Tuesday, September 16, 2014

This weather….it's just unbelievable . So warm and sunny and dry. It's more than Indian summer…it's just summer, never-ending.  Still uncomfortable to sleep with even a super thin down comforter….the kind that's called "sommer dyne" in norwegian.  The dog is feeling it too…..just doesn't want to go on long walks, and I can't seem to dress cool enough.
There have been hundreds of people on Lille Øvregt. this past weekend. Can't say that I blame them for not really having a visit to an art gallery at the top of their list of things to do, what with the hiking possibilities available in this city.  Nevertheless, very happy with those who did stop in, and for all the wonderful conversations and comments about the work hanging there now.  2 paintings sold this weekend lifted me out of the doldrums, and many more who were seriously interested in several others will be coming back to me before I close up the 28th.
Go to an art exhibit in your neighborhood soon.  The more you see, the better you will become at knowing what is good and what isn't.  Contemporary art, old school art, realism, expressionism, impressionism, surrealism, the list goes on….just go and look and make up your own mind. Don't be intimidated. So much fun stuff to experience.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

It's now a day off from the Gallery, and I am catching up on some important "other" projects that I have going. While going through very old photos and documents, I came across some old letters that I sent to my husband, mother, grandmother, and their return answers from the years soon after our moving to Norway. I sat a while with these old memories, and relished them. They gave me strength during a time in my life that I was unsure of. Had I made a mistake in moving to Bergen? Would I ever master the language and customs? Would I ever be accepted by "real" norwegians? With one foot in Norway and another in the US, I felt privileged, yet, torn.  Here I am 37 years later, reflecting…..so happy that I didn't give in to insecurity and the uncomfortable feeling of leaving behind everything familiar and loved.  We take giant leaps of faith all the time in our lives, not knowing where we will end up. We make decisions and then anguish about how they will pan out. I felt that I had to follow my heart, and it has been the best gauge of what is right and good. The insecurity turned into security….likewise with the rest of the negatives. Life is good and it is getting better all the time…..just give it….time.