Spring and the Summer

Jim gave me this video as an answer in a talk at his blog.

So I answered with this one

That means the Spring/Summer song search is on.

If you have a Spring or Summer song you like to share. Leave the link in the comments. I bet Leslie have a Spring song. She always have songs for everything. Art in any form often have a piece for everything. That’s the beauty of art.

Maybe Spring will come soon then. But not all of waiting for Spring. That’s northern hemisphere right? What about you in the south? Do you wait for Autumn or how does it work?



Midsummer in Sweden

This weekend it’s Midsummer holiday in Sweden.

So I wish you all a happy Midsummer with this

and this

Dreamweather for this holiday is sun, warm days and nights.

But this is what we’ve got most of so far. Not much rain though.


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.


Kayak water

Soon I hope I get time for some kayaking. 

This is also why I’m fighting for nature. Can you imagine that some people wants to destroy archipelago life? 

It’s heaven on earth, still some think they can improve it by exploitation.

I like the archipelago just the way it is. Everyday we can watch many wild animals. That’s a gift from nature. We can learn a lot from them. They just are the way they are. They don’t “improve” nature by inventing grandiose projects that effects nature negative.

Have a great day!


Lilacs in rain – Syrener i regn

Lilac time is a beautiful season in Sweden. It doesn’t matter if it rains or the sun is shining. They are so lovely in every weather.

I did this drawing on ipad a couple of years ago. I didn’t quite remembered how the lilacs looked but I gave it a try without checking out a photo of lilacs.


Summer is here

Summer is here and I am not built for this heat. Some of you will probably think that our heat is not heat, but for me it is. I can’t think, my brain is melting and I think all of me melting away completely. And it’s only 28 C inside and in the shaddow. Out in sun it’s even worse. I like it when it’s around 18 C. That’s probably  ice cold for some of you, but when we have cold summers here it’s completely normal.

I want my brain back in normal mode! Sorry for the rant.

This little drawing is made in a tiny little sketch app on my phone. I like when only a few colorful lines can be a drawing.

Here’s a Swedish artist singing a nice song about Summer is here. Mr Eric Gadd.


Transformation tree

Apple trees are great transformers!

They are so beautiful all year around, but each season has different beauty.


Sailboat season starts

Today I saw a red sailboat with white sails in the afternoon sun. So beautiful and the longing for a warmer and brighter season grew stronger. The Spring sun is warm but the winds are still cold. Not warm spring or summer yet.

My interpretation of the boat. I paint on rock with chalk crayons.


Nature as sculptress 

I found this little piece of ice art. All made by Mother Nature. Who can beat that?

I didn’t succeed in catching the sunshine on the ice sculpture, you should have seen it in the sunlight, it was magnificent.

Frost by the way is actually frost in Swedish too, so now you know a Swedish word 🙂

What did I do in art today? Well, I did go back to childhood and made this

I want some Summer now. Blue sea, sailboats and birds in the air and me in my little summer painting studio.

But that’s still some months away.

I had a very good Sunday today. Only one error. IT WAS FAAAAR TOOOO SHORT!!!!!


First Chantarelle of the year

Found this today. Normally they come in Summer time. Not in January. Maybe it’s from last season, but it look so fresh, so I think it’s a new one.

Weird winter.


Winter walk

Jellyfishes still alive in December, that’s amazing or climate changes.

Rhodedendron prepared for next seasons blooming. 

Shaddow of me 😉

How does your winter walks looks like?

Or do you live in a place where Summer rules?

I’m in the north hemisphere so here it’s winter.


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.


First workday after vacation 2016

Did this drawing last Summer and it’s the same this year.

First work day was okay though, but I started to became rather good at having vacation just before work weeks began again.

How’s your days?


Pictures From The Stockholm Archipelago

Check this post out! Our wp friend Thomas visiting Sweden. Stockholm archipelago is almost like Trosa archipelago. More boats, buildings and people in Stockholm. But to watch the pictures in the post is like watching my home area. Please leave comments in the original post/Anna



This is the first in what will be a series of posts about Sweden, where I am currently on holiday. If you enjoy this post I recommend that you make Anna’s blog your next port of call.


Although I have only been in Sweden since Friday night, I already have a huge number of stunning pictures to share. For this first part of my stay I have been in the company of a cousin and his Swedish fiancee Ida. My cousin met me at Stockholm central bus station (Skavsta airport, where my flight landed is too far out of town for him to meet me there, so I got the Flygbussarna into town on Friday night. On Saturday we travelled to an island that has been owned by Ida’s family for some time. This journey entailed a bus to Stavsnas, a boat out to the…

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It’s raining here. Good for nature and good for us, so far 🙂

Finally rain (sold)