‘Beach Steps to Dusk’ Acrylic on Paper 29.7 x 42cm (11.69 x 16.53 in)
Sometimes I feel like I’m in a whirlwind.
The only time I really feel calm and centered is when I’m painting or drawing.
The sensations and experiences you have in life get transmuted into one image. Just one.
A symbol of all that mattered to you at that point in time. A calm center within the storm.
Just playing around with acrylics. Abstract trees in a snowy, windy landscape.
I love the rough delicacy of pine cones but not under your feet!
At the moment the weather’s getting warmer. Perhaps bare feet are in order? But be careful as those tough, woody pine cones litter the ground everywhere. But for their purpose they are truly delicate. The way those hard cones open when they dry out and the delicate triangular shaped seeds fall out to be scattered by the wind is genius.
I’m building up a collection of different shapes and sizes of pine cones in my studio. Memories of my walks in the forest. To me they’re like precious woody jewels.
Finished this watercolor yesterday. It’s inspired by an island in Stockholm called Djurgården, which was the old royal hunting grounds.
Now, it’s the big tourist island in Stockholm as the zoo and lots of museums and cafes are there. Though with all that, it’s mainly open woodland surrounded by water, and you really feel like you’re in the country when you’re walking around it.
In the watercolor it’s winter time. The landscape on the island is mainly oaks, beech, elm and maple and you see the trees silhouetted in the distance, here and there, on low hills surrounded by water.
I don’t find winter trees melancholy at all. Walking along you’re enveloped by their branches reaching out and up in delicate and not so delicate arrangements. Letting the sun warm you. The promise of things to come.
Here’s an interesting article about the pro’s and cons of Amazon’s new artstore which opened in August. The Work of Art in the Age of Amazon : The New Yorker.
It’s really just another avenue to sell art for the galleries participating in the main. So it hardly undermines them which has been suggested by a few articles. And an easy way for people who never step into an art gallery to easily access it. There’s some really good original art for sale on it by relatively unknown artists (outside the US anyway). Though here’s an opposing view. In its first week, they offered original lithographs by Dalí, Matisse, and Miró, etchings by Rembrandt, and paintings by Monet.
It’s only American galleries at the moment so I suppose they’ll wait and see how that goes before expanding. In the end most people would rather see art before they buy. And talk to someone who knows something about the art and the artist. Especially if it’s really expensive. Though it has changed a little. It seems the biggest sellers at the moment are giclee prints rather than original art which is no surprise.