Calm down

I felt the need to rework a pice. A canvas that is 70×90 cm. It’s not its first rework, and perhaps not the last.

The previous result wasn’t speaking to me. I kind of liked it but I didn’t feel like putting it up on any wall. So the other evening the rework begun.

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It feels more like me now.

Schhhh, calm down.

And that’s how I feel now days.

Here is how it looked before.

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Doing new things – Entered a painting competition and am in

Lately I have been trying to explore new ways of painting. I wanted to try and paint a series of nine canvases on black background. The faces was going to be expressive and were to be painted after the same reference. I have now done 4, and have started on the fifth. It is so hard and so so fun.

I´ll show you them all in time, but first out – the first one. I love how it turned out. And I saw this competition at Jacksonart (a UK art supplies shop), and felt I could enter it. Ok I must admit – I had my doubts if I should enter or not, was it really that good. And apparently I got chosen among the 300 other paintings to be in the competition. Now it is up to the public to vote. You can find mine and the others paintings here. Mine is called Portrait on Black – by Camilla Olsson. I´m currently on the first page – but do not know if I will be there the whole time. And if you see another nice painting – vote for that one.

So.. the painting then? Well here it is.

This is a portrait painted on a Deep edge canvas that is 20×20 cm (7,9×7,9 inch). It is painted on black background with thin layers. Golden acrylic Paints are used together with, charcoal, woody pencils and acrylic markers.

So … do not forget to vote here.

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.