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Still Nothing

Dear blogger friend, I am sorry about the lack of action on saaraspaintings.com. My family faced some change, and we are all still adjusting. I have not had the time nor the energy for anything else than my daytime job, household stuff, and taking care of the kids; the essential.

I miss painting, I miss you!

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Until Now

You may have noticed this: until now I’ve been posting paintings I started painting earlier. I went through all the boards I had kept in the closet. Most of them were quite bad (as in absolutely awful) , and I painted them white or threw them away. Some of them I kept, and finished. You’ve seen those. From now on all the paintings for this blog will be made from scratch.

Wish me luck!

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Have you ever given a non-finished painting as a gift?

My friends Anna and Mikael got engaged in the fall 2007, and I actually gave them a grey sketch. I promised to finish it later when I knew the color scheme of their future home, or something. ‘Later’ turned out to be today, two and a half years later. Perhaps I should have added a baby bottle. They had a baby girl faster than I paint!

These mugs are manufactured by the Swedish company Höganäs Keramik. I really like the shape. I also need to mention that I borrowed the sun-lit backdrop from one of my favorite daily painters.

I know Anna and Mikael better nowadays, and I think neither of them drink black coffee. Nevertheless, the mugs symbolize togetherness.
 

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And why is this posted in the ‘my kids paint’ category? Well, I often let them brush a few strokes. They know how to add structure.

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Sometimes I check on some of the most well-known daily painters.

If you are new to the concept you might want to visit Carol Marine, or Justin Clayton, or Jeffrey Hayes. The idea is to paint a painting a day or at least one each week. Usually the daily paintings are small and can easily be sold online and shipped by mail. Artists (often established ones, it seems) post their paintings on daily painter websites, and on their own blogs, nowadays even on Facebook, sometimes linking to eBay, where buyers can bid on them. The idea is to keep the craft alive, I guess, and to provide buyers with reasonably prized genuine art. For me the idea of accountability is appealing: there are buyers waiting. What a great way to keep your creativity flowing!

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As long as I can remember I’ve been drawing and painting every day, all the time. On the train, in the bus, at home, at school. When I turned 20 I stopped. There was a period of almost no painting or sketching or anything at all. We are talking about a decade, even longer. All my paints dried out, and my brushes became stiff and, well, died. You get the picture – no pun intended.

Eventually it all changed. Not radically. I really mean eventually. My family and me spent a month in Thailand in January 2008. I brought new paint and new brushes, and a couple of pears were born on the bungalow porch.

There is not much detail on them, and the light and color is evenly distributed. Normally I would add contrast and tiny splashes of light, but in Thailand the natural light was soft and came from all directions, and looked a lot like this. I decided to keep them plain.

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