There are so many wonderful works of art out there that I simply love browsing the Internet in a quest to discover favorite pieces!

I don’t always take the time to share them, but the spring always inspires a fresh start and renewed energy. 

And that’s my keyword for this month’s favorite artwork: Energy.

Depth. Energy. Perspective. And that tiny dash of stubborn loneliness that makes you aware that you are the only person in a position to create the life you want for yourself.

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When you dare to put yourself out there where you can fail for all to see, you also put yourself in a position where you can grow in a positive direction and move closer to your dreams.

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No Title – Acrylic and charcoal on canvas – 30 x 30 cm

The artist of the month, Elin Jordbru, I discovered while browsing the internet for artworks that spoke to me, that gave me something more than just a beautiful, painted surface to look at.

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Her bold use of colors, but where the end result was still harmonic and calm, made me interested in finding out more about her and her work. After having seen through every painting I could find, I had to hear her story, and learn about why she started painting, and learn about her process of making art.

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Doing so, I learned that Elin Jordbru, began painting out of a desire to create some breathing space in her hectic and chaotic everyday life raising two children, studying and holding down a demanding job in healthcare.

She needed some freedom to be alone with her creativity, where nobody would expect anything from her. She wanted a space where she ruled and where she could do as she liked in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.

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Having begun to paint “for real,” with no goals other than to give herself some breathing room, she joined a local painting club, then two. She began painting and decided to participate in an exhibition for members.

Then the unimaginable happened – representatives from two different galleries approached her wanting to display her artwork for sale. 

Gaining some confidence in her talent, she starting posting her paintings on Facebook, receiving feedback and actually selling some of her work.

Without even promoting her art, she is already selling enough to support the cost of her classes, equipment and supplies. Experiencing how touched people get emotionally by her paintings is so rewarding and this too motivates her to continue painting.

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A trip she took to Iceland also gave her inspiration, as she explained, “Nature was so overwhelmingly beautiful and strange, resonating and confirming the way I was already painting. I could suddenly, with gained confidence, paint my skies green and the mountains red because I had experienced this in Iceland.”

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The artist, Elin Jordbru

Without any formal education in art, many artists feel their work is automatically disqualified from appearing in certain galleries and exhibitions.

Jordbru, who is self-taught, has struggled with feelings of self-doubt and sometimes finds herself wondering if she has the right to exhibit her works as “art”.

Dealing with these feelings has been a long process, one that is still ongoing. From gathering the nerve to show her paintings only to her closest family members, she now hosts her own exhibitions and continues to show her work online.

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Her main focus remains her initial reasons for painting, to carve out some freedom and breathing space for herself and to have some fun along the way. She doesn’t let herself become distracted by thoughts of competing with other artists.

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“My main goal is to have fun, to paint in a manner that gives me joy,” she explains. “Secondarily, I’d love to do more of this, to paint more. I now have a job that gives me the freedom to not have to worry about generating an income from selling my work. I think this gives me more joy in the process of painting, and the result is better art.

My job in healthcare is also a great source of inspiration for me, meeting and being able to help so many different and beautiful people in a variety of vulnerable situations.”

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She describes her art-making process as “intuitive, the painting evolves in a way on its own, like a dialogue.” She uses her feelings and emotions to guide her, rather than logic, certain rules or “thinking it through.” Most often she doesn’t have a composition in mind before starting.

Acrylic is her medium preféré, although she does work in oil at times, mostly for portraits. She likes the fact that she can work quickly with acrylics, without having to plan ahead so much.

If she is ever burglarized and her painting tools and equipment go missing, her favourite brush, which is soft and flat, is what she’d miss most. She could also never do without the colours Paynes grey, Process cyan, Red and Yellow cadmium, Titanium white, and Burnt sienna.

If you would like to see more of Jordbru’s art, there is an exhibition soon at Galleri Midtstuen in Rakkestad. The first day is scheduled for April 16th, with opening vernissage at Noon. The exhibition is then open Saturdays 12-16 (Noon – 4 pm) and Sundays 12-17 (Noon – 5 pm), with the last day April 23th.

If you are not able to make it, her website is full of glorious paintings that you can enjoy at your leisure. You can also follow her at Instagram, or at facebook.

If you enjoyed this article, you might like reading about these favourite artworks of October 2015.

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