Sunday, 27 October 2013
OK, so how many of you can put the words "treasure hunt" and "viking ship" in the same sentence? I can, 'cause I am in Norway oh glorious Nooorway! My friend Kristin and I visited the city of Hamar yesterday, after we heard that the Olympic games (of '94) indoor arena "The Vikingship" was having a antique weekend. I have been to these many times before so I knew that there might be treasures to find, as in vinyl and 7" singles for example. The Vikingship is a really gool building. It is used for ice sports mainly and is designed as a Vikingship turned upside down. After walking for a while without finding any interesting vinyl (I had all the things already, which is a common problem when you collect), I set my eyes on a really cool golden frame. It was quite big and cheap I thought. I saw many possibilities with it but when I heard that it wasn't wood I lost interest. After leaving empty handed, we went around the town to try to find a sushi place, and ended up sightseeing a little at the same time. We found a sushi restaurant that is very famous there, called Nagomi. Apparently, the main chef there is from New York and used to work for Robert De Niro's sushi restaurant there. He brought with him a maki roll he was quite famous for there called Crispy Salmon Maki. It was very good and unique that's for sure. All in all not a total loss in Hamar, but a really nice day treasure hunting.
Tuesday, 22 October 2013
When my best friend and I went to the gym yesterday, a very unusual sight met us by the entrance. By the outside shoes, there was a pair that looked to poor that we couldn't help but take a picture. Maybe it's time to go and buy a new pair of shoes? Or at least BLACK gaffer tape to match them?
Actually, I'm a littlebit late in wishing you a merry Christmas, because it started a couple of weeks ago already here. Overnight, the mall had christmas decorations, books, candy, soda, ideas, and don't forget; hurry up and get your Christmas shopping done BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!! Every year it's earlier. I'm sure it is to make it possible for us to stress less during the holidays? It has to be, right? Of course, I HAVE to have the Christmas spirit a little bit ready at least, since I am helping my gran mother to set up the children Christmas play in our town in Norway "Reisen til Julestjernen" or in English: "The Journey to the Christmas Star". Considering that I was surrounded by Santa and his helpers and other fairy tale creatures, it was hard not to sing "Jingle Bells" at the end of the day... Backstage Santa.
Winter is coming, and it's time to pack together the summer fun! Dad, Henrik, my goddaugther and I (oh, and Milla) went to the cabin not long ago to but the boat in it's boathouse and the little dock by the water had to be put higher so that the frozen water wouldn't destroy it during the winter. I couldn't believe how beautiful and serene the lake and the surroundings were when we came up there. It was truly autumn magic. So eventhough putting aboat into a boathouse doesn't sound very complicated, Milla made it very difficult for the men as she was so curious and even decided to hang out IN the boat. Just to make sure she was part of it all, and nothing would go by her approval. At the end of the cleanup (when my goddaughter and I found out that it was best to watch the cleaning and eat chocolate) my dad took down an old bee nest that was left hanging after he sprayed it in the summertime. We inspected it and thought it looked so cool on the inside that we couldn't help but take a few pictures. (Especially since I had a new phone...)
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
After all these years, being a faithful servant and companion, my iPhone was planning my mutiny. Messing up my ears with crazy sounds, even when not calling and turning off with "only" 20% battery left and not to forget just turning off, I felt a sneaking suspicion towards my old friend and his abilities. Also, after many sleepless nights over the sillyness of iTunes, I decided that some change of scenery was necessary and so I bought my lovely new Samsung Galaxy s4. The fact that it was on sale didn't make my choice more difficult either. I bought it in white and also a few extras like protective cover and a screen sticker thingy. I have to say that I LOVE the camera on this one!
Sunday, 13 October 2013
And I'm back in Norway for a little while. I am helping my gran mother with her children's theatre before the annual play at the end of November. It's nice to be here for a bit, and Milla is with me as well. The only thing I'm bummed out about is that I'm gonna miss the "Thrill The World" dance and movie night at my friend's place in Tampere. I was really looking forward to that. I'm sorry I haven't updated much recently, but there's been a lot to do after I came back. I will update a little bit more later today.
Wednesday, 2 October 2013
My first speed painting video with a commentary track has finally been uploaded to my YouTube channel. It is quite long, as this painting is one of my biggest projects so far, and I wanted to make sure that it wasn't too fast so that you could see as much details as possible. Please leave comments, that would always be helpful. Enjoy.
My first solo exhibition in a gallery is over and I'm sitting with quite a few thoughts about it. It was the first of many and a tremendous learning experience. I look forward to more in the future. The gallery had a great location and from what I saw from my guestbook quite a few people visiting every day. The gallery provided he staff and PR, posters and invitation cards, and the owner is super friendly. I sold 3 paintings. These are the paintings I sold: "Water Lily! "Touch" "The Feather" If there was anything negative to be said, it has to be that it didn't come very many people to the Vernissage (opening) that the gallery had invited, even though they sent out hundreds of invitations. Most of the people there were from my list. Also the sales I did were to people I know. Even though this is my first solo exhibition and it takes time, an artist always hopes to sell to unknown people. I think I've done that twice in my life before. But all in all it was a great exhibition and learning experience!