“Den Underbara Resan” – Skurup’s Commission Complete!

Posted by on Apr 22, 2016 in Finished Work, Oil Painting | 0 comments

“Den Underbara Resan” – Skurup’s Commission Complete!

Happy spring everyone 🙂 Well… I still feel like I am waiting for proper spring to roll in. It hints and teases – but the wind down here in Skåne makes it feel more like February rather than nearing May! As many of you know, I was commissioned by the town of Skurup (where I live) to create a painting. In the concept sketch I created I tried to add in some of the core elements I felt were important to the town – a local landmark, an earthy farm feeling and of course the classic white goose – which is a symbol used all over Skurup.

 

Den Underbara Resa - Commission for the town of Skurup

“Den Underbara Resan” – 45 x 65 cm – oil on linen

 

So why is the white goose so important? You’ll find homages to it just about everywhere you go, from statues to stickers and now of course my own artwork! The reason behind it is the story “Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverige” (The Wonderful Adventures of Nils) which was written by female author Selma Lagerlöf in the early 20th century. The story begins in the outskirts of Skurup, following a bratty young child who gets turned elf-sized and flies around all of Sweden on the back of a domestic white goose, who wishes to be free and wild.

 

close up of girl and goose - skurup commission

 

If you happen to be a newsletter subscriber you will have seen some behind the scenes pictures of Ulrika (my model) and I over at Zimmerman’s Backe taking the reference shots! Zimmerman’s Backe is a hill right on the edge of town with a big beautiful tree sitting on top. It is surrounded by forest and is a popular place to go for a stroll. I have always loved this particular location – it even inspired my painting “The Dreamer” from my solo show in 2015. So it seemed natural to make it the setting of this particular piece.

 

skurup commission hanging on wall

 

All together it creates the piece you see above. I wanted to capture the dry earthy feeling of a farming town in my own style and voice. “Den Underbara Resa” will hang in the council building in Skurup – so if you happen to be traveling around Skåne feel free to go check it out in person! Otherwise – I will be offering large A3 sized limited edition prints of this painting on my Etsy shop! I will only make 50 of these – so if you’d like to order your own follow the link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/290910701/limited-edition-girl-with-white-goose-by

Hope you all like my latest painting! I really loved creating it and hope to do many similar works in the future <3

 

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