This month I’ve been busy painting (and selling) big cats, testing how to make digital art and giving my studio a much needed spring cleaning. I’ve also enjoyed the company of the younger generation in my studio, been to exhibitions and movies besides finding the slow vibes for a much needed summer vacation.
Studio time as self-care
Most of us live busy lives. There are full time jobs, bills to pay, cooking and cleaning, friends and family to take care of, smartphones, concerts, football games and television. At my age I also need a good night’s sleep.
For me, making time to create is an important part of self-care. Studio time is sacred and my way of healing and dealing with the world. So I show up and create. That means getting into the studio no matter what is going on in life.
The most wonderful days in my studio give rise to joyous series of explorations that lead to personal understanding and more interesting artworks.
Group exhibit in Canada
24.-25. June one of my cat paintings is exhibited in the beautiful city of Vancouver in Canada. Click here to check it out!
This month I’ve visited and revisited the Marianne Bratteli exhibition Beating Heart at the MUNCH museum in Oslo. To my surprise this is Marianne Bratteli’s first comprehensive museum exhibition. I find her works powerful and interesting. Despite the colorful and playful expression, her works also depict how war traumas, if not resolved, can go from one generation to the next.
Art as a means of living my life
People keep asking me how to buy my works… (go to website)
But to be honest; I’m not so interested in art as a means of making a living, I like my day job. What interests me more is art as a means of living my life.
So let’s chill out, let’s find the summer vibes and enjoy the summer!
Ps. Think I will log off and have a much needed digital detox this summer – what about you?