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Clarifying, finding my gems

So, here is one of my orange series, I have slowly started to get some sense out of them. My original plan was to fill them with glow and textures and smaller details of all sorts, obtained by glazing and sanding over and over again. That part I feel is now thoroughly done! Now comes the clarifying (or half way exploring) stages where I try to bring forward gems, and adding shapes which may attract the eye from a distance, at the same time trying to tweak the overall impression to a higher key. Working title so far: “Taking Shelter” 🥰

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Two heading to finished, and 7 new play stages.

Hi all! I hope you are hanging in there in the midst of this very challenging time! Luckily we are not very affected here in Norway, so for me life is just about normal except for when I need to go shopping, which I don’t like doing anyways! So, here is the last weeks work, starting with 2 on the clarify stage, they will be pushed till higher key, slowly and thoughtfully! The next set of 7 is the result of me mixing too much medium and clear gesso for another project. In kind of a panic, I just got hold of some plywood boards, squeezed out a little Cyan, a little Yellow and some Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide because these bottles were closest at hand and started new play in a hurry hurry hurry, which was absolutely not planned and therefore double fun! In other words, not a drop of medium was spilled, but instead I have a lot of new play stages to pile up with all the rest of the play stages waiting for me 😅🙃😱🤪

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CLARIFYING, work under progress. Now I feel that these are on their way to something I really like. I needed to see them lighter, and to add some more colors. Mixed media and cold wax & oil paints on paper.

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FOUR PIECES ON THE CLARIFY STAGE

EXPLORING AND CLARIFYING.

All of these has been within reach when I’ve had some leftovers. And in case you wonder, no, I was not angry, but the blue came on so tight and heavy on two of them so I had to do something to loosen it up a bit, hence the rather wild skewer job 😂🤭😅

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Two more paintings in progress.

It is always so exciting to try out new ideas, and what is better than playing with shapes on leftover-paint boards as I have done in the upper piece. Or trying to let all the tiny bits meet in a greenish large shape as I in the lower piece. (The title on the lower painting will be: “Putting on the thinking hat” by the way.) Where these will end up in the end, is still in the blue, except that they will not be blue =)