Starling Eggs – Starens Ägg

Ingrid Benson har åter funnit spännande ting i naturen. Vi får en rapport och fina bilder som jag lånat från henne.

Häromdan när jag var ute såg jag detta vackra ljusblåa ägg på marken. Blev naturligtvis nyfiken vilken fågel det kunde vara. Fick svaret stare på fb-gruppen Fåglar inpå knuten. Det föranledde att jag googlade lite på färger och fågelägg, de är ju ganska iögonfallande man trodde ju äggen skulle vara mera diskreta. Färgen är till för att skydda embryot från solens värme och UV-strälning. De fåglar som har mörkare ägg lever i skog och buskage, där solen inte är så brännande.

Tack Ingrid för att du delar med dig av dessa spännande fynd.

Ingrid Benson has again found exciting things in nature. We get a report and nice pictures that I borrowed from her.

The other day, when I was out, I saw this beautiful light blue egg on the ground. Of course, I was curious what bird it could be. Got the answer Starling egg at the fb group Fåglar inpå knuten. I googled on colors and bird eggs, the egg colors are quite eye-catching. I thought the eggs would be more discreet. The color is used to protect the embryo from the sun’s heat and UV-rays. The birds with darker eggs live in forests and shrubs, where the sun is not so burning.

Thanks Ingrid for sharing the photos and the egg color story.


Photos and story about the eggs comes from Ingrid Benson.


Tree CD

Anna at Intefangördetdet gave me some old CDs and here’s the first painting on one of them.

I’m supposed to paint manhole covers on the CDs, but then Anna made a post with trees, so I just had do do one with trees first.

I started yesterday

And finished this evening 

It felt so good to be back in my drawing/painting corner. I’ve been away too long.

Thanks to Annas CD gift my inspiration got new energy.


Collage making – gör ett collage

Find some friends of yours. Invite them for tea and smorgas. Have a nice time around the table and then after the teabreak suggest them that you all make a theme art piece. The theme could be Swedish summer or something else. Find some old magazines that you’re done with, glue and some pieces of cardboard. Make sure you have hours and hours to spend on this assignment. You will find it most amusing, so you don’t want to quit.

Leta rätt på några av dina vänner. Bjud in dem på te och smörgås. Ha en trevlig pratstund runt bordet. Efter det föreslår du att ni alla ska göra ett litet temakonstverk. Temat kan vara svensk sommar eller något helt annat. Leta rätt på gamla färgglada tidningar som du inte längre använder, klister och några bitar kartongpapper. Se också till att ni har många timmar att ägna åt denna kreativa uppgift. Tiden kommer att flyga iväg.

How do I know that? Hur kan jag veta det?

Well, me and some painter friends got together and did exactly what I just wrote above.

Ja, mina målarvänner och jag gjorde precis så som jag skriver ovan.

This is the result

Photo: Marie Westergren Eklund

We were four grownups (well at least counting by age) and one 12 year old artist. Five of the pieces is grownups work and two of them a young brught artist work. Can you guess which the youngest did and which of them I did?

I denna lilla konstövning deltog fyra vuxna (i alla fall till åldern) och en 12-årig konstnär. Fem av verken har en vuxen som upphovsperson och två tillhör den yngsta deltagaren. Kan ni gissa vilka den yngsta av oss gjorde och vilken jag gjorde?

The tea, smorgas and collage idea came from one of the members in the painter group Pink bucket, Marie Westergren Eklund. You can find her beautiful photographs on her insta.

Iden med te, smörgås och collage kommer från en av målargruppen Rosa hinkens medlemmar, Marie Westergren Eklund. Hennes fina fotografier kan ni hitta på insta.


Fun with pine cones

If you have a few of these

You can do this

And believe it or not, but they actually work just as real flowers

They shut down if it’s cold and rainy. When the sun comes back they open up again


Not just a piece of wood part 2

What first looked like this

Later look like this

What can I possibly have seen in that piece of wood?

To be continued 😉



Color explosion!

What can I say more than I really like tulips 😉


Easter prep

I got a birthday card and some yarn with the intention I should do a big version of the small stitched figure on the card. It’s suppose to be a nice easter pillow.

I come pretty far in a few days, so this is half way. I now have to figure out background colors. 

I come from a family with generations of knowledge about handcraft making, so birthday presents often tend to be some kind of sewing, stitched or crochet challenges.

And yes, for those of you with sharp eyes, I haven’t managed to count the stitches right. Cross stitches are not my thing when it comes to count them right. I always miss some or do too many.


February 6 Sapmi national day

Today samis have national day.

One of them is Sofia Jannok, a sami artist and actually also a painter. Just look at the paintings in this video

Snölejoninna (snow lioness)

This is another video with Sofia Jannok

This is my land

On you can see a concert Jielemen Aavoe – Jubileumsföreställning för Sápmi if you’re in Sweden. I watched a bit and I like it. It’s beautiful. Music, clothes and the stories they tell between the songs.


Crotchet hats

This post remembered me of a planned post I forgot all about. It tells you all about how to make your own hat.

Here’s my crotchet hats. It is fun doing these. Keeps you warm in winter too 🙂


Red houses

The same technique as Winter wonderland.

My idea was to let the white fields be that white stuff that’s falling in winter time.

I’m not sure it is obvious in this painting though.



It’s not often I do portraits, but when people turn 50 I might get the idea of trying to paint them. This one I did with color pencils. I had to stop when I was about to destroy the paper when I tried to change details for the thousand time. I probably would have continued forever without deadline and a fragile paper, so maybe it was for the best anyway.


#Inktober 2016 #inktober 8 Rock

I’m behind schedule but here’s #8 prompt on #inktober 2016 Rock/Anna

Swedish Fall nature

Swedish Fall nature is a colorful show. Just look at this.

Calluna, Scots pine, Quercus robor (oak), Sorbus aucuparia (Rowan), Juniperus communis

I like Fall, but I don’t like that Summer is almost over. It’s getting darker in the mornings and evenings here again. I like sunny mornings and evenings better that dark ones 🙂

Not all of you have this kind of light/dark changes or season changes. I like all our seasons in different ways, but I always think summer and fall goes to fast.


Face your painting skills

Stop saying you can’t paint or draw. Find some known or unknown friends and get together in a painters group. Never mind if you have not painted before. Just get yourselves some painting or drawing materials.

Then you set up a drawing or painting session and start painting. If you don’t know what to draw or paint, find out something together and see how different you can interpret the motif.

We did this in my painters group Pink Bucket.

First we drew a face. One of us did the cheek and forehead, one did hair and nose and others eyes and so on.

Then we decided to paint/draw our own interpretations of this facelines. To color it in we used these things to choose colors and patterns for our faces.

You can see a frog shoe, a hat with a ribbon, a basket, a green little chain on the basket, some color paper bags, flowers, grey lego plate (takes me back to a happy childhood) and so on.

My face ended up like this, what do you think?


Eyes in the back (frog eyes), what more can you see from our inspiration table?

Arik Brauer

I found an old exhibition poster from a gallery i Trosa that used to show great art everytime they opened their doors for people to come and visit.

This poster tells about the time the artist Arik Brauer showed his art in the Trosa Kvarn Gallery and for the first time in Sweden. It was great paintings to see.

I don’t remember them specific, there were lots of good paitings during the years in that gallery and I was young and didn’t know much of all painter names.
I just thought the art at the gallery always was so inspiring.

Here you can see some of his work.

Arik Brauer – Galerie – Oel

And here.

If you want to read real art Sunday posts, I think you should all visit Jims blog. He’s doing art Sunday post every Sunday and I always find them interesting.

Art Sunday #68: George Ștefănescu – Arlechinii (“Harlequins”)
Now, back to art making corner. I miss you guys, but I’ll be back soon I hope 🙂