Christopher Le Brun

on painting “There aren’t any reasons for painting. That’s what’s special about it. It doesn’t need justification. It’s essential that it’s not used for other purposes. All of the things which will, as it were, take away from what’s mysterious about it.” Christopher Le Brun, more info: https://www.lissongallery.com/artists/christopher-le-brun

In the workshop

Trying my hand at making intaglio prints on Plexi (acrylic glass), in the most beautiful printmaking shop; Tou Trykk, Stavanger working with water based ink Plexiglass with a tiny bit of leftover ink after the first round through the printing press Assessing…

Note to self

Brice Marden on the complexity of a very simple situation – Brice Marden is a contemporary American painter known for his subtle explorations of color and gestural lines. Marden belongs to a generation of American painters who arose in the aftermath of Abstract Expressionism and during the onsets of Pop and minimalism.

Still painting

Most often, the anxiety aroused by the summons to a larger life is more than we can bear. James Hollis, “Creating a Life”, p. 49 I have started a new series of paintings with the working title “ The Disagreeables”. For a long time I have tried to override my own inclination towards agreeableness when…

Bare Bilder

The exhibition My daughter-in-law made me this film ❤️

The exhibition

A good thing about having a beautiful studio is that it can easily transform into a gallery. Saturday I hosted my first exhibition ever, a one-day event with paintings made the past year. Around 60 guests visited and 18 of a total of twenty eight pictures found new homes.

Running in circles …

… or maybe not? The circle in shape of a vessel resembling a Moon Jar has shown up in several of my recent paintings Moon Jars were originally made during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). They are curvaceous, plain white porcelain jars resembling a full moon. They were made customarily to contain flowers or wine, but…

Mac’s Problem

I used to be a writer, these days I prefer paint. But the thing is — the two have more in common than I imagine. For the maker it’s all about the process … “I began my diary exercises without a plan, aware that in literature you don’t start because you have something to write…

Against better judgment – (The worst thing a painter can do is flowers … part 3)

Rendering flowers Anthriscus sylvestris – cow parsley – Queen Anne’s lace – Hundekjeks – Wiesen-Kerbel Another vernacular name,’ Mother die’, was used to frighten children into thinking that if they picked cow parsley, their mother would die. This was intended to deter children from potentially picking deadly hemlock. The monoprint is a form of printmaking…

The worst thing a painter can do is flowers … part 2

Challenging my own prejudices … Tuesday morning I had the great pleasure to participate in the launch of Chloe Briggs’ new Patreon site (more info here). Our task was to draw/paint a big flower of our choice. The session was divided into shorter timed sections, where we were asked to look for different qualities in…