Wednesday, 30 November 2011


In South, Southeast, and East Asian art and religion, a mandala is an abstract design symbolic of the universe. Sam Francis's mandala consists of four concentric square bands. The bands are mottled with spontaneous washes of radiant colors, while the entire composition, which includes the squared shape of the paper, is streaked with dripped and flung paint. If it is a true mandala, how does the artist's pattern represent the cosmos? Does it offer a commentary on its nature?

The four bands suggest the four legendary corners of the world, both earthly and celestial. The geometric composition of the design, signifying order, is offset by random splashes of color that are uncalculated. Francis captures in his abstract style—suited to the conceptual nature of mandala diagrams—both the structures and spontaneous rhythms of nature. The artist's prominent use of yellows and reds unifies this symbolic and visual dualism, which in its brilliance suffuses all elements of Francis's mandala with light. (text&picture from this page - link)

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Tofu Burgers for Shannon

Long time no recipe, but this is a good one even if not vegan:

500 grams of cotton tofu

60 grams of walnut kernels

approx. 3 tablespoons of sesame seeds

spring onions

I used three cloves of garlic and about a fistful of gluten free oatmeal, but bread crumbs or ordinary oatmeal will do

2 eggs

5 smallish tasty mushrooms

salt to taste

Run all ingredients in a blender until you have a nice consistency

Fry in rapeseed oil until brown on medium heat

Serve with a salad, possibly some ketchup and bread


Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Tivoli Copenhagen - Christmas market

The Tivoli Theatre and some cute reindeer

First trip for my mother in years - great fun!

Saturday, 19 November 2011

First Picture of Ola

This is Ola (and half a rabbit named Kalle). He is moving in next Tuesday. Soon after Myrull, but we found him and fell in love, so why wait?

Oslo Graffiti 14

Friday, 18 November 2011


Little Myrull, our beyond perfect pet, went on his journey to the stars yesterday. He was old, tired and ill, so it was not unexpected. We had a lot of fun together and were very lucky to get to know him.


Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Beauty Plus Pity

Beauty plus pity - that is the closest we can get to a definition of art

V. Nobokov

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