First it was Valentine's Day. Pink roses. Then the birds began to sing. I was dancing in the kitchen. The sun was shining on the rain and the rain was falling on the sunshine. Fragrance: Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet. And then there was Fats Waller and a different kind of spring cleaning. [click here to listen on Spotify]:
- Late summer. After the heatwave: harvest time. Full moon. Farmer's Market.
- Family. Love. Friendship.
- Lately, I've been completely absorbed creating artwork for the Global Talent Search. Once the gallery is published, I'll be able to show you what I made!
- Cinema: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Die andere Heimat, The Invisible Woman.
- I'm always blessed with more ideas than I have time for! For several years, I've wanted to create an illustrated recipe book. Perhaps something for the autumn.
- Current favourite Pinterest board: Colour Inspiration and Palettes.
- Making patterns inspired by water rays. This is an assignment in the Summer School and I feel so inspired by this theme!
- Music: En förklädd gud at the Royal Palace.
- Reading: Americanah by by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
- Sometimes You Need A Creativity Reboot
On my mind just now:
- The St Matthew Passion by JS Bach with The Real Group, Rebaroque and opera singers passionately retelling stories from their own lives at Folkoperan.
- On the radio (in Swedish), The Russian Revolution by The Philosophical Room, and Spanarna funny and thoughtful at once.
- The word "revolution" has an interesting story, deriving from the Latin verb revolvere, "to revolve", it was originally applied to the motions of the planets. It wasn't until the 1600s that the word was infused with a political meaning and of course today we can use the word meaning a total, radical change.
- Current favourite Pinterest boards: Outdoors | Patterns & Textures | Creative Studio.
And now, a walk in the sun!
I love living in Stockholm and in the summer, when the pace is slower, it's so much easier to respond to the call of art exhibits, film and music. There's so much going on! Here are some of my current inspirations as well as some upcoming free culture festivals that I'm looking forward to.
The Artists’ Colony at Tyresö
This exhibition at Waldemarsudde presents works by Prince Eugen together with works by a number of his artist-friends such as Richard Bergh, Oscar Björck, Teodor Lundberg and Viggo Johansen, who also painted at Tyresö Palace around the turn-of-the-century 1900.
Akvarell i tiden (Contemporary Watercolours)
Carl Larsson – Friends & Enemies
Carl Larsson is one of Sweden’s famous and beloved artists, widely recognised for his paintings of his own family and his home Sundborn. The home in itself a creation made by Carl and his wife Karin Larsson, and that has had an extraordinary impact on interior design world-wide over the last century. But who was he? What did his contemporaries think of him, and how did he see other people and himself? Find out more at Nationalmuseum's exhibition at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts.
Medelhavsmuseet (The Mediterranean Museum)
Stockholm Culture Festival 13-18 August
Looking forward to Stockholms Kulturfestival, featuring the world's longest book market and music (including Bollywood Masala Orchestra , a tribute to Velvet Underground and DakhaBrakha (UA), atmospheric minimal ethno-chaos, with Ukrainian, Swedish and Greek folk musicians). Everything happens on the streets and squares is free of charge!
Stockholm Filmfestival Sommarbio 14-18 August
Mad Love is the theme for this year's outdoor summer film programme at the Stockholm Filmfestival in Rålambshovsparken. Featuring A Royal Affair, The Kids Are All Right, The Fly, The Beat That My Heart Skipped (De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté), and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Free entry.