I find my way by doing

I love the physicality of making art, art as craft, and the specific qualities of the materials I’m using. The creamy messiness of paint, the dry dustiness of pastels, the sharp line of a pencil, the smudgy charcoal… not to mention the substrate; paper, card board, canvas, wood – and how it allows for all…

Witness

Sometimes the mountainis hidden from me in veilsof cloud, sometimesI am hidden from the mountainin veils of inattention, apathy, fatigue,when I forget or refuse to godown to the shore or a few yardsup the road, on a clear day,to reconfirmthat witnessing presence. Denise Levertov

Exercise

“Make a list of three artists whose work makes you uncomfortable. Then make a list of three specific things about each artist’s work that make you feel this way. Read the list back closely; ask yourself if there’s something about what these artists do that you share. Really think about this. It’s also a great…

Notes on colour

Every perception of color is an illusion, we do not see colors as they really are. In our perception they alter one another. —Josef Albers If you are interested in colour, it’s a good idea to look into the work done in this field at the Bauhaus, considered to be one of the most influential…

Still life paintings in 2021?!?

So why would one, or more precisely I, want to make still life paintings in 2021? I have asked myself this question quite often lately but have yet to find a good answer. Not only do still life painting seem a bit … old fashioned?! The still life has in fact always been regarded as…

When life gives you lemons …

I’m doing a class with the wonderful Gabriella Buckingham. It’s called “Experimental Still Life” and runs for 8 weeks. This is a short report from week 3 – the lemon week … Our main assignment this week was to paint a lemon – from life. I could treat my compositions and subject matter in any…

Short note on making

(personal reminder) “Culture is not a territory to be won or lost but a resource we are called to steward with care. Culture is a garden to be cultivated.” Makoto Fujimura ‘Cultivating the garden?!’, ‘what antiquated nonsense’, you might say … ‘Isn’t it all supposed to be gender-race-political-eco-art these days?’ And of course: If these…

Short note on talent

The following is quoted from: Creative Authenticity: 16 Principles to Clarify and Deepen Your Artistic Vision, by Ian Roberts I think the best definition of talent I’ve ever heard is Whistler’s: “The ability to do hard work in a consistently constructive direction over a long period of time.” Nothing about natural gifts or genius. Just…

«A world of ice»

In April I started a small series of paintings, all 30 x 30 cm, on cradled wood panels. From the very beginning there was this feeling of something frozen, of ice and snow showing up. I say “show up”, because that what themes do in my paintings. For me one of the greatest surprises turning…