One Man's Paradise

Tutshi Lake, Yukon

There is silver blue, sky blue and thunder blue. Every color holds within it a soul, which makes me happy or repels me, and which acts as a stimulus. To a person who has no art in him, colors are colors, tones are tones…and that is all.

All their consequences for the human spirit, which range between heaven to hell, just go unnoticed.

Emil Nolde


Emil Nolde was an Expressionists and is considered to be one of the great painters of the 20th century, mostly working in oil and watercolors. He is known for his vigorous brushwork and expressive choice of colors. His watercolor works include stormy, vivid landscapes.

Emil Nolde Marsh with Clouds

Marsh landscape with clouds – Emil Nolde

I guess it goes without saying that I am a fan of his paintings. His biography is interesting to read. He grew up on a farm at he German/Danish border, realized that he is not made for that work. He was 31, when he decided to pursue a career as an artist. Rejected by Art Schools, he took private painting lessons until he could support himself. In 1913-14 he participated with his wife in a colonial expedition to New Guinea traveling through Russia, China, and Japan.

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Inside Out

On a Winter Morning – No. 3

“There is silver blue, sky blue and thunder blue. Every color holds within it a soul…”

Emil Nolde

What happens if you get up in the morning, walk out on the ice before sunrise? My breath fogs up the view finder. I can’t see what I am shooting. The camera is hard to handle, with and without gloves. It feels like a frozen brick.  I lay on the ice pointing the camera in the direction of the rising sun? What will I capture? We shall see later.

And then the miracle happens. One exposure results in something that looks… different.

It reminds me of art work created by Emil Nolde.

His art was condemned at one point.

One of his paintings sold recently for over $3,000,000.


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