Back in town

My studio. A creative place - for me and my students

Summer is over

And I am back in my studio. This feels very good. I have all my things and materials at hand and the creative spirit is in the walls.

Now I am preparing for the coming painting courses, and I look very much forward to have my students here and help them progress with their paintings. I have lots of new knowledge to give. I have room for a few more students, so if you don’t know what to do this fall, please sign up. Maybe you know someone who would like to join me?

The courses start Wednesday 18th of September at 11 a.m. 4 hours. Wednesday is for those who have taken previous courses and have some experience. Thursday is for beginners, starting the 19th at 11 a.m. 3 hours. Please get in touch with me as soon as possible, either by e-mail or phone; torilkojan@gmail.com or mobile 40 85 60 10.

Exhibition in a stable

The first weekend in August I had an exhibition again at an old stable at Christianus Sextus, one of the old mines outside Røros. This year, the 7th, we were blessed with wonderful weather, almost too warm! And lots of people came to see the play at the old mining remains, a short version of the novel Eli Sjursdatter by Johan Falkberget. It is like a rural version of Romeo and Juliet. The play was very good and strong, many tears were shed. The only music that accompanied the play were drums. And that was so powerful!  Before and after many of the viewers came by my stable to see the paintings on show. And many were sold. Here are some impressions from the event.

About 800 people came to see the play in warm, sunny weather
View of the remains of the mine, and the venue for the show
Dramatic part of the play.

Below are some photos of the exhibition in the stable. And all the people that came by. Please notice also the creative version of spotlights. A led flashlight and a cloth hanger does the trick! After the event we relaxed with some bubbles behind the barn at our cabin.

Some of the watercolours in the stable
Lots of people came to see and buy
Relaxing with some bubbles after the show

The red pigment

A good friend of mine, Monica Rotgans from Amsterdam, is a famous painter there. She is a painter, a sculptor, photographer, researcher and a writer. She has already written 2 books abut the pigments used in paint throughout the art history. Actually she is working on a huge project about colour, she calls it the 7 colours project.

The theme;

Paint, the Face of Art. The main subject of the project and in this series of publications, is the international and inter-cultural development, use and meaning of Colour and Paint in the Arts, from early prehistory through to our present day.

Now she is working on the pigment red, and when it comes to the cadmium reds, she was looking for a painting to picture the colour. Then she found Harald Solberg’s painting from Røros in the winter. Then again she thought of me, as I have introduced her to Røros twice; both in the winter and in the summer. This is many years back, long before she started on this colour journey. And when she was thinking of Røros, she  thought of me and sent me an email, asking if maybe I had a painting with red from Røros. I have a few, but not too red, but I have an abstract painting that is very much red, and I sent her that painting. Red sets the tune. You can see it below.

And she decided that this painting will be the leading picture on the cadmium red page. Hurray!

Here is a link to explain her project. https://7colours.monicarotgans.nl/?lang=en

Red sets the tune, acrylic on canvas, 120 x 80 xm, 2018.

It is nice to know that my painting will be featured in an important book about colour. However,  it won’t be published before next year, sometime. But I am thrilled all the same!

Always learning!

Yes, that’s me. I am always trying to learn something new. And this summer is no exception. On Youtube I found an artist that inspire me. Her name is Pamela Coughey, and she is from Montana in the USA. Her website is www.artandsuccess.com. So I have taken an online course with her, and I feel I have learned a lot and have a new approach to abstract paining. I hope some new artworks will emerge during the coming season.

Here is one that is in progress.

Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 cm.

I see now there are things to be altered in this painting, and now I have some tools to use in order to improve it.

This is all for now. Please let me know what you think.

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