INTO THE STONE

Michelangelo once said: “The sculpture already exists within the marble block, I just have to chisel away the superfluous material.” I have had the pleasure to follow the Norwegian sculptor and author Barbro Raen Thomassen’s visual work of art for many years, although from a distance. The artist creates sculptures that turn the attention to […]

SHAKESPEARE MEETS VIGELAND

The Sonnets by William Shakespeare are most popular and some of them, such as Sonnet 18  (Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day), is one of the most highly prized poems in English literature. A sonnet is a poem in a specific form, but the word is derived from Italian and means “a little song”. Last year on […]

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 […]

LOVE THAT LASTS A LIFETIME

Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen My friend and I are nine years old lying in an open spaced stairs spying at all the guests at an older sister’s party. A young woman passes by and I can smell her perfume, an incident that introduced me to the warm and sensual fragrance of Musk Oil by Alyssa Ashley. I […]

FALL ‘EN IN LOVE

Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen I am in love with this time of the year. Picking red, juicy apples from the trees and mushroom from the forests. Planting tulip bulbs and spending the whole afternoon stacking woods.    For more inspiration, watch this! Or buy the great book by Lars Mytting  “Hel ved” (Norwegian version) from here […]