Meeting Alice – and other paintings at Copenhagen art museum

Last week I was in Copenhagen with my husband. I kidnapped him for this trip as a surprise pre-birthday gift as he turns 50 in October. Felt summer was a far better season for walking around in a beautiful city.

I had nothing planned for us to do ther. And I hadn’t had the energy to look in to things. Örjan stopped by a book store at Stockholm air port to buy a guide book and as we had landed he knew everything necessary. I took a glance at it found out that Copenhagen had some interesting museums. And when I saw that the art museum had a pice of Amadeo Modiglani I felt I had to go there, but how. This wasn’t a trip for me alone and Örjan is not as interested in art as I am. We worked it out so we both could do things we like. So the second day we took long walks here and there. And the art museum was on our list.

It took time to find out where Modiglanis piece was. We had walked around the whole thing with out seeing Alice. When I asked they told me it was hung in the French section. The one section I skipped since Modiglani is Italian. We went back and there she was.

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I had to take a picture of the two of us. I stood there for some time. Close to see the details, the thick paint and the raw canvas. Far away to see the whole beauty.

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Modiglanis work will always have a place in m heart. Can’t explain why completely, but I love the simplicity in his pieces and the non perfectness. I learned of Modiglani a few years ago and I’ve loved him ever since. This was the first time I saw one piece for real.

There was also other amazing pieces here. Mostly really early oil paintings of kings and angels. But they don’t capture me. Here are some of the pieces I found most interest in. Unfortunately I didn’t found out the artists of them.

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A Matisse

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A Munch

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Another Modiglani

A big pice got reworked – step by step pictures

Some time ago I told you that I was going to show a step by step post of the rework of a previous painting. It took some time to get the painting done. I thought it would go faster but I had some bumps in life again and then come our summer holidays and that means family time mostly.

But this weekend it got time to finish it. It felt good to focus on painting for once.

I’ll start by showing you the finished piece. It again feels new. And I love it. My sons have made suggestions how to improve this piece, and I’ve listened to them and changed it as I went on. It was fun.

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Some times as I paint recently, I think if my latest piece are just weird and crazy. But I feel so much about them. They feel true to me.

So…  Where did I start with the rework?  I had this piece from my hand obsession period. Quite a different look hey? The pice is 90×70 cm.

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To change it completely I added lots of reds by scrapping it on.

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And then toned it down with layers of white as I thought I wanted to make a pice similar to my last one.

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And then the bump came and it took my over a week to continue. I have hade time to think and had lots of inspiration from here and there.

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I wanted her more precent and gave here eyes.

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And then she was done.

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Can’t wait for this to go up on our living room wall.

Surprise trip to Copenhagen

I’m now on the plane back home after two amazing days in Copenhagen. My husband turns 50 this fall and I had trouble getting the perfect gift for him, something special. Things are hard to buy for him, but experiences are so much more fun and don’t clutter our home, it only adds wonderful memories in our hearts and minds.

So on Monday morning he got a present, a carry on bag and instructions to pack comfy shoes and clothes. And the next morning, our night – as it felt, we got up at 3:45 to drive to the airport.

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We left our luggage at the hotel and went out in Copenhagen. This was kind of an unusual trip arrange by me. I always plan everything ahead in detail, where to go, how to travel, where to eat, what’s to see, how the train works and then I always quadruple check everything. This time nothing was planed or even double checked. And guess what?! I survived.

We did all touristy things. Örjan had bought a tourist guide at the airport and when we landed he knew everything necessary.

Copenhagen showed us it’s best of days. Sun and happy people.

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Picture above is from a part called Nyhavn it is really old and so lovely. Totally crowded though.

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We took an hour long boat ride, really nice. We had to mind our heads under the bridges.

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Copenhagen have lots of old special looking towers. This in 90 meters high and you can walk all the way to the top outside of the tower. We decided to stay on the ground.

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As the first day was all about going by instinct and lots of shopping we wanted to plan our second day more. So we took time planing during breakfast.

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We went to the botanical gardens.

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And the museum of art! Yay! I’ll get back to that in a separate post as it is totally needed of more attention. And we also went to the National museum too, as Örjan is more interested in bones and stones and such.

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This is an experiment to see how we can live more sustainable. It is called Dome of vision. Like a giant globe with tropical climate.

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Lots of nice old houses and here you see a castle.

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When the second day had come to an end we both had aching feet and warm hearts.

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Here is the birthday man him self, enjoying the last evening.  He is my constant companion, night in shining armour (especially like this last evening when he went up countless times to scare off the terrifying pigeon) and true love.

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We are pretty pleased with our trip. And now we are heading home to enjoy another 3,5 weeks of vacation. Time to recharge my batteries.

Depression

Dealing with depression for some time, I now feel I´m getting out on the other side. I still have anxiety at times, and I think I allays have had that and allays will have too. I have to learn to live with it. This is a piece when I tried to paint my feelings intuitive with out thinking.

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