Drawing Crocus 

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Spring is finally arriving in Norway. Today I went for my first walk in 2016 in the park near to where I live.

It is a lovely park which rins down both sides of a little river which flows from the hills into the big fjord in my town, Sandnes.

The park has lots of things to offer such as picnicking, hiking and nature study and yesterday it offerede me some Crocus. Their flowers appear in spring, autumn and winter, so I guess this must be cultivatedbut they are so beautiful I love them at any time of the year. The park was also full of Snowdrops (in Norway we call them Snowbells) and together with the crocus flowers it the first sign of plants pushing up through the last of the frost and snow to tell us that spring is really here.

The delicate green of the leaves and the crocus blue of the flowers are such a contrast to the gray melting snow. It is like a glow of warmth peeking above ground. It makes my heart sing with joy. We norwegians have survived the winter in our well insulated warm wooden houses, but the snow drops and crocuses survived in the ground and now are putting their heads up to greet the spring sunshine.

Well I’m sure you have all guessed by now – I just had to paint them.

I’m still working on my new blog/website. It takes so much work! sooooooo much time! and so much energy! It takes time to create a nice site to browse and enough interesting content and all of that. But I learn a lot and I love it.

Do you blog? How much time do you spend on your site and how much time do you spend on your art? I would love to compare notes with you. Please leave a comment, You know that I always love to hear from you. It gives me the energy and inspiration to keep going.

 

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I you are going to Stavanger you find info about the park here

 

 

  

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Paint, drink tea and eat pizza

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Many birds fly south for winter and when we hear then singing again it is a sign that spring is here.

I have been waiting for the birds to come back. I wonder where they went and the nature programs tell me that some of them went all the way to Africa. If I was to take an airplane at 500 miles per hour it would take me at least 6 hours to get to the nearest part, so it must take the birds several weeks to make the journey. I am always in awe of what the birds and the bugs and the animals can do.

I haven’t yet seen the summer birds (like the swift and the swallow and the cookoo). But in meanwhile, I went to Pinterest and found some pretty photos of two sweet sweet parakeets from the hot rain forests which I painted to feel warm inside.

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I been using some very good masking liquid for watercolours, soon I will have a post about how I did this paintings.

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Edith Holden`s sketch book.

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I found a lovely book in a second hand store that I remember from when I was young.  “The country diary of an Edwardian lady” by Edith Holden.  I always wanted to have it and so I grabbed the opportunity.  It was written in 1906 but only published in 1977. It was an enormous success and often given as a gift. According to the Sunday Times newspaper, it was the best selling book in the 1970’s and remains number 4 of the overall best seller list for the last 40 years.

Each month has notes about the important days in the month, interesting information about the month, together with some poetry, entries about the things she did, and sketches and paintings of birds, insects and animals she came across on her regular walks.

It is a beautiful example of how important a journal is. This was obviously done for her own pleasure, but someone (an artist) realized just how inspiring it was and had it published. I find this so interesting. Just think about it, of all the books in the world, one of the best selling books happens to be a beautiful copy of a sketch book! A sketch book that was never intended to be published.

This book gave me lots inspiration, and by the way, it is easy to find a second hand version on Amazon or ebay.

The winter is ending, the  plants and flowers are waking up. So now is a great time to get out there and look for them. Show us all what the new spring is bringing in your area, by drawing and painting what you find for us.

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The materials I use in the video are:

  • Pentel color brush #101 (water solvent)
  • Pentel  brush GFKP Japan (water proof)
  • Molotow masking liquid.
  • Raphail brush “softaqua” imitation squirrel  -0
  • Da vinci brush, harbin-kolinsky- 6
  • Habico brush – 0.3
  • Atelier scrub brush -8

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The Molotow masking is the best I have ever had for protecting the page from colour. It is very delicate and is easy to use for details.

I also have to say that the Atelier scrub brush is the best I have found to rub out the masking liquid. It doesn’t leave the residue of an eraser and doesn’t risk oil stains from using  a finger. Even more important, it can remove a water colour stain quickly and easily, even the next day. It is only a brush, but it is also one of the secret tools used by professional artists for corrections…

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A secret sneak peek

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A secret sneak peek.

Some new ideas on how to be creative! I use my sketchbooks for different reasons at different times…. I told you before that breaking some rules can lead to creativity.

This time I was multitasking as I was sketching, I was in front of the TV watching “Jane the virgin” on Netflix (and by the way I have fallen in love with the show it makes me laugh out loud).
It brought me back in time to the days I did fashion design. and gave me some different ideas.

Fashion drawings like this should be fun and you should enjoy it!

Here are some tips for you to do fashion drawings.

Is this something you like to do? Do you like to getting started? Maybe this can help.

  • You can use Google to find some fashion models that you like and get your imagination flowing.
  • Think about the colours you will use. The most important thing is to have some fun. Some people will love the colours you choose, and others may not, but this is not for them! Just do this one for yourself.
  • Using the colours YOU love, will make it much more likely that you will be happy about it.
  • I always start by drawing a very light line using a pencil, and I prefer 2B. It is easy to make a mistake so have an eraser near by.
  • When you are happy with the sketch, make the lines darker and begin to paint.
  • And I am sure this can be a magical step on your artistic journey. Start with a first attempt and see where you end up. You have nothing to loose. If you dont like it, start again.
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Last minute wrapping idea

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Hope everyone is enjoying this holiday season! I love giving a present wrapped in a unique and personal way. If you’re like me you often wait until the last minute to buy gifts and then you got to hurry to do your beautiful fun or cool wrapping.

Is near to Christmas and I am trying to change my habits, for the last few days I have been focused on finding presents. My inspiration for wrapping this year came from the art school for kids where I teach. Last spring we made over 400 watercolour flowers that we pinned up on the wall and it was absolutely spectacular.

They are absolutely beautiful but they were put away before the summer. Luckily I found them in a box about a week ago. It hit me then that they be perfect for name tags.

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And I love wrapping and trying out something new every year.

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Last minute wrapping idea. Last minute wrapping idea, Presents , gifts idea . Christmas , holidaysThis is the inspiration for the name tag flowers. They are all  made by kids from the art school in my home town.
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Have fun wrapping and Happy Holidays!

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Coffee is my thing, but once in a while there’s something magical about having a cup of tea …… in a beauuuuuutiful antique tea cup. Being an artist, my home can get a little messy.  Even still, I’m not afraid to bring you in to my home studio. Moments like this makes me feel relaxed and at ease……..Drawing is my favourite thing to do, so here I go again working in my SKETCHBOOK . I am  EXCITED to show you my brand new video.

Materials:

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SKETCHBOOK INSPIRASION

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Walking by the riverside is inspiring in itself and like most of us, I get a thrill from kicking through the lovely crisp dry colourful autumn leaves, so that is what I did, and I strolled around Oslo. I’m really enjoying being back again in the place I lived for 20 years.

I went to the Hipster’ neighbourhood Grünerløkka which is the place to be if you like to meet the young and trendy,  artists and immigrants. Like the hip and cool, Pakistanis and Turks they have all left their mark by taking over old run-down buildings and turning them into cool cafes and restaurants.

This area has bars,  exhibition spaces, boutiques and interesting colonial shops. But I have to mention blå (pronounced “blaa” ) were they hold concerts and where you can go dancing (blå means blue). In the same building you find K.E.M which is my favourite art supply store. Grünerløkka has always attracted artists. Edvard Munch is one of the many artists who lives there. He use to live in both Fossveien 7 and Thorvald Meyers gate 48 (now Schous plass 1,  and, as a student I lived in Schous plass 3).

In that area you can also visit the Mathallen food hall, where you’ll find luxe food and inspired  homemade delicacies from Spain, France, Asian, in fact  food from all over the world. You can also sign up for a cooking class! Enjoy the BEST Norwegian cheeses like “geitost” or the best duck confit sandwich. And Scandinavia’s best coffee bar. Oslo- blå Oslo- blå “Blå”

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Oslo gives me energy and makes it fun to do drawings. Being with friend is the most inspiring. But I suppose it is everything I experience that make a trip like this great. Here is some drawings I did.

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I got my self a new Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, is perfect to creating fine to broad lines just like a brush. The pen is refillable with permanent pigment ink. you can get Pentel at BLICK.

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I went to some good gallery´s and I got to see an exhibition of Hilma af Klint she did beautiful large and colourful works . She was one of the history’s first abstract artists.

‒ “Hilma af Klint was an artist with a clear sense that she was ahead of her time. Even though she was making abstract paintings as early as 1906, she never exhibited these ground-breaking works in her lifetime. She even wrote in her will that these paintings were not to be exhibited until 20 years after her death; only then would the time be ripe”, Hoegsberg elaborates.

Here is how to get to  Henie Onstad Kunstsenter

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Kr.100 = $ 12, pricey?  Here is a link to the: farmer’s market

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Draw your dream holiday

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My new Art journal.

I found a treasure in a second hand shop. I fell in love with this beautiful blue notebook that is decorated with gold leaf. I love that it is written Norwegian, French and English and that it has the most beautiful hand writing. It is written in different colours of ink. This book made me think about traveling, and all the places I wanted to go.

Years and years ago I found a article in a magazine about traveling, It had a photo of a fantastic hotel in Budapest. It inspired me to paint the swimming pool and I wrote down the address to the hotel. Not that I plan to go there, but the address gave me a aesthetic pleasure. It sounded so exotic, just like a beautiful song you hear for the first time.

I had a opportunity to go to this city some years ago and I decided to there stay one night and go to this swimming pool. The experience was so wonderful, it was the great feeling of a dream coming true. (Well, I got a shock when I went in to the water for it was so, sooooo cold, I did’nt imagine this in my dream.)

The point is that I want this particular Art journal to be filled with beautiful things i want to see and places I want to go to. I believe that drawing and thinking about things you want, will make the dreams be more likely to come true, and then when it happens, I know I will be grateful and love and appreciate it even more.

 

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Store your creative ideas for a rainy winter day

Store your creative ideasSometimes I have to save my ideas, that I don’t have time for.

By recording them somewhere safe, you know that you have them for a “rainy day” (we get lots and lots of rainy days in Norway).

  • Create a secret store of creativity. No idea is a bad idea. Maybe it won’t work for one project, but it might be perfect for another project.
  • It could be a note book where you write down all the ideas.
  • It could be a sketch book with just drawings or watercolours of what is in your mind.
  • My favourite is a box of cards with the writing on one side and a painting on the other side. Then I can pull out the ideas in any combination and mix and match the best ideas for a particular project. How to make the box   

 

I make this cards, from old paintings.

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How to be creative. Tip of the week Number 2

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CREATIVITY TIP OF THE WEEK – Give your Creativity an Art Energy Snack.

 Imagine kneeling beside a mountain stream and cuping your hands to drink the fresh, cold, clear water, standing under a waterfall or plunging into a pool or lake. Any one of these will make you feel wonderful. My favourite is the fresh, cold, mountain, spring water. It invigorates me, clears my head, and gives me energy to continue my hiking, to climb further up the mountain.

 

But getting to that cool, clear stream is not easy. It can take a long time of putting one foot in front of the other, over and over again. It is tiring and it absorbs my energy, and after a long time walking, I can feel I am not making any progress at all.

Art and creativity can be like a hike. You can feel that you are always doing the same old things, over and over again, and not making any progress. Does this happen to you? Do you sometimes find that your paintings just don’t turn out interesting? Feeling disappointed with one’s own work can be very discouraging. It can be a real killer. But this is not at all uncommon for anyone doing drawing and painting.

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Now, what if I can give you a short cut?

Well, it is not really a short cut. It is more like an energy snack or a few squares of sweet chocolate to give you a boost when you need it most. Something that will help your push your weary art legs a little longer until you reach that cool fresh stream.

ART ENERGY SNACK 

Some time ago, I published a box of 100 cards full of ideas. It is in Norwegian, but today I have found a way to share some of the cards with you.

The cards can be used in several fun ways, but the simplest game is to draw a card, read it and then do what the card tells you to do. You can, for example draw a new card every 30 minutes and change the subject, or just stick to the first card you pull. Set your own rules before you start to play.
I hope they end up as successes in your eyes

Maybe you don’t like the task you get and you want to change it. Well, no one is watching, and if you really want, you can change it. But one very important thing I learnt in art school was, if there is something you don’t like doing………..you have to do it, for this is a trigger! And where there is a trigger, whether it is good or bad, there is energy and this energy will bring you somewhere. Maybe it will bring you far on your creative journey, who knows? That is how we learn and this is what makes us break into something new. Don’t be afraid to try new things. New is different, new is good. New is creative. What do you have to lose? The most important aspect is you will certainly learn something.

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To make your Art Energy Snack cards, download this PDF and print it out. I recommend watercolour paper if your printer can handle it. (You should check the printer instructions if you haven’t tried to print on thick paper before.) Print them on the back of a drawing or painting you are not completely happy with. Then cut along the lines to make small creative cards. Next you can personalize them, give your cards a charm of their own. Decorate them more, write more ideas on them, add your own cards. Do what ever you want with them. Just have fun with them. I know they will reward you, if you give them a chance.

how to be Creativityhow to be CreativityThis was my tip of the week, but please tell me your tips too. What you do to keep going? I love to hear from you. I’m always pleased and often surprised with the wonderful ideas my readers share.

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