Sunday, April 14, 2013
I am studying at the moment in an online course "A Beginner's Guide to Irrational Behavior" at Duke University. In connection with that some of us meet on google+ hangouts (online kollokvie group). Today two of us discussed what makes some people look for negative things and wondered whether these people really believed in them, in other words do they use self deception. That inspired today's painting. Because these people we talked about almost exclusively see black (negative side of things) and not the white (the positive side of things and other persons) except from themselves of course, and very rarely colors (all the variations in why people do what they do or why things turn out as they do) I chose to make a white on black image.
14.4.2013 Unhappy Musings - acrylics on paper A3 30x42cm $200 Free SH This one looks great with a white mount and a simple black frame.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Friday, March 29, 2013
Sometimes we just have to defent ourself and say stop to people that are misusing us.
29.3.2013 No Way - acrylics on paper A4 $50 Free SH
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Friday, March 22, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
May love in most variations win.
21.3.2013 Sometimes Love is Forbidden - Watercolor on paper 21x30cm $100 Free SH
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
High up in the nest of love the baby chick wait for mum to come home.
20.3.2013 Sometimes Love is Coming Home - Watercolor on paper 21x30cm $100 Free SH
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
In these modern times so many things have moved from the physical world and online - meeting someone too has for quite a few.
19.3.2013 Sometimes Love is Found Online - Watercolor on paper 21x30cm $100 Free SH
Monday, March 18, 2013
Love is such a wonderful word because it can be used in so many ways and in connetion with so many things in addition to romantic love.
Today I am surfing the lovely happy waves created by my love of learning as I have joined a class and started studying something new and very interesting (se below for details). My feeling are in some ways fairly close to being in love even though it is not to a person.
Course info: Dan Ariely is a The New York Times bestseller, a Duke University professor and his TED talk has been watched over 2 million times. His highly anticipated "Irrational Behavior" Coursera course starts soon: http://bit.ly/WyIUtv
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Conflicts and quarrells with close ones are the worst kind, those persons are the ones most capable of hurting us with their words and actions and they are the ones that most of all reduce us to the most childish behaviours. They are the ones we keep repeating old patterns with so that we nearly know all the scenes and lines by heart but still play them through even if we now we will not win this time either. And yet we know that life has to go on and the connetion too. Tomorrow and next week or month or year we will still be in the same relationship - still dearly love each other. In short, love means that we carry along some history with good parts as well as burdens.
Friday, March 15, 2013
It is said
that it takes a whole village to raise a child and also it is cynically said
that a mother can support ten children but ten children cannot support a mother.
The common thread in these sayings is that love and care is best done as a
thing done together both to complement each other but also to share
responsibilities and sometimes the burdens that loving someone may also bring.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
week ago I met a former student of mine at the grocery store. He was there with
his baby and girlfriend and I was so happy to get to know that he was happy,
had a family and a job. Today I met another former student who has had a small
break due to not getting into the study he wanted this autumn. He had now
started in a job while applying for a study place the coming autumn. That too
warmed a former teacher’s heart because of course we worry when we hear bad
news in connection with students that over 3 years time naturally each carved a
special place in our hearts.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
connection with a March 8th concert Kim Friele one of the most important
fighters here in Norway for Gay rights especially in the early years, held a
speach. As a teacher I am so happy to know that life has become so much easier
for the young persons finding out that they belong to a minority in when it
comes to whom they fall in love with. This one is for you.
Monday, March 11, 2013
What makes us love a person either as a friend, a partner or a mamber of our group is incredibly complicated, fortunately, and that means that most of us are able to find people to love and be loved by. How it works is sometimes a mystery - a wonderful mystery.
Another wonderful thing is that we seem to have an unlimeted supply of love which is good for us teachers that keep getting new students and in a short time we dearly love a new group of 30 individuals.
11.3.2013 Sometimes Love is a Puzzle - Watercolor on paper 21x30cm $100 Free SH
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Love can bring us the biggest happiness but also be what crushes us. Loving someone who is loving you back is wonderful but that same love has an equal power to hurt us if that person disappoints us, hurt us or worst of all leaves us. But even though love also brings some sadness, we do need to keep loving each other as lovers, friends and family. Hugs from me.
10.3.2013 Sometimes Love is Sad - Watercolor on paper 21x30cm $100 Free SH
Saturday, March 09, 2013
Loving yourself is also important on a Saturday when you share a Saturday with your cats and a good book :-).
9.3.2013 Sometimes Love is a Glass of Red Wine - Watercolor on paper 21x30cm $100 Free SH
Friday, March 08, 2013
8.3.2013 Sometimes Love is Doing It Together - Watercolor on paper 21x30cm $100 Free SH
Thursday, March 07, 2013
The best thing about being a teacher is all the young persons we get to meet and love.
7.2.2013 Sometimes Love is Light and Plentiful - Watercolor on paper 21x30cm $40 Free SH
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Today after having had the parent teacher conferences where the love and care we all feel for the young persons is the common denominator for everything in the talks, I feel quite high. Such wonderful teenagers and such wonderful parents.
6.3.2013 Sometimes Love Makes you Feel High Up - Watercolor on paper 21x30cm $100 Free SH
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Monday, March 04, 2013
Nå begynner våren å få... tak. Et par hannfugler synger som gale om morgenen og vårrengjøringen av reir har begynt. Det vet jeg fordi katten har dratt inn den første fugleloppa.
Sunday, March 03, 2013
2.3.2013 Bright Light in Winter Landscape - watercolor on paper 24x32cm SOLD
This one sold within the hour of posting it on facebook last night.
Saturday, March 02, 2013
I am working as a teacher for 12-16 year olds and now that spring is coming there is a lot of love starting to grow. At that age love is not only a very personal thing but a social thing, especially in some girl groups who discuss every aspect of the relationships starting or ending or possibly becoming. What he said and she said and did and how to make him see her etc not to mention if two girls wants the same boy or one steals one... Lots of thoughts and emotions and time being put into it.
Friday, March 01, 2013
Yesterday after looking at some photos from my journey up North last year I simply had to do a landscape.
1.3.2013 Dreams of the North I - Watercolor on paper 24x32cm $100 Free SH
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Nothing makes us feel better than when someone we love or respect shows us care or love. Love defines us, lifts us, gives our lives meaning. Equally important is that we are allowed to love others as friends, collegues, students, pets, lovers or family. The giving and receiving of love can give us a high that nothing else can - without it we are nothing.
28.2.2013 Sometimes Love makes you Feel on Top of the World - Watercolor on paper 21x30cm $100 Free SH
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
I det siste har jeg hatt gleden av å bli lest høyt for i
"En pingles dagbok" flere ganger i uka. Det er noe så koselig og
avslappende å sammen med noen leve seg
inn i nye verdener at vi alle burde gjøre det mer enten det er de unge som
leser for de eldre eller omvendt.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
26.2.2013 Technique of writing,
ink on pastel paper,
ca 31x41cm framed,
A few years ago I painted quite a bit in the Chinese brush painting technique and looked at calligraphy, then for some reason I started testing out other techniques. Yesterday I brought out the materials and played around a bit. Today's painting is a calligraphy work.
The characters are pen (top)+law which together makes "technique of writing". The mount and frame are part of my complete composit...ion.
China is so much tradition and also so much a modern coming country. Art and literature also has the two components tradition and modernity, the old and the new. I have tried to use both aspects in this work in topic, style and materials.
Tradition, order or the law, the rules if you like say that the characters are horizontal or vertical, mine are diagonal. Normally they are of fairly equal size, Mine are of different size, and I’ll get back to why. But even with these changes there is some feeling of order in it, some system to it.
This is a Westerner’s painting and the characters are probably quite naively painted in the eyes of an oriental calligraphist. That is OK, because naïve is my style in painting also when doing western style works.
Normally the paper is white shuen (rice) paper which behaves very differently from western paper. I have used a paper normally used for pastel work. The ink, and ink brush is Chinese, but a modern kind. I do have the proper ink sticks and grinding stones to do it the traditional way but this time I used a modern version which is a brush pen with an ink cartridge system.
The mount is a simple one but with the tiny sophistication of the black inner lining that enhances the black in the characters. The frame a very simple unpainted wooden one.
As an artist, a reader, an art lover and most of all a teacher I mean and say that the most important thing is that some kind of content or message gets a reaction from a receiver. Of course as a teacher I think spelling and grammar is important, rules and techniques are, but only as an addition – not alone. A technically perfect painting or story which does not engage my thoughts or emotions has nothing no matter how perfect the lines are drawn or the spelling is. No law is good unless it serves the people. That is why the last character is slightly smaller in my painting.
Watching the painting the pen character looks back at me, the top 6 strokes turning into eyes. This aspect that even if taking away the real meaning of the characters it is an image – of something, intrigues me. The human mind is so focused on seeing faces that we so easily do that.
I am myself very happy about how it turned out: The combination of old and new, of simple and complicated, of the two characters having individual meanings but also a new one when together as well as being an abstract image, of it all working well together.
I hope you liked it too and enjoyed more detailed background information this time.
Monday, February 25, 2013
These days we can feel spring is starting its work - the sun is shining, some snow is melting and some of the birds has started wooing each other in the morning.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
In our modern rich society we have the possibility to decide when we want children and many wait a long time (unlike me), also many chose to have only one or two or as in China are limited to one. This long wait and modern technology means that children are more planned and longed for (or struggled for) than only 50 years ago. This means that we see differences in how people are parents today compared to before.
24 years ago on the dot today, I gave birth to my second child on the 24th of February and of course we all adored him instantly.
On the 24th of December here in Norway we celebrate another boychild's birth. Just this birth and historical comments on this birth story is something I read about just a few days ago in Jonas Gardell's book "Om Jesus" (about Jesus).
Today's painting is connected to all these thoughts.
24.2.2013 The Adoration - watercolor on paper 32x41cm $120 Free SH
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
22.2.2013 Sometimes Love is Kept Behind Barbed Wire - Watercolor on paper 21x30cm $100 to go to Amnesty International. Free SH
Thursday, February 21, 2013
I have been sleeping a lot the last two dags cathing up on the sleep and rest that was disturbed due to pain earlier this week. No matter whether you have a spouse or a pet that crawl near you at night - there is comfort in it.
21.2.2013 Sometimes Love is Sleeping Together - Watercolor on paper 21x30cm $100 Free SH
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
My wonderful daughter and her boyfriend has come home from Malaga today. Here home in Norway the sun has been shining on a cold clear winter day where many have been either skiing or enjoying life on a chair facing the sun. Today I celebrate loving the warmt and brightness of the sun
20.2.2013 Sometimes Love is Warm - Watercolor on paper 21x30cm $100 Free SH
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Yesterday and today has been tough days. Lots of pain and discomfort in my left hip. Some days like this the biggest challenge is staying brave, continuing to believe in progress, in the future, in life. It was my hope to capture some of all those feelings abstractly today. To me it signals strength and a will to pick oneself up and move forward. To me there is some dedication to keep fighting.
19.2.2013 Life's Bravery - watercolor on paper 30x40cm $120 unmounted Free SH
Monday, February 18, 2013
Today I have both needed a friend and got support, and been needed and given support. What would we do without the love of friends?
18.2.2013 Sometimes Love is Meeting your Friend - Watercolor on paper 21x30cm $100 Free SH
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Most of us who read sometimes dream about the love described in the classics or other stories where the men are romantic heroes and all the women beatiful and where there is real drama more that quarrels about who are to take of the grabage and who are to do the dishes.
17.2013 Sometimes Love is Better in Books - Watercolor on paper 21x30cm $100 Free SH
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Too Often we look far away to find happiness and love, when most of the time it is just within our reach.
16.2.2013 Sometimes Love is Close - Watercolor on paper 21x30cm $100 Free SH
Inspired by a very much loved song from the 50s.
Link til et opptak av "De nære ting" fra 1951
"De Nære Ting"! Teksten er opprinnelig ett dikt av Arne Paasche Aasen og det er originalinnspillingen fra 1951 vi hører. Melodien har de skrevet selv!
HER ER TEKSTEN:
Ditt sinn monne flyve så vide omkring,
det er som du glemmer de nære ting,
det er som du aldri en time har fred,
du lengter bestandig et annet sted.
Du syns dine dager er usle og grå,
hva er det du søker, hva venter du på?
Når aldri du unner deg rast eller ro,
kan ingen ting vokse og intet gro.
Gå inn i din stue, hvor liten den er,
så rommer den noe ditt hjerte har kjær.
På ropet i skogen skal ingen få svar,
finn veien tilbake til det du har.
Den lykken du søker bak blående fjell,
kan hende du alltid har eiet den selv.
Du skal ikke jage i hvileløs ring,
men lær deg å elske de nære ting.
Here is the text:
Your mind may fly around so wide,
it's like you forget the close things,
it's like you never have peace one hour,
You yearn always somewhere else.
You think your days are miserable and gray,
What are you looking for, what are you waiting for?
When you never treat yourself to rest or peace,
nothing can grow and nothing heal.
Go into your living room, small though it may be,
even so it contains anything your heart holds dear.
From the cry in the woods, no one will be answered,
find your way back to what you have.
The happiness you seek behind the blue mountains,
You may have always owned yourself.
You should not chase in a the restless ring,
but learn to love the close things.
Friday, February 15, 2013
There is a saying that you can not live on love and air alone. Love is wonderful, but getting by and being able to cover basic needs has to take presedense many a day especially if you have children. Then sometimes love is a luxury.
15.2.2013 Sometimes Love and Air is not Enough - Watercolor on paper 21x30cm $100 Free SH
Thursday, February 14, 2013
And for those of us who can not post a big bouqet of flowers received today on our facebook, today's message is that our big love can be just behind us waiting to catch up with us LOL.
14.2.2013 Sometimes Love is Just Behind You - Watercolor on paper 21x30cm $100 Free shipping
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
As Valentine's Day is getting closer I think there are many who feel intensly lonely while seeing all the love fuss everywhere, either because they are in a relationship that does not work or are single at the moment.
Nå som vi er i innspurt...en til Valentine's Day er det nok mange som ekstra kjenner det at de ikke har en kjæreste eller som er i et forhold som ikke fungerer, så i dag fokuserer jeg på at kjærlighet også kan være ensom.
13.2.2013 Sometimes Love is Lonely - Watercolor on paper 21x30cm $100 FRee shipping worldwide
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Who does not remember the first tentative movements of being in love for the first times when we shyly tried to get closer to the chosen one.
12.2.2013 Sometimes Love is Shy - Watercolor on paper 21x30cm $100 Free SH