Winter exhibition, come along!

No idea what happened when I uploaded these pictures- the blue is supposed to be brown, but hey! I like it! Anyway, what I was supposed to say is that my exhibition is coming up this week, the opening will be on Sunday the 7th of December, starting at 5pm with bubbly drinks and swedish pepparkäkor! All this greatness will take place at one of the most lovely bars in Edinburgh; Boda Bar. Although I'm getting quite bored of looking at my images (frames all over my room) and have a feeling that I should have made more, I'm still looking forward to see them in a different space. And it will be fun to have an evening with friends!

Over to something completely different; our new family member!

Introducing Myfish, named after our beloved old flatmate Myshell who brought him into our home. He is now the heart of our kitchen, and an excellent breakfast buddy!


Charity Art

What is it with these moody boilers in Edinburgh? Once again, we've got no heating or hot water. I've got layer upon layer of clothes, but it doesn't help much in a big and drafty old flat. And it's definately not pleasant to draw with freezing hands.. Still, I've got to work, as I've got an exhibition coming up in just a couple of weeks! At the moment I'm drawing cows, cows, cows plus I've started a couple of paintings (nice change!). Recently I handed in a print of the man and whale for a Bernardo's art auction that will be held in my previous work place, Joseph Pearces. It's already up in an exhibition with 30 different artists, but the actual auction will be on December 10th. It'll be great fun, so don't miss out!


I just sat down to do some drawing, but had to share some of my last photos with you first.. I love the mood in these photos and the quality of black and white film (I always use the original Ilford HP5), I think it has a certain tranquility to it that you don't get with colour photos.


Nothing is like an evening with After Eight, red wine and a good friend

I've had such a great day, although I spent alot of it sleeping and dreaming! But then I spent the whole afternoon with my good flatmate Ali making work and scanning photos. Above are some examples; the beautiful horses of Portugal- the Lusitano, that I've already put on my wishlist for Christmas! Not just do they look great, they are amazing to ride, with a smooth and very comfortable pace. Things are going well in Edinburgh, I'm starting a part time job next Monday (wish me luck!) and planning a solo exhibition for December-January (in a very nice Swedish café/bar called Boda Bar). I'm also trying to get in Christmas mood by making cards- does anyone know about a good place for printing gift cards? Please leave me a note:) But before Christmas is coming along, I will enjoy the fresh air and colours of autumn! Although I loved the comfort of the heat and sun in Portugal, I do like the season changes of the North. It makes me feel alive:)


I miss it already

Got back from a great stay in Norway 2 days ago, just to discover a good old grey and cold Scotland. It's been raining all weekend and not even a sign of a blue sky behind it all! Luckily I'm not staying around for long, as soon as Tuesday morning I'm heading off to sweet Portugal with some fellow Illustrators (not that I think we'll be illustrating much this time).. I have a feeling that it will be my new favourite country, from what I've been told and promised:) And I sure don't mind some more summer so I can survive another Scottish winter. There are a lot of things happening or waiting to happen at the moment, and I have no clue what I will return to. My plan is to look for a part time job as well as producing as much art as I possibly can- so I can actually start exhibiting. At the moment I only have a piece here and there, I want to build it up to a series of images. The drawing above was one of my main pieces in the degree show and has been a busy mover since; first I showed it in Compass Gallery in Glasgow, and this weekend it was chosen to take part in Juvenarte 2008, Oslo- an exhibition and competition for Norwegian students that have taken an Art/Design degree abroad. Quite good! No idea what happens next, but I feel motivated and focused, so these are exciting times.


No worries no cry, right?

Just experimenting with some ink and paint at the moment- it's alot of fun as it's quick and energetic- a good contrast to work with the pencil! Although I like both, it's good to have the variety of techniques- keeps me from getting bored.. Today I've decided that I'm gonna stop worrying about things until I've tried it out. How can I know how I will feel about anything until I've done it? This sounds all logical and nice, but from experience I can make something sound extremely difficult or complicated without really knowing what I'm talking about. But that's it now, so bye bye worries! (ok, this might last until tomorrow, but hey, at least it will give me peace to get a good night's sleep!)


Compass Gallery and trekking in Scotland

I finally managed to get out of my comfort zone in Edinburgh and hit the westcoast of Scotland! After talking about it since I arrived here 4 years ago I had to get my good ol' trekking friend Christiane Marie over here to drag me out. Without much planning (mainly blamed on my busy schedule lately..) we hit the railroad with food, tent, sleeping bags, warm clothes and an open mind; basically all you need- exept a rainproof suit. And where are we going? Scotland, hello!! How long have I lived here?? Well, my excuse is that because I'm lazy and don't go trekking unless I'm in Norway, so of course my good clothes are back home. But hey, we were gonna be ok, right? We arrived in Oban, got on the ferry out towards Isle of Mull, our destination. We sat there on the boat, with out sunglasses on and even got a slight sunburn. Talked to a nice Norwegian family, who had the trip already planned out, and a nice bed and breakfast waiting for them. How normal, eh? Arriving on Mull, we were ready to climp the highest hill, just to find out there were no buses going in that direction. As none of us are particularly good at taking any decisions (quickly), we took the local busdriver's advice and went for the nearest hill. On the way up we met some highland cows and then other trekkers on their way down who told us more about the hill. I think they mentioned a few raindrops to come.. We continued up the steep beginning, and soon decided it was time for food. It was pretty windy, but we found some kind of shelter next to some bigger rocks. As we were laughing and taking photos, I felt the first raindrop. No problem, we could handle a bit of rain! We took our time and finished the mail, then thought it might be good to find a place for the tent. We were next to some sort of forest, but had to climb a 2m hig wired fence to get to the trees.. By then it had started to rain sideways. Heavily. About an hour later we stood like two drowned cats outside a b&b wondering if there were any vacancies... It continued raining the next day, basically it rained through our whole stay. Still we were laughing through most of it, we got to see a lot and appreciate the beauty of the island! And thanks to very friendly hosts we remained fairly dry the rest of our trip:)

As a result of my degree show I was asked to put some work in for an exhibition for graduates in Compass Gallery in Glasgow- here's a peak! It opened just last week and is on until the first week in August. Quite exciting! I haven't heard how the interest has been since the opening, so that will be even more interesting... You can see one of my drawings in the photos above (the big one with the horse and leopard), the rest is a small selection from the whole exhibition. All the exhibitors are selected from art colleges all over Scotland. More details: http://www.compassgallery.co.uk/

It feels good that life hasn't stopped up completely since graduation, although I get some panic thoughts now and then thinking about what on earth's gonna happen next- or where I shall be! I'm going home in few weeks time, but I'll keep my base in Edinburgh and look for work when I get back. Might look out for something in Norway as well!


Only one more day...

...in college! It feels strange, good, sad and freeing all together to let go of student life. The last few days I've been in London for New Designers Week- which was actually really boring- so I went to Brighton and enjoyed the company of good old friends, beer and sun!
Anyway, I thought it was about time to show some more of the work I've been doing the last months, so have a peak.


We did it!

At least I hope so:) Friday at 5 pm we were literarily pushed out of our studio, after more or less spending our last weeks living there, finishing our work for examination (some of us more in the last minute than others...). What were we gonna do now? Well, it didn't really take us long to figure out, as it was a lovely sunny day (which is rather rare in Scotland), and the only thing to do then is to hit the Meadows. Some popped the Champagne and we were all a happy bunch! Shortly after we hit the road heading towards Brass Monkey. After one beer most of us were asleep in the too comfy "bed" (they have a separate room with something like a mattress-couch covering the whole floor, where they usually show good films!), so the celebration did not last for long, at least not for me. A good day all in all though, and been sleeping most of the weekend after! I'm still not done though, my degree show is coming up in middle of June, so tomorrow I'm going back to do some extra work for that. The worst stress is over at least, so now I'm just gonna enjoy the college fascilities. I'll be back with images of my actual work! In the meantime- here's my new website: http://illustration.eca.ac.uk/2008/talseth/


Hard work, cigars and a little celebration

Look what I got from my crazy flatmates for my birthday!! It's massive, dunno how they got it in the car- to be honest I think they didn't expect it to be that big either... Funny though. I threw in a photo of them as well from our "sorting-out-flat-money-while-smoking-cigars-and-playing-games-night". As Mr Marcin found out I have a blog and I hadn't told him, I thought it was the right time to turn my blog into English- so I can say hiiii! and thank you for the luuvely present. Hihi... The rest of the night I will enjoy dinner in the flat possibly accompanied with a few drinks. Then it's back to work, not even a birthday is an excuse to stop these days- as I've got 1,5 week left to go to finish my degree! It's a bit mad, but fun as long as I keep my head cool.. But now to the table and enjoy some eating and good company!


Reven sover, reven sover... i min lille hage!

Jeg kikka ut av vinduet i går morges, og se hvem jeg fant! Han (eller hun?) har visst vært her en stund i følge nabo'n, og det er nok ikke så uvanlig her i Edinburgh- jeg har møtt på flere tassende langs gatene på nattetid når jeg har gått hjem fra jobb. Jeg blir allikevel like overraska hver gang jeg møter på en, det er ikke et dyr jeg er vant til å se, og det føles mest surrealistisk her i by'n! Artig er det dog, og fine dyr er de. Kanskje jeg må gi'n et kallenavn?


Pølsespising på puben og full gallopp

Selv om det ikke snør i Skottland, mens det er snøkaos både i England og Norge, vil ikke vintern helt gi slipp her heller. Og med vegger av stein og trekkfulle gamle vinduer får en mest lyst til å beholde lua på inne også. Påska var igrunn som alle andre dager, bortsett fra at skolen var stengt og jeg spiste pølse og brød (medbrakt) på pub-mangla bare kvikklønsjen! Vært ute på noen deilige rideturer, det er så herlig å komme opp i stallen, lyset og lufta der oppe er annerledes og får meg til å smile! Jeg har tatt litt tegnefri også da i påska, og sliter litt med å komme igang igjen. Jeg skylder på kulda..