As 2019 is coming to an end, it is time to look back on the year we are leaving behind. Actually we are leaving a decade, but that will be too much to go into here. For me this year started with three wonderful weeks in Thailand, where I collected new strength and vitamins from the sun. Not much painting was done, but I made a few acrylics on board and a few stone faces.
Coming back from Thailand my painting courses started. I find so much pleasure in teaching and sharing my knowledge, and I thank all the students that come to my studio and take part in the courses. I myself have also taken a few courses during the year, this year with Pamela Coughey from Montana, USA. She has some great courses in acrylic, non-figurative work, and many videos showing techniques and how she works. These courses give me new knowledge that I can share with my students. And I think I improve as an artist too.
In May I had the pleasure of exhibiting in Holmsbustuene at Holmsbu, south of Oslo. Later that summer I exhibited in Grimstad and in August at the old mine at Christianus Sextus outside the world heritage city of Røros. And in November I had a small exhibit in my studio.
One big event when it comes to exhibitions, was the opening of the new art museum at Kistfos, the Twist. Here was the British artist Howard Hodgkin showing his colourful paintings.
Downtown Oslo, by the sea at Bjørvika, the new Munch museum is rising, and the old museum is showing their treasures before thy close down and move into the new museum this coming spring. We wait with anticipation!
The ending of the year
At the end of the year I had the wonderful cruise with my husbond in the Caribbean – a fantastic birthday present. It gave a lot of inspiration in the use of colour and new strength to teach my students during the paining courses. It gives me a lot of pleasure to see my students succeed in their efforts to improve their painting skills.
Yesterday I hung some artworks as I joined a gallery at Lillestrøm, a city outside Oslo. I am very happy to be accepted as a member of this artist run gallery, and from 2020 you can see my paintings there. I start out with watercolours and drawings. Later on I will follow up with paintings.
I finish this blogpost with the best wishes for the new year, – may it be a year with less wars, more kindness, love and trust amongst people and politicians. (I trust politicians are people too).
HAPPY NEW YEAR!