New works and one white day

It's already march and for us in Florence it started off with a day of snow, a very rare occasion.

Naturally, if you've been living here (growing up in Germany and living in Norway put aside)and wake up to a white blanket covering your view from the window, you get dressed and leave the house immediately to meet your hilariously excited friends from warmer places in the center to see what the Duomo, the David and Ponte Vecchio look like with that pretty powder on top. After playing I managed to speed walk back through the Italian snow chaos, which by then was slush, to our Academy. Naturally the only school that did not get snow free in Florence (hint: it's Russian). Red cheeked I finished another painting I had started with our model for February and also my third drawing of the same in the afternoon. I am happy that I now get to start new works, when I'm done and don't have to overwork the other stuff. In February we had a nude model. But this coming month it will be costumed 

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These are my drawings of this past month. 

 

Two paintings of the same girl. The first one is the one I worked on longer and it's 90x70 cm on burlap (jute) canvas and the second is 50x70cm on the same material.

 

Also I finally got to sketch people with African decent on the weekends. I've been curious on the colour schemes for darker skin. This has been really fun. Both of these sketches were done in 1,5 h.  We often do these sketch sessions on Saturdays where we privately get a model to sit for us and we all crowd in an apartment. You know, what we do for fun, haha.

 

 

Malta with the brush

over Christmas break I took a solo painting trip to Malta. Which turned out really good - clearing my head and my palette with some fresh creamy ocean teals.  

I still want to take these sketches into the studio to make some bigger works with it. 

 

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my first one just after arrival. The sun went down too quickly on me.  really would like to revisit this study and make a bigger one.

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This was near Sliema, Malta

 

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It was quite rainy and stormy during this one. My pleinair box was shaking in the wind. This was just by Valletta. Beautiful city. This was the second sketch after which a storm rolled in and I couldn't paint.

 

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I relocated to Gozo, the north western island. Smaller and more picturesque. There could have been so many more things I could have painted. Especially in the towns. But I just kept wanting to go to the sea. Since I was traveling to my new location and then walking to the beach I had again the problem, that the sun was setting quickly. Not too proud of this one. But it was a beautiful place, so I should probably try something from this sketch.  This is at one of the few beaches in Malta, Gozo, called Ramla bay. Interesting,y the sand and the rocks had a more red hue and not the typical ochre limestone on the rest of the island.

 

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One of the better ones. I actually took some more time, that's probably why. This is at a really cute little harbour town called Marsalforn. 

 

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A cute windmill in Xaghra, the town I stayed in. 

 

one very exciting thing happened. I rented a scooter. Oh my, what fun I had with that thing. I wish I could have filmed myself... I took it to the West Point of Gozo. Last year in April the Azur woindow here had collapsed unfortunately. That was a rock formation like an arch in the sea. Not there aniymore, but it is such a cool place to just explore. I was a bit too busy finding a composition and in the end, this was t really worth it. Well, worth a try, but not very well done. Beautiful place though. I wish I had more time.       

one very exciting thing happened. I rented a scooter. Oh my, what fun I had with that thing. I wish I could have filmed myself... I took it to the West Point of Gozo. Last year in April the Azur woindow here had collapsed unfortunately. That was a rock formation like an arch in the sea. Not there aniymore, but it is such a cool place to just explore. I was a bit too busy finding a composition and in the end, this was t really worth it. Well, worth a try, but not very well done. Beautiful place though. I wish I had more time. 

 

 

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and finally this one! My absolute highlight and timely as well. I had a commission to paint a boat as I was there. I thought, I'd probably find one eventually, but most of the boats where on land due to the winter season , or very closely tied up in the harbour together, so I went around on the scooter, trying to find the right boat. Because the next day I was leaving to the main island again and the weather forbast was again storm and rain. Finally I got blessed with this location. It was such a joy to paint this.

this was in Mgarr on Gozo. 

and for this one I did a studio version, when I got back.

 

And this one is for sale ;)

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Sailboat on Gozo, 40x50 cm

New exhibition up

Im spending the summer again in Norway, this time in my dear Ålesund, where I work at café Lyspunktet. When I wasn't working my behind off as waitress, barista or chef, I tried to paint as much as I could, because I set myself the goal, to have an exhibition during august at the same café. It's been quite a crazy workload and I've even built my own frames somehow. But now, I put the pictures up this weekend and they will be on display until the first week of September. Pictures will follow soon!

 

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