Bright Sunny Day

We were very lucky to enjoy a warm sun and no wind today. Only two weeks left before the stars disappear for 4 months (Midnight Sun). 

I hope your days are filled with wonders and kindness.

Quiet on Lofoten

 Dear dreamers,

Strange days to say the least, but I hope you’re all well and are taking many precautions. Like many, I’m now out of work. I am not confined, I am still free to go on a long walk every day, and naturally, with all this free time at home, not only are my girls delighted, but I can also devote most of my days to my art. Safe at home. I am applying glazes on some hand-built ceramics and I’m about to start a new painted paper diorama. But mostly, I paint on my graphic tablet and it’s a pure delight. I’ve started work on a project I had been thinking about for a long, long time: creating libraries of elements by theme. I’m currently working on greenery, but there will be lots of boards like the one below, filled with mushrooms, moss and lichens, birds, little characters, etc. I love the idea of creating many collections and playing with them, arranging them in a composition. I absolutely love this! Of course I’m aware it will take a huge amount of time before I can paint enough elements to start a composition but why the hurry? As long as I’m having fun, it works for me.

I also did a bit of spinning:

Lofoten is now very quiet, there is far less traffic. You can feel the birds are having the time of their lives. They are everywhere and so much closer. Tourists have gone and it feels like what Lofoten used to be 20 years ago. Of course, I am worried about where this epidemic will lead but we are not there yet. We have to hope that everybody will take their responsibilities seriously and do what is necessary.

As you can see from the pictures, it feels like spring is on its way, but don’t be fooled, it will snow again, as late as the beginning of May. Meanwhile, it was a very nice walk, 5 degrees celcius and the sun was shining.

Serenade

I finished my first diorama made of paper and every bit of it was fun. I think I will really invest my self in it along with the digital painting (which I’m not giving up on). I used some ordinary sketching paper, cut my shapes, painted them with water colours and enhanced them with colored pencils and felt tip pens. What I really love about dioramas is the way the light changes according to the angle, the time of day and the source of light. It’s very much alive. I also loved not having a precise plan, it was very relaxing adding items as I went along. I’m currently experimenting with this approach within my digital painting, no draft at all. A draft feels sometimes like a prison. Especially when you have to stay within the draft for more than three weeks in a row. In three weeks time, my inspiration tends to change. A lot.The river must flow freely, otherwise it gets blocked. I’m aiming now for something more accidental  more organic , a channeled painting in real time.