|This is the concept-painting for the coffee-tree.|
I made it the evening before I was going to paint it.
This version is not as swirly as the one in the café,
but it does have my signature leaves.
Nose on the wallBecause I only have worked with pictures the size of a book-page, I am used to be at physically close distance to the drawings I make. Most of the time I am leaning over the paper with my nose nearly touching the surface. You could say that the drawings are being made inside my personal space.
I needed to get used to the feeling of dozens of people looking on as I made this tree. I was out the safe feeling of my private space, and worked on on the painting with my pack turned to the whole rest of the café.
|This is was the day I started to paint the tree.|
You can see that I keep my body and my face close to the wall.
I think it makes me look a bit spiderish, with my long limbs.
foto: John Christian Fjellestad
|When I traced my own family-tree in the Netherlands,|
I did not find it to come any further than a moped-ride away.
Apropos family-treeAn eager "relative", digging for the origin of the Middag-family tree contacted me a few weeks ago. He was puzzled about how my line of Middag´s was connected to his line of Middag´s. He claimed that all the Middag´s came out of the Alblassewaard, and that we are very very far down descendants of Charlemagne. He knew for a fact that we don´t have rights to this castle.
When we compared geneologies, we couldn´t get them to connect.
As of today, the origins of my family are only a few-hour moped-ride away from where I grew up.