Sunday, 21 February 2016

Art journal pages and paintings

Greeting from a sunny and hot Phuket! We came yesterday and will be here the whole week. A short vacation with my whole family. My parents and my two brothers with family are all here for some quality time together. I will take photos, so next week you can expect a post with photos from this sunny part of the world.

Today I wanted to share a studio update with you.

Page from my big art-journal. Eurasian eagle owl. Acrylic and watercolour. 
Photo reference with kind permission from Crystal Stacey. 

Page from my small journal. Collage, acrylic and watercolour.
Photo reference with kind permission from Crystal Stacey. 
I am planning a few small paintings inspired by this page. It will be 4 'headshots' with birds of prey. I have started painting on 4 small 20x20 canvases, and the backgrounds are almost finished.

Wind in the reeds. Collage and acrylic on canvas. This one is finished, next step is to start on a birds.


Gold. I do not know if this one is finished yet.


In sunny May. This one is finished, and it is my favorite of the four so far. Now I just have to decide on which bird of pray to paint on it. 


The 4th and last. This one still need some work, a little bit of contrast is needed.


Page from my big art journal. Acrylic on paper. Jackdaw from my own photos. This idea I have started on a 40x30cm canvas:

First layer of acrylic is done, many to go.

Page from my big art journal. Rook. Photo with kind permission from Pat Carlton. Collage and acrylic. This one I have also started on canvas:

First layer of collage and acrylic on a 40x30cm canvas.

25x25cm canvas. Collage and acrylic. This one I have no plan for yet, so lets see what it will become.

Have a great week everyone!

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Outing to Qibao

Happy Chinese New Year! This year it is the year of the monkey. The city centre is almost deserted, and it feels really weird with empty streets in a 20-odd million populated city. The actual new year's eve was on Sunday, and yesterday was the first day of the new year.  Everyone is traveling to their home towns to visit family during this holiday. Or visiting famous tourist attractions, as we learned today. We went to Qibao for lunch, an old street in the outskirts of Shanghai. It is famous for having preserved some old houses by the river, and is today filled with small restaurants and souvenir shops. We did not see so many of them today though, as the narrow streets were absolutely packed, and I mean Packed, with people! There was only one way of sightseeing and that was to follow the stream…

This was the entrance to the old streets of Qibao. 

Chinese new year was maybe the wrong time to visit this attraction, but at the same time is what quiet fun!

Traditional Chinese shoes with hand embroidery.

Cherry tomatoes dipped in melted sugar. My favorite is when they sell these made with strawberries! Yum!

We visited the temple of Qibao. It seemed to be quite newly build.

Here you can see the pagoda on the outside with the offering tables.

We also bought two candles, here my husband and John are lighting one each. Every candle has a written wish or prayer on them. You can choose what wishes for the new year you want to 'send up' to your ancestors, good health, good business and so on.

Kim and me lit up some huge incense sticks...

…that were placed in this pot.

Praying place before a golden Buddha.

These were also in the temple and being prayed before, but I have no idea who they are.

Outside on the street, the new year undergarment (to wear red undergarment for the new year brings luck) is drying together with fish… ?!?

A part of the street that was newly build, more shops and restaurants on there way!

Our lunch, pork knuckle!! It was so good!

Even more people had arrived when we were on our way home.

The last view of the river before we headed to the metro and home!

It was a very nice area of Shanghai, and I think I will return after the spring festival is over and hopefully be able to see more of it with much less people there!

I wish you a great week everyone, and in my next post I will return to art-ing!!

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

New apartment and studio tour!

Yup, we have a beautiful sunny day today so I thought it is time to do the tour of our new apartment and my new studio as promised!

Living room with balcony. 

The other way.

Now I stand with my back to the balcony, and the door straight ahead is where you come into the apartment. There is a closet to the left of the door, and the kitchen is to the right behind the glass. The box is waiting to be picked up today, extra bedclothes and such that belonged to the apartment that we do not need.

Dining area. And on the wall you can see one of my own prints that I had made.

A nice big mirror, and here you can also see into my new studio.

In to the right you have my studio and straight ahead you have our bedroom. You can not see the door to the guest bedroom, but it is to the left just before our bedroom, and then the bathroom is the door to the left by the standing vase.

Kitchen. Long and narrow as they often are here in China, but this kitchen actually has proper cupboards and storage space for everything. The only thing that I have to get use to is the owen, that I discovered was a gas owen! Any tips are welcome… =D 

Our bedroom.

View from the balcony. It is a little hazy today, so the air quality could be better.

And now the studio!

I put my easel in the corner, with all my oil colours in the light blue kart to the left, and all my acrylic materials in the cart to the right.

My painting table by the window. 

This studio is a little bit smaller than in the previous apartment, but it is still big enough for my needs. At least for as long as I keep it tidy… I'm lucky to have a room totally to myself and my art making!!

The desk and the chair belongs to the apartment so I wrapped them in paper and cloth to protect them from paint splatters. I also protected the floor with first covering it with a strong plastic sheet and then laying down cardboard boxes on top of it so that it is pleasant to walk on. Now I can drip paint as much as I want!!

The book shelf was also already in this room, and that is perfect for all my art books, papers and everything else. 

That was that! Our new apartment is only a 5 min walk from the old one, so we are still in the same area. 
Now I am of to start painting!