Sketchbook Sunday

My sketchbooks have, up until recently, mainly been used for observational sketches. For sketches of things seen in the world around me. Turning to painting, I am more and more focused on the interior life of things and places, on feelings and rhythm, on experiences and sensations I find more and more difficult to put…

A Painter’s Path

Nothing to do with anything, all to do with everything — And while you’re here, and if it is still weekend, why don’t you have some cake … ? “The Cake painting sits on the wall. Each viewing provides new pleasures. The waistline does not change.” –Gary Komarin Komarin’s Cakes are an unexpected marriage between…

to make art is always also a political action

Born in Chicago, where he continues to live and work, Theaster Gates has received widespread international recognition for his projects of social transformation and legacy building. Believing in art as a guiding force to incite change, his art occupies the space of art and urban planning, encompassing sculpture, ceramics, painting, music, video and performance. In…

Sub Rosa, or:

What’s in a name? In Ancient mythology the Wild Rose is a powerful symbol of love and adoration. It is strongly associated with Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of beauty and love, who is often portrayed with a crown of roses around her head. In addition, the rose is a symbolic carrier of secrets. The term…

Dancing tulips

Samuel John Peploe ( 1871 – 1935) was a Scottish Post-Impressionist painter,  noted for his still life works and for being one of the group of four painters that became known as the Scottish Colourists.  Notice the tempo in this painting. It is as if the tulips are dancing. It is quite rare to find so…

Sunday hike

Rennesøy is part of the unique island landscape in Ryfylke, and is located just in between the North Sea and the fjord landscape of inner Ryfylke. This location makes for a large range and variety in nature and landscape. The cultural landscape at Rennesøy has been shaped through thousands of years. The climate is maritime,…

A silence in which another voice may speak

Beauty is the ultimate form of protest Many of us know Piet Mondrian primarily from his non-objective Neo-Plastic style, and as one of the founders of De Stijl. But there is a pre-history, in which he spent a lot of time drawing and painting naturalistic landscapes and still-life, and the flowers followed him throughout his painting…