Friday, August 17, 2012

"Omen" - New painting complete

"Omen" 40 x 60 cm acrylic on masonite by Christina Lank
My final and last painting of the Fragile Things collection is complete!!
You have no idea how relieving it is, after 6 months of leading a full on duplicate life, to finally be done with 8 pieces of artwork *phew*

close up of the Omen girl in the forest
Let me tell you a bit about this painting as it is quite personal to me.
I am not often a superstitious person, that side of me comes out during my darkest or most frantic hours. The biggest one I have is my superstition over the bird: Magpie.

When I was living in England I read something somewhere which started "One magpie by sorrow, Two Magpies for joy....." The nursery rhyme went on, in different versions....saying the number of magpies you see is a different omen coming your way.

Magpies fighting at the bottom of the painting
I had forgotten the rest but the paranoia grew in my head, to the point where whenever I saw an odd number of magpies it always meant something bad was coming, even meant something good.
And when I have been particularly lost in life this obsession with counting birds grows and grows. Mostly because it always comes true, and also Sweden is full of Magpies...

Magpies fighting in the air
The painting is created from a dream I had during one of these bad times. I would become so obsessed with the good or bad omens, I would dream of magpies fighting in the streets all muddled up so I couldnt count if it was an odd or even number.
I switched out the streets for a spooky forest, adding in my favorite model, who represents the mindset of the time. Lost, fragile, on a road with no known end or beginning, surrounded by omen birds fighting out fate if you will.

So! That is my last and final painting for you all ^^
I will be posting it as an archival open print on my Etsy shop, so check it out!
Large limited edition prints will be made for the show, so if youre interested in something larger and more exclusive go ahead and contact the gallery owner here:

Have a great weekend everybody :D!


  1. Woww. Absolutely stunning! Love the magpies!

  2. I said it before, I'll say it again ... it's gorgeous!

  3. Wowwww...your work is so stunning. I'm in love with your beautifully written blog and very gorgeous art. <3

    1. awww thank you so much Erin! youre too sweet ^^ i am happy you found me over here :D