The studio

Despite (or maybe because of) everything happening in the big world, my small world has felt like a sanctuary this month –

morning in the studio

I’m currently working on a series of paintings on board and paper with the working title: “Spring Cannot be Cancelled”, a series of partly abstracted still life paintings of plants & flowers from my garden. The title is appropriated from the beautiful book: “Spring Cannot be Cancelled – David Hockney in Normandy”, a book full of hope and enthusiasm for nature, for painting and for being an artist.

work in progress (40×40 cm, acrylic on birch board)

In some ways it seems almost frivolous to make art, and especially to focus on the beauty of a simple, domestic life, in times like these. But hopefully art and art making can also serve as a reminder, as tribute, and as a note of gratefulness. To be able to paint every day, to live in a place of peace & abundance, not because one deserves it, but rather out of pure chance – this is an extraordinary privilege. And this, I believe, is why it feels meaningful for me to celebrate the everyday ordinariness in my paintings.

work in progress (20×20 cm, acrylic on birch board)

Hellebore, snowdrops, daffodils and the first returning birds after a long winter. Simple, but not given.

acrylic on paper

13 Comments Add yours

  1. Calm within the storm, thanks for posting the video

  2. Chris Lovie-Tyler says:

    Beautiful. I love these paintings. The blue in some of them is so luminous.

    I don’t think it’s ever frivolous to make art. It’s probably needed more than ever in times like these.

    1. Sigrun says:

      Thank you so much, Chris.

  3. pflanzwas says:

    Your studio looks so inspiring and I love your paintings here. I have the feeling you did a big step forward in your still-lifes! I like all, but I think the last one is my favourite. Life doesn’t stop even in these times and doing what you love is always contributing to the good things in this world.

    1. Sigrun says:

      Thank you 🙏 There’s this strange complexity (contradiction) in art; in one way it seems almost superfluous, self-indulgent – but at the same time it’s what, at least for some of us, makes life worth living…

      1. pflanzwas says:

        I know what you mean. On the other side: imagine we would live without art. Would that make the world better? Definitely not! Even when it seems superfluous, we need it – in one way or another. In every part of the world, from the Stone Ages until today, humans express themselves. We have to do that 🙂

  4. bluebrightly says:

    Simple. but not given, and meaningful in spite of – or perhaps in the presence of – everything happening out there. Beautiful, Sigrun.

    1. Sigrun says:

      Thank you 🙏 ❤️

  5. Simon T says:

    Oh I love these! Really enjoying your work.

    1. Sigrun says:

      Thank you so much!

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