|Anneli and I, hats against the sun. I am hiding my feet - they burned! To the right sits Gun, whose watercolour I bought.|
By we, I mean Anneli Simonander and myself; we coordinated this year and made sure we were placed next to each other. It is always good to have a friend nearby, if you need to go to the bathroom, forgot your nails or whatever. As it turned out, the weather was smashing (again) all weekend, and both the mum-in-law and the husband spent lots of time hanging out with us, as well as members of Anneli´s family. She also knows a lot of people in the artist community, as she has been attending the local art college for several years, training to be an art pedagogue. She is also a trained frame maker, and I can always lean on her for information on such things. I realized I must learn a bit more about framing; people are increasingly interested in aquiring my photos (I sold two, maybe three!) - I take this as a sign that my images are becoming more interesting. Actually, I was less pleased with the selection this year than last, but the husband pointed out that it´s because I know more now, and have developed some taste. I guess he is right. I had so many ideas I didn´t have time to carry through. Maybe next year...
I also aquired two paintings for myself. I bought one watercolour from the lady on my other side, Gun Nordin, who had come from Umeå to exhibit. And I found a wonderfully expressive acrylic painting by Tim Svensson, a gifted young man indeed. "What?" said the husband. "You bought a crying child?" Hm, I suppose I did. But it has none of the cheesiness of those crying child painting by Bruno Amadio that were all the rage in the 80´s (which I would never ever touch!). No, I really related to this. It doesn´t make me feel down at all, rather uplifted, as good art does, whatever the subject.
I am slowly building a proper website for myself, a virtual home of sorts, at viktoriaberg.com. I have just added a gallery section with the photos I exhibited this year. It is hard and slow, but fun, to learn how to build a website. I attended a Frontpage course fifteen years ago, have built some very simple sites in Word (!) even longer ago, and it seems like the principles are the same, but there is so much more functionality to play with now. I try to keep it simple, though.
Being on Konst i det gröna has inspired me every time to become a little better, both in my art and in the way I present it. You just wait till next year, I will be so much improved!