Art Challenge

#01 – House in a garden – The first week of my Picasso year

This was the first week of my Picasso year and I dedicated myself to painting House in a Garden (House and Trees) – Maisonette dans un Jardin ( Maisonette et abres)  by Pablo Picsasso in 1908 and it is hanging in Moscow right now. The painting would be a simplified depiction of Horta de San Juan in Spain, where his friend Pallares lived.

Picasso was playing with the idea of cubism and nature, with inspiration by Cézanne’s art. Cubism was blooming and the revolution started in Paris.

Oh Paris, Paris, the capital of revolutions, the capital of art. It is a shame I never really been there for more than a couple of hours!

Now, back to my first week with Picasso. Above everything it was a great opportunity to learn about oils. The thing of the moment now is trying to learn more each day, and successively the fears might go away.

I made a series of videos and my idea was to assemble them to show more or less how my process went. It was basically the whole week. You can see some of my family members running around while I was painting. But everything is in very high speed.

This week I saw a film: Midnight in Paris. It was funny but sweet. Strongly recommend it. I also discovered a bunch of songs that are so nice in French. Well, I am not saying that Edit Piaff is off, but It would be nice to update the tunes a little bit. Anyway, I’m feeling hooked in some singers now: Christophe Maé, with Marcel (So so beautiful) !

Art Challenge

Picasso Year Challenge – week one

In the last week of December I was playing with ideas for a “year challenge”. At first I had the idea to cook and paint, but as I am a 9 to 5 worker this could get quite stressing as cooking involves so many moments, so many details and… when I get home from work I am always hungry, too hungry to start creating some new food, so, no, this challenge will have to wait a little. But than I had the idea to get me to learn more about one of the greatest artists, Pablo Picasso.
I really do not think I´ll be able to copy a Picasso original in just one week, what I´ll do is try to learn from it and hopefully I will be able to apply the learning in my original art somehow.

So 2019 will be my Picasso year, and oh, yes, another detail: I am learning to paint in oils! I have been painting in acrylics, watercolours and gouache for quite sometime. Oils always scared me. Most because of its dangers: It’s health dangers and it´s proneness to accidents (specially for people like me living in old tree homes! ugh!)

Anyhow, as I started last Monday on my journey I grew to love painting in oils. I do not know exactly what it is, but it is so much sexier somehow! The way the paint touches the canvas and reacts to the brush is very much pleasant to me. And, don´t tell anyone, but I like the smell of Turpentine! I know it is terribly toxic, so I will just use the last jar and buy something less poisonous next week.

Bucket with dangerous stuff, covered in snow :)

I also know about the dangers of inflammation, so I bought an iron bucket where I toss all paper towels and rags. I use them and when I am done I leave the bucket outside our home. It is so cold outside and snowing almost every days, so I think this is a good temporary solution.

Today I already prepared my list of 50 paintings and on Monday I´ll start working on the first one :) I´ll have the whole week to have it ready and on next Sunday I´ll need to choose the second one.
The idea is to publish with a little more details, pictures, maybe videos on the weekends.
Would be cool to visit all the paintings as well. Most of them are in the USA, but at least one is in Sweden, which I am hoping to be able to visit this year.

I would be nice to know if anyone is interested to follow this amazing and scary journey with me. I will be publishing every day about the challenge on Instagram.

Acrylics on Canvas Art QR

sold – Getting Crazy

This is an original certificate for the painting: Getting Crazy.

Sold in October 2018 in Järfälla – Stockholm, Sweden.

This was one of my first paintings, or it was the first painting I made with a serious mind on being an artist for real! The story behind the painting is

intimately related to my family.  It was a very much shaped by my situation situation, struggling to learn Swedish, to get into school, “art school” and being “helped” by my husband to get this painting hanged on the wall.

Size is 90×90 cm

Medium Acrylics on canvas

Created in 2005.

Certificate December 97th  2018.

Picture from the “Konstrunda”, when it got sold to a very lovely friend. Thank you my dear!