Art Challenge

5th week and growing happier with the challenge

Leaves and Bowl of fruit on a table, 1908 - Pains et compotier aux fruits sur une table

Week 3 and 4 was not at all encouraging. It was quite upsetting that the results I got were way lower than my expectations. I have to admit that week 4 was not at all focused on the #picassochallenge, but it was for a great cause. In three days in Paris I felt like a little girl running on a big department store full with toys! I looked at so many opportunities and found myself spending most of the day travelling in the metro! Lol!

Paris was really special and I have to come back soon, many times to get to really know that enormous and so full of history, art, gastronomy and energy city!

Cough, Cough, babe it is cold inside

This week coughing family members all around me. Both kids and my husband got really ill with some flue that lasts until now. The snow buried my turpentine/ oils bucket. Oh boy and how did it snow! It was at least three times this week so cold as around -13C in the morning. Luckily, although feeling almost dead, my husband had energy to drive me back and forth to the train station.

I usually paint when I arrive from work as I find it terribly painful if I have to wake up earlier to paint. Oh man, it is so damn cold, and my bed is so warm and cozy. No, it doesn’t work. I tried, but it is really a torture to me. So, after dinner is when I go up with my bucket of rags and papers. The poor bucket might have been so deep under the snow I could not find it!

It is enough now

I did not paint every days, but yesterday night I painted the last details from this weeks challenge. Of course I could still keep painting and adding details, but there is simply no time for that now. That is really something good as well. When you have a schedule, you just stop when time is off and it is horrible and good. On the one side it feels weird because deep inside you know your work is not done yet. On the other side, it is good to know that you could make something in that week that you can call, well, good enough for something you painted in one week. And when the whole challenge is done it is possible to come back and make it better. That´s what I hope, at least.

Now I am here planning for the next challenge, for the new paintings I will have done for the spring and some design ideas.

This week’s Ups and Downs


  1. There was no filming this week either. That was a pity. The phone died in the middle of the filming and the footage was lost.

2. Family issues: Kids

I still do not know how to deal with my feelings of disappointment. I am certainly not the best mother in the world. Sometimes I tell myself I am good enough, but it doesn’t´t really work. I want so much that that little creature grow and have a good life. I wish I had a little more control, as when I take my brush and decide that it will be darker or lighter or deeper or shallower. Frustrating that I cannot do that! Real life sucks sometimes.

What was Great this Week

1. I am finally an aunt! My little brother is now a father and she is the sweetest baby! Wellcome to the world Mirella!

2. In Paris I managed to grow 1,5 Kg heavier and I just managed to drop those nasty kgs! yay!

3. I see the light! Feels like this will be a more creative year, both at work and on my free time!

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Second Week and the challenge continues

This week was not at all easy. I wanted to re-start, but if I did that I would not be able to make it. I got a feeling of what the master’s objective was, but it is so difficult without seeing what he was seeing.

The painting was The Reservoir, Horta de Ebro / Horta de San Joan, summer 1909.

The Reservoir – Picasso 1909
My attempt and the original beauty

Trying to copy Picasso’s view is difficult as hell. Specially when you have so little time to do it. Some evenings are extra difficult. Sometimes I am tired, lazy and this temperature of -6C makes me wanna just jump in bed.

One of these days I tried waking up at 6:00 am but it is hell! No it doesn’t work at all. Easier to paint before dinner, while my husband takes care of it. (Some days he is a saint!) :)

Now something cool happened!

I got a chance to be in PARIS soon! and I am trying to learn some French now, Je suis trè heureuse! I hope I get the chance to visit some places Picasso went to and see some of what he saw (more or less). I think the buildings and the parks may not have changed so much (hope not). It will be just 3 days, so I know I will not be able to see much anyways, but at least some special places.

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#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) !

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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.

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16, 17 and 18 Black and white

This time I decided to paint in Black and white. At least I started as BW, but I don´t know yet if it will finish like this. I have so much in my head right now.

Last weekend I was at a fish market and I didn´t notice that it was kind of cold. I was outside almost the whole day on sunday and now I feel my energy is not the same. I feel sick. I hope this is not serious because tomorrow there is a special reception at work, on friday I will have to be at my friend’s party  and saturday-sunday it will be vernissage! Oh my.

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16 of 30Joanaoberg 217

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18 of 30Joanaoberg 2017