I´d always loved horses.My biggest dream as a child, was to have a horse of my own.
As an adult, I let the dream come true and together with my husband, we have had around 40 horses. We have bred trotters and I also have an education as a horse therapist!
I have had this idea avout horses and their movement since my time as horse therapist and working with trotters and racehorses.The serie describes the horse and it´s gaits; walk, trotting and gallop. A sliding stop ( common in western riding) and levade ( from the Spanish riding school)
The idea behind the picture " Who are you looking at?" is : A horse already know what kind of person you are and what your state of mind is, from a long distance. Then the horse generally reflects it. Are you nervous, the horse gets nervous. Are you curious, then the horse get curious. In a way , you get what you give! So....
WHO are you looking at?
Same same but different
Same same but different. A motif that came to the exhibition Höstsalong. The theme was the contrast. I´ve set the numbers of the edition to only 25 but I´m not sure if it even gets 25 copies. The print is very "time consuming". Maybe it´s because it has so many details and I always like to do all the colours "in one take". I don´t like to do it over and over again with one colour at the time, cause with this round print plate , it´s hard to get the exact lines on exact the same place every time. Each print take about 2hr just to get the right colours on. If it´s not good......you will have to start over again because you cant make a "Ghost-print" on this kind of plate.
Dry point is my newest technique, and I´m still a beginner. I mostly work on plastic, mostly because it´s cheaper than copper. My goal is not to make editions of hundreds of images,so therefor plastic is my choice. Usually I get bored after I made a few like, so I always have to use differnt colours. I`m always optimistic when I decide how many numbered copies of an edition. Lets say 25, and after 4, I´m already bored....Then I want to make new motives... Always pushing myself forward. There is so many pictures inside my head that needs to get out, and I´m scared that time is running out...
Horses and hounds
Horses and Hounds is some of my mixed work. Collography mixed with collage in recycled frames.
Collography really challange my personality. You can´t control the whole process. You just have to go along with the print.
Four of the photos are from a serie I call "The marriage". Sometimes art and to be creative also can be theraputic . ;-)
Maybe it´s because I´m also a hairdresser, thats makes felting so much fun. It`s quite the same material. You can do amazing things with human hair and I´m attending to do the same with woll ;-)
Mixed media. I really love mixing different techniques. Collography with acrylic paint. Wood, old keyholes and acrylic paint. Collography with textile. Watercolor and digital, and back to acrylic paint again.
Life is a theather
Wich mask are you wearing today?
Collography with acrylic and ink.
I work with acrylic panting. I like it when it dry fast. Maybe it´s simply because I´m a person with poor patience.
When I do my painting I often do them in a day. If I had to work longer, I´d get bored, I loose interest and I loose the feeling that I want to create.
I had also just discovered watercolor. Watercolor also challanges my patience. It´s like meditating. Thats good!
Odd ( Udda fågel)
Have you ever felt lonely in a room filled with other people? The feeling of not fitting in... You try to communicate and tell some jokes but when you open your mouth ... everything sounds like quack quack....
Sometimes , when time is short, and I still have the desire to be creative, I photograph a lot. Often only with my camera in my Iphone, because it is always with me.
This is my work. This is my art, that comes through hours of creative thinking, experimentation, anger, frustration, love, sadness, joy, laughter, exclusion, betrayal, trust, feelings, being a mother, being a wife, swedish humour, sorrow, natures calling, interspieces communication, and life itself. So this is a piece of me, ARTBYHELLENPTOIVOLA