Showing posts from June, 2015

Last painting done before vacation!!!

I am so excited about our vacation starting tomorrow!! We have an early flight tomorrow morning via Helsinki to Zurich. We will spend two days in Zurich before moving on to Budapest for a few days, and then home to Finland!


I got my last painting finished, and they are now all packed and wrapped in my suitcase! I have an exhibition coming up in August, and I am so poking forward to share my paintings in the public again.

Here is at last the flying barn owl all done:

Flying grace. Acrylic and oil on canvas, 50x40cm. Barn owl reference photo with kind permission from This is one of those paintings that I would like to keep for myself. But then again I am also curious about what others will think of it, so it too will go into the exhibition!
Next post will be from Finland: Have a great summer everyone!!!

3 paintings done - one to go!

I got some really usable feedback on my latest post both here and on FB: Thank you for responding!!! One of the drawbacks of working alone in the studio is that it is so easy to get 'blind' to your own work,  and you forget all the different ways on how to approach it or in this case in how to present it. I got some really good points, so let's see how I can use them!

I got three (!!!) paintings finished yesterday, and now I only have one left. The flying barn-owl. It has been in the stage of 'almost finished' for months now, but for some reason I haven't gotten around to actually sit down and put down those last brush strokes. I wonder if it is because I really like it, and am afraid of screwing it up in the end? Oh well, I'm not leaving my apartment today for anything before I have it finished!!

Here are the three finished ones:

Härlig är jorden / Heaven on earth. Acrylic oil and collage on canvas, 20x20cm. Reference photo with kind permission of Peder Wi…

Commenting about my own work

I'm been thinking lately on how it's sounds when I'm commenting on my own work, and how I read other artists comments about their own work. You know, I post a new painting and then I hesitate to write what I feel about it. Not that I don't know what I would like to say about it, but I hesitate because I do not know how it will sound to others or 'read'. Often this result in that I do not comment that much about my paintings at all.

An example:  if I say I don't know about this one or I don't like it I feel like I'm asking to be contradicted with What are you talking about, it's lovely. You know what I mean. This doesn't happen too often though, as I simply do not post paintings I am not at least somewhat happy with. If I'm not satisfied I either rework it until I am or I simply paint over it.
Then you have the opposite. When I have a painting that I am really happy with, should I go straight out and say it? I am so proud of this one. Thi…

Sparrows and a Great tit

Puh, the summer heat has arrived!! It is starting to feel like a sauna outside with the humidity climbing rapidly! Oh well, I only have two weeks left before I will be enjoying northern european summer weather instead!!

I had a great weekend with some dear friends staying with us. Life is good, and fun… Today is back to business though, so I thought I would start of my week with sharing with you the latest finished paintings! Both should be familiar to you from my last post, and now they are done.

The three musketeers. 30x20cm Oil, acrylic and collage on canvas. Eurasian tree sparrows. Maybe I should rename this one to 'angry birds'… But then again; Athos, Porthos and Aramis did have attitudes, so the three musketeers it is. The grumpy one in the middle is Athos, by the way… ;-)
Song of the willow. Oil, acrylic and collage on wood panel, 22x15cm. Great tit. I love the pose of this little Great tit, I will probably paint him again.
I need to get much better photos of my paintin…

Short studio update

I have a lot to get done in 2 weeks time. I can not believe that just after 3 weeks I will be traveling to europe for 2 months! Time seems to be flipping through my fingers like I know not what. First we (my husband that is) have a meeting Zurich, then we have a wedding party in Budapest and last holiday home in Finland. 
I have an exhibition coming up in my hometown in August, so I need to get all my paintings finished for that. Some I will probably have to give the last touches when I am in Finland, because the oil need some time to dry before I can pack them in my suitcase… Oh well, it will turn out just fine, it usually does!!
Here is a short studio update before I start to paint today:
The three musketeers are almost done, just some details left to do on the legs and beaks.
And here are the first 2 birds on 2 of the 6 small background I shared a couple of post ago. I am thinking of trying to paint these all in acrylic, but lets see. I'm much more comfortable in painting the …

Gems from Seoul

Helou everyone!

Yesterday I came back from my second visit to Seoul. I even visited it with my same good friend Rain Slingerland as last time, the only difference that this time her husband Blair joined us. We went early Thursday morning (a 2 hour flight from Shanghai), and came back Sunday evening.

We had a blast! It was such a fun trip. We had one big mission to do, and that was to find and buy my husband a 12 stringed Ovation guitar, and 12 stringed Crafter for another friend. Other than that we played tourists for all we were worth. We stayed at Kyo's House, a very affordable hostel (around €22/night) just 5 min walk from the central train station.

We visited one of the night markets, the old market, took a bus tour around the city, and…. ;) We wanted to finish our trip with a visit to the old royal palace, but unfortunately it was closed for the day when we were there.

The food was as great as last time, and we all agreed that 3 day's in Seoul is not enough!

I wrote last …