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 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...

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Chillin' in Santa Fe.

Just to let you all know that I'm alive - I'M ALIVE! It's been a busy few days behind me, first being 3 hours late in Phoenix Arizona, so we missed out flight to Albuquerque, New Mexico. I've been painting a lot here, taking lessons and I feel that I've been quite productive, and I'm learning a lot. Lots of fun. Everyday I want to see a coyote, but no luck yet...only hear them howling at night. Photos and more to come soon.

Friday, 7 September 2012

USA it is!

I'm just popping by quickly, to let y'all know that I'm going to the USA today! I'll be there for two weeks and will update this blog from time to time about my adventures. See you later!

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Ye olde country cottage...

On monday the whole family went to the cottage by the lake to have some nice grilling time. Milla was trying to sceme herself to get human food, and refused to eat her dog food to try and make a point across that she was "starving". Clever. The ducks at the cottage has become very used to humans by now. TOO used to humans. We have to be careful not to feed them too much, or they will die when winter comes and they don't know how to get it on their own. And we can't afford to feed a family of the size of the Jackson family. Mama and Papa Duck should have thought of that before, I say.

A trip for many.

On sunday, Simo, my friend Ann-Iren, her 3 year old son and I went to the "√ėverby Day" here in my town. I got a real good childhood feeling from it and saw some things that has been a while. My old brass schoolband for example, that I played with for over 10 years as a child, whithout really becoming the good cornet player that I should have, from lack of much needed practise. It was nice to see that they STILL have the same beaten down uniform, and STILL has the laziest marching style of all the schoolbands in town. What I was looking forward to, was the little horseride you could take. As a child I was quite a horseback rider, but I got a bit afraid suddenly, I can't really explain why. It was Simo's first horseback riding EVER, so that was a fun entertaiment for the day. And it wasn't just people who were taken around in carriages, as you can see from above. All in all a very cozy day.