“Il dit non avec la tête
Mais il dit oui avec le cœur
Il dit oui à ce qu’il aime”
Le cancre – Jacques Prévert
Here’s my portrait of troubled writer Tove Ditlevsen (1917-1976). One of the first books I read in Danish was a collection of her poems in the book ‘Pigesind’. I later read her powerful novel ‘Barndommensgade’ about a girl called Ester growing up in Copenhagen in the 1930’s. My early encounter with this writer when I moved to Denmark in 1984 made an impression on me. It was a ‘challenging joy’ to paint this portrait of her in 2009. The portrait is currently being exhibited in Bristol, England at The Grant Bradley Gallery.
I have just noticed some similarity between these two paintings that are painted several years apart – am I repeating myself? Looks like the same woman traveled in time, pretty cool!
I am currently flying under the radar. A lot going on. It is not easy to keep up a strong internet presence whilst painting for an upcoming show. I have not been able to spend much time on WordPress to see what you have all been up to:-( This doesn’t mean that I am uninterested, it simply means that I just haven’t had the time. I hope I have your understanding, and I hope everyone is well. Happy New Year to you all, make it good – 2015 we’re coming for you!
Here’s a painting of a woman on her way home after a long work day. I love working with these simple few colours.