Through the trees

Summer changes to autumn in the northern hemisphere, with cool nights and colourful leaves. Outspoken Images is also in a season of transition. Mr. Outspoken Images said “yes” to a short-term work opportunity, so both he and I (Marie) have been in Spain for a month. Keep reading to view artwork inspired by new European landscapes and learn about otherContinue reading “Through the trees”

Each other’s

We are each other’s harvest: we are each other’s business:we are each other’s magnitude and bond.-Gwendolyn Brooks (Paul Robeson) Fostering education, creating opportunities, and sharing stories are big reasons why Outspoken Images exists. My illustrator community led me to The Bookmark Project, which supports education at Katiyo Primary School in Zimbabwe. I donated a bookmark, ThroughContinue reading “Each other’s”

Shifting perspectives

For several wintery months, the sun’s path remains hidden behind mountains. It now rises a little higher each day, creeping farther around craggy mountains and creating an ever-changing light show. This is a season when I savour the remaining winter days while anticipating spring. It’s a time of rising hope, a time to dream, and aContinue reading “Shifting perspectives”

Finding my way

There is much to celebrate as winter arrives here in Folldal: Cold, clear, star-lit nights. Shadows from the waxing moon and the silent flight of an owl overhead. Midday adventures in low-to-the-horizon sunshine and soft sounds of feet on snow. These are the environs that shape my artwork, the beauty of a planet that behoovesContinue reading “Finding my way”

The little things

I joined Stefan Große Halbuer in his October daily drawing challenge Plastober. I decided to draw with pencil (and eraser) in a simple comic style in line drawings. I didn’t have a schedule, I simply grabbed a bit of sunshine when it appeared. I often sat at my desk and listened to a podcast. I typicallyContinue reading “The little things”

Fail better

I’m learning to experiment, both in artwork and in life. In my painting, I’m using colours to change the mood and feel of an illustration. I’m combining ink types to see what effects I can obtain. I’m trying ideas without tracking my time during my ventures into the unknown. When we are young, we callContinue reading “Fail better”

Who inspires you?

Brave ladies were born and led new adventures during this month in history. Here’s a brief introduction to two ladies who inspire me. Katherine (Coleman Goble) Johnson was born 26 August, 1918 in West Virginia, USA. She was a math whiz, instrumental in calculating orbital equations and mechanics for National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), later NationalContinue reading “Who inspires you?”

What IS sustainability?

I recently recorded an interview for The Master Pods. The sustainability podcast is hosted by Rachael Gradeen, Olivier Rostang, and Laura Meßner. Guests in their first season were fellow students in the Master’s Programme in Sustainable Development at Uppsala University / Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). The podcast is a valuable resource whether you areContinue reading “What IS sustainability?”


Thanks to my best editor and influencer, my curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé has completely changed in appearance. Instead of using words to describe my work history, I use images that show my skills and career path. My CV has morphed enough in the last two decades that I could curate my own art exhibitContinue reading “Metamorphosis”

A time to reflect

One year ago, my husband and I briefly lived in our current house. We had given away most of our earthly possessions, moved from the Oslo area, and started a road trip through Norway as we figured out what was next for us. We spent a week in Folldal as Airbnb guests, enjoying the snowContinue reading “A time to reflect”

The rising sun

The rhythm of life on a tilted, spherical planet swings once again toward longer days here in the northern hemisphere. The sun now rises high enough to cast long rays of light into my office. A bright winter day is a great reason for me to be thankful. The temperatures here have been cold (-25°C),Continue reading “The rising sun”

Growing with the times

I’ve been interested in photography ever since I was gifted a camera as a child. Back then, you used this thing called 35 mm photographic film. One had to be careful and keep the film away from sunlight. The film came in canisters that you loaded into your camera. You pressed the shutter button; the shutterContinue reading “Growing with the times”

Following my heart

I thought October drawing challenges were cool concepts, but I was a photographer, not an inking artist. I had talented friends who engaged with it, but it wasn’t for me. Now it’s time to break out the pens. This is a great springboard for my shift from photographer to graphic designer. Having a daily promptContinue reading “Following my heart”

The times, they are a changin’

Autumn colours are showing themselves here in mid-Norway. Night is slowly taking a larger share in a 24-hour cycle. The night-time low temperatures creep toward freezing. But the days still bring blue skies and swiftly moving clouds – the stuff of everyday adventures – and we’ve got sturdy boots and a cozy fireplace. Making another moveTJ and IContinue reading “The times, they are a changin’”

Creating joy

I enjoy learning from other creative people. The latest advice that I’m taking to heart: Create art that makes me happy. This has been a season of learning. I started a newsletter, added new external shops for merchandise, and finally took the leap into a new website. I’ve been moving in a new creative directionContinue reading “Creating joy”

Some things I’ve learned

My everyday life was going to change this year. I knew that at the end of January. My family had already decided to move from the Oslo area. We didn’t know where we were going, so we decided to take some time off and travel around Norway. / Hverdagen min skulle endre seg i år.Continue reading “Some things I’ve learned”

On top of the world

Seeing the world through new eyesIt finally happened: I travelled to Nepal with my husband. Our dear friend Rabi had invited us many times to his home country, but life somehow kept getting in the way. But this October, we finally found our way to the place with the highest mountains in the world. (Above:Continue reading “On top of the world”

Looking back

I read through old blogs and thought about what’s changed in the last four years—that’s how long I’ve lived in Norway. I’m still learning and laughing. Exploring. I like adventures. They can be an everyday event, like walking to work, or something life-changing, like moving to a new country. Either way, they make learning moreContinue reading “Looking back”

It’s summer, get outside!

My, how time flies. Hmm, it was winter the last time I wrote. Since then, the days have grown much longer and already begin to grow shorter again. Trees have flowered (loads! —the worst pollen allergies I’ve experienced), family and friends have visited, and it’s soon time to take to the marked trails of NorwayContinue reading “It’s summer, get outside!”

Wishy-washy winter

You may not know it by looking out the window, but it hasn’t been a proper winter around here. There is a decent amount of snow on the ground, but our Norwegian winter adventures have been regularly interrupted by rain. Normally, I’d have a pile of winter landscapes in my year’s photography folder: Skiing, snowshoeing,Continue reading “Wishy-washy winter”

A Different Pace

Approaching Rondvassbu hytte in Rondane National Park It’s been a very dry and sunny summer in Norway, which means a struggle for farmers but enjoyable outdoors adventures for the rest of us. The first weekend of summer mountain getaways began with torrential rain and ended with three days of practically perfect summer weather. This four-day tourContinue reading “A Different Pace”

Sun through the fog

It’s that time of year when the word Påskestemning starts getting tossed around a lot. Translation: Easter feeling/mood. What it truly represents: The coming of spring.  It is best known as skiing in your t-shirt because it’s warm and sunny and winter is ending. This is most often experienced in the mountains at Eastertime (Påske) and involves a stayContinue reading “Sun through the fog”

Wishing for Winter and Chasing Spring

We’re one week away from spring and the skies shift from snow to sun nearly every day. This is the time of year when I desperately hope for a huge snowstorm because I know winter will soon melt into spring and chances for snowy camera walks will soon disappear. At the same time, I am readyContinue reading “Wishing for Winter and Chasing Spring”

Sunrise, Sunset: Swiftly Flow the Days

A sunny ending to the most recent exciting mountain hiking adventure – autumnal sunset at Lysefjord in Rogaland, Norway. The sun doesn’t rise very high in the skies these days nor does it stay out very long, so we must enjoy it while we can.  We took the ferry from here to Stavanger for a weekend of rehabilitation intoContinue reading “Sunrise, Sunset: Swiftly Flow the Days”

Season of Change

Autumn is my favourite season: Leaves are changing colour, farmers are harvesting the fruits of their labour, and it’s a fine time to wander around this lovely planet.  There isn’t much competition for trail space or cabin bunks and the weather can be beautifully sunny.  How about some adventuring in the Norwegian mountains with your best friend?  Just checkContinue reading “Season of Change”

Norwegian Milestone

Time sure flies when you are having fun, and this marks one year in Norway.  Many kilometers/miles/mil have been hiked, much Norwegian has been learned, and loads of outdoor gear has been purchased.  I’ll be out on the trails with my favourite travelling partner again soon, when we take three weeks to explore a newContinue reading “Norwegian Milestone”

Neverending sunset

An opportunity to wander about in Dovrefjell is not to be missed.  Scrambling up rock fields in the mountains of Norway is a great way to stay young at heart.  You might even be rewarded with some muskox sightings for your efforts, at the cost of some snow-field and stream crossings.  It’s easy to capture sunset photosContinue reading “Neverending sunset”

Summertime, and the living’s easy

Ah, how I have missed a good thunderstorm.  On my walk home today I was drenched by big, fat, lazy rain (and less-lazy hail, but such is life).  It’s a joy to open the windows and listen to the rumbling of a local thunderstorm and then wander through the woods at sunset.  The sun doesn’tContinue reading “Summertime, and the living’s easy”

Winter has come!

Winter is here!  After three years without snow, a return to a winter wonderland is greatly appreciated.  Time to go adventuring in the forest. Being surrounded by snowy trees in stillness is a great way to collect my thoughts and breathe in some fresh air.  Thank you, Norway. Looking forward to many hours out hereContinue reading “Winter has come!”

It’s time for adventure

I’m looking forward to a two-week trip to Norway, and it might lead to something big: Photos to follow. Until then, enjoy the view from the Southwest Coastal Path near Weymouth.  It’s beautiful (on a sunny day) and this view of Ringstead Bay is worth the walk.  Be sure to visit White Nothe in theContinue reading “It’s time for adventure”