About Me

Hi!

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My name is Kim Goksøyr Strande.

In an attempt to find a hobby to spend time on, I started painting in the summer of 2015. I was instantly hooked.

My first years was spent doing oil paintings, before expanding to acrylics, watercoloursmixed media and digital programs. Everything you see on this site, including the site itself, is made by me.

Growing up in Ålesund, the raw Norwegian nature has always fascinated me. It’s rough features gives a powerful sense of connection, which I want to depict through my paintings.

Placid is described as «serenely free of interruption or disturbance», which is exactly how I feel when I pick up my pens and brushes. A place to get totally engrossed.

So do feel free to have a look around.

And if you see something you want to buy, please contact me or check out my self-managed shop.

Hope you enjoy!

43 thoughts on “About Me

  1. You say you started painting in 2015, 20 years after you last painted as a kid. Have you dabbled in styles other than portrait? Have you tried stipple (dabbing dots of paint, similar to pieces painted by Van Gogh) or maybe an abstraction style in which you could capture the energy/motion of the image you are trying to paint without attempting to accurately recreate the image? So, for a picture of the tide coming in and strike rocks, you could sweep the brush, loaded with a mix of blues and white, in an upward curve to fully simulate/capture the energy of the wave and then consider what colors and texture you might use for representing the stiff, flat or jagged rocks in the frame. Let the true image become loose in your mind and let creative instinct do the rest.

    1. First of all, thank you for all these engaging comments 🙂

      I have done a few paintings where I’ve moved a bit away from the pure depictions of nature. Most of it in my acrylic paintings. I haven’t taken the full step, though, but that sounds like a very interesting way of painting. It must feel so free to just try to create that power of it all.

      Maybe I should try that. I am intrigued for sure 🙂

      1. That’s what I do. I engage in my comments. 😛 Though I have yet to be engaged to any woman I desire. That’s a challenge for another day.

        I just feel if you (or I) ever doubt our ability to recreate a true image–like some artists can draw so well their work looks like a photo–we could try “impressionistic” work to capture the feel without pressure on detail. Art is, in essence, a means of conveying feeling upon the spectator. Not just showing off a reproduction. Just like with my travel photos…I don’t want to take the typical pictures tourists get on postcards. I want to show those landmarks in a new light, usually with a touch of creativity or humor.

        I have yet to open myself to full-on painting. Right now, I dabble digitally, now and then. But, some day, I’d like to set up an easel by the beach and let myself be fully, freely creative. No worry about mess. No worry about mistakes. Just paint from my heart.

      2. I do certainly agree with you on that one. I’ve never managed to do good paintings with a lot of emphasis on details. It just never looks right, and that makes it look so, so wrong 🙂

        So I’ve decided that I want to have a loose style, and let the spontaniety of the brush strokes be a natural part of them. It is all about the feelings we get when we look at them 🙂

        I do enjoy digital painting as well, by the way. In a busy day, it lets me be creative when I don’t have the time to pick up all the equipment for oils, acrylics and watercolours.

      3. Details require more honing of skills, more practice. I struggle with 3D drawings, among other things. I’m quite rusty, yet people often compliment my work and tell me I should get a different job. I have tried “selling myself” in the past and came up disappointed. I had an art college recruiter shoot me down and praise his own horrid work, along with a school full of pornographic images. I went home, furious like Hitler and Mozart, and trashed my portfolio, determined to reinvent myself. I keep doing what comes naturally when I can, going with “awen,” divine inspiration in the moment. I used to draw on demand, but, unless I am receiving commission pay, that seems more taxing than necessary. Lately, though, I seem drained of creativity because the work has little purpose/value. So, I haven’t done any quality or full-effort drawing in some months.

        Sometimes, wrong is a lesson we must learn. Observe what you like and don’t like; improve the latter however you must til you’re more satisfied. Save drafts to review past mistakes and see how you improve.

        Right. Digital work is rather easy clean-up…nearly none. It just lacks the exercise and freedom to move without electricity and a bright light in our faces…well, unless you paint in the path of the sun.

      4. I find comissions extremely hard, simply because I feel that my creativity gets limited. I also often end up painting or drawing things that comes to mind right there and then, which would not work well with a comission piece.

        So I’ve basically just done whatever comes to mind, and I think that is an important reason for me still being at it with a joyfull, childish mind.

        I’m sorry to hear about your bad experience with the recruiter, but I think we all hit a wall like that on some point when moving forward with our art. I’m glad you are keeping at it, though 🙂

      5. I’ve done commissions since I was a kid…only I didn’t often get paid. I drew on demand. I drew what others wanted to see me draw. I drew to put smiles on the faces of other kids and adults. I wasn’t even fully happy with the work, but it pleased me to please others with work they thought was good (enough). I’ve changed a bit since those years. But, the premise remains nearly identical. Yes, creativity is limited when creating something chosen by another, but you may find “wiggle room” if you ask for it from the customer/client. Say someone wants you to paint one of your seascapes with a clown riding a whale. They have an idea in mind of how that should look. You might say, “Can I give the whale a unique color scheme, something unnatural?” Or, “Can I give the clown a T-shirt that features a modern cause or meme?” If you get no freedom to alter the request, make sure you’re content with the compensation for the request. If you DO get freedom to be creative, hopefully, you’ll accept less money than you could get…or maybe they will like it even more and be open to raising the price they pay. Just possibilities.

        Commissions are just a way of training you for professional work in which you are not the boss. You might be a stellar cartoonist or comic-book artist, but it’s the editors’ decision what gets sent to “press” and/or “print.” If you wan to remain freelance, then, I guess, commissions would probably be no good…but it won’t stop you from getting such requests.

        [And, no, commissions should not rob you of your child-like creativity. They SHOULD help you stretch your talents, like an actor avoiding being typecast as that funny kid with the foreign accent who always has accidents.]

      6. You have some really interesting thoughts here, which I’m very glad you’ve shared with me. I haven’t though about it like that before, but I do see the points you’re making.

        I have been asked to do a comission just once, but I found it so hard that the whole process simply died out. And I ended up tossing a bunch of good drawing paper in the process. I didn’t have a clear deal beforehand with the client either, so I was quite the amateur about the whole thing.

        I’ll have your words in mind, though, if the next request comes in 🙂

      7. Are you subtly telling me I am saying too much? 😛 Just checking the vibes. You sound like an interviewer/reporter kindly backing out of an interview. A job recruiter using computer-programmed language.

        Just once? I’ve been offered commission assignments at least once every 5? years, depending upon where I am at and how actively creative I am. It usually comes with exposing myself at work to the public; people see me doing something they wish they could do and suddenly feel an urge to get a “real artist’s” freshly made work, probably hoping it will be worth money for their grandkids’ generation to sell it.

        I cannot believe any commission would be that hard on you unless it went against your morals. I refuse to do commissions of things I abhor, no evil imagery, no exposed privates/body parts, no indecent violence, no drugs or drug advertising (unless it’s a period character that smokes or an anti-drug ad) or scary tattoo designs.

        You tossed good paper? Unused paper? Why? I’ve tossed some finished works like a mad musician when the reception or location of my work upset me that greatly. I’ve thrown a few artist fits. But, clean paper? Only if its location was…well…unsettling to me, maybe. I can only think of two places I’d be compelled to dump paper.

        Clear deals sure can be important. But, if the deal isn’t clear, you should also have some right to keeping your work. So, consider that in a commission job/offer. Like your work enough that you will keep it if the client/customer gives any reason to bail on the offer. [I designed a nightclub sign, once, and made sure I kept copies as well as liked the original enough that I was open to hanging onto all of my work.]

        If you ever want to discuss artistic matters…or just about anything…my “office” is open. 😀

      8. Not at all. I think it is a lot of interesting ideas.

        The comission was to draw a cabin using pens and markers. It ended up looking way to stiff, and I found no way to be creative. That made try out a lot of different takes on it, with very bad results. That’s why I threw away the paper. I think I tossed about 12 sheets of marker paper.

        When I don’t like what I’ve made I don’t want to see it anymore. I just want to toss it away, and start fresh on something new. I often get a sense of how it’ll end up, good or bad, in the first ten minutes or so.

        I’ll remember your office for future discussions, and I like the honesty in your comments 🙂

      9. Well, I’ve faced many cases of criticism and am skeptical of compliments or comments of any kind because of the criticism. 😛 My family has a bad habit of ranting, often enough when it is not respected.

        Did your commission work satisfy the customer? Were you the only one complaining about the output?

        I understand your frustration. It remains hard for me to throw out even my lousy attempts, though. Maybe, because I hope to learn from my mistakes, when family and school pressured me too often to be “perfect.” I crumbled from failure, when I didn’t necessarily always fail. I need to see my mistakes and learn from them rather than just look at red marks and suffer the consequences.

        Yes, I think you and I have that artistic instinct much the way readers can tell if a book will be good or bad within 30 pages.

        Good. I look forward to future meetings. 😀

      10. The client simply stopped responding to my messages, so I though I might as well end the whole thing and packed up my stuff. It was a relief, to be honest.

        I think it’s great to take lessons from your mistakes. I usually know what went wrong with my paintings, and when it happened. Often I’ve overworked them or done strokes without thinking. That usually makes bad results, but sometimes it works out very well 🙂

      11. It sounds like you and the commission-er did not make sufficient effort to reach an agreement. Maybe it was like a bad eBay deal; I’ve had a few. You say it was a relief because commissions are outside your comfort zone. That’s all.

        I haven’t painted in years BECAUSE I applied too much paint in haste. I ruined a painting of a sad dog that way. I’ve screwed up paintings of cliffs topped with trees.

        If I ever take up painting again, I am going to take a more abstract approach, for starters. Maybe I’ll even try throwing paint or body paintings. [Farrah Fawcett inspires me. :D]

        Maybe we could all take some pointers from Bob Ross. Happy trees.

      12. Bob Ross is a walking therapy session. I could watch him for hours 🙂

        I can’t remember how many times I’ve ruined a painting by overworking it. At first I got so angry and disappointed that I smeared paint all over and tore it to pieces.

        Luckily, with time, I’ve learned to control my whims a bit. But there is great lessons in ruining paintings (not by purpose) 🙂

      13. Therapy with a side order of creepiness. There is something unsettling under his “hippie” surface I cannot quite define. I could fall asleep listening to him talk and scrape his canvases. But, eventually, I’d get tired of dragging paint this way and that and crave drawing something other than trees, rocks and reflective water.

        Wow, you have the classic musician meltdowns.

        Maybe you SHOULD get some practice with “ruined” paintings; paint “ruins” and experiment with them til they please you. Loosen up a bit.

  2. Hi, Thanks a lot for visiting my blog. So you are a self learned artist. It is amazing. I like your paintings so much. I think you have natural flair of painting. So t does not matter you have formal training or not.

    1. Thank you so much for all the kind words ☺ I could probably learn a lot from formal training, but I won’t let it be a hindrance from doing what I love. So I’m very glad you like it 😊

  3. Love your pieces. Thank you for checking out my blog! When I first saw the name of the website, I wondered if maybe you lived close to me,as there is a Lake Placid just a couple hours away. Thank you for sharing the meaning of the word placid. 😊

    1. It was my pleasure 🙂 And thank you for the kind words! I’ve seen (from photos) and read about Lake Placid, and it sounds like just the place for a nice painting session. It must be pretty calmful place 🙂

  4. Hello, Kim. I enjoyed reading your story and am enjoying following your blog. You were born with a gift of drawing and painting and it was screaming to get out and show the world. Whatever opened that door, I’m glad it did. Never put down your pens and brushes! 😉❤

    1. Thank you so much, Sandi ☺ And thank you for tagging along! I have no plan of putting them down, and have great fun each and every time I use them. All the positive feedback is of course a huge boost as well ☺

  5. Hi Kim, I have just found your website and blog and look forward to sharing your journey with you. What a fantastic idea to document your progress. Your paintings are beautiful 🙂

    1. Hi, Lotte! Thank you so much for tagging along, and for your kind words 🙂 Documenting my journey demands some courage from me, since I’m far from pleased with all my paintings. Nonetheless, I want to give an honest view of both progress and regress as I go. I’m looking forward to following you as well 🙂

  6. Imponert, Kim!😃 Du er utrolig dyktig! Er noen av kunstverkene dine til salgs?☺️ Jeg er helt stum av beundring.

    1. Takk skal du ha! Det var jo veldig hyggelige ord å få. Blir alltid litt forlegen når kjentfolk er inne og kikker 🙂 Er litt som er til salgs, ja. Noen er gitt bort allerede, ett er solgt, noen få klarer jeg ikke la gå og veldig mye av det mindre profilerte er fritt frem om noen vil ha det.
      Har ni stykker jeg offisielt la ut for salg i januar ( https://www.etsy.com/no-en/shop/PlacidPaintingStore ). Ellers er det litt her og der som står ledig. Om du er interessert i noe kan jo prisen gå litt ned for venner 🙂 Men først og fremst er det jo veldig gøy å høre at du liker noe av det 🙂

  7. Hi Kim, just saw a post from you in Doodlewash and discovered your blog. So brave to document your journey! I only started posting my drawings & paintings since joining Doodlewash and often feel reluctant to put on rubbishy ones. But I think it is good to share, especially with other artistic people. I feel as though I learn with everything I do.

    1. I’m so glad you found it interesting! 🙂 I do very much dislike posting work I’m not pleased with online, but I’ve decided that I want to show my real progress to those who visit my site. I know how lost I felt at first, doing one bad painting after another while watching all the fantastic stuff other people managed to make. I think I may actually have learned even more from my unsuccessful work than from those I consider successful though. Simply because it’s so frustrating that I never want to make the same mistakes again 🙂 I think it’s great that you’ve started posting your work. It sure can feel both scary and vulnerable, being afraid to basically get laughed at. However I still get overwhelmed by all the support and positivity I’ve met in the different communities. We all start at the same place, I guess 🙂

    1. I’m so glad to hear that! It’s definitely the best way to zone out of the regular world, and into something fantastic! 🙂 Hope to see much of your work in 2019 as well! 🙂

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