After having had a few very hectic weeks, it is finally time to get into my art again. I have started working on another sailboat. I always felt inspired by the sea, and after our latest trip to Sweden I really feel the urge to finish this piece.
Our trip to Sweden went really well, the weather was fantastic when we arrived in Stockholm but that was not our destination. We had a couple of hours before our flight would depart, to take us to Gothenburg on the west coast. That is where the majority of my family lives. and we were going there to visit my children and to see our little grandson Jack.
It felt a bit special to hold him in my arms, he was so tiny. He is only a month old. I must admit that it feels pretty cool to be a grandma at 46, and this little guy will be spoiled big time. They are coming over to Ireland in August for our wedding and then he will be six months old.
Here is my son Tom with Jack.
This picture was taken from the Guest harbour in Gothenburg, our hotel was not far from it. We were actually staying on a cruise ship that now is a floating hotel.
This is the hotel and we had our room facing the outside of the boat, where we could see boats passing by our window. That was pretty cool.
This was one thing we saw from the window, this might be transformed into a painting on a later stage. It’s always nice to collect inspiration and images for my paintings.
This is purely a beautiful city, and I am not just saying that because I grew up here. I just love the city of Gothenburg. And I think it’s the closeness of the sea that I love so much, all the water, the boats and the small islands in the archipelago along the coast line.
On Saturday we went to a very nice seafood restaurant called Restaurant Räkan (prawn) at Lorensbergs gatan 16. And they had this cool fish tank in the middle of the restaurant, with live fish swimming around and they gave you these boats to steer your starter to your own table. Here is Peter navigating the boat to our table. We were really hungry at this stage and couldn’t wait to dig into it.
Mmmm…it has arrived!! We were ready to dig in and have our starter with lovely home made bread and sauces.
And this was our main course, doesn’t it look fantastic?! In there was lobster, king crab, cray fish and mussels and it all was so delicious. To eat seafood can be a bit messy, but I really enjoyed it.
And of course I had to have the little snaps as well, this was one that has the flavour of black currant. It was quite nice.
This was a little ‘taste’ from our trip to Sweden. And you can see that there’s lot’s of inspiration to get there. And beside creating the classic cars I love to paint the boats.