Welcome – September of 2014!!!!

Finally! September of 2014 is here! I´ve been longing for this month for so long now. 20 days until I get to go to Italy – Orvieto, to learn to paint from Misty Mawn and meting up with friends for the first time. I´m so happy. My butterflies in my stomach is still there, but now they are more happy then they are worried about the traveling part.

I got all set for the trip. Suitcase is being ventilated, passport is picked up, Euro have been ordered, checked the supplies list and yes… I have it all. Had to take it all out to see how much it was. I´m greatful that Misty thought of a short supplies list. You see what I will bring below. I also threw in some things of my own, that I think would come in handy, but not that much.

Supplies for a arty week in Italy with Misty Mawn.

I´m hoping to fit thees in my suitcase as well. But They weigh a lot so I might have to down size on them.

Camilla Olsson Arts Moleskines, A3 sketch book, A4 sketch book, A5 skethch book and a yellow A5 note book.

I guess I can start packing any day now. Fall is here, it is getting colder and in Italy the weather is still summery, but there is no rush.



Shadows – on canvas, from my #facingME project

Some months ago I did a prompt for my #facingME project, I called it shadows. And now I´ve made a canvas of it. I thought I had finished it some weeks ago, I took it to work and hung it there. But as the day passed I felt it was flat and i realized that black do not make a painting deeper or darker. It needed color. I took it down this Friday and took it home. I´ve worked on it for the weekend and now, I think it is finished now. I´ve learned so much from this painting as I used new techniques from the “Unearth, gather and create” workshop. I thought that I didn´t like when paintings was glossy, but I tried and WOW, it makes such a huge difference. Only bad thing is that it makes it so hard to photograph – not to self, take photo before it is glossy.

The photo do not make this justice at all, not at all. Have been trying to take photos of it in every single room in the house, out side and even in the garage, but this is the best I can do.

Shadows - Camilla Olsson art - mixed media painting.

This is the before painting, from when I thought it was done.

Before "Shadows" was finished - Camilla Olsson art - mixed media painting.


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Embracing creative mess

This week have been so hectic and after work I´ve been totally smooched. Been vegging in couch, with no strength other then watching some episodes of “Friends”. I tried to defeat the smoochednessy feeling, took out my over sized Moleskine, stabilo marks all pencils and white paint. But it just didn´t work out. To day I had better luck. Felt alive for a change, so I put on music in my ear phones, lovely r´n´b . And started working on the spread that was a mistake the other day. Continued on the mess, embraced it, used it and had fun.

Here is the spread

Embraced creative mess. A art journal spread in Camilla Olsson Arts Oversized Moleskine journal. Mixed media. Stabilo marks all pencils, white and black paint.


I bought a easel for me to work with my art journal on – or papers too. Found it to hard to paint flat. It was money well spent for me. Love this easel. Now I´m thinking of buying a propper easel that will stand on the floor. The one I got now is one for the field and very unsturdy. Not good to paint with big canvases on flat floors.

Embraced creative mess. Camilla Olsson Art with her easel, Moleskine and a painting in the background that is waiting to be finished.

Working in small

I mostly try to work as big as I can. But at times it is nice to work on smaller pieces. That way I can try things more quickly to see if it works for me or not. Here are a few small pieces, in post card size Ive made recently. I hope to be able to make thees in bigger sizes some day (when I do get the time to).


Summary of “Unearth, gather and create” workshop

All good things have to come to an end. As I watched the final lessons from Gillians workshop “Unearth, gather and create”, I teared up as she showed us her art journal. It felt like the perfect end for the workshop. It was touching.

I really feel that this workshop have given me so much. It started in April and since then 30 lessons with 95 videos have been shown and lots and lots of good reading, encouragement and exercises. This hasn´t been like any other workshop. This have been special. Normally I tend to do exactly what others are doing, what the teacher says, but this time it have been about me finding my own voice.

I´ve been digging deep in to my self, finding what attracts me, what speaks to me. I feel more secure with my own creativity now. I know what I want. Perhaps that isn´t all just from doing this workshop. It have been my goal for this year, to grow, and I sure have. It didn´t come easy, I had to work for it, and I´m far from done. I now have a life time to continue to learn.

I loved how the workshop was set up. Starting with simple exercises and simple mediums like led pencils. And later on getting to learn how to really draw a face with all its features. She showed new ways for me to use my mediums, and for that I´m great full.

This workshop will forever be with me. Since it has made me more aware of art, what I want and how to work it out. I need to carry my small Moleskine note books and sketchbooks with me all the time, I love to grab them when ever I get an idea.

I wanna take the opportunity to thank Gillian for this workshop. You really have put your heart, soul and passion in to this workshop and it shows so much. I´m forever thank full for your words and your time on this workshop. I also want to thank each and everyone else that took the workshop with me, your work and your comments in the Facebook group have been all so valuable for me.

Here are some of my work made in this workshop.

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