Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Studio to Street, in Berlin

Okay, we made it to Berlin. We left London super early on thursday and arrived in Berlin at noon. We met the people of YWAM Berlin that same evening. The places we are staying is a part of an hotel called Hotel Graf Pückler. YWAM Berlin is having several of the apartments in that hotel, and their office/classroom is down by the street.

Early the first day we got a call from one of the members of the german parliament, who asked us to come and pray for him, for Angela and for all of the government of Germany.

Us, Frans Heinrich (the man with the tie),
and some of the people of YWAM Berlin.
Photo: Deborah Stevenson

The day after we were right at the Potsdammer Platz, playing songs and talking with people about Jesus. That was a really cold day. On sunday the weather had turned good again, and we were at Mauerpark where did 10 meter of graffiti.

With a team of six people we sprayed ten meters of wall, the boy in the picture is our seventh man.
He really likes graffiti and offered to «help» me with what I was doing.
Photo: Carry Hardy

My friend Tiemen came to visit me while we were at the park,
we know each other from back in Gramsbergen.
Photo: Deborah Stevenson

We were back with the wall again today, and I painted this horse. I like painting horses.
 It was really nice practice to a bit on my own with spray cans.

Monday was our day off, and I got to explore the city a bit on my own. At Checkpoint Charlie I sat down in a café to paint the «thing» going on:

Checkpoint Charlie from the café window

Checkpint Charlie-painting

On the way back from the checkpoint, I came by this chathedral that stood out from all of the other buildings in the city. This is the French Cathedral of Berlin. This is the church of the French Huguenots (french lutherans, calvinists and protestants) who in 1685 had feld to protestant Berlin for refuge.

It has a great view from the dome of the cathedral

The YWAM Berlin team is really happy to have us here, because they are so few here, and the chances in the city are many. YWAM in Berlin used to be a lot bigger, but the stricter visa-regualtions forced many of the foreign missionaries to Berlin to have to leave. Things are starting to look brighter now. 

The next blog-post will come from the city of Prague

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Studio to Street wk7: A weekend with Annemarie in Ireland

This weekend, I took a two day trip to Ireland, to visit my sister Annemarie who lives and works close to Dublin. On our touristy trips to the big city, we watched some of the St. Patricks festival going on. Our main sightseeing goal had been the National Museum of Ireland.

I drew these to make the huge skeletons we saw at the National Museum in Ireland come to life.

And another page of flesh and bone Irish Elk.

The skeletons of Giant Irish Deer in the museum,
I hope I get to see real ones in heaven.

Dublin Castle.

Later that day at the Temple Bar pub.

The second day, we mostly stayed at home and relaxed. Just before I went back to London, we dropped by this fountain-pen store in the city centre of Dublin. Even though it was quite a high end store, I really like it.

My personal favourite little shop in Dublin: The Pen Corner.

All in all, it was very refreshing to be away to Dublin for the weekend, just to spend some time with Annemarie. These two days have been really good to get a little Guinness flush-break from everything that has been going on in London, and many of the things that I have been running through my head.

Tomorrow we are leaving on our four-week outreach to the continent, our first stop will be Berlin. It´s going to be very exciting, as we are going to do a lot of different things. We will be much on the streets, making music and drawings, talking with people and praying for the cities.
An extra challenge will be that most of us will travel with just hand-luggage …

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Studio to Street wk6: Sketches and paintings

Oh, it´s Wednesday again. Time is flying when there is so much happening.
Here are some of the drawings from this week.

A self portrait I did on sunday.

Sketching the interior of the café across the nearest overground station.

Second sketch from the same café.

One of the pictures I am making for the exhibition, it´s getting som colour now.

The third picture for the exhibition, almost done.

This weekend I will visit my sister in Dublin, I am really looking forward to that.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Studio to Street wk 5: A little sightseeing

I´ve been here for more than a month already, can you believe it. In a little over two weeks we will go on our outreach. We will visit four cities in Europe and do arts and evangelism there.

Sunday and monday are our days off, and on monday I took a walk (2,5 hours) through the parks to do a little sightseeing in the city centre.

Gotta do a selfie at some point here in London,
so why not at the Peter Pan-statue.

In London there is a statue for almost everyone who died in a war,
and some statues for people that conquered land for the empire.
But no statues for artist, thinkers or religious people …

I visited the House Cavalry Museum on the weekend trip.
The museum was kind of small, but it was nice.

I took a chance at visiting the Cavalry museum because the paintings that I am working on have to do with horses and people. In another post I will tell you of what the paintings are going to be about. The work is not yet done, and I kind of don´t want to share too much yet.
The other people in the internship are really excited about the progress of the paintings.

A photo from when I just had begun to do the ink-lines for the third picture.

Just yesterday the zipper of my old bag broke, so I got a nice new one. It was a bit expensive, but since I carry this bag with me everywhere, it´s worth the investment:

The new man-bag, with everything that that goes into it.
This bag is all that I will be taking with me on four weeks of outreach.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Studio to Street wk 4: Quick update

Last week in Camden, we met Faizal who made this Poetry/Quote for the team.
Photo: Johanne Liste Vargas 

While Faizal made the poem for us,
I drew a quick sketch of him for him.
He liked it.
Photo: Johanne Liste Vargas

Over the weekend, I´ve been sitting at the kitchen table.
For YWAM Norway, I had to help out with getting the magazine finished.

I bought these for one pound at a second hand store in town.
I like children´s magazines.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Studio to Street wk 3: Love Harlesden

I was one of five people facepainting the Harlesden girls and boys.
Photo: Deborah Stevenson

Love Harlesden

London is a big place, that is made up of many many small places. The small place that we live is called Willesden, the small place south of our small place is Harlesden.
Harlesden has a big Caribbean community and is unofficially called the Reggae Capitol of London.
Last week on valentine´s day the people of Harlesden celebrated that they had finished fixing the roads in the centre of their community. At the same time the old clock in the middle of the square got repainted.
The city council had asked YWAM to organise the «entertainment» for the day. So, we did free facepainting, music and dancing:


and a photo-frame thingy:

The «Love Harlesden»-thing,
for the facebook-page.

The second of three paintings I´m working on,
the working title is: «Goodness».

The third of the paintings,
working title: «Fearless».

This week, we also got to know which places we will be going for our outreach-trip:

Planes, trains and automobiles, the travel-route for our outreach:
London - Berlin - Prague - Vienna - Milan - (and back to London)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Studio to Street: Week two

I´m quickly going to show you the three areas in London where we work. London is a big place, and to get from the one place to the other we do a lot of walking. Somewhere between one and two hours every day.

A map of where in London we live and work

in Soho
Photo: Deborah Stevenson


One night in the week, we are in the Soho-district. This is the Red Light-district of London. Here we work together with people of «The City Gates»-church, who have a café/venue there. When we are out on streets at night we offer free coffee and tea, and invite them to come to church-services if they want.
We literally meet people from everywhere in the world. In the picture above I´m talking with a man from Greece.

A lot of artist meet each other in café´s and pubs in the Soho district.

At the Stables Market of Camden
Photo: Deborah Stevenson


This is another area in London where artists work and get together. One afternoon in the week, we visit the place to meet the people who live and work there. This is the area that the people of the «Arts House» I work with are wan

Notting Hill Community Church

Notting Hill

The other big creative community of London, Notting Hill is at walking distance (40 minutes) from where we live. This is the most high-brow of the three creative communities that we are involved in.
I am on the «Visual Arts» track together with Victoria, and together with a few other artists, we are preparing for an exhibition that we are organising for the month of march. Either right before, or right after we go on outreach to the continent.

A sketch for one of my three big big paintings.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Studio to Street: Week one

This has been the week that I´ve landed and gotten settled in the YWAM base in London. This post is a bit of shambles, I hope you enjoy the pictures. You can go to Naomi´s site for more pictures of our internship.

The eight interns, from left to right: Joel (Argentina), Donia (Switzerland), me, Mary Alice (US),
Aaron (US), Nadia (Switzerland), Victoria (Canada) and Noami (also Canada).

One of the landmarks we visited was the Big Ben,
here we also prayed for the government of England.

YWAM in the UK and Wales have in the last weeks gone through a tough time where they were in danger of losing the visa´s for 350 of the 600 volunteers that work with YWAM here. The UK government has been tightening their immigration laws.
But through God´s grace YWAM was allowed to keep their status that allows them to invite foreign-workers into the country. Praise God for that.

The «Art House», where we sleep and eat.
(It´s only the left half of the blue building)

God´s welcome card to London

If I have the chance, I love to go everywhere on foot, or by bike, but London´s just too big. So we spend much time on busses and trains, which gives me a lot of time to do sketching. Unfortunately, the sketchbooks I brought from Norway are a bit too big to take along on the buss. Luckily, at a church service at Hillsong Bermondsey, they had put out notebooks on the chairs for everyone. I took two.
These books are the perfect pocket-size for the «on the go» pace of this city.

Nice surprise: a free new pocket-size sketchbook.


Since we are all crammed into one house, my personal «time alone with God» has in the evenings been moved outdoors, where I walk the moonlit streets of the suburbs. Another thing I´d have to get used to is not having a whole deluxe basement studio for myself. In the house I´m doing drawing, inking and colouring in a couch in our livingroom.
The place we work on our projects is a big church-building, here we have lots of space. We will be here mondays, wednesdays and fridays, and work on our projects.

I have seen lots of old churches in London, but this is the first one I´ve seen from the inside.
Our team is allowed to use this church in Notting Hill to make our art and practice music and dance.
Sitting at the table drawing is Victoria, she is on the «Visual Arts» track with me.

On thursdays and on saturdays we are going into to the city centre to hang out in areas of Camden and Soho, which are the artistic- and entertainment-areas of London.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Studio to Street: To England on the morrow

Tomorrow I fly off to England, and will be there for three months. Tonight we are having a little goodbye-party for me at the place I live. 

Bearing myself right

The thought of living at a new place and working with new people has been on my mind a lot. Not so much about who they will be, but mostly who I am going to be for them. Tomorrow at the terminal, I can choose who I am going to be for the people I meet at the other side of the plane-ride.
I am taking the plane to from Oslo to Heathrow. Time spent at the airports usually presses on me the feeling that I am «inbetween» two cultures. As I have gone through customs I have left one country behind, but I am still waiting to arrive in the next. This happens often when I travel between Norway and the Netherlands. Even though I am the same person, people relate to me differently. For example: Norway is the country where I work, and the Netherlands is the country where I spend time with family and friends. But all of London has not met me yet. 

Whoever I am going to be when I come out of the subway station at Willesden Green, I know I will not be able to be a good one without God´s grace to guide and carry me.

A sketcht hat I didn´t get to turn into a proper drawing. I know that God is not a woman, and neither am I.
But I am imagining that He is just as fascinated by the process of making creation, as he is in guiding the creative.

A little video of what previous internships at YWAM London have looked like.

Since I almost filled up my current sketchbook,
I got a new one for the England-trip.
The first page is already christened, to check the paper-quality.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Folkesang: A lullabye-song

At the beginning of the summer, my friend Åsne asked me if I wanted to do illustrations for a Norwegian folksong-website that she wanted to start up. Besides being a mother, Åsne is a professional singer who sings traditional Norwegian folksongs.
The website is still under construction, but three of the video-episodes have already been put on Youtube by the TV-producer.

It is great fun to work with Åsne, and find good illustrations for the different songs. The goal with the website is to pass the folksongs on to a new generation of Norwegian. The text of the songs, and the way the songs are sung, have not been changed. But through a simple presentation and the freshness of the illustrations, we hope to give these old songs a new place in the Norway of today.

The lullabye

The motif for this illustration was taken from Christian Krohg´s painting: «Sleeping mother with child», with the difference that the mother is not sleeping, and that the father present too.
The last line int he song is about God´s angel keeping watch over the baby at night. We wanted to  show that in the picture in too, but without making it look like there was a ghost in the room. The angels ended up as paintings on the sides of the cradle.