Thursday, May 24

Ålesund, Norway by night

Just added a new painting to my production history with motive from my birthtown Ålesund.

The Lighthouse "Molja" guards the entrence to the old harbour in Ålesund The houses behind are some of those not destroyd in the city fire in 1904.

Monday, May 21

Back home and in front of the Easel

 From the winterly springtime at Costa del Sol to the warm and sunny May at home. The easel has been ready for paintings all winter, but sitting outside at the balcony when it is up to minus 15 is not my preferred activity.
However, when the temperature reach between plus 16 and 20 and the northern light makes is more comfortable, my working hours in front of the canvas increase rapidly.
All paintings so far is based on previous works not totally finished earlier, but now I say enough is enough and sign.

This painting Acrylic on canvas  (50x74 ) has been an experiment of mixing paint completely without structure and figure. However, not beeing satisfyed I felt that when adding some contures it resulted in a great painting. Called "Afternoon drink at Tekethopa bar"

Trying to use hard clear colors with majority of the Spanish red and yellow. Acryllic on Canvas (50x75 ) called "Spanish allé"

This painting is from Benalmadena Spain. Acrylic on Canvas (44x64 ) called "Casa BilBil"

The latest motive (as I have used many times earlier) is from Ålesund Norway. Acrylic on canvas (42x62) called "og med Molja i nord"

E det det samme det samme kor i værda e bor.

Sunday, April 22

Additional Images from this spring stay in Spain 2018

Since I have had difficulties with my blog during our stay, the last blogpost from Spain this year must only be a selection of images covering our last weeeks down there.

Tullen at Plaza de los Chinorros and the restaurant with the longest sunny afternoons.

 With Knut and Lillian (neighbours at the hotel) at one of the newest restaurants or pitstop on the way from the city and back to the hotel. Not sure the restaurant will survive with present concept.

 This year a very interesting painting exhibition at Museo Carmen Thyssen was on the agenda.

 One of our favorite tapas bars where we almost are the only non spanish guests. Allways on the agenda when in Malaga city

 Another tapas bar close to Plaza Merced in Malaga that can be recommended is Cortijo de Pepe. The best Albondigas in the city.

 In Fuengirola the restaurant La Farola is great. The Sopa de Marisco is the best starter ever.

 If you want a Chicken Kebab as the main cource be aware of the volume and drop the starter.

 At Bodega Charolais we are always welcome and they have a great list of exclusive wines and good tapas in addition to the more gourmet meals.

At the harbour close to the smaller leasure boats we often stay relaxed at the many reataurants 

Then it is time to say goodbye for this time, and Amina always is there the last night. How she knows that we are leaving the next morning, we do not understand. Cats are wise.

Malaga and Puerto Banus

As usual we do travel around in Andalucia when staying in Fuengirola either by bus, rented cars or the efficient train system. The main city Malaga is visited almost every 12th day.
 The main shoping street "Calle Larios" is always visited, and when my wife do the shopping I rest at one of the many nice places for coffee etc.
 At the bar in El Pimpi accompanied with all celebrities photos the Malaga wine must be tried.
 Another place we always visit is Puerto Banus where we have found our favorite restaurant area south of the city tower. This images is from La Bocana where we celebrated my youngest sister´s birthday together with my other sister Gerd. A tradition you may say.
 My favorite position at one of the Chirringitos along the beach. As you see the spring is arriving.
 We have in many years been feeding the hotel cat, but a new experience this spring was that the blackbirds also became fond of the cat food. When Amina was full and left the patio, the birds came to grab the leftovers.
Our Apartment Hotel is located close to the old Castle in Fuengirola; Sohail Castle built in AD 956.

Spain at last

It has been a long time since we left Spain in November 2017. It has also been a month delay compared to planned departure this spring due to hand wrist fracture of my wife´s left arm.
 It was therefor a great lift off from Gardermoen on the 17th of March when we could leave the cold winter in Norway behind us and start our stay at Fuengirola spring 2018.
 The sky over the Mediterranean was grey and clouded, a little chilly but still much better than minus 18 in Norway.
 Due to the wether condition we had to open the stay with Cava around the fireplace at GaliGali.

 Even the hotel-cat Amina wanted to come inside the apartment door.

And now we are here in Fuengirola and ready for the spring in Spain.

Tuesday, March 13

Food Blogpost, Winter dinners in Norway

During our stay in Norway (some weeks between our stays in Spain) we are eating traditional Norwegian dinner dishes.  Here I will present some of them.

 At Christmas and around New Year we have Rosted Pork Ribs (upper photo) and Lutefisk.
The Rosted Pork Rib is normally served as Christmas Eve dinner in many Norwegian homes, but we are having Lamb on that date, so the pork rib are more a winter dinner, served with sausages, potatoes and sauercraut.
The Lutefisk is served with pea stew, potatoes and bacon.
In addition do not forget the Norwegian beer and Aquavite

A real follow-up dish from Christmas, and perhaps leftovers from Christmas, we eat: Rakørret from Valdres".
A Norwegian fish dish made from trout, salted and fermented for several months, served on lefse together with leek/raw onion, beetroot and sour cream, followed by Beer and Aquavit.

On Thursdays Western borned Norwegian have  Potetball or Kompe.
It is a potato dumpling made of barley flour and potatoes. Served with Rutabaga / Sweeds, salted lamb, grove sausages and bacon butter. As usual beer and aquavite although some drink kephir on Thursdays.

Fårikål is also an autumn / winter dish. For us it is a weekend dish because it is made to last for many days. Better and better as time goes by.
It is cabbage and lamb served with whole peppercorn and potatoes

Baccalao is also a great dish. Not only during wintertime and for many a party dinner.
Made of Klippfisk potato, onion, pepper and tomatoes. The dry and salted cod must be deluted for 2 days before put into the pot.

At last in this "Food blog" Skrei or North-atlantic Cod served as Mølje. Softly cooked in salted water and served with potato and carrot.
To this dich most Norwegians drink red Italian wines.

Please enjoy.

Wednesday, January 24

Poster paintings

Yesterday I was sitting with my iPad and my Apple Pencil playing with colours. The result can vary from image to image, but it is always interesting to find new ways to present paintings and posters.
Changing our New Year Geeting card 2018 from photo to poster is one example.

Years ago I made these two paintings (acrylic on paper) and got very good response from an artist and galleryowner in Portugal. May be this way of working can be my style. Every artist try hard to develop his or her special print in history.

The two paintings above was made in 2005 and 10 years later the painting below (the Lighthouse) left my easel

Monday, January 15

Making sketches for Springtime paintings

As I have bloged about many times, the wintertime in Oslo makes it almost impossible to sit in front of my easel at the balcony and paint. It is too cold and the acrylic paint can freeze before it has covered the canvas.
As a consequence I make sketches, either on paper or on my iPad with Apple pencil. This image is one of the digital results of colouring an image from Ålesund using the fantastic Apple Pencil.

The original photo ?

Visit the most beautiful city of Norway and make your own photo from Hellebroa.

Monday, January 8

Visiting Ålesund and View from the top of Oslo

Happy new Year

The first week of 2018 started with a visit to my birthplace Ålesund.

Coming together with old friends from schooldays in a dinner party, and use the opportunity to see the latest exhibition of Terje Fagermoe´s paintings was the aim of the visit and a great experience.
If you have good friends, see them often for obstacles occur on the roads not used regularly.
 The visit at KHÅK was very interesting, and these four paintings were still on sale (ab. 40 - 50.000 nok) during my visit.

Coming back to Oslo after heavy weather with snow and storm a visit to the top of the capital was on the program because my wife wants to go skiing. This image is of Frognerseteren is great, and please be aware of the color similarity between the snow here and in the fourth painting by Terje Fagermoe.

From the road close to Midtstuen Ski jump the low sun was rising and the city is probably wakening.