Back to English now! Since I’ve had a quite a lot of free time lately, I’ve started to paint a little bit again. So I thought I’d share what I made and some of my thoughts behind it.
The painting on the left is a self-portrait I made last weekend. It had been quite a while since the last time I used acrylic paint – it feels so different from watercolour, more like a getting-your-hands-dirty feeling, if that makes sense. I think making self-portraits can be very nice and consoling (I think I got that idea from Frida Kahlo), but you have to be in the right mood for them. For the this one, I was inspired by the American painter Winston Chmielinksi: his colours are often very bright and I liked that idea. I like how it turned out, although I also think it maybe looks a little bit too perfect, as if nothing was left to chance.
The right one is a little watercolour painting that I made back in September when I was listening to the audiobook of The Serious Game by Hjalmar Söderberg. I heard that they were going to show the film adaptation at Film Fest Ghent, and I wanted to read the book first, because I figured I would get more out of the film that way. However, since it was quite a long book and I wasn’t even sure if I could get my hands on a paper copy so quickly, I decided to go for the audiobook. I really liked the film, by the way: it was nice and intimate and sort of dynamic, and there were a lot of nice details. Whenever I’m listening to an audiobook, I enjoy doing things like painting or crocheting, especially when autumn’s coming around (even though it sometimes takes up so much concentration that I can’t focus on the book anymore).
The text says “dare to take up space”, which I think is a nice reminder to myself. You can interpret it in a physical way, and then I suppose it means that there’s no point in being ashamed of how you look – and that, to give an example, you shouldn’t apologize for being “fat” (according to the norms of society, that is), because why on earth should you apologize for something that is essentially just taking up space. If you wouldn’t take up space, you wouldn’t be at all – and everyone has the right to be, whichever way they are. Besides that, you can also interpret it in a more abstract, social way: to dare to say things, to do things and to be seen in social situations. A couple of months ago, I listened to Liv Strömquist’s episode of Sommar i P1, and she said that “to overcome shame is to give oneself an inner right to express oneself”, and I think that’s what people should do. That’s what I am trying to do.
This week, we had a little Lucia party at my school. Sankta Lucia is a Scandinavian holiday, usually celebrated on the 13th of December (which apparently used to coincide with winter solstice), to celebrate the light. For us, however, it’s more of a pre-Christmas gathering to celebrate the end of the semester and just have a nice time chatting (and having some dessert) with our classmates and teachers. Me and a classmate of mine had volunteered to organise the event, so in the weekends before the party, I had a nice time painting this illustration for the poster, looking for pine branches in the woods and cutting paper snowflakes as decorations, and looking for some nice background music on Spotify.
So I thought it would be nice to share the playlist that I made with you guys as well. I tried to make a nice mix of different genres and different Scandinavian languages, from the Icelandic oldies of Haukur Morthens and the traditional songs performed by Sofia Karlsson to Siri Nilsen’s wonderful songs in Norwegian, the jazzy tunes of Monica Zetterlund and the Finnish folk songs of Hanna Ruuskanen. And some Cornelis Vreeswijk, of course!
Haukur Morthens – Ó, borg mín borg
amiina – Perth
Kaseva – Syksy
Siri Nilsen – Hodet, hjertet eller magen
Cornelis Vreeswijk – Somliga går med trasiga skor
Monica Zetterlund – Sakta vi gå genom stan
Birgitta Ulfsson – Höstvisa
Hanna Ruusakenen – Pieni kukka kasvoi kiven alta
Jens Lekman – The Cold Swedish Winter
Sofia Karlsson – Jul, jul, strålande jul
Vildnis – Hun sagde
Laleh – På gatan där jag bor
Sofia Karlsson – Så mör är natten i midvintertid
Cornelis Vreeswijk – Märk hur vår skugga
Hanna Ruuskanen – Vanhus
Cornelis Vreeswijk – Balladen om Herr Fredrik Åkare och den söta fröken Cecilia Lind
Vera Vinter – Bjärka
Bo Andersson – Syyslaulu
Lisa Rydberg – Härlig är jorden
You can find it on Spotify by clicking here, or by typing “Vi firar Lucia” in the search box in the Spotify app :)
Het is alweer een tijdje geleden dat ik iets op mijn blog schreef, maar nu ben ik terug! Ik heb een paar weken gewerkt aan mijn paper voor taal en onderwijs, en nu is hij eindelijk klaar. Toen het op een zaterdag heel goed weer werd, besloot ik om een weekendje vrij te nemen en van de zon te genieten. Ik hou ervan om te lezen in de tuin, maar deze keer had ik zin om wat te schilderen met aquarelverf :) Het is zo ontspannend om onder de kersenboom te zitten, de verf over het papier te zien vloeien en ondertussen wat ijskoud munt-en-citroenwater te drinken.
It’s been a while since the last time I blogged, but now I’m back! I’ve been working on my language & education paper for a couple of weeks now, and it’s finally done. One sunny weekend, I decided to take a break from studying to enjoy the weather. I like to read in the garden, but this time, I felt like making some aquarelle paintings :) So relaxing to sit under the cherry tree and watch the paint flow over the paper while sipping some ice cold mint and lemon water.
Ik heb dit weekend nog eens wat getekend :) De tekeningen zijn voor mijn andere blog, waarop ik een lijst met allemaal tekenopdrachten doe die ik ooit had gemaakt als bezigheid voor tijdens de zomer. Ik heb ‘m nog steeds niet af, maar ach :) De uitleg bij de tekeningen vind je hier!
I’ve been drawing again this weekend :) These drawings are for my other blog, where I’m doing this list with different drawing tasks that I’ve one made as an occupation for the summer. I still didn’t finish it, but ah well :) You can read more about the drawings here!
Toen ik deze week mijn kamer opruimde, vond ik deze tekeningen die ik maakte toen we in Zweden waren. Het leek me wel fijn om ze met jullie te delen :) Ik maakte ze met viltstiften en water: ik kleurde telkens een beetje met een stift op een apart papiertje, dan maakte ik dat nat met een penseel en schilderde ik ermee op het papier. Verder tekende ik nog wat details met kleurpotlood.
- ons huisje
- mijn mama in de keuken
- details van de ramen en vensterbanken
When I was cleaning out my room this week, I found a couple of drawings that I made when we were in Sweden. It seemed like a nice idea to share them with you :) I made them with felt-tip pens and water: I just coloured a seperate piece of paper with the marker, went over it with a wet paint brush and then used that to paint. Besides that, I drew some details with markers and coloured pencils.
- our little house
- my mom in the kitchen
- details from the windows and windowsills
Hé jongens, ik ben weer eens begonnen met tekenen :) Klik hier en hier als je benieuwd bent naar het resultaat.
Hey guys, I finally started drawing again :) Click here and here if you want to see the result.