Sunday, 8 July 2012

Golf and Azure-winged Magpie


I held a golf club in my hand for the first time in my life on friday. Now two days afterward my hand/arm still hurst a little from TRYING to hit those balls... One ground hit, a few 'air' hits, many 'leisury rolls along the grass' hits and only a very few good hits. Not beyond the 100 meter sign though...

Sam however succeeded with some very nice hits that went even beyond the field!

The golf club is down at the beach, and it was nice and quiet. You pay by how many balls you want to hit, and a basket of 30 balls costs 30 yuan (= about 3,50 euro). That includes the hiring of the clubs and lane. I thought golf was suppose to be expensive ;-)

Here we are concentrating very hard on getting it right! Inga, Tarvi and Sam.

How far did it go?

Studio update:

I finished a painting yesterday! This is an Azure-winged magpie in oil on a collage background. I see these birds often in the park next to our house here in Rizhao. They are really shy birds, and usually come together in huge crowds. They have beautiful blue wings and tails, just as the name suggest! 

An image put together of the progress photos. 

Finished result! "Bortom dunkel furuskog" ( "Beyond the dark forest")
Mixed media on canvas, 40x30cm.

And I leave you today with one more photo from our sailing trip last week:  Inga send me this photo of us approaching shore. She was not able to join us due to work, but she was in the harbor waiting for us when we came back. The essence of summer, just wanted to share it!

Monday, 2 July 2012

I am sailing, I am sailing...

Yesterday we spend a whole day out on the sea. We hired a sailing boat from two russian boat builders, and they took us out for a cruise along the beach of Rizhao. 

The weather was perfect, 30-ish degree, a little breeze, no clouds, and a mist to shield us a little from the sun. It looks much mistier on the pictures than it actually was, though. We = Sam, 3 of his colleagues and me.

It was a 2 - masts 50 feet sailing boat that had been sailed all the way to China from Kiev 3 years ago. Included was a lot of fresh fruit, barbecue with russian styled potatoes and salad. Beer for the boys, and Pia had some sparkling wine with her for us two girls. 

The plan was to sail to some underwater rocks were the boys were suppose to dive, but the visibility was almost non at all and the gear had some problem with the air pressure. So, just swimming was the other option. We also became a target for the chinese tourists out on boats who all came by our boat to take pictures of us. We considered starting to charge some money for every picture taken, but decided to totally ignore them instead (hence no picture...). My god they can be annoying sometimes!!! :-)

All in all it was a perfect day, and it is something that we will be doing again!

Waiting for take of.

Sam, Tarvi and John hidden behind the mast.

Tarvi checking were we are on the gps, and Pia enjoying the horizon.

Sam kindly posing for me!

Studio update:
The Kite has gotten one more layer, and the next step is to paint the eye, beak and fill in the details of the feathers. The middle painting is an Azure-winged magpie I started a while ago, and I should be able to finish it of in just one more sitting. The third painting is a Long-tailed tit on a collage background. I have been considering adding one more bird to it, so lets see what will happen to it this week.