The photos below shows 2 cities that I love very much. They have similar qualities yet are so different and mixed with old and new, new and old.
San Francisco, CA downtown, with the Bay Bridge and sunrise reflection an early morning November, 2022. Driving across the Bay Bridge was my first entry to the city in summer 2000 and it is just stunning.. it brings so many wonderful memories back to life.
Moon light and sunset over the bay that indicates new life is soon to begin, all over again..
Stockholm, Sweden at sunset summer 2022. Magical, calm, future…
After a lot of contemplation, going back and forth in conversations and thoughts, I have decided to move forward with my life and move back to Sweden. At least for a while.. I keep saying.. I can always come back. San Francisco, it has been a pleasure to meet you and share moments about art and life during all these years. I will miss you very much, yet hope it will bring wonderful changes to my life and new art to come with it.
It all happens at Hunters point shipyard (naval shipyard) in San Francisco, follow the driving directions to 451 Galvez Ave, SF 94124.
I would love to see you and show you my new work! It’s fun and I am really enjoying creating these new pieces. I am here between 11am and 6pm both Sat and Sun, or PM me to set up an appointment with a smaller group. Thanks and see you soon! 🙂
Trying out a new background for my figure study series that I started a few years ago. I have now begun to photograph this work again with new models and it is so much fun!
Things we once took for granted was to work with people indoors and in smaller spaces (as my studio). This kind of luxury is now coming back where artists once again can collaborate with each other.
Here I am preparing a photoshoot with some new ideas, see images below.
Image 1. The look in my studio when I’m gluing newspaper into a background for some new ideas. Image 2. Pernilla (me) testing out how the background looks when hanging on the wall. Image 3. A studio set up before a photo shoot.
Inspiration and the creative process comes in many shapes and forms. There are many parts involved and it is definitely not a straight line that I follow, many ideas come in short brief aha-moments when I’m present in the moment. It can be a beautiful beam of light or a shiny surface reflection that catches my eye, who creates the most fantastic ideas or inspiration. These are the moments that I collect and sort through before a photography session or start a new series of work.
I have notebooks with text and sketches laying around that I can go back to when I feel I’m running out of ideas or need to reflect over how to move forward with a project.
The images below indicates my love to photograph outdoors in nature. It’s freeing and very relaxed, at times I have to patiently wait for the light or moment to “be just right”. The light is the key for my imagery, how it falls and shapes the object is what creates a photograph.
Every so often there are very little photo editing involved. This is where my vision and the image comes together at the same time as I click the shutter. On the other hand some series need additional work before my original idea is captured. This is when I take a seat in front of my computer to start the second part of the creative process, photo editing.
When I feel it all looks right it is time to select what paper or material to print the photograph on. This is as crucial and important as any of the other parts of my creative process. I love to experiment and try new ways to display my work. The print process can also be a bit tricky as you move from idea, to captured image through the camera, to the computer and finally to ink.
I drove up north to visit friends in Santa Rosa over the weekend and stoped by Sugarloaf Ridge State Park for a hike. It’s gorgeous up here with choices of hikes past waterfalls or to walk up the mountain. Obviously there was no water in the falls this time of the year.. but I can imagine how beautiful it is during early spring. This time I chose to hike up the Bald Mountain walking through fire ravaged landscape with surviving trees. When I finally made it to the top I found the 360˚ view spectacular and as you can see on the photograph below.. at the horizon you can see as far as to San Francisco. An amazing hike and a wonderful state park to visit.
Thank you so much for coming out celebrating spring with us!
Our Open Studio was fantastic thanks to you! Personally I had a lot of fun talking about art for two full days and to see both familiar faces as well as new. Stay in contact and check out my blog for updates during the year. Here I post small adventures, in-process work and new artwork that I create.