This time my aim is to create a big, friendly, fat horse with sturdy legs. Welcome to follow my blog in the next weeks to see how the horse develops. The main color of this horse will be red.
Can you imagine anything more healing to your soul than watching grazing horses? In this painting I have combined several details that I love a lot – the dawn where the first rays of the sun paint the trees with gold, the autumn that gives peace after an intense summer, the fog that adds magic and of course the grazing horses that convey beauty, peace and life.
Grazing Horses – tavla
Betande hästar i det tidiga morgonljuset, en av de första höstdagarna.
Klicka på bilden för att se den i korrekta proportioner.
In my last blog post, I promised that the fog would come rolling in, and that the grazing horses would start to appear. Here they are…
This is a pasture nearby. It is located near the magical lake Roxen, and one day last autumn when I passed by, the low fog had created a fantastic scene where it wrapped the trees. I picked up my phone and took a picture. By then, I already knew that I wanted to develop this as a painting.
Now I have started on it.
Even if you have a photo to start from and to look at, a painting will never be an exact image. A painting is an interpretation of how I as a painter see things, so even though I have a photo, I use the photo mostly as just inspiration. For example, there were no horses in the pasture when I took the photo. But I promise, I will place some grazing horses there. Later.
In my next blog post, the fog will roll in…
I have often been told that my horses provide comfort and light up life in difficult situations.
That makes me so happy and thankful – because that is a proof that I have managed to transfer the magical properties from a living horse to my horse sculptures. It is not everyone who is lucky to have real, living horses around them all the time.
With these healing properties in mind I created Lighthouse – the horse that lights up your life. It has a golden shimmer that shows you there is something special about this very horse, and when you look at her (yes, it’s a female horse) face you understand the calm and the happiness that she sends to you.
Art often comments on what is happening around us, what we think about and what touch us. This three-dimensional painting is created in the heart of the pandemic.
I could write so much about all the thoughts, all the joy, all the worries, all the things I read, listened to and thought about while I was creating. But if I do, it will get in the way of how you encounter this painting, and what thoughts and associations it creates within you. Then you will no longer be a co-creator, but only a viewer.
The canvas itself is 98 x 98 cm, and the technique is a mixture of acrylic painting and polymer clay in saturated colors.
Även en pandemi kan ge inspiration. Konst uppmärksammar och kommenterar ofta det som sker omkring oss, som vi tänker på och som berör oss. Den här tredimensionella tavlan är skapad i hjärtat av pandemin.
Själva duken är 98 x 98 cm, och tekniken är en blandning av akrylmålning och polymerlera i mättade färger.
If I chose to paint following a photo, I almost always use one of my own photos. In that way I can be sure that I have captured all the details and nuances that I need to be able to create. But sometimes it happens that I come across a picture that is created by someone else and that has something extra in it.
This happened a few weeks ago. In my social media feed, a very beautiful photo of a horse named Adam appeared. The photographer was Matilda, 8 years old. So I asked Matilda and her mother if I could use that photo to paint a portrait of Adam. And to my great joy, they said yes. Thank you so much, Matilda!
So I started working. As always, the beginning is a sketch. Then I put on a base where I blocked in the slightly more noticeable parts. By doing this, I could get an idea of how the image would function.
Not an exact copy
When you paint, you are not making an exact copy of what you see, whether it is a photo or the real world, but you add your own interpretations, you reinforce some details, you change colors, you highlight some things and tone down others. A portrait is about showing the personality of the horse, not about making a cold and totally accurate image.
Then I gradually started the time consuming process of creating what is special about Adam, adding details and working layer upon layer. Hour after hour. A couple of hours per day when the daylight was good. You see, in the winter, we just have a couple of hours of good daylight in here Sweden.
Horses have whiskers
That is true – just as cats have whiskers, horses also have sensory hairs near their mouths. Among other things, they use them when they graze, because they cannot see what is on the ground near their mouth.
Adam – Tavla
Den här mycket trevliga hästen heter Adam.
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One of my very dear polymer clay friends is Christi Friesen. A couple of years ago, when we were cruising and polymerclay-workshopping in the Caribbean, she encouraged me to do some mosaic work with polymer clay. I created a little something, but I was not happy with it. As you understand – the idea started to grow inside my creative mind and a couple of weeks ago I started the creation of this mosaic horse – MoseAik (as he comes from Mosebacke Horse Sculptures).
Now he is finished, and in the pictures below you can see what he looks like. His height is 27 cms to the neck.
MoseAik är en unik hästskulptur från Mosebacke Horse Sculptures, skapad i polymerlera. Som alla andra hästskulpturer härifrån finns den endast i ett enda exemplar och är signerad av konstnären EvaMarie Törnström.
MoseAik är en hästskulptur med ett spännande mosaikmönster sin kropp medan huvud och ben har ett metalliskt blågrönt skimmer. Manen och svansen består av pärlor i polymerlera, och eftersom de sitter på en tråd av stål, kan du arrangera dem som du vill. Den bas som MoseAik står på är täckt av canes (mönster) som är skapade i polymerlera. Hästskon är i äkta silver och är naturligtvis även den skapad här på Mosebacke Horse Sculptures.
MoseAik är 27 cm hög till nacken.
So, let’s continue with this special horse.
Now, I have put on even more of these small pieces of mosaic. As I told you in the last blog post, I have cut out small pieces from thin sheets of cured polymer clay in different colors. Then I have carefully placed them on the raw black clay.
Look out for the next blog post to follow the creation of this horse.
This is the start of a brand new horse sculpture. He will be called MoseAik, and later on you will understand why I choose that name.
In the next blog post you will be able to see how this horse sculpture develops with more patterns, more color, more…