Friday, 22 August 2014

Nicki Minaj - the prostitute of pop.

I just saw the new music video by Nicki Minaj "Anaconda". I rarely talk about music and things like that on my blog, but of course, this one was rather difficult not to notice. And not in a good way either, because although she has good perfumes, I will never buy one again as a gift. Shocking video and behaviour? Not so much - I'm a child of the 80's. Disgusting? Yes. I'm just really thinking why they don't just use those bananas for their obvious purpose - as dildo's and get it over with. That is where it's heading anyway, isn't it? Her main audience is 10+ year old girls. Great. (I'm not even gonna post the video here - my blog is not a trashcan.)

Autumn Exhibition 2014!

So I have been accepted by an art jury to be part of the "Autumn Exhibition" in Gjøvik, Norway from 6th to 28th of September. This is my 3rd year in a row, and of course very good for my CV and reputation as a local artist there, especially since it's juried. The painting they accepted is one of my personal favourites: "Free Lunch for Musketeers".

Painting and visits!

So ever since my last blog entry, I have been painting on the Robin Williams painting. It should be done this weekend, and I will of course share it with you. This past week I've had my little brother Henrik on a visit. It's been a long time since last time I've seen him - last time I was in Norway I think, so it was nice. We went out to eat (a bit more than I would like) and tried to enjoy the weather as much as possible. Board games has been another favourite too. We also went to see the film "Lucy" by Luc Besson. I have to say that that was the most interesting and refreshing film I've seen in a long time, and I highly recommend it to any sci-fi or fantasy lover!

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

R.I.P. Robin Williams.

I've been a huge fan of Robin Williams since I was a child, and can safely say that he is one of my all time favourite actors. Needless to say that I was shocked when I learned that he died this morning. The day has been surreal. I have cried, called people, watched "Hook", and the done what is the best therapy for me; started a painting of him. I was planning to take a late summer holiday now, and not paint for while, but these are the times when emotion and inspiration demands attention. So here we are. R.I.P. Robin. We will miss you. Thank you for the laughter.

Speed Painting "The Dance"

Here you have my newest painting as a speed painting video. I have gotten permission from the well known photographer Peter Lindbergh to use one of his photos of Natalie Portman taken for Vogue as a reference photo for this piece. I added some butterflies and changed her face a little. Enjoy!

How to paint butterflies.

A little video of how to paint butterflies, taken from the bigger painting called "The Dance". Enjoy!

A doggone day!

Last Friday Simo and I did what we do every year - go to the annual dog show in Helsinki. This year was a bit different though, because it's usually in the winter. We found out that this is not the annual Finnish dog show, but the main dog show for all Europe, so we were of course exited about that. We decided to go on Friday, even though the expo was the whole weekend, because Simo's favourite dog; Kangal dog was going to be showed that day. It's a pretty rare breed, and the fact that there was only 2 of them at the whole show says it all. After the dog show Simo went to work and I went home to prepare for my MJ movie club friends to come over and watch a film. This time it was "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf" with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor showing. The girls liked it, although it is a very intense film to watch. Truly some of Elizabeth Taylor's best acting! I highly recommend it, especially for film and theatre lovers.

Saturday, 2 August 2014