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Below are 8 posts out of 509 I've written.
Some in Swedish, most in English.
This is the most recent stuff Here's next page, and that was yesterdays news.

2005-06-24

Swedish traditions: : Typical Swedish Midsummer celebration
- Svenska traditioner: Svensk midsommar.


Midsommarstång

We celebrated Midsummer with my brother Thomas and his wife Maria and their children (and their children) as usual this year - it has become a pleasant tradition.

Here's a May pole being made, a stick is covered with green leafs and flowers.

A sacrificial dog is chosen.


May pole - Midsummer pole

The May pole is being raised. It's common to dance silly dances such as "The small frogs" and "We are all musicians" around the pole, but when this photo was taken we weren't drunk enough, and later when we were we just didn't bother.
I think we're getting old or something, in other words; nowadays a no is a no.


It's tradition to eat different kind of fish in marinade and fresh potatoes (nypärer in Swedish), but we usually grill instead. (Not that there was any lack of fish at the table, at least three different kinds were present) Since we all brought with us more meat than we possible could eat ourselves no one needed to go hungry. Pure Atkins diet...


Svensk midsommar - Swedish Midsummer

Cheers!


Inte en hundring - ett hundstreck

Inte en hundring men ett hundstreck...

Three of the five dogs present.


Later in the evening me, M and my brother went up the mountain beside my brother's house. The house is nicely seated on the opposite side of the small lake below, Bergasjön.
In the top middle of the picture you can see the church of Njurunda - Njurunda Kyrka. On the field to the left is a rune stone, you can't see it in this picture though.

This is an ancient place indeed, once this was the sea shore. At that time a ship loaded with flour capsized here, and with the wind flour was spread all over the place, making it look like winter in places, hence its name "Mjösund" - "flour strait". Nowadays the sea is 5 kilometres away to the east.


Drinking Black Boss beer at Berga.

I'm drinking Black Boss beer and eating cheese in the sunset. Few of the mosquitoes present were able to fly straight this evening.


yawning dog

We left my brother's house in about 4-5 in the morning. Me, M (she took the picture of the yawning dog) and my brother were the only ones still awake.
M and I borrowed two bicycles and meandered our way to my parent's home where we spent the night.



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2005-06-22


A rainbow in the night. View from my window, the time is close to eleven in the evening,




2005-06-18

Pictures of flowers in abundance -

Bilder på blommor i överflöd.

Flower pictures - Blommor bilder

I was out in my toolshop, located in my parent's garden, doing some carpentry work when I took a break, a short walk with the camera to document one of the delights of the much too brief Swedish summer. This is the result: 22 flower pictures and some butterflies, can't be much fresher - all taken today. Click on [Start] and enjoy a little bit of colour therapy.

Jag var ute och snickrade i min verkstad, belägen i mina föräldrars trädgård när jag beslutade mig för att ta en paus, en kort promenad med kameran för att dokumentera en av den alltför korta svenska sommarens fröjder. Detta är resultatet: 22 bilder på blommor och några fjärilar, färskare blir det inte - alla bilder är tagna i dag. Klicka på [Start] för lite färgterapi.




Blombilder - Flower pictures

2005-06-13

Putting the dragon on a trailer.
It's finally time to deliver the restored Draconaut. It will from now on spend its days quietly in Cybercom Group's show window at Storgatan 29 (Main street) in Sundsvall.
The Draconaut in Cybercom group's show window.
The Draconaut: "Your guide in IT-space".

Now I will spend more time on my "real" arts, The Draconaut is a cool piece of kitch art but it's nothing I've fished up from the depths of my soul. As an artist I must draw a distinct line between using my abilities as a craftsman and making art as my religion. Illustrations and things as the Draconaut are crafts. My other sculptures are expressions of a slightly deeper layer of myself, but deepest are my paintings. My paintings are reflections of my inner spirit, and the visions I base them on is the spiritual path I believe in more than any bible, politics, god or whatever.
The visions in my paintings form a religion I can see and touch, this religion is going on right now in my everyday life and is not the biased words of other men living in other worlds.
But the most important thing of all, it's real magic: What I Paint Is What I Get - WIPIWIG! (Now remember; that was the first time you saw that word)




söndagen den 12 juni 2005

A few days ago, the night between 7th and 8th of June, I woke up in the middle of the night - twice actually - feeling as if I was seriously drunk. The whole room rolled and I couldn't focus my eyes on less then two things at the same time. I was still dizzy in the morning and strange thing: M also said she was feeling slightly drunkish, not as much as I had felt though.
A few days later I was talking to a friend of ours, and happened to mention the drunken experience a few nights ago, and believe it or not, she had experienced the same thing. That made me curious so I asked a few more of our acquaintances about this, and yes, some other did indeed remember feeling a certain dizzines the mentioned night (but since quite a few of them go around feeling dizzy most mornings I actually didn't put much weight to their testimonies).

So, what could have caused this?

  • Just plain coincidence?
  • A virus, the starting symptoms of a new flu?
  • A drastic change in the weather pressure?
  • A fluctuation in the Earth's magnetic field (Something to do with the earthquake a few weeks ago?)
  • Someone testing a mind-altering weapon, a satellite?
I have no answer. But things like this probably happen all the time and just pass unnoticed.

Addendum: It's very possible that large amounts of pollen in the air caused this, it is that season.


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2005.06.04 This Saturday I held the opening of the exhibition in Tivsjö. Of course it rained, but about 60 people showed up for a free zip of wine (or cider) anyway.
I didn't sell anything the opening day, which I half expected, but I did trade a dog for a dog.

Trade a dog for a dog

The gallery owners had a small dog they wanted to get rid of because it had eaten three of their hens, only the feet of the birds remained according to trustworthy eye-witnesses. That might seem like a problem for some but in my eyes it just gives the dog some character. I strongly suspect that the dog has some tibetan dragon genes in it.
My mother Britt and Missy

This day also is the day my mother, Britt, celebrates her 70th birthday, so I gave the dog to her at her party later in the evening.



My blog was selected "Blog of the week" this week at About.com's Web Logs site, which is pretty cool.

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2005-06-02 Today me and my father borrowed a trailer, stuffed it full with paintings and went west into the middle of Sweden, far out in Nowhere. When there, we continued another 50 kilometres ending up in a place called Tivsjö.

Nowhere

That's the place where I will have this summer exhibition, in the Art Lodge.Shaman Even if it is far beyond nowhere, exhibitions like these aren't such a bad idea after all. Gallery owners running places like this are usually nicer and not as snobbish as their city dwelling equivalents. The Art LodgePeople come from far away to have some coffee, buy some goat cheese and look at art. And people living out here are usually rich from their forest industry, illicit distilling and elk breeding and can thus also afford to pay for the art. It's also easier to get publicity for an exhibition on a place that have maybe three exhibitions per year compared to drowning in the noise of the city, people living like this are pretty keen on marketing what they got, and if someone got something the rumour spreads fast.
Exhibition opens this Saturday.

Art Lodge exhibition

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2005.06.01 HUDIt's been raining for a few days, delaying the renovation of the Draconaut, I prefer working outdoors when working with fibreglass, dusty stuff, spray-paint and other smelly chemicals.
Starting with the Dragon's HUD - Heads Up Display - which I've made from a sheet of polycarbonate I shaped in an oven to look like this.HUD I glued a wooden button to it and cut out my initial-lightning (MMN) from a piece of masking-tape with a scalpel. I do own an air-brush but when you know your craft you make better fades with an ordinary artist's brush. HUDThe best result is achieved if the tape is carefully removed before the paint has dried, thus avoiding cracked edges.
HUDThis is the fourth HUD I make for the draconaut, the previous ones had Cybercom's logotype on them, but now the Draconaut will be placed in a show window with the side carrying my signature facing inwards where no one will see it, so therefore I put my signature here instead. Last step before attaching the HUD is to spray paint it with copper paint, giving it a gold plated finish. Hose I also use copper paint on the air hose and the collars on the draconaut. pimp up mah ride I do not waste time masking everything but use a cloth and a piece of paper to shield off the rest of the dragon from the spray bursts. Eventual colour fog is wiped off with ligroin.

I use some leftover copper paint to pimp up mah ride a bit.

sole marks Most of the Draconaut's damages aren't inflicted purposely, but people have just enjoyed it a bit too much - children and drunks riding and climbing it. I suspect that it's people trying to sit on the dragon's helmet which is the number one cause for its destruction.
I use ligroin to wipe off about a hundred sole marks.
When the helmet is broken the HUD is inevitably stolen. eye colour But one weird thing that always happens next is that people tend to pick off the orange spots from the dragon's eyes. These spots are meant to be the light from the imaging laser in the HUD and consist only of fluorescent orange paint.
The camera isn't really able to pick up that orange colour as you can see - or do you see that colour in that way, human?

PatiningPatining is good for many reasons - merging old and new parts, emphasizing structures, making details look less plastic, gives things a air of "history" etc. Amateurs buy expensive patining paint and special patining brushes, we that know just use some dark thin paint and a cloth.

big bugThat's sure a big bug, tried to get into my ear.

Glue gun I'm attaching the HUD, before that I put some gloss varnish on the dragon's head, somewhat shinier on the eyes giving them a wet, more living look. I use my glue gun to fasten the HUD, the glue gun is one of the most important weapons in my arsenal.

Bubble helmetFinally I'm mounting the bubble helmet. Since this is the most costly part on the dragon I feel a certain tension whatever work I do on it. Since it's made of plexiglass it scratches very easy, a sharp nail is enough to put a mark on it. It's also very easy to scratch off paint from the dragon's head with the helmet's sharp edges, leaving white marks that has to be fixed.
Last thing I put som red paint on the collar and that's it! Jobs done, and so is one long day.

Dragon picture
That's my father, Gunnar, helping me rake up left over litter.

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