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Month: November 2018

Portrait process: I am closing down

“I am closing down”. Mixed media on canvas.25 x 24 cm.

This is the I am closing down piece before I added paint and other mediums such as charcoal etc. I usually take photos of the work during the whole process and sometimes when I look at the photos afterwards I like this initial stage better than the finished, it is more raw and clean. It is a challenge to know when to stop with a piece of work. With some paintings I just know when I am done and with some it seems like I can go on with the details for ever. I guess it is all about what kind of expression I am after but it is also a constant battle with perfectionism…

A fun anecdote about the painting is that my husband is not particularly fond of this piece. He actually thinks it is scary! The reason is because the painting actually started as a quick sketch of my 8 year old daughter that then developed into a new face and “person”. But he still sees our daughter in the finished more serious and dark image. But I really like it. Knowing that my daughter is “in there” somewhere just makes it more special for me. This is one of my favourite of the six portraits I am doing right now.


A juried exhibition in Göteborg

This weekend I applied to a juried exhibition in Göteborg, Sweden, that will be held in the beginning of next year. It’s been a while since I exhibited. Health and studies has come between. So I am very excited but nervous. It is a constant battle to handle the self-doubt. But it would be really fun to exhibit at that particular Gallery, it looks very nice. I can’t wait until 14th December then I will know if I was accepted or not. Hold your thumbs!

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