Sunday, September 30, 2012


My son turned 13 this summer, and last week the two of us went to Rome on a 4-day trip, which was his birthday gift from me. I once decided that I want to take each of my kids on a "discovery trip" when they enter the teenage years. Three years ago I went to Paris with my daughter, and for my son I chose the Eternal City.
We had wonderful days in Rome, walking, talking, enjoying art, meals, icecream... 
There is tremendous value in traveling alone with your child. You get to talk, listen, learn to know each other better, and you make memories.
The picture is taken at the Piazza del Risorgimento, just outside the walls of the Vatican City.

The Art of Parenting (Chr. Krohg: "Braiding her Hair")

I saw this painting today, in Oslo's National Museum of Art  I've seen it many times before, both reproduced, and IRL, like today.
I like to visit the museum when I'm in the neighborhood,  and  even if I only have about half an hour, I drop by, just to see a few of my favorites.
"Braiding her hair" ("Håret Flettes") is painted by Christian Krohg, a famous Norwegian painter and writer.
This painting was made in 1882, and it's really a snapshot of a very common scene in the life of a family.
(Just like "Sleeping mother with child", painted a year later, it is part of his Skagen Series.)
I think it's beautiful, in a simple, unpretentious way, and it makes me emotional, just because I know that one day I won't be braiding a daughter's hair anymore...
These simple, ordinary tasks I do as a parent, they will remain as memories, as pictures in my mind, and even if I'm still braiding hair now and then, this painting brought tears to my eyes today. Just like the song "Slipping through my fingers" does. (Click on the link to listen to it.)
So, my message is this:
Seize the day and  the moment. Hold on to the small, seemingly insignificant details of your life as a parent. They are life, pure and simple.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Lonely / Ensom

I got this picture accepted to an art exhibition in my town.
I've called it "Ensom", which means "lonely" in Norwegian.

Dette bildet kom med på Gjøvik Kunstforenings Høstutstilling på Gjøvik gård. 
Jeg har kalt bildet "Ensom." 
Utstillingen åpnet i dag. Den står til 14. oktober  og kan sees onsdag til søndag fra 12-16.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Inspiration and Work

Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working. 
(Pablo Picasso)

So true, and so hard sometimes. If you are into writing, you have probably experienced the brick wall, the writer's block or simply the unwillingness to sit down and write.  You hope for inspiration to appear, to help you soar, give you the words. Well, it doesn't usually happen that way. You have to sit down, glue yourself to that chair, and work. If you keep on working, then you might experience  inspiration, and you're ready for it.
I'm for the first time very close to finishing the first draft of a story, and I have indeed learned that Picasso's quote is true.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Late Summer Saturday

Hanging out in the front yard after our walk downtown on this beautiful September Saturday.
Lots of fun things were going on in the pedestrian street because of the annual Volunteering Day, and there were free balloons and candy for the kids and  coffee for me. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Full Moon over Ponte Vecchio

This picture is taken last week. I had just arrived in Florence, and while walking over Ponte Santa Trinita towards Oltrarno, this magical view caught my eye.
What a nice welcome for a lone traveler!