By spotogspindel | November 3, 2013
Mindy Lacefield is the artist behind Tim´s Sally. I´ve been lucky enough to meet her a couple of times at Artfest, and she is a true delight to be around. Always with a smile and a catching creative inspiration surrounding her. She´s finally released her very own book, after being published is several magazines. And lucky me: I´ve got a signed copy!
Here´s a picture from her blog, which is just filled with inspiration too, by the way.
And since it´s Halloween today, I´ll share one of her monsters! Isn´t it the most adorable little creature?!
My own attempt at a Mindy-style portrait. I really like the way she plays with colors in her shading & highlighting. And of course her total freedom is creating! As you can see, I have a long way to go to achieve the same wild surrender into creating!
By spotogspindel | October 31, 2013
What better post on Halloween, than one of trolls and fairies and witches?
“The bewitched mirror” premiered a couple of weeks ago. It´s a compilation of Norwegian folk-tales. This is the family-show where we´ve been making most of the set up until now.
The big carpets with the enchanted forest painted on…
The bridge, which I painted And the rock-hills that I worked with the shaping of.
And the giant tree: 6 meters with metal and textile. We went up and down in a big lift for days!
I´ll just sneak in a picture of it finished.
The whole gang times two.
By spotogspindel | October 30, 2013
Today this old anchor found a new home! A nice family “adopted” it , and soon it will be part of their new home
“Anchors way!”, 60×80 cm
By spotogspindel | October 29, 2013
Skandi Bergen is DOFs third ship with this name, and also the the third ship with this name I´ve made art for. Below you see only two pictures. It´s a long story, but the short version is that the owners sold the ship before the artwork came onboard. These two pieces were snuck onboard anyway by some of the people working on the ship. And once the ship has left the harbor, it´s a bit difficult to get a three meter long whale back ashore….!
The whale is really three meters long, the picture printed onto a hard pastil-board, and cut into shape. The text you can see on it is exerts from the Kyoto-agreement on environmental politics. Originally it was designed for a conference room, but it has been placed in a corridor near one of the common-areas.
The second picture was made for the sky-lounge. The captain wanted a panorama-view of Bergen-by-night, and since the room is also the cinema-room, it got the shape above. This picture is now in the conferenceroom.
Such a beautiful ship, I was onboard before it was finished, and so many empty walls. The ship is sold to China, and I am sure the new owners will fill it with beautiful art from Chinese artists. I hope so. It´s a nice thought to have my art in an international environment with artists from other nations.
By spotogspindel | October 28, 2013
A classic coastal-romantic picture for another member of the sea-people
“Blue as can be”, 30×30 cm
Moving to a new place, changing routines, getting a new job with other assignments… it all adds up to changing a life. One of my routines that I´ve seem to have misplaced is blogging. It used to be everyday, and now it´s only every now and then. My job is filled with creativity, but less of my own creativity and more of somebody else’s, and it´s my job to copy it. So in a way it feels like there is less to blog about. After all it is meant to be an inspirational blog about my creative life. Combined with my camera-battery-charger being lost in the moving (not good) which leaves me without a camera (I need to do something about that).
BUT, there are some interesting projects, big and small, in the horizon, so don´t give up on me just yet.
By spotogspindel | October 14, 2013
Oh, I´ve already started the neww week without posting last weeks backstage-post! Well. Last week I spent a lot of time working on this tree. As you can see, it´s a pretty tall thing, and we were up in the lift quite a bit to get things in place. You can see it´s changed quite significantly since last week!
Fun part is painting it! I´ve never used a real air-brush gun before. But wow, that was fun!
And the horns? Well, they´ve come a ong way since last week too. I´ve poured liquid latex into the forms….
Waited for it to dry….
24 hours later, and still not dry! Good thing I didn´t ruin it!
And the final result, painted and posing
By spotogspindel | October 10, 2013
Three very different posters for three very different events. The first for textile-artist Kari Dyrdal:
The second for a peak into Bømlo Theatre´s history, as seen by member Liv Åshild.
And third, a hip-hop band-concert in association with World´s psychic health-day.
This poster is 2×3 meters, and still it looks so small on the wall of my old middle high school…
By spotogspindel | October 4, 2013
This week I learned how to make a plaster cast form. You can make a copy of just about anything, but my goal was to make goat-horns.
The brown ones are originals, the green ones are free-sculpted copies.
Mixing the plaster, first layer is quite liquid and just thrown onto the shape. Followed by a thicker layer, shaped by hand.
First half is done, the security barges removed. The surface is now being brushed with vaseline, so the other half won´t stick, but loosen.
Won´t let a week go by without making a mountain, it seems. This big, flat one will be at the back of the deck.
And the talking of mountains… I´ve been up in a lift the past couple of days, trying to shape a 5 meters high tree from textile (around a metal base. Next week, we´ll know how both the horns and the tree will turn out.
And I have to mention a creative evening with my artist-friend Vibeke. She has a lovely little studio in her garden, and we spent the night painting and talking. Such a great evening!
By spotogspindel | September 28, 2013
Matre is a local firm which produces equipment for the offshore industry. They´ve been around for 60 years now, and for their anniversary they ordered an art piece for the reception area.
Saturday morning, and Solfrid, who works in personnel, helped me mount the pictures. It´s a big mosaic. The shape and sizes is actually from the stonewall outside the building. This particular stonewall was made by one of the founders of the company after he retired, so it was nice to use this as a base. It´s a company that started quite small, with only two men, and it´s gradually grown more and more, and now there are about 60 people working there. So the company´s progress through these 60 years have been building the company, slowly but surely, laying one stone upon another. Also a background idea for the stone-wall mosaic.
The company makes custom-made parts for equipment in different types of metal. So some of the parts were made of these different metals, and cut into shapes. Most of the pieces are photo-collage printed on brushed metal, and come about a centimeter out from the wall. But the clean metal pieces are a bit deeper, and come about 1 1/2 cm out from the wall. They´re made of different types of bronze, aluminum, steel and titanium. IT really adds texture and interest to the piece.
Here you can see the picture in on the wall. The picture is about 100×150 cm. The motifs are all connected to the firm. People who work or have worked there, old documents and drafts & drawings. It says a lot about the firm´s history and field of work.
Hopefully everyone who works at Matre will enjoy it
By spotogspindel | September 27, 2013
This week: Painting a bridge! The process starts with the carpenters who built the construction. It arrives as fresh, natural wood and my assignment is to make it look weathered.
First layer is to give it a light grey prime color coat.
Second coat is a mix of washed out paints in burnt sienna, ochre, moss, dark grey.
Darkening the shaded areas, giving highlights to the lighted areas.
Seen from above. It took some time to get all the dark shades in between the separate boards…
And from the front with half of the mountain, which is also in the process of getting paint. Neither of the pieces are completely done yet, but it´s´nice to see it coming together.