The Classroom – Interior Oil Painting

"The Classroom" by Heidi Hjort |
“The Classroom” by Heidi Hjort. Finland, 2015

This interior study was painted from life in the classroom of our local Art Club Ateljé Torni. I did the painting in one session, as our instructor was insisting on us NOT continue the work after the session was over.

Continuing from a reference photo would ruin the painting, she said. You will begin to adjust the colors according to the photo and that will destroy the freshness you got when observing the real thing. It will also remove the sense of presence that only a life study can bring into a painting.

So, I didn’t touch it after I got home, except for signing it several months after – heh, you know me 🙂 It’s still unsigned in the picture.

The reasons why I chose this corner of our classroom was:

  • The subtle color world. I wanted to explore what I could do with that, as I have been using PLENTY of color lately.
  • The objects in the window were begging my artist soul to be painted into my picture. It’s a concrete sculpture (hard to tell from the painting, I know) and a table easel.
  • The challenge of painting the window-recess.
  • The black objects, the chair and a bucket on a piedestal, as they would go well with the darkness outside the window and contrast nicely to all the pale surfaces.

Thanks for stopping by, friend. I wish you a wonderful week ahead!





Passage to Light

"Passage To Light" by Heidi Hjort, Finland 2015
“Passage To Light” by Heidi Hjort, Finland 2015

This painting is called Passage To Light. It’s inspired by an autumn walk with my mother in mid-October. This spot can be found along the shore of my hometown Vaasa. Lovely isn’t it?

What fascinated me about this spot, was an opening in the foliage, which made me think of the gateway of a city wall.

My side of the city wall is in shadow. Cool greens, blues and muted purples in the long shadows, cast by the trees.

The other side of the city wall is flooded with light. Soft, warm autumn evening light, as the sun was setting. The sky, the trees on a distant island, the water and the reed are all in pastel colors; baby blues, light yellows and soft pinks.

Right on this spot, at the gateway of my city wall – we watch two color worlds meet.


Den här målningen heter “Höstlig port till Sundomfjärden”. Inspiration till motivet fick jag under en promenad med min mamma, vi gick längs Vasas strandpromenad ända bort till Sunnanvik.

Just på  det här stället (mittenbilden) fascinerades jag av en öppning i träden längs stranden. Det var som en stadsmur med en port. Ni vet, som på Gotland.

På min sida av stadsmuren var det skuggigt. Träden kastade långa skuggor i den höstliga terrängen; här är det mörka, murriga gröna, blåa och lila toner som gäller.

Allting på andra sidan muren, badar i ljus. Ett mjukt och varmt ljus, just när solen håller på att gå ner, en höstkväll i oktober. På andra sidan finns en värld i pastell; baby blå, ljusgul, ljuslila och -rosa.

Precis här, vid stadsmurens port, ser vi två färgvärldar mötas.