In the Shade

This is one of those summer days that I just love. It's not too warm. But warm enough to not think about the right clothing. The sun is out, lighting up the islands, reflecting in the sea. But the mountain behind you gives a nice, cool shade. You can just sit there, feeling the pleasant…

One Way In – One Way Out

On the West Coast of Norway, where I grew up, there are a lot of fjords. In these fjords, there are often only one road in. That, again, makes it only one road out. In one way, it makes these small societies look very cozy. On the other side, they are very voulnerable. It only…

Top and Bottom

I didn't plan on it. But in this painting it almost looks like the top of the mountain returns at the bottom. It was supposed to just be an island or something, lying near the shore. But the top and bottom-look is much more interesting. So I decided to go with that. Let's just pretend…

Loose the Way I Like it

I'm really happy with how this painting turned out. The style is loose, the way I like it, but still tight enough to hold it firmly together. The boat also has a kind of human, industrial look about it. Like the kind of guy that would hang around the harbour, I imagine. The painting is…

Framing a Few Watercolours

It's a funny thing, but I keep finding old paintings in the attic that I actually like a lot better now than when I made them. Stuff I made several years ago, which I considered to be not worthy of a frame. Now I look at them with the memory of all the hard work…

A Purple Night

It is still winter here in Norway, with huge amounts of snow slowly soaring down from the skies. The temperature has been locked steady below -10 degrees celsius, but now it is starting to get warmer. Also, the daylight is staying longer and longer through our afternoons, which is a source of new energy in…

Evening Grains

By pure mistake, I ended up painting this one on the wrong side of my watercolour paper. That's the reason why it looks so grainy. But looking back at it, it actually turned out as a pretty cool effect. Almost like it's painted on concrete or something. So I just might use the same paper…

Fence Posts

They got a bit more dominating than planned, these fence posts. Almost like they're popping out of the painting. That made me quite disappointed at first. But now I think it makes it all a bit more interesting. I also like how the trees ended up on the left and right side. The one in…

Morning Sun

As "the sun has turned" (as we say here), the days are starting to get lighter. Just a few minutes more of the precious daylight, day after day. Soon the sun will start to warm the skin again. The grass will turn green. The corn fields will errupt. We'll stop wearing jackets, and then sweaters.…

Dry Snow

You know when it's so cold that the snow turns dry? It just flakes off when you rub it in your gloves, and settles light as a feather on the frozen ground. If you shake a snowy branch it comes crashing down your head, finding it's way inside your collar. You wringe as it melts,…