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Archive for June, 2008

beeswax IV

From blue to rose to yellow; in the tiny hallway, the cool ultramarine and caput mortuum tints were changed out for raw terra di Siena, to add more warmth to the pompeiian red (already in itself a gentle, warm earthen tone).

In the kitchen, a light first colourwash with red was through the following layers turned to a pale clear yellow; one final layer of ultramarine violet, almost invisible, closed the circle.

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beeswax III

colour samples, translucent beeswax paint

Follow the daylight; that is, where the morning sun comes in, colour should bring out its bright, warm character. Noonday light is sharper and may need softening and modulation according to the room’s size and its use. The light of the setting sun, again, has yet another quality; here it reaches into the livingroom and the bedroom with their greyish rose/blue shades.

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beeswax II


From blue to rose; here, colour design is based on two pigments, ultramarine and pompeiian red; different proportions make different colours. Add caput mortuum to cool the red, or cinnabar to heighten it. A smaller room will concentrate the impression, while a larger room enlargens. Follow daylight.

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pompeiian red, ultramarine and caput mortuum, second layer

Performing colour design and wall painting in a private home; Mats, my employer, keeps Nina Simone, Procul Harum, Joni Mitchell and The Band turning on the record player while I blend beeswax binder with pigments; Miles the cat is listening and watching.

This is colour exercise on a larger scale. At a certain point – by the third layer or so – colour becomes present in the room as a body of light, changing with time.

For professional services in colour design and painting, please contact: helenahildur@telia.com (or leave a comment below)

For basic information about layerpainting indoors: http://www.fargbygge.se/

For Joni Mitchell singing an experienced Both sides, now : watch?v=JqQlfFuQFXo&feature=related

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The old hammam at Akbιyιk Caddesi, Istanbul

Cleaning the house, cooking the food, laying the table. Waiting for the guest. Waiting is the guest.

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fire escapes, Istanbul

We were invited to a wedding in Bursa, south of Istanbul. And so we went there. And the feast went on for three days and nights…

ladies’ henna night, the bride is dancing

…and before going home, Mona shared a bread with me. It is good to have friends. I wish you all enough.

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students’ works exhibited at Galleri Kretsen, Södertälje

School’s out; the graduating students have arranged a small exhibition at Galleri Kretsen, Södertälje; here are some pictures. Thanks for the time we’ve shared. Goodbye, and good luck to you all!

students’ silk screen self portraits

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