Sunday, August 31, 2008

new space

I enrolled in the local art school.
I'm not really sure what I'm doing, but things just sort of happened, and sometimes you have to go with the flow.

I was feeling an urge to work larger and "messier", but I didn't want to mess up our newly renovated studio at home. I also need to get out of the house and meet some new people (no offense, dear husband!) after all we've been living here a year and hardly know anyone (I exaggerate, but still).

After a visit to the schools Open House in the beginning of summer, I spoke with the art teachers. I was welcome to do a "Project year". There will be 6 of us doing our own projects. The teachers reason that the first year students benefit from this as well.

It means I get access to a studio, art teachers - well, everything that's included in the art school schedule. But I decide what I want to do and when I want to be there. And it's free of charge. That's Sweden for you.

This is the studio, I share it with another woman.

This is my corner, my wall.

Sorry Asta, no pets allowed :(

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Galleri Hedengrens Trappa

Photos from the opening of my show at Hedengrens Bookshop on Thursday 28th of August. The gallery is located inside, hence the name Galleri Hedengrens Trappa; "trappa" means staircase in Swedish. The bookshop is situated in the centre of Stockholm, at Stureplan.

Some of my work on either side of the staircase. I'm at the bottom with my daughter Olivia and Anna-Lena, one of three responsible of the gallery.

Nature Morte.

This is one of three bookcovers I've been working on. It's called "The way out". Unfortunately I didn't get shots of the other two. I'll post photos of them later.

"Fall" and "Spring" (shot at home).

A whole bookshop at your disposal when you get bored of your mother.

Hello goodbye.

Everything went well, I was very pleased, though feeling quite exhausted afterwards, but in a good way.

I missed Mattias of course, but also all our friends from Gothenburg - it's just too far to travel in the middle of the week. We still don't know very many people in our new surroundings here. But a really old friend turned up, and it was great to see her again. So I'm happy!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

sticks and stones...

... can break my bones, but words can never hurt me.
Oh, who am I fooling. Since the show is in a bookshop, unknown people will pass by during the opening tomorrow. I will have good, heavy, coffeetable-books at hand if they say anything unkind about my stuff (just kidding!!).

Sticks – well, twigs actually (the stones are in the previous post)

twig I.

twig II.

twig III.

burning midnight oil

This is some of the work for my first solo show, here in Stockholm, at Galleri Hedengrens Bokhandel. These past few days have been extremely hectic, especially since Mattias isn't here to cook for us... He's enjoying himself in Greece for another three and a half weeks ;)
I've been working late every evening after putting the kids to bed. So I'm tired, it's 01:45 in the morning and now I have done all that last-minute-stuff that has to be done. I'm even too tired to feel nervous, but that will come in due time, I'm sure.

Now I deserve the bed. Good night!

PS! The show opens this Thursday, August 28th, between 5 and 7 pm.
It continues until September 17th. Welcome!

Pumice stones (pimpstenar på svenska).

Close-ups of the above

Friday, August 22, 2008


Mattias is off to the town of Kavalla in Greece!

He received a grant from The Association of Swedish Illustrators.
Flight, room and board at the Swedish House in Kavalla. So now he'll draw,
draw and draw for f-o-u-r whole weeks. With no interruptions for cooking,
dogwalks, quarrelling children and nagging wife ;)

Well, only until the rest of the family comes scrambling down to join him for the last week.

Right now he's still on the bus, a 2,5 hour ride from Thessaloniki.
Hope all went well on your trip!
God natt, puss puss!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

free dog

this land is my land...

...and that land too...

...mine, all mine..!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

where did it go?

Summer is already over.
It just ended, quite abrubtly.
I do love the fall, but it came way too early this year,
I wasn't finished with summer yet...

This was just 3 weeks ago, on our summer island, Stora Kornö.
It's in the archipelago, on the West Coast of Sweden.
The weather was extremely dry and hot for almost two weeks, there was a watershortage on the island and our water pump decided to lay off just then. We went swimming several times a day and washed with salt water soap. Drinking water was fetched in buckets.
Evenings were warm and windless and we brought the grill along. Marshmallows were a must.