Pink in July (ink paintings)

I guess the pink tones have creeped into the recent paintings because the whole world has been so fluffy recently. This week has been weirdly productive though! And it is caused by one thing only – the cool air arrived from Norway and it is giving us a week long break from the cute century record breaking heat wave. Trying to get as much painting time in before the next heat wave starts. I can’t believe that you southerners have to deal with this every year! I have no idea how you manage.

Ink painting: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1041820188
Painting thumbnails. This is not interactive, these are just really tiny images! Really sorry! Link goes to Etsy.

Potato sack dress project

I took some fake leather, a potato sack fabric (burlap), stencil materials and black spray paint,

First I drew the dress up on the pattern paper, then sew a test dress. First I used a simple fabric that is easier to handle, to see if the pattern came out alright. When it seemed to fit, I went on to dry the pattern on these materials.

I thought it would be funny to wear it to a party, so I got excited and worked on it for a whole couple of days. At the end I think I didn’t wear it anywhere, as the potato sack smells very strongly like sisal or hay, which makes it impossible to wear this dress casually and without commentary. So I figured this was a pretty bad idea. But you know…I was excited about it for two days while I thought it was a good idea, to make a casual potato sack for wearing.

Potato dress.

Rainfrogs, enjoying the spring of 2021

Eurovision is back on! May!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/1028132999
Enjoying the very early spring, it’s a bit hard to focus and look at things since it’s too bright from ice and new Sun. April! https://www.etsy.com/listing/1028128225
The earliest spring of all early springs – the first roadtrip gas station break, a handful of willow branches with fluffy catkins (willow chicklets!) and the upcoming cold from looking at some icy lake beauty for too long. The first days of March!

Oil portraits 2021

Do you remember the oil paint smell! It’s so good! So I took the paints out and felt like painting, I started with a couple of landscapes, and then a couple of rush portraits. You need to paint sometimes or you will forget.

My sister is sometimes making photoshoots for creative purposes, so I lent some portrait photos from her shoots for reference with her permission. It’s pretty hard to find serious portrait references.

The first portrait started out as a realistic one but then I painted over it and made it into a blue vampire.

Photograph and model:

The second portrait from this month, is another model from my sisters photoshoots.

Photograph @triinergfoto and model @kristina.trees21:

Rainfrogs: pandemic alternatives to hugs and greetings

Some greetings can remain the same, anything involving putting hands up is timeless and universal, perfect for any occasion.

There is a range of new age hugs developed over the 10 months. Here is a formal type of alternative hug for congratulating people you know.
Here we can see an example of a more friendly alternative hug, as you can see, the arms are almost touching, but gracefully miss.
A beginner level alternative pandemic hug, no dance skills required. The key is to do a regular hug but reversed. This is also the perfect position to share chip updates after your vaccine.
Here we can see a pretty intimate gesture. As you can see it involves putting a hand on another creatures face, so this is more of a nostalgic moment, a remainder from the time you could do that. If you do this the recipient will be taken back to a simpler time and will be able to relax for a minute.

Rainfrogs of holidays

The rainfrog really needs to read if the plague ended already, but can’t see over the paywall and there is no known way around it.

Ink painting on paper, A4, 8×11″ https://www.etsy.com/listing/914544032

The Christmas is done, let’s do spring now.

Ink painting on paper, A4, 8×11″ https://www.etsy.com/listing/928465457

Sometimes you forget, but despite the cute bally appearance, the rainfrog is a frog of prey.

Ink painting on paper, A4, 8×11″ https://www.etsy.com/listing/914542142

Experimenting with view in a room displays and photo backdrops for art

A problem I’ve been wondering about is how to display art and giclee prints on a photo backdrop, and how to create a light box. There are so simple answers for most of the things, but I always circle back to them. After thinking about building this and that, I figured it would be most creative to just draw it. So I’ve been spending time painting the backdrop and also using some old paintings, and here are the first trials.

I experimented with a recent 8x12in ink painting.

orange bird ink painting by 5erg view in a room photo backdrop for art prints

orange bird ink painting by 5erg

orange bird ink painting by 5erg

Abstract sepia ink crow #ink #painting #abstract

9×12 ink crow, portrait (on blue background)

Experimenting with more colours, this is a lovely shade of yellow ochre, one of my favorites for sure. I added this into the original raven painting section: https://www.etsy.com/listing/912504127.

The smoldering raven

Was experimenting with colors a little bit, so todays raven came out orange-red. I uploaded them into the shop also. https://www.etsy.com/shop/5erg.

Flaming smoldering bird phoenix painting by 5erg
8×12 ink on canvas
Black indian ink sumi ink painting of a sitting raven by 5erg
8×12 ink on canvas