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#15 art christmas calendar: The tools of beauty

christmas calendar

#15 art christmas calendar: The tools of beauty

Some days are for shuffling paint like you know what you’re doing and some days there’s just blah... and that’s when you stop and have a look at your tools and see how beautiful they are. I clean my brushes. My painting knifes are a different story. I love them like this, all coloured up. Like a piece of art in their own capacity.

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#14 art christmas calendar: It's a double birdie

acrylic bird christmas calendar

#14 art christmas calendar: It's a double birdie

I know, I know... How many birds can you paint? A lot! That's why I'm increasing the speed of them coming at you, and today you get to see two new birds. I couldn't chose so there you go. Which one do you like the most?

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#13 art christmas calendar: Bird with less chaos

acrylic bird christmas calendar original art painting

#13 art christmas calendar: Bird with less chaos

Another bird! Love to paint them, I mean I really put so much love and joy into painting and the birds I've been painting lately are amazing in my eyes (and brush). In this painting I wanted to go with a less chaotic background, still portraying the bird in motion like if it's playing in a puddle. What do you think?

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#12 art christmas calendar: That's one crazy pink bird

acrylic christmas calendar

#12 art christmas calendar: That's one crazy pink bird

Guess I enjoy painting my imaginary birds. I think of a parrot and paint something from within. This time I thought of a flamingo because hey, they're really beautiful! And then I add some. There are plenty of flamingos portraited in different ways. I just enjoyed painting this one, and I hope you enjoy looking at it.

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#11 art christmas calendar: Tweet this bird

#11 art christmas calendar: Tweet this bird

A friday night of fun is painting a couple of parrot looking birds. I made two this evening and you get to see one of them right now. I was going for a slightly new way of painting without even thinking about it. Love how the birds pop against the cool pink and white background that makes me think of flamingos! Maybe I should make some pink birds...

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#10 art christmas calendar: The subconscious is doing all the work

acrylic christmas calendar painting

#10 art christmas calendar: The subconscious is doing all the work

This week my subconscious is doing all the painting. Here I am wanting them to sing, but they want something else and girl, I’m listening!

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#9 art christmas calendar: Why the blue face?

christmas calendar oil

#9 art christmas calendar: Why the blue face?

Exploring blue tones in oil. And having fun with the sweater, or maybe rather the neck collar thingie.  Painted on a special paper from a paper factory in Piteå. It’s not really for painting, but I like it.   

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#8 art christmas calendar: Time to roar

acrylic christmas calendar original art painting

#8 art christmas calendar: Time to roar

I’m going to be honest. They were going to sing at first, from a balcony, but the brush and paint thought otherwise and now they’re roaring from a podium. Or singing. Or roaring. Or... 

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#7 art christmas calendar: The comfort of painting

oilpastel self-portrait

#7 art christmas calendar: The comfort of painting

Every painting is like stepping out of my comfort zone, only I’m not in discomfort – I actually love it there. The brush, the paint, the surface, takes me on a journey and all I have to do is tag along. I’m in flow, I’m at ease, I’m in my zone, in the Vortex or whatever you want to call it. Finally I can breathe deep and relax. It’s funny like that – stepping out of comfort to be in that total flow. To honour that, today’s painting is self-portrait made from a fast sketch with the wrong hand, not...

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#6 art christmas calendar: it’s getting sketchy

christmas calendar sketch

#6 art christmas calendar: it’s getting sketchy

I love the process of how much detail you actually need. The brain will add what’s needed in order to make sense of it.  So here’s a simple sketch. What do you make of it?

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#5 art christmas calendar: The pink side of it all

christmas calendar oil painting pink

#5 art christmas calendar: The pink side of it all

From one of my first attempts at painting with oil colours. I was doing a lot of hairdos and faces but had a thought and left the face out of it for this one. And then the swirly background kind of got to me and I’m thinking I should make a huge painting with just that. We’ll see :) 

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#4 art christmas calendar: Painting bottles

bottleart

#4 art christmas calendar: Painting bottles

Trying something new! Had a little project of this evening, painting empty bottles. Every bottle got their own design, though I kept eight of them in the same background style with only one colour.  What do you think?  I’ll shoot them some more tomorrow. Stay tuned.

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#3 art christmas calendar: And then a bird flew in

acrylic bird christmas calendar Ebeneser painting

#3 art christmas calendar: And then a bird flew in

I feel like it’s ok if there’s a snow storm AND a giant bird flies in. It’s 2020 after all...  Title: And then a bird flew in

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#2 art christmas calendar: Let there be music

acrylic christmas calendar Ebeneser painting

#2 art christmas calendar: Let there be music

Kulturcentrum Ebeneser in Luleå, Sweden, is usually a place filled with live music and stuff like that. It was one of the first places we visited when we came to this town three years ago. Their christmas jazz was amazing!It’s also a very cool building, and this is my take on it for the second day of my art christmas calendar.  Let there be music

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The cucumber sweater came in style

cucumber oil portrait

The cucumber sweater came in style

Exploring ways to paint people using oil colours on a piece of amazing floor paper. Yes, amazing, and it’s just not any kind of paper, you have to know a guy who knows a guy to get your hands on a roll.

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