Sunday, February 28, 2010


Pink Bird Fairytale - Pink Bird and the Frog ACEO
watercolour
2.5x3.5in
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As my final excursion before leaving for the airport today I went up in the hills and climbed all the stairs up in the tower and had a wonderful view of all of Prague in all directions. A pity the weather was grey and a bit rainy today. Afterwards I walked to a contemorary art gallery as well as to the National gallery. The thing is to squeese the most out of the holiday LOL

Saturday, February 27, 2010



Blue Bird - Ski Accident, ACEO,
watercolours
2.5x3.5in
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Prague is filled with wonderful buildings, churches and towers in all kinds of styles. This is one of the more special ones which I walked past today on my 5 hour walk along the river.



The next one is called the Fred and Ginger Building or the Dancing building.




I also visited another castle area with another great basilika in the neo gothinc style. The church of ss peter and paul in the Vysehrad. Once I get home tomorrow I will start posting more.








Friday, February 26, 2010





Blue Bird Men's Freestyle Skiing Aerials I, ACEO,
watercolour
2.5x3.5in
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Astma made my life challenging today, but hopefully tomorrow I will once more be fit for exploring more of Prague. One of the artists whose works are seen everywhere is Alphonse Mocha which ahs inspired a couple of works of mine. Here are some sketches.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I managed to do the initial work on 3 Pink Bird ACEOs today so I am happy. Posting tonight I realized I have not posted the page boy at the wedding som here he is


Pink Bird - The wedding - The Ringcarrier, ACEO,
watercolour
2.5x3.5in
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Today we went up in the Astronomical Clock Tower where we had an amazing view 360 degrees over the whole town. We also went into St Vitus Cathedral and walked around in the jewish quarter. Today's shopping was a load of training throusers. Last night I bought a stack of vegetable seed bags. This must LOL become a healthy spring.









I have taken hundreds of photos but need time to sort through them properly,








Spent most of today at Prague Castle and in the Old Jewish part of the Old Town. The buildings as well as the history is amazing.

Pink Birds - Sisters and Cousins, ACEO,
watercolour,
2.5x3.5in
$12 p&p is FREE
SOLD to USA

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Pink Bird by the Eiffel Tower, ACEO
watercolour
2.5.3.5in
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Today was a rainy day so it was good that we spent quite a bit on it shopping and getting our hair cut and coloured. Lots of extra shoes in our luggage on our way home LOL.

My cold and its coughing fits is still bothering me so I think that it was wise to stay mostly indoors. I had planned on drawing some buildings today but did not get the time. Hopefully tomorrow. I did however buy more art materials, of course hehehe.

Therefore, today's posting will also be from Pink and Blue Bird's Honeymoon.

Blue Bird and Pink Bird has not yet arrived in Prague so they will show you a snap shot they took on their honeymoon on Easter Island.

Blue Bird On Holiday - Easter Island - Moai, ACEO
watercolour,
2.5x3.5in
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Bug Love ACEO,
watercolour,
2.5x3.5in
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Monday, February 22, 2010

Prague 1




Even with a cold, life is good in Prague. I will be posting properly from tomorrow on but for now I am on borrowed nett. Lots of thanks to daughter who keeps my cats warm and gives them company while I am away. Don't I look good in blue?

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Unfortunately my students managed to give me their germs before we all left for our holidays, so today I woke up with a headache, aching body, a sore throat and a dry cough. Been taking real good care of myself today.

Today we have had lots and lots of snowing here in Southern Norway so people were recommende to wait until tomorrow before driving on their winter holidays.
As for Pink and Blue Bird, they want to share their happy news with you all. They're expecting.
Pink Bird - Pregnant ACEO
watercolour
2.5x3.5in
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Friday, February 19, 2010

We are very happy here in Norway with the wins in Biathlon yesterday so maybe I will do something on that tomorrow. :-) Hurray for Tora Berger and Emil Hegle Svensen and Ole Einar Bjoerndalen. :-)

Pink Bird - Women's Freestyle Skiing Aerials III ACEO
watercolour
2.5x3.5in
$12 p & p is FREE

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Today was finally the last day before the winter holiday week, and I could feel it. I started my day as usual now on Fridays together with the neck and back group training. I also considered doing a bit more at the gym after work but ended up deciding to build up for a proper workout tomorrow morning. My joints and especially my arm is bothering me quite a bit at the moment so I am doing a balancing act trying to work out as much as possible while at the same time not triggering bad pain too much. It is not possible now to know what I will be able to do tomorrow, but I do hope my body will allow me lots hehe.

Sometimes my fragility scares me. Today one of the elder boy students gave me a man hug just for fun, you know the kind where they pat your back. He was not hard handed but it really hurt and for quite a bit afterwards as well. My very tissue gives me pain so very easily and I desper. It is also in collision with my personality which is more at home on the bare mountains than in the greenhouse.

My journey will always be twosided, rehabbing what can be fixed or improved and trying to make the rest more bearable.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


Pink Bird Women's Freestyle Skiing Aerials II ACEO
watercolour
2.5x3.5in
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Nabour of Gold

Today I went to the gym but ended up doing only cardio - treadmill and then rowing. I probably should have done strength today but since I have the 2 hour Back and neck exercise tomorrow morning I really was not in the mood to be sore then. Some gyms have programs called core training which I think is quite similar to what my group does according to my daughter's description.

What I really would have liked to do today was outdoor walking but the weather is not inviting today. Happy me have had a nice nabour with a tractor removing snow from my driveway. Such nabours are worth gold when someone like me is totally fed up with winter.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Pink Bird - Women's Freestyle Skiing Aerial ACEO
watercolour
2.5x3.5in
$12 p&p is FREE
Went to the gym tonight and got areasonable workout, 25 minutes at the roing machine among other things.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Today my daughter visited and we celebrated a combined Mother's Day which was on Sunday here in Norway and her Bday which was on Saturday. We ate a lovely and healthy (of course) dinner together and later we dressed up and went walkin even with a snowy weather and in the near dark in my trusted forest road. It was quite lovely with a walking companion and we ended up walking swiftly for 1h 15 min.

Several of the girls in my class do Biathlon as their sport - Today's painting is in honour of them as well as the Olympic athletes.



Pink Bird Biathlon II ACEO

watercolour

2.5x3.5in

$15 p&p is FREE

Monday, February 15, 2010

I started my day with a lovely outdor walk as a warm up for the Neck and Back Training group I attend Monday and Friday mornings. The training went well.

I as most people I think end up watching quite a bit of the Olympic Games. Here is one of the ACEOs I got inspired to make.


Blue Bird - Skiing - The Fall ACEO
watercolour
2.5x3.5inches
$16 p&p is FREE

Sunday, February 14, 2010

I started my day by taken a nice 90 minutes long walk today while the milder temperatures lasted. Then of course my day has been spent partly watching the Olympic games. I have however also painted some nice Olympic games ACEOs. Stay tuned and see them get posted. But first of all of course I have to post Pink Bird Nesting. 22 years 1 day ago I myself became a Mum and today besides being Valentine's Day is Mother's Day here in Norway. Also Today is Fastelavens which probably is similar to the English Pancake Tuesday. We eat buns with cream and have Birch sprigs with coloured feathers tied on as decorations.


Pink Bird - Nesting ACEO
watercolour pencils
2.5x3.5in
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Saturday, February 13, 2010

And the wedding goes on. :-). The coming week in honor of the Olympic Games I will post more sporty ones.
Pink and Blue Bird - Cutting the Cake ACEO
watercolour
2.5x3.5in
$15 p&p is FREE

3 hour workout

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We're quite a bit ahead here in Norway timewise compared to the US so the Olympic Games cerimony started at 03.00 here. I slept while that happened but early in the mroning a repeat started. The choice was then whether to start my day watching physical activity or being active myself. Still too cold outside for a nice walk so the Gym was the only option this early.

Of course I went to the gym :-). Getting there with more than 3 hours to spare before they closed this Saturday I gave myself a challenge in honor of my daughter's 22nd Bday today; To give it all those 3 hours.

And I did!. I spent every pause between sets in one exercise either stretching or doing another exercise. After feeling let down by my body yesterday I also needed to recapture the feeling of me being in charge of my body and not the other way around. So well done me!

Afterwards I went for a short quiet walk outdoors to enjoy a wonderful sunny and blue sky weather which made it fairly warm in the sun although still very cold in the shade. If this weather continues my plan is for a very long walk tomorrow.

Wishing you all a great Olympic Games and workout weekend. :-)

Cardio

Total Cardio Duration:

2:09:20

Total Cardio Calories:

992 kcal

Strength

Total Strength Duration:

0:55:00

Total Strength Calories:

550 kcal

Each exercise is display as set nr, weight and reps

Chest Press Machine

1

12.00

12

2

12.00

12

3

12.00

12

Pec Fly Machine

1

19.00

12

2

19.00

12

Reverse Fly

1

19.00

12

2

19.00

12

Shoulder Press Machine

1

10.00

12

Lat Pulldown

1

26.00

12

2

26.00

12

Seated Cable Row

1

26.00

12

2

26.00

12

3

26.00

12

Leg Extension

1

26.00

12

2

26.00

12

3

26.00

12

Leg Curl

1

38.00

12

2

33.00

12

3

26.00

12

Calf Press

1

105.00

12

2

105.00

12

3

105.00

12

Leg Press

1

175.00

12

2

185.00

12

3

185.00

12

4

185.00

12

Friday, February 12, 2010

I get so much enjoyment when working with these miniatures. I hope you too enjoy them.

Pink and Blue Bird -The Wedding in Church ACEO
watercolour
2.5x3.5in
$12 p&p is FREE
SOLD to Dover, USA

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Warning!!!! Complaining follows!!!

Went to the neck and back training group with physiotherapist this morning again. Tried to be more careful with my bad arm but still ended up with pain in both arms and shoulders. I felt that so many parts of my body would not work properly today and despered at the thought of how much work there is left for me before I work properly physically. So many parts have probably been used wrongly or almost not due to my chronic medical conditions and this training brings that fact up into the open. Normally one learns to do movements in a manner that avoids problems and pain, so many supportive muscles do need a lot of help before they will again work properly. SIGH. At the moment it feels like an endless job. Also my hands ache today so the weather forecast predicting more wet weather and snow this weekend is probably right.

I am very convinced that I need to continue these classes but at the moment I so do not look forward to triggering so many of my weak spots twice weekly. The very best part is the same as the worst part of these classes.

At the moment I feel totally sick and tired of fighting with my body and with pain, so I am taking a strong antiinflammatory pill and plan to go upstrairs to hide under the duvet for a couple of hours. Hopefully things will be brighter later tonight. To get better in the long run I will need to find the motivation to continue working on rehab as well as building strength also through the more painfilled periods.

[... end of complaining]

Things got better and I considered deleting the above. Then I thought, struggling is also part of the journey and editing out everything besides reports of challenges met with a happy smile from the first to the last minute is giving a false impression on how a journey like this really is. Reading this might give someone reading it later hope that they too can continue even when days like this is also part of the journey so I decided to let it stay.

Things got better partly due to the meds but also because I myself managed to mentally as well as physically do something contructive. Mentally I started thinking about psykomotoric theory which talks about how emotions can be "saved" within muscles - the body remembers and as stiff muscles are getting loosened up the emotions as well are released. When young I worked with aromatherapy and we often saw that the muscular relaxation had people in tears. To come to the point, while resting I concluded that it was possible that was one of the reasons I was so tearful earlier today. If that is the reason then me getting that emotional was a good thing because it meant that I got rid of a piece of sorrow today. Anyway, thinking that allows me to see some meaning and that is important for me when facing these challenges.

Secondly, I was very non environmental for once and spent much hot water in the shower and that combined with the meds has taken care of the brunt of the pain. :-). Also, probably a female thing, I did the big body pampering thing while there and that too is a way of lifting the spirit. It even gave me the confidence to do the horrible measurements. LOL.

Hopefully tomorrow will be a wonderful day healthwise

Thursday, February 11, 2010

And finally the big day has arrived.

Pink Bird - Here Comes The Bride ACEO
watercolour
2.5x3.5in
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Well Valentine's day is coming closer . . .

Pink and Blue Bird On Heart Bench ACEO
watercolour
2.5x3.5in
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Last Night I had 5 visitors in my yard. Roedeer. It is of course not easy to get perfect photos in the dark but here they are.














Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Another aceo inspired by the Super Bowl. Tomorrow I'll be back with the romantic ones building up to the Valentine's Day


Pink Bird - Superbowl - Cheerleading II ACEO
watercolour
2.5x3.5inches
$12 p&p is FREE

Very cold day again here - When will it end????????? I am so sick and tired of winter. I have been kind of achy and a bit ferverish today but hopefully it is not early signs of a cold approaching. many have been ill at work lately. Have spent most of tonight under a duvet on the sofa half sleeping.

My problem arm has been bothering me a bit too the last two days so not a very happy person today.

At the moment I am crossing my fingers that I will wake up revitalized tomorrow. The plan now while I watch Frustrated Housewives is for an early night. Hopefully tomorrow I will report a fantastic workout :-)

Monday, February 08, 2010

Quite fun that the underdog won the Super Bowl but as a Norwegian I really do not care that much about who won, I just found the whole thing entertaining.

Pink Bird - Superbowl - Cheerleading I, ACEO
watercolour
2.5x3.5inches
$12 p&p is FREE

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Today I started the twice weekly Back and Neck Training that is lead by a Physiotherapist. It was very good because it was kind of low intensity but still felt very intense because she made us do exercises that challenged our bodies with movements that we either normally don't do or have taught ourselves not to do to avoid pain. Several very simple exercises were quite difficult just for that reason. That made me very satisfied and determined to continue with it even though it is a bit challenging because it lasts a bit after my work starts. An understanding inspector and principal at my work makes it possible, at least for a time.

Well, I skipped the last part which was relaxation (somewhat similar to autogen training I think) and run from the gym hall to the classroom. In short it is hectic to make it possible, but I think it will be worth that and the costs.

After work and the after work meeting I went home but was not satisfied so in the end I drove down to the Gym tonight and spent 66 minutes on the treadmill hehe. For some strange reason I ended up with blisters UNDER my foot today. Very strange.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Then it's time for the Super Bowl. American football is a fairly unknown sport here in Norway so this year as they did last year they will start the tv program by explaining the rules and the system of it all. It lal starts at 23.45 (11.45 p.m) here so I will probably not watch much of it since I am to join a back and neck training group before work tomorrow lead by my physiotherapist. Nevertheless I let myself be inspired by this fact and painted a couple of Pink and Blue Bird ACEOs

As for me doing anything physical today, I went for a walk, 47 minutes. Beautiful and Sunny but cold.






Blue Bird - Superbowl ACEO
watercolour
2.5x3.5inches
$12 p&p is FREE

Saturday, February 06, 2010

I have so enjoyed myself tonight doing the preliminary sketches for the wedding :-)

Pink Bird - Come out please ACEO
watercolour pencils
2.5x3.5inches
$12 p&p is FREE worldwide

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Today I really was not very motivated for any workouts but I packed my gymbag and got moving.

* 40 min treadmill (5.6km/h, incline 2.5 With a couple of 30 sec running at 7.5 thrown in)
* 22 min of Strength (Leg press 12x165/175/185/185kg) and Toe raises on Leg press machine on 105kg: 2 sets of 12) + Stretches
* 10 min Row Machine (level 10, 1700m)

Then the Gym closed so I found my trusted Snowy Forest Road and followed it far into the woods for 1h 22 min at quite a good speed 2/3 of the way. The last bit was on a lower "gear". Lovely Trip. I only met a tractor and not a single car.

Stiff and Sore? YEPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, February 05, 2010


Pink and Blue Bird Meeting at Sea ACEO
watercolour
2.5x3.5inches
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Thursday, February 04, 2010

I am still longing for sommer. One of my students left for Egypt today to much envy.


Blue Bird Enjoying the Beach ACEO
watercolour pencils
2.5x3.5inches
$12 p&p is FREE

My online personal coach, Julia, asked me whether I had any results by now so I decided to put that in a blog entry by itself.

Since New Year
* Weight down
* Increased general muscular strength
* Less back pain
* Arm much stronger
* Able to do more cardio and at higher intensity
* Able to do more kinds of exercises, more sets and more weight each set
* Increased flexibility
* Into a habit of going straight from work to the gym or out walking.
* Into a habit of eating very healthy, lean, non processed food, lots of vegs and fish, whole grain carbs,
* very little salt
* very little artificial drinks mostly water with only a touch of nearly non kcal lemonade to camuflage the tiny clorine taste of all tap water. Also fruity teas. NO coffee. Always a literbottle close at hand.

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Another cold and windy day. Very beautiful but that cold wind ruined some of the enjoyment of being outdoors during breaks today.

I very much wanted today to be a day of walking outdoors but had nearly decided that it really would be too uncomfortable, also because I was a bit stiff as well with aching knees.

BUT then I decided that my mantra for February should be "When in doubt, do it!" so I drove home and with double layers and a scarf three times around my neck and lower face I started walking. I told myself that I would at least endure 15 minutes. I ended up doing 45. The first 30 my right knee kept complaining (not in a dangerous way), then after 30 minutes I think it gave up and I felt nothing more LOL. Then as usual my right foot' toes cramped up as they always do for a strange reason. They do that when I walk on different surfaces and in different shoes. BUT I COMPLETED THE WALK :-) and was very happy about that.

Being close to the Gym I now decided to drop in and do some stretches there and maybe, just maybe some upper body workout. Decided that it probably would be wise to warm up my upper body a bit more so I hit the rowing machine. It has been a long time since I have used it so I had no expectations at all or rather negative ones due to knee being a bit uncooperative. So I told myself I would at least try to do 5 minutes, then at least 50 kcal, then 10 min, 100 kcal etc etc. Did 15 minutes - 122 kcal on level 10 of 10 possible levels :-) Was very proud of myself but probably looked like a wreck stumbling out of the contraption :-)

Did about 30 min on upper body work, lots of stretches, some abs and then cooled down by 5 min slowly walking on the treadmill.

Only one thing left to do - send a bragging sms to daughter LOL.

Now I will enjoy well deserved filled plaice with vegs and natural rice.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Well naturally after getting flowers Pink bird needs to find a vase for them.


Pink Bird - Flowers in Vase ACEO
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2.5x3.5inches
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My Body Told Me

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My body told me today at work that I did a marvellous job yesterday in the gym, especially every time when I got up after having sat for a while. ;-)

Went to the gym after work but did only stretches and 40 min on the treadmill Fat Bruning HR at 120+ with medium intensity (incline 2.5, speed 4.7-5.2). My goal besides burning those kcal was mainly to loosen up those muscles that worked really hard yesterday. I also did a set of calf raises without any DBs - hard enough without today.

Off for wok and chicken now. later I will have shrimps. I do wonder why those laying in salty water has a much highter kcal content in all lists?