Remember that now is the time to read books. If you have not read Trollkarlens arvinge yet, now is the best time! Because we all need escapism at this moment, noone knows for how long the quarantine will last and we need to stop checking the news and our bank account every two seconds. The world will stand, the environment will flourish, and we ought to take this oppurtunity to speak to our family members (on phone if they are old), play with our children and read something that makes us happy. Take a moment to think about what your life is all about and what you want it to be. And think about what society needs to work to our advantage. Maybe the best art, the best books and the best music will be created in this weird time. Maybe the scientists will understand the world better in this vacuum than in the constant buzz that we are so used to…?
I have always loved to paint skin! Not only beige and brown but ALL colours reside in the human skin. If you look closer you can see the tip of your finger turn red and the veins on your vrist blue. An olive green reside in the shadow and a shy yellow in the light. The old masters painted skin in thin layers of oil colours (or tempera) that had to dry between the applications. Beginning with the dark blue-green layers they worked themself through the earthy browns and reds towards the light yellow, ocher and white.
Details from some of my own paintings in oil colour:
I always did enjoy painting faces with piercing eyes. There is something unnerving about them that makes you question who is really looking back at you? A made up character? My inner self? Or an ancient spirit that wanted me to capture them on paper? The last one might seem far fetched, but once a lady came crying to me saying I had painted her dead mother… So, I guess we will never know who stares back at you once I have applied the final colour.
The year has come to an end, and so has the decade! We are entering the roaring twenties and I hope it will bring a lot of good things! Hopefully I will be able to print my new novel next year, fingers crossed, and hopefully you guys will want to read it 🙂 Meanwhile: Take care and read lots of good books!
Cheers / Ida
This year I will not participate in any events on the great Book Fair in Gothenburg. I will instead put my energy in completing my new novel. But nevertheless I will probably pop in for a few meetings and mingles since it’s just around the corner.
Above you se a few pictures from the last three years of visiting the Book Fair. When I was interviewed at the stand of Belletrist Publishing, when I was interviewed by Kerstin Önnerbo (Skrivarpodden) for the first time and also when I signed my novel at the great stand of the Science Fiction Bookstore.
Have a Happy Book Fair Everybody! 🙂
A portrait of myself and one of my larger oil colour paintings. A garden within a garden. An artwork within a work of art. Inception.
This one depicts my friend William posing in the Italian garden in Hyde Park, London. My idea was to bring a sense of impressionism and turn of the century romanticism onto the panel. My inspiration was partly taken from Skagen painters like Peder Severin Kröyer and Michael Ancher but also by the painting Nordic Summer Evening by Richard Bergh. Inspired also by London and my well dressed friends during my University exchange year I mixed these favorite themes together. Making history and present merge in a sense. As well as merging the nordic light with London and Great Britain.
I am writing the follow up to The Wizard’s Heir – Trollkarlens arvinge! And though it has been very hard to write a second book, knowing I do not want to disappoint the readers who loved the first book, I am almost done with the first draft. It has been lovely to receive such great response on the first novel and it has fired me up to be able to complete the second one!
The second novel about the wizarding family Zenithar will be called The Witch’s Apprentice – Häxans lärling.
It contains again a lot of action and mystic people and places. One new feature in the second novel is the return of seven witches to Aurgard.
I am now looking for publishers and agents interested in my work and who would want to represent me. If that is you, write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Best Regards/ Ida
Painted ships in mist to NHR (Neurologiskt Handikappades Riksförbund/ Association for Neurological Disorders) in Göteborg Watercolour on paper.
You can support their important work at www.neuro/gbg.se