LONDON CALLING

Being an architectonic freak, visiting London is always great fun. This week I really enjoyed learning both the names and the nicknames of some of London’s buildings that my good friend kindly taught me. It may be part of the famous British sense of humour, but Londoners tend to use unofficial names when referring to some of the landmarks that form […]

THE COLOR BLUE

Photos: Kristin Bae Mysen I have always loved the color blue. To me it reduces stress and creates a sense of calmness. Maybe because it is an “earthly” color that I associate with bright blue cloudless sky and the endless ocean view. But not any blue.  My two favorites shades are the deep blue hue called International Klein […]

THREE STORIES

This oil painting Winter Night in the Mountains is a favorite of mine. In Norwegian it is called Vinternatt i Rondane, and a snow-covered mountain massif in full moonlight made such a strong impression on the Norwegian painter Harald Sohlberg who was skiing through the area, that he continued to work with the theme for 14 years. He painted a […]

THE ARCHITECT ZAHA HADID

  The famous Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid died 31st of March this year, and I had to make this collage as a tribute to one of my favorite architects. I discovered her design a couple of years ago when I visited MAXXI – the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, and I immediately fell in love […]

ROYAL FOR A DAY

Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen Last weekend my husband and I enjoyed being tourists in our own capital Oslo. Visiting the Royal Palace on a guided tour was really interesting, and the best part of course was standing inside by the palace balcony viewing the whole of Oslo, and knowing that right there the Royal family are exchanging waves […]

TILES WITH THE COLOR BLUE

I have always been fascinated by the fine details and colorful patterns on the tiles in Islamic architecture. The other day I stumbled over this picture of the beautiful Blue mosque in Afghanistan and I simply had to google and find a close-up of a pattern on one of the many tiles. The tiles show the timeless beauty […]

IN LOVE

The Oslo Opera House was completed in 2008 and still after so many years I find it breathtaking. When I am in Oslo I always take the time to visit the building which is seated by the ocean covered with Italian marble and constructed by Snøhetta. I do as the rest of the visitors; walk up […]

LAYER UPON LAYER

Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen I live in a white, traditional wooden house which is typical for this region in the southern part of Norway. My house was originally built in the late 1800s, but has of course been remodeled many times since. When we had a new window put in in our living room, we […]