Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas!

Christmas is over again, or at least Christmas eve. We had a great evening with the morning and afteroon spent mostly in front of the TV actually, watching all the old and traditional Christmas shows that I have to see to be able to have a real Christmas feeling. Dinner was served at 17.30 and as usual, the Norwegian Christmas dinner is mostly potatoes and meat. We went on to gifts and unwrapping and we have to do it turn so it last as long as possible and everybody can see what everybody gets. In the middle of the unwrapping though, the Christmas tree decided to have a launch and pretty much attacked me where I was minding my own business and all. I managed to save it in time, and it is still standing...for now. I was super happy with all the gifts this year, and making a real wish list payed off. I will probably make a video showing you guys some of the stuff I got. Continue having a great Christmas!

Bye bye Finland...

...for a while again. Coming home to Finland after celebrating Christmas with family in Norway is pretty much no point. Because from January intil the end of March, there will be a huge renovation in our building, and you can't even live in your appartement. So as if Christmas isn't stressful enough, Simo and I spent the whole night before leaving awake, so that we could wrap all furniture and stuff in plastic. So it will be interesting to see the result when we come home in the beginning of April.

Friday, 21 December 2012

The end of the world...

...was supposed to come today. Dissapointed. No, but seriously. I realize that Discovery and other channels will take whatever they can to make a good show, and I'm sure that these Doomday preppers were pretty busy this year. At least now that the world was gonna end at prisecely 12.00 o'clock in the daytime (how does that work in the whole world, would it go timezone by timezone?), and it hasn't happen, they can focus on Christmas instead of trying to survive the doom. So hurry up and buy what you can! Today and tomorrow is your last chance, before BOOM!!! CHRISTMAS!!

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Santa Lucia.

Today is a big Christmas celebration for all Scandinavians. By that I mean, Finland, Norway and Sweden. I'm not sure about Denmark, but I expect the have the same tradition. We celebrate Santa Lucia. It's a very big celebration in kindergardens and shools especially, where a girl will be selected to represent Lucia, and lead a parade of children dressed in white while holding a single candle. Lucia herself will be in the front, with a red ribbon around her waist, holding a candle and wear a candle crown on her head. It is truly a beautiful scene when these children enter a dark room full of parents, singing the Lucia song. However beautiful this might be, the real story behind Lucia is quite dramatic. I've done some research on this, so bear with me. The legend of Lucia dates back to 304 A.D. in Sicily. She was the daughter of a noble Christian family, and when her mother fell ill, she prayed to God for her health to come back. When she became well again, she swore to devote her life to God and helping the poor, and refused to marry the man the family had promised her to. With fury, this man reported her as a Christian and she was to be burned at the stake. What we wear today, celebrating Santa Lucia, is for us a traditional symbol of beauty and warmth on long and cold winter nights. The white dress that we wear is in fact symbolizing her purity. The red ribbon symbolizes the blood that poured from her body as she was tortured. The lights in her hair has more of an interesting story...as she was put on the fire, it didn't burn her right away, but made a radiant light shining all around her while she died. Lucia was made a protestant saint. In art she is usually shown with her eyes in a bowl, as the story goes that they were so beautiful that she herself ripped them out so that no man could fall in love with them. They don't teach you this story in school I can assure you. I was never Lucia in kindegarden or school of course. It's every little girls dream. When I was young it HAD to be a blond girl. Now it's changed though. But I DID get my hair on fire though. You see, now they have the light on battery, but in the 80's they had REAL lights, even in kindergarden. So I'm told that my hair caught fire during one of these parades. I don't remember it, but at least I can say that I've come closest to being a real Lucia. That's right bastards!

De-hording.

Yesterday was one of those wonderful days when you go to bed in the evening and feel like you've made a CHANGE for yourself. It's very easy to do this - simply throw a big item from your hording world. Simo's mother came over since we don't have a car, so that we could go to the attic and get some big things thrown out from there. Here you have to go to a special place that take care of those kind of things, and we had some broken furniture up there as well as old laptops and computer stuff. I also did my yearly clothing de-hording and got rid of two bags full of clothes and three bags of old towels. Ah.

Doggone day!

On Sunday, Simo and I headed to the yearly Dog Show here in Helsinki. We always go, because there is nothing than can make me happier than a dog - especially a puppy. Simo wanted to see certain breeds that he might want in the future, so we were careful to see on the program that most of the ones he liked were there on Sunday and not Saturday. We were first thinking to take Milla with us, because we thought it might be a good exercise for her, but we changed our minds when Simo remembered in the middle of the night that he thought he had seen somewhere last year that you couldn't bring your own dog if you hadn't applied for it first. And right he was. When we arrived there was a huge sign saying "no dogs" - a bit ironic. We were glad since it's pretty far from our place and a bit tricky to get there. After walking around a bit and looking at all the wonderful dogs in all sizes and all their glory, Simo saw one that he thought might be a Sarplaninac - his favourite dog race. It wasn't, but a very similar breed called Caucasian Ovsharka. These dogs are HUGE and bred to kill wolves and bears. And in fact it was called "Teddy". We talked to Teddy's owner for a very little time before she looked at Simo and said: "You look like person who knows dogs! Can you hold him while I go to the toilet, I've been holding myself for hours!" Simo was like "Sure", and she went off while yelling to him "Oh, don't let him attack any other male dog!" And gone she was. So it didn't take long before the huge dog saw a male he would like to pick a fight with, but Simo used all that he's learned about big dogs and put his leg up in front of him and gave him a push. From that on Teddy simply leaned on his new friend Simo. There you go. So after babysitting Teddy for a little while we went to eat at the "Finnish Mc. Donald's" Hesburger, (which is much better by the way) and looked at the dogs and the shows for a little bit longer. I started to miss Milla when we walked passed a bunch of Border Terriers and one that looked and acted just like her. We even managed to get some Christmas gifts from here! Great success!

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Bad 25 documentary.

A video I made yesterday after seeing "Bad 25" a new documentary about Michael Jackson's album "Bad". The documentary is by Spike Lee and has lots of interesting new things about MJ in it. This is also great for non MJ fans.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Christmas time.

So it's Christmas time again, and I have to say that I haven't really been in Christmas mood lately. I think that every year I go into a sort of denial when Christmas come around, because quite frankly it's way too early every year. And is it just me, or does it seem like it comes a BIT earlier to the stores every year? Yes, for the few ones of you that haven't figured it out yet; they're brainwashing us. I know that the role for a child and an adult is different in Christmas time, but I remember when I was a child - how I was allowed to fully enjoy Christmas time by looking forward to what it really is about; being with family, Christmas music and for me at least - Christmas movies and things on TV. Yes, I'm addicted to certain things around the holidays - certain films and TV specials. (NOT Star Wars Holiday Special!!!) When I was a kid I had ONE advent calendar. In the beginning it was the normal cheap chocolate one. Then, in delight, I discover that there was something called GIFT calendar where you would get a small gift every day wrapped like a Christmas present. Who could say no to that? So as I grew older and wiser with manipulation and material expectation, I naturally selected that one. Nowadays I buy the cheapest chocolate calendar I can find - one for me and one for Simo. (Yes, I am the keeper of Christmas spirit in this household.) The advent calendars nowadays in the stores are outrageous! Does it really take a 20 EURO calendar to get your child into the Christmas spirit parents? Just because you don't feel it anymore is probably more of a lack in being childlike than anything else, and remember that YOU set the stage for what it means to your children! If it means getting the most expensive calendar just because it has a picture of a car or a princess on it - or ever worse; your favourite candy brand, they have done a very good job brainwashing you. And your child will get it even worse. If being an adult in Christmas time has tought me anything - at least it is about going back to childhood. If you can't do that, I understand that you need all these things to feel like your making an effort for Christmas. Or maybe you just have to try a little harder. Here, have some porrige.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Route 66 Episode 2 INDIANA and ILLINOIS!

Great weekend!

Last weekend was great, and quite busy. Like I already wrote, I was a make-up model on friday (and yesterday as well) and later that evening Simo and I went to Amarillo, Helsinki (NOT Texas) to meet up with the Nordic Garisson and Nordic Base for the yearly gettogehter and dinner. We had a great time, and eventhough my new false eyelashes that I had decided to keep on for show kept bothering me, I managed just fine. We even had a cake perfect for the situation! After so much food that I didn't manage to eat even half of it, we were also presented with Han Solo chocolates that were pretty good. All in all a great evening with my great gang!

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Make-up model.

Yesterday was a pretty busy day for me. I got up early to be a make-up model for a friend who goes to make-up school. It was fun - she wanted to make a 60's look and I have to say that I think I could get away with it if I lived in the 60's. She did great make-up and hair, and when she was finished there was a proffessional photographer there and we had a little photo shoot. It was fun. =) I will post the pictures here when they are done.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

HIAA annual exhibition 2012

So the time has come again for the annual exhibition of my art group HIAA in Helsinki. I have 4 paitings this year, and I'm quite happy with them. I was also working with another, but with the terrible drilling going on here, I haven't really been able to finish it. What was amazing this year was that there were SO many people at the opening. That was great to see. Also, the different art styles of the artists was vast. That's one of the things I love about this group. Here's a little video I shot from the vernissage yesterday.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Off to Tampere to troop!

Yesterday a bunch of guys in a veeeery full nerd-mobile came and picked me up in the early morning. We all headed to Tampere in Finland, to troop at a BR Toys store in a big shopping mall there. It was a really good troop, with a very good gang of troopers, and I have to say that the day went fast. Having fun. For some reason this day, I was surrounded by Frenchmen. By the store there was a french boulangerie stand, with great Pain of Chocolat I have to say, and the people were ACTUALLY authentic french! OMG! One of the two guys spoke ok english, and when I said I was french and explained that I dont speak that well though, since I've lived in Norway all my life, the conversation went well still. After a little while a group of guys came around our trooping area. They must have been Star Wars fans 'cause they got really exhited when they saw us, and one of them wanted a picture with me. Again, they were french, and again the one guy spoke ok english. But with both of these french meetings, they got really mute and lost all their english as soon as I had some trouble of my own with my french. That's a pattern I've seen before. If you don't say anything, they will try their best to speak english and it's actually all ok, but as soon as you've said that you know french, the language will simply fly out of the mind. Voila.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

"Skyfall".

First of all, I have to admit that I'm not a huge James Bond fan. I enjoy it from time to time though, and with a boyfriend who is sort of a fan, I have been forced to watch most of them, hehe. But I have to say that this was one of the ones that I rather ejoyed, and actually, eventhough a Bond is a Bond is a Bond film, I wasn't bored. I think Javier Bardem kinda saved it though, because his wicked looks and great acting is a rather interesting mix that we don't see too much from Hollywood these days. So thumbs up to Javier. The one thing that DID throw me off though, was not only the non-existing motivation for the young black colleague of Mr. Bond coming on this him with VERY naughty ideas, (as always Mr. Bond), but the fact that in the end of the movie she introduces herself as "Moneypenny". Yes, I have seen enough to know that she is not super-young, not black and certanly not one of Mr. Bond's easy girls, and I have to say that that was very unsexy. Not sexy, Bond. Not sexy.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Fun 4 Kids!

On saturday (yep, yet another late blogpost), I FINALLY got to troop again with the Nordic Garrison and Nordic Base! It has been way too long, I think my last troop was in june. So I put on my Padme Arena Battle outfit and headed to the shoppingmall "Kamppi" in Helsinki where the troop was gonna be. Fun 4 Kids was a day especially for the children, and the shoppingmall was full of other characters from children films and so on, and I have to say I felt quite at home. Again we were trooping with UNICEF and again we had lots of people coming by to take pictures with us. Even UNICEF loves us, hehe! After hanging out there for a while, I was happy to see my favourite children musicians in the booth next to us "Arne Alligator"! It's a Finnish-Swedish band for children, with an alligator as the main character. Yes. I've worked in a kindergarden for years. I think they're catchy. As always it was a wonderful troop, and eventhough it was called Fun 4 Kids, it trued out to be great fun for adults (me) as well. I can't wait for this upcoming weekend when we will troop in BR Toys in Tampere, 2 hours from Helsinki.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Cirque du Soleil!

So monday was the big day, and we were all very exhited to see Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour that we've been waiting for so long. The day started bad for me though, with "Trololo" packed up i my head, with NO chance of ever getting out, and I sung it in my mind seriousely the whole day. So we decided to go shopping a littlebit before meeting up with the other Michael Jackson fans at the new Hard Rock Cafe Helsinki, and walked around the center. At one point I lost my cool and sang "TROOOOOOOOOOLOLOLOOOOOOOOOOOO" REALLY loud in one of the corridors of the shopping mall we were at. Then a guy passed me and sang right back at me: "LOLOLOOOOOOOOO"! It was so funny! Trololo communication! So after some shopping we went to meet the others for dinner. Eventhough Hard Rock Cafe is too expensive, I really like their starters and salads. And of course we were all there to see the new merchandise they had with Michael; a mask made for the Thriller music video. Being that we were around 30 crazy MJ fans there and made a racket everytime they played him on their TV, they naturally loved us, and played him as much as they could. Some of the girls even had a little dance show when Thriller came on and it was quite an audience there. What a great night already. Full and happy, we headed to the arena for the show, and eventhough the seats where really close to the stage, we were a bit dissapointed by how difficult it was to see. The show in itself I have to say gave me mixed feelings. The start to me was a bit slow, and I was wondering when the show was gonna start really...it had some beautiful parts about Neverland and his childhood though, that I really liked. Hege and Ann-Iren was taking some innocent pictures, and it wasn't long until a nazi-guard came lurking, flashing a flashlight straight into our eyes, giving us a rude awakening from the show. Our innocent "we don't speak Finnish" might have saved us. After the break, I felt like the show picked up, and I have to say that my favourite parts were in this one. The audience EVEN got up and danced by request of the dancers on stage, much to my surprise, this being a Nordic Country, and you should NOT GET UP DURING ANY SHOW UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES! All in all, it was a well put together tribute and many tearful moments for many of us. Worth seeing. Here is the trailer from the show.

Calm sunday.

On sunday there wasn't much to do. I had made myself clear and forced my friends to watch "The Three Musketeers", the 1973 version by Richard Lester, as I haven't seen it for awhile and have a tendency to get a mild freak out if I don't watch it. So we went for a long walk with Milla in the morning, around the golf court before planting our asses on the sofa. We walked past the little small pet cemetary that makes everyone else but me upset, and noticed that there is two more pets buried there from last time. After an order of pizza that seemed to take forever, we spent pretty much the whole day crammed up infront of the huge projected film of "Thee Three Musketeers". All for one and one for all!

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Trololololo party!

Yes, this was supposed to be a Michael Jackson Immortal party, but ended up being a Trololo party! A few MJ friends came over to watch the Bad Tour that has FINALLY come on DVD (yes, we nerds have waited a LONG time for this) as well as just having a nice evening meeting before the show in monday. As I do very often when I have the power of YouTube in my hand, and an audience, some video's might show up. And nothing is better that a projector to screen these on your big white wall. I thought. We ended up watching the famous Trololo song and that might not have a been a good move, because it seemed to me that I would have this song on my mind CONSTANTLY for the next few days. Normally I would say DON'T WATCH IT, but for those of you who haven't seen it and have no idea of what I'm talking about, here you go (trololo): After Trololo, we decided to go out and party at Apollo-trollo, and to our delight it was Halloween! So meeting up with our fellow friend, MJ fan and zombie Mia wasn't so weird. It was a great evening!

Coming home...

So on friday (yes, it's a few days ago) Milla and I headed back to Finland for a little while. We also had Hege and Ann-Iren with us, since we we're all gonna enjoy the Cirque de Soleil's Michael Jackson Immortal show on monday. It was nice to take flight that was a bit later in the evening, since I had been to the exhibition the day before, and Mammy and I decided to sleep over at Henrik's place in Oslo before going home to pack! Milla wasn't very happy to go into the cage before the flight... ...but she sure was happy to come home to Daddy!

Friday, 2 November 2012

The Thrill of Michael Jackson exhibition.

The paintings I've been working on lately, that has been keeping me away from you all, was a totally worth it! Yesterday I had my first Michael Jackson exhibition in Oslo, at Edderkoppen (Spider) Theatre, for the premiere of the show "The Thrill of Michael Jackson. It was a great experience, lots of people and much to see! Since this was the premiere, it was lots of people and a buffet and premiere party after the show. I didn't get any immediate sales, but lots of interest, and even a little article in the best newspaper in Norway for art as well as a little film clip on TV. Great success! With Norwegian radio hosts and actors, and fellow Michael Jackson fans Erlend Klarholm Nilsen and Stein Johan (Steinjo) Grieg Halvorsen.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Happy Halloween!

Yesterday was Halloween - again, and I headed to the theatre that my ggranmother work at to get some interesting props. I was gonna help Ann-Iren with the Halloween party for her daughter and friends, and of course I coulnd't stay away from the oppurtunity of scaring a few kids. I dressed up as a confused "russ": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russ which means I has devilhorns on my head as well as angelwings. I was gonna be a devil woman first, but figured it would be too cold considering the snow that hhas fallen lately. The kids didn't want to have any grown ups with them on their trick or treating, so that was my chance to get into the coffin that we had borrowed from the theatre as a table, and jump up from it when they came back. Man did I scare the s*it out of them!! It was so fun. That was an adrenaline kick for the whole year of 2013 if you ask me!

Monday, 29 October 2012

The first snow.

This was the sight that met me this morning, after a bad night sleep. It doesn't matter how long, dark and cold the winter is here in the Nordic countries, the first snow ALWAYS brings a smile to my face! I rather have a REALLY snowful winter than a sloppy one.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Peanut!

Dear Peanut, When I was gonna publish your comment I hit the wrong button and deleted it instead! =((((((

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Tweet tweet!

OK, so while I was completely bored by Facebook last week, I decided to get Twitter, just to see what goes on there. Yes, I know I'm far behind the trend. So far I can't say I'm very impressed. Twitter in my opinion is completely pointless unless you have a celebrity you want to "stalk". but even then, most of them only write news about themselves and in the end you could just read it all on a fan site. Most of their tweets are: "Come here and see me do this!" which actually don't help you much unless you live in the same city which "this" is happening. Or maybe they will post some pictures of themselves to fish for compliments. Once you've given them what they want, there is no way little you will get what YOU want; a response and validation that you actually exist to them. Too bad. You can of course follow other things, like your favourite restaurant, sports team or even holiday destination, which might provide you with more useful information. Except for two of my best friends, I can't say that I have gotten a single tweet for any of my followers. Most of them I don't know, and when I try to contact them, there is no answer to get. Why are they following me? STOP FOLLOWING ME! I can see you outside my window, lurking behind the trashcan, waiting for something, but refusing to come in to keep me company. Twitter is the worst communication form I have ever seen. Sountrack for Twitter: "Somebody's Watching Me" with Rockwell.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Question Round 2!

Ok, so here is a new Question Round. For two reasons: 1. I feel bad that nothing interesting is going on in my life, and with the risk of sounding arrogant, I leave you all "hangin'" and crying for no updates of my life. 2. Unfortunately for you non-fans out there, I am currently working on a very exciting art exhibition that's gonna be in Oslo in november about Michael Jackson, so that's pretty much what's going on in my life at the moment. I hope you can bare with me.

Voila.

This is just a preview before "my photographer" comes over and takes a proper photo, but here you can see what I've been working on the past few weeks. And I've already started the next painting as I have a Michael Jackson exhibition the 1st of November in Oslo.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Akhenaten.

As you might remember, I talked about my favourite ancient Egyptian Pharaoh in my Anwers to Question Round 1 video. I thought that I would post a few pictues of him here, and also a picture of the famous (and almost only artwork) of his wife Nefertiti. It might also be interesting for all to know, that Akhenaten was the father of the famous boy king; Tutankhamon. A typical family scene from Akhenaten's time. Nefertiti. Some of you fellow Michael Jackson geeks out there might notice that this woman is the very queen pictured in Michael Jackson's music video "Remember the Time". However, Eddie Murphy's Pharaoh character is indeed Ramesses, which has always irritated me.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Fun and productive weekend!

I sure had a fun weekend behind me! Eventhough I turned out sick and have a fever as we "speak", I can't ignore the first view of Michael Jackson Bad tour FINALLY on DVD (yes I haven't seen it before now, shame on me) that came out at the same time as the 25th anniversary of his album Bad. In my opinion his best work ever. To celebrate this we watched it on saturday, Ann-Iren and her daughter, Hege and I. I can not begin to tell you how long we've waited for this concert in DVD. We also had lots of fun making a little comedy Michael Jackson fans skit that I've put out on youtube. Check it out:

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Answers to Question Round!

I'm completely ashamed that it's taken over abut 3 months to answer this for you, but I hoped to get more questions and also I didn't really have thee time to sit down and start filming lately. Now I am back home and feel like things have settled and I can make this video for you. Please also visit my channel on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/SuperflySisMJKing/ And feel free to send it more questions. =)

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

My new webpage!

Finally I have a art webpage for you all to see! It's always updating as I keep adding paintings to the gallery, so be sure to stop by from time to time. I won't let you know here when it's updated. www.elisegegauff.com

Monday, 8 October 2012

Merry Christmas!

Yes, you heard me! Because here in Norway Christmas has already begun. Already in late September (that's ONE month after august people! August is still summer here!!), the stores had started to put out one of the big Christmas traditions here in Norway; Christmas marzipan. There are many different shapes for this chocolate nowadays, but the classic one is what we all are during this season; the Christmas Pig. However, my friend is addicted to this chocolate, so I can't say that I haven't had any either. And not only that! The traditional Norwegian Christmas soda has also arrived, as well as the good old Coca-Cola Santa Claus!

Monday, 1 October 2012

Vernissage for Autumn Exhibition.

On saturday I headed down to Gjøvik Gård in Norway to be part of the vernissage for the Autumn Exhibition. I'm part of that group exhibition and it's a good thing since it it juried and that is always a plus on your art CV. The speeches and so on was a bit long in my opinion, and especially when the entertaiment was a guy playing the clarinet and a girl playing guitar and singing WITHOUT a microphone. We got a little beautiful tea candle holder from our local glass factory, and one artist got the jury's award. There were so many people attending the exhibition that it was almost impossible to walk around. But that's a good thing. I hope one day a solo exhibititon of mine could have the same crowd.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Quite a flight...

Eventhough I've already been home for a week, I still have to tell you about the bumpy ride back home from Santa Fe. Yes, we were very late, 34 hours awake between getting up in the morning until we could go to sleep at night, and I still have a major jet lag that doesn't want to go away to show from it. At Albuquerque airport we had some time to relax before getting on the plane, and went to a sportsbar to have a burger. Yummy. When taking off in the plane I have to say that I had an experience that was a first; a humorous flight attendant. Or that's what a though. I wasn't sure if I should laugh or cry as the drunken sounding flight attendant asked us if we were all ready to go to Alaska, and asked in the microphone is anyone was going to Ireland and if he could go with them? Well, we landed safely in Chicago though (thank God he wasn't the pilot) and as soon as Simo asked the same attendant something on the way out from the plane, he answered lazily without even looking at Simo. Out went the humour. Turns out it was good we took it easy with no worries as long as we could, 'cause as soon as we got to Chicago we learned that our plane was late for London. That meant that our waiting time was turned from 4 to 7 hours. Horrific. As if that wasn't bad enough, the shopping oppurtunities weren't that great...so a good thing we got 9 dollars worth of food cupons each. When we got to London we had to wait another 4 hours, because after all, being late from Chicago meant we were late from London didn't it? However, we managed to get back to Oslo one way or another, and I was REALLY happy dad came to pick us up at the airport!

Friday, 28 September 2012

A few pictures from Santa Fe.

I know I haven't been a good blogger lately. I haven't updated my blog like I use to do, especially when I'm travelling. This time I chose to take it easy and enjoy the moments I got without too much documentation, simply because eventhough I have a blog, I don't feel like blogging about everything, all the time. I had a great time in Santa Fe, and basically painted a lot as well as looking at the surroudings. It i definately a place I think people should travel too, with lots of interessting scenery and I simply LOVE the pueblo house style they have! I'm gonna post a few pictures from Santa Fe, New Mexico here now and hope that you feel at least alittlebit that you went with me on a journey. I love the animal life around the place; coyotes, horses, llamas, dogs and cats...both inside and outside. Active and lazy. A pueblo house almost hidden in the trees. Admiring the beautiful sunset. Stopping for some pictures on a little roadtrip.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Desert, camel and llamas.

It's been a great couple of weeks with our friends in Santa Fe, New Mexico! Simo played lots of basketball in the desert (yes), amongst coyotes and rabbits doing their circle of life, while I was painting with my favourite painter David Nordahl. Yes. I'm lucky. When I wasn't painting, we were sometimes out on roadtrips, and the day I picked up my paiting at the art exhibition, we stopped to see some animals...some live and one in the landscape. Camel Rock is a really cool place to vitit - and it truly looks like a camel! After taking some cool shots in this beautiful place, we headed off to some people our friend knew that had four llamas. Llamas are infact one of my favourite animals, so I was really excited to see them, and it was difficult to go when it was time. So arrogant, yet so cute.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Artisan Expo exhibition!

So last sunday (yes, it's been a while), I picked up my painting that I had on the Artisan Expo exhibition here in Santa Fe. It didn't sell, but anyways it was more important for me to show my work than anything else. It was fun, and my friends and I went to a artist demo as well to learn more about paintig portraits. A very loose approach with free painting, but quite interessting.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Approved by the jury! Yay!

While I'm in Santa Fe, New Mexico learning how to improve my painting, I got a very nice e-mail telling me that my Michael Jackson painting "Autumn Child" has been selected by a jury to be part of the biggest group exhibition in my area, the Autumn Exhibition in Gjovik. I'm very exhited as it is a big deal to be selected by a jury for an artist and I look forward to be part of it.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Do not feed the coyotes!

Everything is going well here in Santa Fe, I'm painting a lot and having a great time. It's nice to be somewhere where the sun is actually shining and where that is NORMAL...can't have enough of that in Scandinavia. Wildlife all around! Coyotes, rabbits and lizards. And not to forget the spiiiiders...