"landscape of a decent day"(120 x 80cm/oil on canvas by Annton Beate Schmidt)
Since we have lived in New Zealand a couple of years ago, a piece of my heart seems to have remained there. Though I am mostly happy in my current hood, I also miss the landscape, the sound and the light of Aotearoa (Land of the long white Cloud) like crazy. Something about those islands has deeply impressed me and therefor, you'll quite often find Pacific Island stories or faces around my work. This Maori guy, especially, lives in the Fishbowl for months already. Our affair went on and of, for such a long time, I cannot even recall when it has acutally started. I do remember though, how much we've been fighting. Several times, it felt like he is screaming at me in the morning and I have banned him into the most distant corner of the studio. Only to carry him back on the easel, of course, some days later. For many, many studio hours, I had not the slightest idea on how it would feel, when this piece of work will be finally finished. The only thing I did know, I had to go through with it. And so, I have named him Grumpy Man (not that his grumpiness shows at first sight) and went on. Today, this afternoon, I was done. I have set the last brushstroke and am ready to let him go now. Wherever he will head off. I am still not sure what to think about him, but I will cheer to him tonight. Let's see, how coming into the studio, back to him, will feel by tomorrow morning.