Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Greetings from Finland.

Greetings from Finland. It is absolutely wonderful to be home. Sleeping and living on the boat, and enjoying the nature. I have not have time to start sketching yet, just been enjoying family time and the surroundings.

I leave you today with these few pictures from Finland, and a link to my latest video, so I hope you enjoy!

I woke up at 4 in the morning (jetlag) and this was my view.



Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Peonies in progress.

3 days until takeoff!! Yes indeed, on Saturday we will board the plane here in Shanghai, and get out in Helsinki approximately 9 hours later. I am very much looking forward to it!

It may be that my writing will become a little irregular while home. We will mainly be out in the archipelago with the boat, so 'internetting' will be at a minimum. I will have my sketchbook with me though, so there should be something artsy to share every now and again amongst all the nature and sea pictures.

In the studio I have been working on my commissions. I thought I would share the progress photos of one of them here today. Peonies.

Here you can see the background (painted in acrylics) with the first draft of the Peonies. The canvas is 50x50 cm. The colours are a little dark to see, but they are both more greenish and more beige than can be seen here on the screen. I thought that should be a nice colour combination with pale pink flowers. 

I wasn't happy with the previous composition of the flowers, so I wiped it of and started again. This was better, but still not good.

Here I made the flowers a little bigger, and I decided that I really liked the two big ones. I also realised that I simply couldn't 'see' how it would turn out with the pink colour with just a drawing. So I decided to start painting the big flowers, and then see where I wanted to place the rest of the flowers.

I like this composition, and I think I will do a similar but on a smaller canvas and then on a portrait shape canvas. On this big square canvas there needed to be more flowers. I also decided to start to paint the flowers straight in oils. Normally I start with an underpainting in acrylics, because then you can get more layers on faster. But as I wasn't sure about my composition, oil is easier to wipe of and you can push it around until you are happy. In this photo the real background colours are more visible, by the way. 

And this is how it ended up looking. The flowers will become much paler in colour, so I think I will have to darken the background a little. But all those details are so much easier to see and decide upon now when I have the flowers placed. In the next stage of painting I need to decide how detailed I will do the petals. These double petaled peonies have a lot of petals! But that will have to wait until I am back from Finland.

Monday, 3 July 2017

A magpie amongst other things.

I have quite an eventful weekend behind me. One of my husbands colleagues who used to work with him in Rizhao is here in China for business, and he stayed with us over the weekend. Dinner,  drinks, catching up, running around town a bit... You get the picture. 

In 2 weeks time we will fly home to Finland for our annual holiday, and I have quite a long list of things I want to get done before that in the studio. Today I was able to cross over a few things as 'done'. Happy feeling!

All the paintings from the exhibition is back in my home, and today I varnished the ones that hadn't dried enough before. I use a satin varnish, and it gives the darker colours a real lift. 

Magpie. 40x30cm, mixed media. I can finally call this one done. I have been working on it on and of for a few years now, never satisfied with the result. I started over 5 times I think, and now it is finally done! This was a commission, and after it has dried completely I will send it to its new home in the US. I do not know why it took me so long to figure this one out, it's pretty much what I have been painting for a long time now. Maybe because I was afraid that it wouldn't live up to expectations? Oh well. Now he/she is done!

After I varnish it the colours will shine evenly and with much more depth. 

Lovely blues and greens. 

I have also been making more postcards. These two ended up very simple. I used modelling paste through a stencil I made earlier this spring, and then just painted them with watercolours. I was suppose to add more to it, but I liked them so much like this that I decided they were done. The only thing I will add to them is a 'Thank you' or 'congratulation', depending on to what I decide to use them for.

Two totally different card from the previous ones, and maybe more in my usual style. I used gelliprints that I had as background and then painted an Owl for one of them. I had planned to add a focal point to the other card as well, but I decided it was strong enough in itself. I just added two quotes: "inspiration is everywhere" and "follow your passion".

And with that it is time for me to go to bed!