Early Norwegian works https://www.askeratelier.com/apps/photos/ Early Norwegian works My Bluebird Pastel on Arches. This bird is based on the Norwegian Kjaere bird, which is black and white. Here, one wing is hidden from view, but could be missing - it's unclear. The bird is strong but surrounded by darkness. This is my perception of my first years in Norway, wings clipped, unable to find meaningful work or 'fly' in any sense of the word - except in planes. https://www.askeratelier.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=109168787 109168787 End of season - boat Pastel & ink on Canson. Here, the boats in Leangbukta are sometimes simply stored on stands for winter. One here is being ready to be covered with (usually) white tarps. https://www.askeratelier.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=109168788 109168788 The Family Wine Drinker 1 Pastel on acid-free paper Photo rights protected: Betty Thjømøe SOLD. This is based on an old family photograph in my husband's family. The location is known to us and seen by us from our summer cabin, so there's humor and joy in knowing that this small skjaer (rock outcropping) was often used for small daytrips and picnics, trysts and a good drink. https://www.askeratelier.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=109170280 109170280 The Family Wine Drinker - Northern Lights Pastel on acid-free paper Photo rights protected: Betty Thjømøe SOLD This work was my own imaginative rendering of fireworks and northern lights using the same family photo. https://www.askeratelier.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=109168790 109168790 The 'Scream' Thieves Monoprint on printing paper. This monoprint was designed by me shortly after Munch's 'Scream' and 'Madonna' paintings were stolen from Norway's National Museum in Oslo. The hunt was hard but the thieves were rather fools in the process, despite the items went missing for some weeks. I just loved the idea that persons with very little skill could accomplish this and, as well, get caught. I find this item a humorous portrayal of the Norwegian mindset - that is, some Norwegians. https://www.askeratelier.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=109168786 109168786 Falketind, Norway Pastel on Fabriano SOLD This was a work done within a short drive of Fondsbu in the Jotunheimen area of Norway. A fantastic destination, with many rather famous mountain 'silhouettes,' this being one of them. https://www.askeratelier.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=109171870 109171870 Don't Plan to Make Any Money Acrylic on canvas This work was done to confront the notion that only Norwegian artists with 'higher degrees in art' within Norway were worthy of consideration for agreements with Norwegian art galleries and sales locations. The translation of the ending is "as an artist". https://www.askeratelier.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=109168792 109168792 View over Jotenheimen at Fondsbu, Norway Watercolor & pastel on Arches This work seems over-the-top, but did look quite like this in all respects. The water here is melt-off of glacial ice, which includes the items that make it glitter in bright aqua colors. This is the view from a short trek up the hill in front of Fondsbu, looking back at the lake and the ridges to its side. https://www.askeratelier.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=109171871 109171871 Study: Ladies Hat - Kunstindustrimuseum Pencil on cold-press watercolor paper I enjoy drawing in museums and this was a fun exercise, as nature is twisted in death to supposedly enhance a lovely lady's attire. https://www.askeratelier.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=109170281 109170281 The Danaids - National Gallery, Oslo Pastel pencils on pastel paper. This is a work owned by the National Gallery which I draw on location there. I chose to select this image due to the story behind it. The Danaids were made to try to capture water in vessels for eternity. Their labor never done, as the vessels could not hold the water. This is what my life in Norway felt like for years, in terms of my creative work and my legal work. https://www.askeratelier.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=109168794 109168794 Falkbreen - Snoggeken, Norway Watercolor & pastel on Arches This is another work from the Jotunheimen area, a wonder to see, draw and paint, as I am not the climber. https://www.askeratelier.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=109171869 109171869 Leangbukta Sunset Watercolor, ink & pastel on watercolor paper SOLD This view of Leangbukta shows sunset colors where, in fact, there would be none. This was an exercise in colors, and the sunrise made into a red destination, over Oso city. https://www.askeratelier.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=109171872 109171872 Still Life in Oslo Watercolor & pastel on Arches This work was done in a workshop with Carol Carter, the St. Louis watercolor artist. In terms of content, I enjoy suspending objects in space, as if gravity did not exist. I have several pieces in this vein. https://www.askeratelier.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=109171868 109171868 Oranges in Blue Bowl Watercolor & pastel on Arches This was an exploration in colors and shading, both a study and a 'happy' project. https://www.askeratelier.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=109173057 109173057 Pear Pastel on pastel paper Here a pair lies on an unseen survace, but does surely lie there, slightly shadowed. Just a pear celebration, and a celebration of the pear tree we have at our summer cabin, which we have rejuvenated after it fell fallow for some years. https://www.askeratelier.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=109168791 109168791 Ingrid Munch's Apples Pastel on pastel paper Design after a painting by Ingrid Munch, shown at Munch's home and studio, ?sgårdstrand, Norway. I was moved by seeing Ingrid Munch's painting at the ?sgårdstrand home, and decided that her own talents deserve commemoration in this way. https://www.askeratelier.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=109168796 109168796 The Cathedral, by Rodin Study: from Rodin's sculpture at the National Gallery, Oslo Pastel on pastel paper. This work is owned by Norway's National Gallery and was drawn there on-site. I changed the color of it, using the bronze to suggest actual hands encircling each other in the space for tender recognition, each of the other. https://www.askeratelier.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=119196511 119196511 Two Birds Meeting Pastel & ink on pastel paper This is based on two birds who would meet on the ledge of a frosted window in winter in Norway each day when the sun shone on it. I enjoyed seeing their fleeting joy in the brief period when the sun warmed the ledge each day. My view was only from the inside of the window, which was on an upper story of my health club at the time. https://www.askeratelier.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=109168793 109168793 Clouds That Go Up, Norway Pastel on pastel paper This work attempts to represent what the sky looks like on winter days in Norway when, generally, the sun comes up at an extreme angle to the land, rises little and goes down towards the west, still at an extreme angle to the land. This results in odd 'sunrise' and 'sunset' sky color effects that can last all day and imbue the sky and clouds with pink and salmon tinges. The clouds, themselves, in the Oslo area, will also appear to 'go up' - not go 'across' the sky, as they do in Chicago, where I'm from. https://www.askeratelier.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=109173055 109173055 Time & Perfume Decor: Pastel on pastel paper This was a meditation on how things may change but still stay the same. I also have a history or working with strong pastel colors on colored and dark papers, and is influenced by my time working under Southwest artists in the New Mexico area, where this style is very popular. https://www.askeratelier.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=109173056 109173056 16 Faces of Peer Gynt Mixed media: Pastel & ink on paper, acrylics on canvas. Sixteen individual drawings and paintings to be hung as a group. Based on the play by Henrik Ibsen. These 16 faces represent different stages in Peers' journey, and point out his horrible crimes, not his cute-little-boy romping style. Each is titled with a quote from the play representing the crime and disgusting truth of his actions in each of the scenes selected. https://www.askeratelier.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=109168981 109168981 16 Faces of Peer Gynt - nr. 1 "Every blessed word of it's true" (while telling a tall tale to his mother) https://www.askeratelier.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=109173059 109173059 16 Faces of Peer Gynt - nr. 16 "What is that shining?" While being confronted by the fact that someone waited for him to come back - or that judgment awaits him, metaphorically. https://www.askeratelier.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=109173058 109173058