In September KalkKunst will be arranged , and “Künstler ohne Grenzen” is part of the event for the second time.
My contribution will be 6 photos from Kerala, India.
To read more follow the link.
In September KalkKunst will be arranged , and “Künstler ohne Grenzen” is part of the event for the second time.
My contribution will be 6 photos from Kerala, India.
To read more follow the link.
I’ve been quite busy with a lot of projects so far this year. One of them has been to start Langer Yoga and to find a place to have my own classes. 🙂
Now my website for Langer Yoga is ready, and the I’ve got plans for classes and workshops this autumn.
My art website has also been changed and the next art project will be the KalkKunst 2016 with Künstler ohne Grenzen.
Hopefully I’ll soon find time to do some more writing again 🙂 🙂 🙂
Have a great weekend!
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I’ve been working towards an exhibition for a while now. And I really look forward to exhibit with “Künstler ohne Grenzen” again.
The subject I worked from was time and time passing. That was the baseline idea. There’re so many ways to define and express time… Where do you start?
I created three different picture series. The one in the photo on the top is called “Four seasons”. This actually is the last one I did… .
I also wanted to create a statement since I’ll exhibit in my former hometown, Cologne, Germany. I’ve lived in Oslo, Norway almost as long as in Cologne now…
Time runs fast if you’re (not always) having fun. It’s not the easiest thing to move to a foreign country. I had to work a lot to get where I’m today, and I’m proud of where I am today. People still ask things like “When will you move back home?” or “Will you become a Norwegian citizen?” That’s kind of annoying… I’m at home in Oslo even if I haven’t become a Norwegian citizen. That’s just the way it is… So the photos below are calles “Remember where you come from – Be proud of where you are”. Actually these did fall in place as the first ones 🙂
The third series was actually the second one I worked on 😉 It’s called “The four seasons of life”. Those four photos are also digital photo collages and got the titles
“Spring is over – Summer is gone – Autumn above me – Winter still to come”
Two of the photos has to go back since they mounted the frames on the back the wrong way around and one has some colour mistake in the print so it has to be done again. Good to have another month until the photos have to be delivered in Germany. I guess everything will work out at the end. It has a habit to do so… .
Next week I’ll get them up on the wall to try out my idea of how they should be mounted on the wall… If that works as planned I’ll be one step closer to the exhibition.
If anyone is in Cologne in the middle of September to October you can go and take a look at them 🙂 They will be at International Bund.
“If life gives you lemons, make yourself some lemonade”
Things have been though lately. Sunday my grandfather did passed away after some weeks illness. He reached the proud age of more than 90 years and last summer we had a birthday party with friends and family. Just wished he wouldn’t have been in less pain the last weeks of his life.
I’m thankful for all the years I had him in my life and all the memories. Friday gonna be a though day when I’ll be at his funeral to say goodbye and thank you.
Trying to hang in here and focus on all the things I have to do before I’ll leave Thursday night.
Wish you all a great week. Stay save!
Back in 2010 i published the book “Far away – yet close”. “Far away – yet close” was in a way the closure of a personal process where I got to know my artistically expression. Is a book with photos and poems in three languages.
Just some days ago a friend did send me a message which made me very happy. Her father had bought my book last autumn and he gave it as a present to a relative before Christmas as a birthday present. Now he received a letter saying “Thank you for the greetings to my birthday, especially for the three languages book. It’s been quite tumultuous here lately, so first now I found the courage to engage myself to the poems, and I’m fascinated by it and so the atmospheric photos! It’s created by a real artist and I’m sure I’ll read it several times. Thank you very, very much!”
I always feel my heart is beating faster when I get such feedback out of the blue. When I published the book I hoped it would find some people who would enjoy it, and who would be touched. For me publishing the photos and poems was an emotional thing to do, so receiving such feedback makes me feel I succeed 🙂
Now five years later I’m thinking it could be time to release a new book. At least it’s time to start the project since it not made in one day. I’m playing with the idea to create a book about the “After work there is reality” project including the drawings and paintings, and maybe some essays. There are so many possibilities… . But an idea is born… Let’s wait and see what it turns out to be…
Some more information about the book/e-book:
The book “Far away – yet close” Poems in 3 languages has now been published as e-book. You can buy it at Amazon Kindle-Shop.de, Ebook.de, Thalia.de, Webshop Libris.nl, iTunes and more. The E-Book ISBN 9783732222872. Price from 7.99 EUR
Day 33 with the words of wisdom challenge… Sunday, November 9th. 52 days to New Years Eve.
It’s a historic date. Today in Germany they are celebrating the 25 years jubilee of the fall of the frontier between DDR and BDR.
But there are other historic events to remember, too.
1918 – The last German Emperor abdicated after the lost of the first world war
1923 – The police stopped the Nazis marching to Berlin
1938 – The crystal night – Start of the terror against the Jewish population in Germany
1953 – Cambodia became independent from France, Cambodian national day
I spend the day at home, working for my yoga education and following the news. Had a small throwback to those days back in 1989 which I wrote about here.
Tomorrow I will be back at work and I look forward to that, and things gonna be “back to normal” I hope…
So what could be the words of wisdom for this day?
“A bell is no bell `til you ring it, a song is no song ´til you sing it, and love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay, love isn’t love ´til you give it away.”
From the book “Nest eggs” by Kate Knapp
It’s 25 years since the Berlin wall came down. This is celebrated in Germany today. It’s important to remember. I don’t want to write a historic report about that here. There are many more qualified people doing that. And you can find a lot of information on newspapers websites and here at the Berlin Wall memorial
It is a personal telling about what I remember and think about today.
November 9th 1989 – This is one of the days in my life I actually remember where I was. A lot had happened during the weeks before. people in the DDR (Eastern Germany) were out on the streets protesting, claiming more freedom. Many had went to and finally got the permission to travel to the BRD (Western Germany). It all started month ago.
Hungary turned down the border fortifications to Austria. Hundreds DDR-citizens escaped through Hungary to the West. Many found their ways to the Western German embassies in Budapest, Praha and Warszawa to get travel papers. August 23rd the refugees in Budapest were allowed to go to the BRD, and the refugees in Praha and Warszawa got the permission September, 30th. I remember the news reports when the first cars drove over the border. It was an emotional time.
November 9th in the evening I was sitting in my room after doing homework for hours. I had listen to my favourite music for a while. I was still 16 years old… I had planned my birthday party and how to celebrate it since it would only be a couple of days later. 17 is a big day 😉 I sat down to watch some tv. So much had happened the days before and I tried to keep up with the news. I was switching between different channels. And on one channel they had pictures from Berlin, people on both sides at the wall, celebrating. They said the border was open.It felt unreal. I went into the living room to tell my parents. They didn’t believe me first. But I convinced them to switch channels. I don’t think anyone expected that those days.
Growing up in Western Germany with family in Eastern Germany was a bit surreal. As a child I was told about. I myself have never crossed the border to DDR. But family members have.
My mother’s father and my father were born in a part of Germany that’s Poland today. After the second world war they in different ways came to life in the later BRD. It would take to long to write how here and now… I remember some family celebrations were one of the DDR relatives were a guest. I remember that as a child I felt there were kind of special guests. There was something special about them. Everyone had to talk a lot to them, asking about the family and old friend from earlier times, how things are “at home”.
The older generations of my father’s familiy were inner german refugees. The second world war had changed their lives, the left their homes and were scattered all over the different zones. Some in the Russian, some in the British, some in the American and some in the French zone. I often wondered how it could be that we had relatives in “the other Germany”. That’s a part of our history the adults didn’t talk a lot when we children were around. It was kind of “long time ago”, “you don’t need to think about the war” and so on.
In a way I understand why. On the other side there’s a lit of historic knowledge and information that got lost. I once read at a museum “People who don’t know their history don’t have a future.” I often think that if the older generation had spent more time telling us about their past, we might be closer to each other in our family today. Instead we children grow up with adults with a lot of issues with each other….
I knew my grandparents were sending parcels and letters hoping they would arrive. As a child I didn’t understand why they shouldn’t. I was sure their mail carrier was as nice as ours…. Later I started to write letters with a far away cousin around my age in the DDR. I thought she was a bit lazy since I didn’t get many letters and I loved to write and get letters. So I was writing a lot about everything I could think of. Later I learned that many of my letters never arrived…. Especially not those with popstar photos and magazines… I remember I was very angry about that. How could somebody decide which letter to pass and which not. I’m sure the Stasi had me on a list….
When I think back at these days I remember we all thought that now, finally, there would be more peace in the world. The cold war would be over forever. But as history shows – there were new wars to come, also in Europe. Today there are wars and armed conflicts. new walls has been built. There are countries divided into two by borders and walls. History is repeating itself 😦 That’s I personally believe is the reason why it’s so important to remember what happened in 1989. That’s important to not forget that the impossible is possible. That’s why it’s important to show and remember that there are peaceful ways to make change happen. I greatly admire the people who made the change possible. We don’t know how the world would look like today without them.
Wish you all a happy Sunday ❤
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18 days into the “words of wisdom” challenge, and third day of the yoga teacher education…
I’m so tired! But I knew it would take time to get into study mood and manage to process all the information we get each day…
I’m try not to think about all the things I can’t remember right now to much. I’m just trying to relax… In a couple of days I’ll be able to sit down and read my notes and start thinking about what it means and how to use them….
It’s Saturday night, and even if I soon gonna go to bed because I have to get very early tomorrow to be at school at 8 am. I try to focus on something else than yoga.
And that’s right now the two exhibitions that opened this weekend and which I couldn’t go to see.
Luckily a friend went to one of them and send me photos “life from Louvre, Paris”. How cool is that! One of my paintings exhibited at an art show at Louvre in Paris.
Here is one of the photos Sara Johnson took and send me 🙂 Thank you SO much Sara!
Good to at least see a photo when I can’t go myself 🙂 Can’t say how much it means to me 🙂
The second exhibition opening tonight is at Cologne. It’s the “Art without borders” exhibition where I’ve got four photos. I’m looking forward to get an update from the opening.
I received a photo from my photos on the wall from Jürgen Krey, one of the people organizing the exhibition.
So all together I can say that things are going quite good now. I’m feeling blessed by all the opportunities I’ve got in my life right now.
I get to show my art. I can make a try to become a yoga teacher. I’ve got a fun job, and good friends supporting me…. So what are the “words of wisdom of today”?
I choose this:
“Start each day with a grateful heart.”
Unfortunately I didn’t manage to find out who said this at first. If anyones knows, please let me know. 🙂
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I’m back in Oslo after 10 days traveling. This summer I spend four days in Dresden/Germany. Dresden is the capital city of the Free State of Saxony by the River Elbe and close tho the Czech border.
I only had read some few things about historical events and the reconstructions of the historical buildings. Those buildings in the city center had been entirely destroyed during the second world war during British and American bombing in 1945.
The city has a long history as capital, but also as the royal residence for the Kings of Saxony and Electors. Dresden was ones known as the Jewel Box, because of its baroque and rococo city center.
Dresden’s history is long and full of important events and persons. I can’t write about everything. It’s history starts already around the late 12th century. The city became the capital of the margraviate after 1270 and restored to the Wettin dynasty in about 1319. It became the seat of the Dukes of Saxony from 1485 and the electors from 1547.
Back in 1521 the Elector and ruler of Saxony Frederick August I became King August the Strong of Poland. King August the Strong gathered many of Europe’s best painters, architects and musicians in Dresden. This marked the beginning of the cities emergence as one of the leading European cities for technology and art.
King August the Strong and his descendants raised several of the historical buildings that got reconstructed during the last decades.
Several of the historical buildings are finished and are opened to the public.
The church Frauenkirche is reconstructed and was finished in 2005. It’s been financed by privately raised funds. The top of the church you see a gold cross. The City of Edinburgh donated it as a mark of the bond between the two cities.
The reconstruction of Frauenkiche was the first step of rebuilding a large area around the church. It’s called Neumarkt square. The area was divided into eight separate projects and are rebuilt with facades similar to the originals, and some to the original structure.
I spend a lot of time at the castles areas, There you find some great art collections open to the public. At the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Zwinger you can find masterpieces from artists like Dürer, Cranach, Dahl, Rafael, Vermeer, El Greco, Carracci, Canaletto. One of the paintings I studied during my stay was Raphael’s “The Sistine Madonna” (1512/13). You probably have seen a small part of it. The two small angels at the bottom of the painting are often used on postcards, cups and more… Johan Christian Dahl’s painting of “Blick auf Dresden bei Vollmondschein” (1839) is also in the collection at Zwinger.
The New Masters gallery is located at the Albertinum. here you find works from Klimt, Friedrich, Gaugin, van Gogh, Liebermann, Monet, Nolde, Picasso and more. While I visited the gallery there was a special exhibition about Klees and Slevogts travels to Egypt.
I really liked the colours and the light in Slevogts paintings, like Sandsturm in der Lybischen Wüste from 1914. But for those who know me that’s really not a big surprise…
The Residenzschloss Dresden (Dresden Royal Palace) is the current centre of the Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden State Art Collections). It also was destroyed during the bombing and is being rebuilt as a ‘Residenz der Kunst und Wissenschaft’ (Palace of the Arts and Sciences). The Residenzschloss Dresden was among the most magnificent and important Renaissance palaces in Germany. It has remained a High Renaissance castle through all the alterations and modernizations of the intervening centuries. It was planned and built as a castle, and it was used so by the electors and kings as a centre of power and its display: the massive effect of the walls and the limited number of gates clearly communicate this defensive element of the architecture.
There are so many more things to do in Dresden… There are the Semper Opera, the castle Pillnitz, the world oldest suspension railway and funicular railway at Loschwitz, the center of Old Dresden and New Dresden, both with many shops, restaurants and cafés.
You really should take a walk along the riverside. If you walk over to the New Dresden park and follow the sidewalk you pass several bars and cafés. In New Dresden there are a lot of small cool clothes shops. There’s also a cute café called “Tanteleuk” in Louisenstrasse 24. They have great coffee and cakes.
The last day we went to see the Baroque castle Moritzburg castle and the Little Pheasant Castle close to Dresden. Moritzburg has become famous for its horse breeding and carp farming as well as through the activities of artist Käthe Kollwitz. During the winter 1972/1973, Moritzburg castle was the festive backdrop for »Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella« – one of the most popular German fairy-tale movies. Since I was a child I wanted to go to see this castle, and since it was located in the former DDR I was told it never would be possible to go there. I remember I was quite sure it was possible for me to get there one day, and that I would walk the stairs where Cinderella lost her shoe running from the prince… Well – never say never! I’ve been there, and I walked the stairs 🙂
Little Pheasant Castle is not far from Moritzburg castle. We went for a walk in the park around the castles and it was really beautiful.
Should have stayed for some more days, but I guess it just means I have to go once more…
Wish you all a great weekend 🙂