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Spring in Wuxi

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Greetings from Shanghai. I am back in China very convenient for the best time of the year here: Spring! Last weekend we travelled to the nearby city of Wuxi, which is a popular tourist attraction in springtime. Wuxi has several big parks, and the peak time is of course now when all the Sakura and other cherry-like trees start to blossom. I could have titeled this blog post simply 'pink' as well, so get ready for a lot of flower photos!
This is some kind of flower cabbage that the Chinese really like, and I have to admit that the colour of them is beautiful!
Wuxi is near a big lake, so inside the park we took a boat to a small island with several temples. The sea gulls were used to getting fed by the tourists, so they hovered just above us the whole way.
I got some really nice shots, so I got quite a few good reference photos!
Here you can see how close they came to us.

It was crowded. 
The trees had just started to blossom, so we were in fact a few days too early to see all t…

Publications and stuff.

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A month has flown by so fast I feel like I barely have had time to blink. The day after tomorrow I will be flying back home to Shanghai. The funeral of my father in law was held last Saturday, and we have spend almost all of our time together with the nearest family.
The last few days I have painted a little, so I have a few new things to show you:
Some kind of cherry blossom are taking form on this blue background. Only acrylic paint so far. As you ca see I have used very little collage material of late in my backgrounds. I have not abandoned all my ideas with collage papers, but for this series of paintings I am experimenting without collage materials. I do miss painting on the really smooth surface that paper gives me, so I think I need to find an alternative surface to paint on than canvas. Wood boards or something like that would probably be perfect, but then I have to think of the weight when transporting the paintings... 
These were suppose to be bluebells, but I decided to ma…

On my desk today.

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The snow has melted so it is grey and dark outside. My worktable is quite colourful in comparison... =D 
I decided for a coal tit on this background.
Detail. It is not often I use the colour pink, but for these cherry blossoms it is a must. Pink and brown go beautifully together I think.
Another detail from the same painting.
I think I forgot to include this magnolia painting in my last post. I am getting close to finish it.
This painting is also almost finished. One more layer of oil should do the trick.
This is a detail of a commission I am working on. Loving the colours!
I found a few old paintings from 2011 here at my parents house, and I thought I would rework them a little and fix the things that has bothered me about them. This kingfisher need a new background, and some adjustments to the shape of the head. Here I have started to paint over the background with white oil colour.
The old background is covered. I am not sure exactly how I will proceed, but I have a few days time …