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Mirror Mirror 2

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on juni 18, 2010

mirror_mirror2

The next piece in the Mirror Mirror series. Acrylic paint and watercolor on A3 sized Hahnemühle torchon paper.

You can buy the piece here:

Mirror Mirror 2
Mirror Mirror 2
Signed original artwork: Acrylic paint and watercolor. A3 sized archival 285 gsm Hahnemühle Torchon paper.

Enjoy!

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My Space

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on maj 25, 2010


I moved into my new studio on April 1st. this year.

It’s located in the Meat Packing district of Copenhagen. Some of the district is now inhabited by artists, and I have my studio in a shared space called “Slagtehus 40″ (Slaughterhouse 40) which opened only last summer.
As a former slaughtery it’s a rough space – walls covered with tiles, floors with epoxy to make it easy to clean off the blood from the cattle and swine being butchered here..
The place still smells like an animal. Partly from the traces of blood, partly from the catering firm housed downstairs. I have no idea what they’re making, but it doesn’t seem mouth watering.

My space is in the corner of a larger shared room, edges marked by tape on the floor.
It’s not huge, but I have enough room to work and store some of my previous pieces.
In the corner I have my desk on which I draw, sketch, blog and communicate using my mac.
My windows face the courtyard where in the summerevenings the hip young crowds gather in front of the bars “Karriere” and ” Jolene”.
The floor and walls is where I paint my acrylic works.

I like it here. It’s my space.

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Life on the edge

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on marts 20, 2010

Given the choice between receiving 5 dollars with certainty OR receiving a free lottery ticket with a 1/1000 chance of winning 5000 dollars, which would you choose?

Given the choice between paying 5 dollars in parking fee OR risking a 1/1000 chance of paying a parking fine of 5000 dollars, which would you choose?

Given the choice between keeping your decent paying dayjob OR joining that new startup company which may land a 20,000,000 dollar IPO in 1 year, which would you choose?

Given the choice between leaving your decent paying dayjob for 1 year OR risk missing out on the 20,000,000 dollar IPO, which would you choose?

Risk perception is different for gains and losses. For this reason we often prefer uncertainty when faced with gains but certainty when faced with losses.

The only way to get around this is to frame the same dilemma in a different way. How do you frame your life?
Are you comfortable with the choices you have made if you present them to yourself in a different way?

In the dilemma above, feel free to replace IPO with: travelling the world, becoming a stay-at-home parent, getting creative, taking up acting, building houses in Haiti etc. etc.

Enjoy “The life of the artist” below: the second in a series of 3 paintings.

“The life of the artist” from Artworks by Carl Frederik Waage Beck

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Into the void

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on marts 17, 2010

If you’re wondering why I haven’t been posting on the blog during the last few weeks, well it’s because of the two little wonders Victor and Carla who are now sleeping like angels in the bedroom :)

Which leaves me a few minutes to post the latest painting in a series of 3 that I did find time (somehow miraculously) to make a the other day.

I have been working with some new ideas on perspective and these paintings are an effort to keep it neat and clean. No fuzzy throwing around with paint this time folks!

The inspiration for these paintings comes from my childhood memories of Lego ads. These ads were always showing a scene with a myriad of little legomen inhabiting a toyworld of plastic trees and houses. Everything was always clean and immaculate. Nothing left to chance.

So in a leap from what I have been doing previously, namely letting order emerge from disorder, portraits emerge from little random splotches of paint, I felt like tightening things up a bit.

The painting “Into the void”, is my take on what it means to reject 9-5 and embark on that creative journey that so many of us long for. It’s a crasy thing to do, no signposts, no safetynet, but what about the alternative?

The perception of risk changes according to your situation. In my case, what it took to get real about the art, was a kick in the ass and 6 months of pay. What do you need to take the leap?

Enjoy!

Into the Void from Artworks by Carl Frederik Waage Beck

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What is art, blah, blah, blah…

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on maj 26, 2009

From “But honey, it’s art!” From Artworks by Carl Frederik Waage Beck

Hi friends,

I should be writing a lot of thoughtful stuff here on why I decided to paint this naked woman and how she relates to modern society and blah blah blah.

But the real reason for painting her, TADAAH, is that I just felt like painting a naked woman, and I just love the thought of couples arguing on whether to hang paintings like this one in their diningroom.

SO, for the next couple of months I AM GOING TO PAINT NAKED PEOPLE — true shocker, isn’t it? :o)

I know I’m having fun doing it, and hopefully you folks will enjoy it too.

Afterall, there is hardly anything more beautiful than the naked human body.

Enjoy!

Best regards, Carl

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