon is what come out of the picture above. You will see how this evolved later in the week in another post.

Camilla Olsson Art went to Orvieto to paint with Misty Mawn. Here is a picture from the time in the studio. This is from an exercise, just a sketch.

Here is Anne and Lorrain in action. I just love these two. So miss there laughter. You also can see one of my paintings I did this week.

Camilla Olsson Art went to Orvieto to paint with Misty Mawn. Here is a picture from the time in the studio.

Here is one of the things I loved this week, watching Misty mix paints. I never understood how she did it in the videos, I always seemed to get it wrong.

Camilla Olsson Art went to Orvieto to paint with Misty Mawn. Here is a picture from the time in the studio.

This was one of my favorites she painted during this week. It turned out so lovely. And one thing I´m gonna do more of is to paint on colored background, it totally changes the way the colors show.

Camilla Olsson Art went to Orvieto to paint with Misty Mawn. Here is a picture from the time in the studio.

In a day or two I´ll show you what I painted – so stay tuned.

Let me tell you about Orvieto, and where we lived

During my time in Orvieto I stayed at the convent San Lodovico. It is a beautiful old building and it is run by two sisters. It´s like a BnB, nothing fancy but still just perfect. The sisters also have a preschool where we lived. The gates to the convent were so beautiful.

Camilla Olsson Art went to Orvieto to paint with Misty Mawn, this is a picture from the convent where she stayed.

Here is were we had our breakfast. The breakfast was pretty simple. Our first day we had eggs and the once that had been there for a while seemed pretty exited about that. I didn´t got it then, but at the end of my stay, I totally understood. The coffe was ok the first days, but after a few days, it was so bad that I who love coffee skipped it to have tea instead. It was good to know, that just around the corner we had a small cafe with the best cappuccino. As often as we could we walked a few steps to the Blue Bar, for coffee and wifi.

Camilla Olsson Art went to Orvieto to paint with Misty Mawn, this is a picture from the convent where she stayed.

At the convent there where beautiful gardens.

Camilla Olsson Art went to Orvieto to paint with Misty Mawn, this is a picture from the convent where she stayed.

Camilla Olsson Art went to Orvieto to paint with Misty Mawn, this is a picture from the convent where she stayed.

Camilla Olsson Art went to Orvieto to paint with Misty Mawn, this is a picture from the convent where she stayed.

The court yard was so peaceful.

Camilla Olsson Art went to Orvieto to paint with Misty Mawn, this is a picture from the convent where she stayed. Camilla Olsson Art went to Orvieto to paint with Misty Mawn, this is a picture from the convent where she stayed. Camilla Olsson Art went to Orvieto to paint with Misty Mawn, this is a picture from the convent where she stayed.

Let me tell you about Orvieto, the town and getting there

I´ve been home for a week now. Totally exhausted but so so warm at heart. I´ve had an amazing time in Orvieto, Italy. I´ve met the most loving, caring and amazing people that I now proudly call my friends. I wish the world were smaller so we could get together every now and then. My new friends are now spread around the world, USA, South Africa and Australia.

I was a bit worried the days before my trip. I heard that there was going to be a train strike when I would arrive in Rome. People tried to calm me down my saying that it wouldn´t effect me, my rout were probably not in the strike. Little did they know. It all went well with the first train. I asked at the airport if there would be any problem when I was to change trains. No the man at the ticket counter said, no problemo. But as I got the the station where I was to change it got difficult. My train was canceled, and I was desperately trying to find help, but it was hard since the train company had no personal due to the strike. So I sat and waited for two hours for the next train. And when it showed up on the board of trains that was coming and going and it was clear that that too was canceled I broke down and cried. I rushed from here to there, trying to find a bus or information of any kind. After a few hours I was told that a train would leave from another station in 30 min. So I took the metro in Rome to the bigger station to see if I could get on there. But the seats were full. I broke down again. I went from here to there again and back and forth. It all ended up with me taking a taxi. Even more expensive then my plane tickets to Rome. I arrived in Orvieto one hour before our first dinner together, 7 hours later. The trip would normally have taken about 2,5 hours, and not so many tears.

As I arrived I felt relief, I took a shower and got down to meat those who have arrived. It was so nice to meet for real after talking over the internet for years.

This was my view from my room. I loved going up in the morning to see this. It gave me peace.

Camilla Olsson Art went to Orvieto to paint with Misty Mawn. Here is a picture of the town.

Orvieto is a really old town built high up on a rock. The streets are narrow, the houses are worn, it has a great atmosphere.

Camilla Olsson Art went to Orvieto to paint with Misty Mawn. Here is a picture of the town.

There are so many lovely doors and gates in Orvieto.

Camilla Olsson Art went to Orvieto to paint with Misty Mawn. Here is a picture of the town.

Everything “is around” the corner here, there are so many alleys, it is easy to get lost for a while but if you keep walking you will find your way and soon you are where you started again.

Camilla Olsson Art went to Orvieto to paint with Misty Mawn. Here is a picture of the town.

One morning I had trouble sleeping, woke pretty early and just before seven, I decided to take a walk by my self. And it was so quiet and beautiful. This picture is from the plaza near where we lived.

Camilla Olsson Art went to Orvieto to paint with Misty Mawn. Here is a picture of the town.

The Domo was an amazing building, we got a tour inside one day to look at the frescos, it was so interesting to hear about them and how they were made.

Camilla Olsson Art went to Orvieto to paint with Misty Mawn. Here is a picture of the town.Camilla Olsson Art went to Orvieto to paint with Misty Mawn. Here is a picture of the town.

These pictures really show how it looks in Orvieto, it is so cute.

Camilla Olsson Art went to Orvieto to paint with Misty Mawn. Here is a picture of the town. Camilla Olsson Art went to Orvieto to paint with Misty Mawn. Here is a picture of the town.