ART AND ROUNDABOUT DOGS SCULPTURES
The time had come to leave Sundsvall and it is with sadness that we do so. Our visit with my lovely cousin Kent and his gorgeous family was not nearly long enough and the setting and town so picturesque that I could have stayed a long long time!
TRAVEL AND ART BLOGS
Our travels today take us to Stockholm by train and if you should want to catch up on the travel and art blogs leading up to this point in our recent Europe trip here are the links; 156. ART & FREQUENT FLYER POINTS and 157. Art & Never judge a book by it’s cover and 155 The Art of Packing Light and 164. ART, TOILETS AND TRAVEL
This acrylic on canvas board painting is of a little red Swedish cottage during the winter months. It was commissioned by my American Gallery and as chance would have it unbeknownst to me at the time; my cousin Bjorn and his wife Ann live in a setting almost identical to this by a lake in Huddinge.
My cousin Bjorn picked us up from the train station when we arrived and had arranged for us to stay in an apartment with his son Kalle. I had really been looking forward to seeing Bjorn again, we knew each other as very young, playing together at family celebrations but had lost touch and reconnected through my art website and Facebook.
MAKING SCULPTURES FOR CHARITY
Bjorn has been especially supportive with my art and my artblogs and I think we have found a few common bonds too. Bjorn who is a whiz kid in IT with IBM commutes between Sweden and England for work, found that in his spare time he would like to give back and thought to combine that with his love of tinkering in his shed where he was originally carving wooden figures. So to cut a long story short, Rundellhund.com was born. Roundaboutdogs is the English translation and it is about making small dog sculptures and placing them into roundabouts across the world for the general public to enjoy. All dogs are made from recycled materials and all money collected goes back to charity. If you would like to participate or know a little more about this use link RONDELLHUND. Also here is a previous art blog that I have written about this Roundaboutdogs – sculptures for charity. The other thing we had in common was that he is a big kid just like me! Bjorn is all grown up obviously but acts and looks decades younger than his years, full of life and fun.
Before we settled in to the apartment Bjorn took us on a tour of Huddinge which is where I grew up when I lived in Sweden. A lot had changed of course but some things stayed the same, my high school looked completely foreign to me until I figured out that I always came to it from the opposite entrance climbing up a hill.
ROUNDABOUTDOG SCULPTURE FACTORY
After all this sightseeing we were taken to the little red cottage, home and also head office to the Roundaboutdogs Factory whereby after meeting Bjorn’s gorgeous wife Anne and afternoon tea we were promptly inducted into the Rondellhund makings ourselves.
THE ART OF FOOD
Then we were treated to a scrumptious smorgasbord of Swedish treats including more kantarell dishes (my favourite mushroom) where we were also joined by Bjorn’s mother Lillian and stepfather Hasse. Yet again I felt as I was in the bosom of my family right at home even though it was 30 years since I was in Sweden the last time.
Here is a quote I think fits well here by John Ed Pearce;
“Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to.”
Till next time, happy painting and sculpting to you all.
Love Marie xxx
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