Day 14: Mordant

Today’s song while painting is Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra – Smile.


I started this one imagining I’d add sharp edges with yellow but I wanted to use up the red and white I had left from painting the night before. And then it turned all pink. And I thought to myself “What a cliché! On Valentine’s Day!”. But I left it alone. No yellow.

It doesn’t feel like I’ll ever be in the mood for painting sunny landscapes. Or maybe I’ll paint it to escape into somewhere else sometime. Every day is painful, maybe painting will help or maybe it won’t.

Day 11: I Love You

I’ve been listening to different singers doing “Send In The Clowns” over and over while painting this one. I accidentally heard it on a random Facebook video and felt moved, I guess it reminds me of how things seem right now or how I feel or something in that direction.


My favourite version of the song so far is the one by Barbara Streisand. Have I mentioned clowns make me really, really uneasy? So the song feels a bit ominous.

Calling the painting “I Love You” because, well, that’s what I painted. The real life version reminds me of pastels, there’s an unevenness that I want to keep. The painting is done in acrylics. This is all very Valentine’s Day but it’s not why I’m painting on that theme. It’s just on my mind.

Day 6: Valentine

It’s too early for Valentine’s Day but it what came out of the brushes. The tree I had in mind actually had a lot more white but I’m running out of that colour plus this tree wanted to be born, so plans changed. Although vday comes across to me as a bit of a strange day, love is on my mind, hence a tree.

I wanted a sort of mystical dimly lit place so there’s no forest, just a few supporting characters. As much as I usually enjoy metaphors and numbers, the extra trees are just there to balance it out. The significant part is much more the focal point tree and the colour choices, radical brightness, light and sharp, it’s sort of touchy but passionate.


Another painting is already whispering to me. It’s more naturalistic. We’ll see if I can still channel it onto the canvas tomorrow..

8×8 inches / 20×20 centimeter acrylic painting.

Day 2 – The Return of the Hare (Imbolc)

It’s the 2nd of February and some pagans celebrate Imbolc now. I felt the presence of the Luna Moon Hare and the magical glow of a world that will awaken towards spring.. in a while.. in a long while. Spring here in the north doesn’t start to show until April but still, it will soon be time to prepare seeds and pre-grow plants for the next season.

Although the scene is supposed to have a mystical darkness, I wonder if it went too dark. I’m watching the colour dry and slightly change and it worries me. Imbalance will be easier to see in the morning in daylight. Painting around midnight is pretty terrible despite my brighter than usual lamps that I have for my plants and to help against Seasonal Affective Disorder.

It’s another 20×20 centimeter / 8×8 inches acrylic painting for the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.

Look at how purdy the palette turned out. The colours are especially clear because of all the water..

..and here is the painting in progress, the early stage where I’m getting a feel for the mood and what wants to appear on the canvas.

Day 3 of “30 Paintings in 30 Days” – Midsummer

I keep finishing these challenge paintings when it’s dark and ending up taking these not-perfect photos of them. I’m curious to see what this one will look like in proper daylight. Calling it “Midsummer”. Midsummer (1)                                     Midsummer (2)                         Can’t believe it’s day 3 and I’ve already let go of my vow to only use the small square canvases.

Happy Valentine’s!

Roses are red and you know what colour violets are and if we just talked more, maybe we’d now be in your car making out, right? Or perhaps if we really, really had a chat you and me and her would be at your flat, we’d be a trio with bite!   Yes, it’s not your usual love poem, but life isn’t often normal. Or mine isn’t. And in other news.. This guinea pig hamster rodent critter was my #colour_collective entry this Friday. The colour theme was Deep Naples Ochre, which to me is the colour of the stereotypical guinea pig.

Happy Saint Lucy’s Day (Lucia)

Saint LucyHere in Scandinavia we celebrate Saint Lucy’s Day today, luciadagen.  According to legend she was some sweet girl who did good things and got tortured for it. She brings light in the darkness – and cookies too. I think it’s pretty cool that there’s a day that has a young girl as a protagonist and it’s not a girl that has to be sexy or fight monsters. She’s just kind and helps people and brings light. It’s frustrating to hear comments like “giggles like a schoolgirl” or “hysterical like a girl at a boyband concert” in a demeaning context. What about hysterical like grown men at a football/soccer game? And often you can read between the lines that some game isn’t cool if it’s said to be something teen girls would enjoy. Girls don’t get much credit so it’s awesome that Saint Lucy’s Day still exists. I wonder how long it will survive? Searching Youtube I found the following video (below) of a traditional Lucia celebration. Singing and carefully walking around with actual burning candles. Good luck, Lucias of the world!
Mouse on a Bauble

The Holidays are Coming! Eep!

Are you guys ready? Christmas presents, decorations, food. Every year it feels like total chaos and last minute running through shops hunting for suitable presents, yet every year everything seems to work out somehow. I hope it will work out as usual. Current amount of Christmas presents shopped and ready: ZERO. Last week’s colour challenge in #colour_collective was silver, which for me of course means an opportunity to draw mice! Everything else may be in disarray but at least I’ve created a new Christmas image to tweet around Christmas eve. Hope you’re enjoying preparing for the holidays!