Showing posts from June, 2012

New painting and butterfly-party

So, the italian party was a success, and why shouldn't it have been with all that food, Limoncello and Pavarotti... Needless to say, we had leftovers for lunch the next day!

With people now starting to leave Rizhao, we had had a few farewell dinners the last 2 weeks. One crazy evening last week we had a "Rizhao amazing race", organized by my friend Inga who I travelled with to Hunan. We started at the beach with sparkling wine and some games, continued to the university city for some beer competition, more games and a food challenge. Our food challenge was to feed our group of 10 people for ten yuan (=1.20 euros maybe). And with some really good dumplings and chinese fried egg-bread we did it! After that we continued to the first bar on the list, where we listened to some live music while having a drink, then the next bar, and the next drink... According to Inga we were only halfway on her 'to do'- list for the evening after this, and a few of the others continue…

WIP (= work in progress...)

Well, I was planning to finish one of my half done paintings the last few days of this week, but instead I started 2 other paintings... I am quite excited about the last one though, so I here it comes.

Last year I found a new species of predator bird that I have never seen before. And against my normal 'rules' that I only paint birds that I have actually seen in real life, I wanted immediately to paint this beautiful kite (Glada). It is approximately the same size as a Common Kestrel (Tornfalk), and behaves quite in the same way. This kite is also famous for hovering in the air while hunting. It is a beautiful almost totally white raptor with bright red eyes. It should be found here in China, so if I am very lucky I will have a chance of seeing it yet... The funny part is that there are three different 'kinds' of this bird, depending on where it lives. To my eye all three look exactly the same. But according to the ornithologist, there are some minor differences betwee…

Studio update...

So, after posting my traveling pictures I thought it would be time to 'get down to business' and give you all an update on my studio progress. You might have seen these paintings on Facebook already, and if not: enjoy!

I'll start with the last painting I did before christmas in 2011. This is a small European Robin painted in oils on a 20x20cm canvas covered with chinese book pages. Title "Shy". Depending a little on the size of your screen, the image here is about the real size of the painting!

 The next one is "Sing for me" 20x20cm, a small Long-tailed tit. Oil and acrylic on canvas. The canvas has been covered with book pages and song sheets. The first painting to be finished in 2012.

The third one is again a small Robin. Oil, acrylic and book pages on canvas, 20x20cm. Titled "Yes?"

From these three it is the two Robins I am most pleased with. The long-tailed tit is really cute as is, but I am not very satisfied with the background. I think …