Thursday, December 24, 2015

The girl: "I've got his wallet."

oil on canvas
23 x 33 cm

Sometimes, things are not what they seem to be.


The Harbor

55 x 46 cm
oil on canvas

We took a kite and attached a camera to it, then we walked down the coast of Brantevik while the kite was about 100 m in the air and the camera took pictures at regular intervals.  The reference  photo for this painting is from the kite walk. It is the south harbor of Brantevik.

Monday, December 21, 2015

The General's Horse

graphite on paper
A4 (21 x 30 cm)

This is a drawing of a statue in the Glypoteket in Copenhagen. It is not a live horse, but a horse of a warrior from another century.
It is not a happy horse. Today we would say the horse is behind the bit, meaning that his nose is behind the vertical. This usually indicates that the rider has a harsh hand and pulled the horse's nose towards its neck via brute force with the bit, a piece of iron laying in the horses mouth. The open mouth is also a testament to the rider's strong hand, if the mouth were closed, the nose would be even more behind the vertical. This must be very uncomfortable for the horse.
The horse is well muscled and conditioned.  It is well groomed and his mane braided for the occasion, and the bridle has a golden trim. The warrior, who is not in the sketch and was broken in the statue, is also dressed in full armor.  While majestic the horse also shows pain and oppression.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Slave

Graphite on Paper

This is a drawing of the sculpture "The Slave" by Stephan Sinding, 1913. You can find the sculpture at the Glypoteket in Copenhagen.

The slave has an expression of defiance and fight against his position in life and his oppressors. He is strong, made strong by the physical work he has to do as a slave, and he is oppressed by forces stronger than him. But, we realize that he has a chance at getting his freedom, and with his attitude he is free even though he is physically tied.

The drawing is an original, one of a kind, drawn with led pencil on an A4 page (21 x 30 cm). It ships unframed as shown in the photo.
$70 + shipping
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Ludvig van Beethoven

graphite on paper

Bust by Eugine Guillaume, 1870

Beethoven is an inspiring figure.  He lived only 56 years and wrote a huge amount of great music. He was also a virtuoso pianist. He lost his hearing when he was 30, and when he was 40 he stopped performing because his hearing was too bad. In the end he was totally deaf. He was already deaf when he wrote the 9th symphony.
Can you imagine writing music without being able to hear it ? He must have had an imagination that was more real than reality. I often think, the worst that could happen to me is to loose my eyesight, I could no longer paint. Maybe I would start to sculpt. Anyway I have outlived Beethoven already.
His funeral was attended by 20,000 people, he influenced millions.


Graphite on paper

Sculpture by Stefan Sinding, 1912

Friday, December 11, 2015