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…

Attuned to beauty

Many people may feel that although beauty does matter, it is an “extra,” something we like to have in our surroundings when more basic needs are met. Yet the pervasive role of the aesthetic is suggested by its root meaning of “feeling”—not just any kind of feeling, but “shaped” feeling and sensitive perception. And it…

A letter for Moran

«There is nothing more to tell. The house was empty. The company had cut off the light. They have offered to let me have it back. But I told them they could keep it.» —Samuel Beckett: Molloy

From representational drawing to invented worlds

My recent shift from drawing to painting has not only led to a shift in form, but also, as it turns out, a shift in content. When painting, my focus is no longer on the observed outer world, as it is when I am doing urban sketching, croquis or floral studies. When painting my focus…