Finally I finished it.

Oh it brings me such joy to finally see this completed. Magnus did this absolutely stunning box art of her all in ochres at the Grand Canyon, but this was actually posed after a picture of my wife. With our little dog. And Deryabin did this amazing model from the photo. I always imagined her in Schwitzerland, as we went there for holiday, and Signe sat in the lush green growth just looking at the kids hiking. Incredible scenery. So I now get to see what it always looked like in my head. Just complete and utter serene and calm.

I always see the two together. Part one and two. I understand they might be a bit odd together. But think of them as yin/yan. Both connected and two different timelines. What might have been. But also similar. Litteral in that their shirts mirror eachother’s realities, and also the title being an album by Modest Mouse I always found cryptic. I think of it as places we go to escape other people’s voices and opinions. To find blind spots. An impossible task. In that way they are not that different. They are also sorta my own polar opposites. Light and dark. Both part of me.

I love them both, and for me, together, these are my favorite of my paintings. Very special to me.

Pictures suck, I know I know.

I encourage you to vote and comment freely and honestly. I would very much like to hear your thoughts.

Part I:
  • Marc MussatPLUS

    Story telling peaceful and so refreshing !

    • Jakob VPLUS

      Thank you so much Marc :)

  • Marius "Der Stone "Stein

    You made two beautiful pieces!

  • akitaka-misenai

    Great, this is real!
    Grand work is very good!

    • Jakob VPLUS

      Thanks so much Akitaka

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    • Tobias_K_Aasvang

      Another great one! I really enjoy exploring this one and all it’s details.

    • Jakob VPLUS

      Thanks for chats along the way! Now finish that mutant!

  • girlpainter57

    been waiting for this one, very profound story, one saddens me very much the other uplifting

    • Jakob VPLUS

      Thanks so much! Happy you like it, even though it really was too long underway.

  • Bran

    Even if the scenes are not part of my story, they touch me and speak to me ... so I understand perfectly what you wanted “to get out of you” .... It’s particularly successful, I really like !! Bravo Jakob !!

    • Jakob VPLUS

      Thanks so much Bran! Very happy to hear. And yes I am glad it is unstandable if not relateable. I iften get these very strong visual images that are symbolic in a way, even if I don’t know how. And sometimes they are just too odd. I think these are understandable as they are quite literal.

  • Melnikov Ivan "Nakatan"

    awesome scene and great background. gold!

    • Jakob VPLUS

      Thanks mate! Thanks for comment. Background took five or so rounds. Something kept on feeling off.

  • Alex ✍

    Beautiful piece mate!

    • Jakob VPLUS

      Thanks Alex! Happy you like it!


    absolutely lovely, so peaceful ! fantastic work Jakob !

    • Jakob VPLUS

      Thank you so much :)

  • Eamon Connerty

    Really great work! At first I thought the Chase bank t-shirt was a odd choice, but the way it ties the two pieces together is brilliant! Gold!!!

    • Jakob VPLUS

      Thanks so much! Yah, it is like the dot in a yin/yan symbol. They borrow from eachothers worlds. In retrospect I would like for the mountains on the homeless girl’s shirt to have been clearer, but at least I know it’s there.

  • Magnus FagerbergPLUS

    Wonderful, I love it

    • Jakob VPLUS

      Thank you my friend :)

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  • eric wolfsPLUS

    Two differents projects for the same piece, and two differents story. The first is my favorite. Gold for the two !

    • Jakob VPLUS

      Thank you. I don’t have a favourite myself, as I see them too much connected, but I understand why people feel this way about ‘up’

  • Henk

    Very interesting concept, two such seperate pieces, from the same basic figures.
    They are both very well executed,  I like the tall backgrounds.  I’m not normally keen on ‘picture backgrounds’, but you have worked the foreground into the background, in a way that works here.  Especially in the ‘Gravity’ piece, the tallness and grimeyness of the background does really convey a feeling of ‘deep down in the gutter’.  I think the shadow works, those who understand the feeling you’re trying to convey will get it.

    Float On is also a lovely piece, with the ‘ying and yang’ references (are the socks meant to be the same for both figures?) and meadow base and background, but n
    o prizes for guessing which one is my favourite… lol

    Congratulations on finishing it.

    • Jakob VPLUS

      Thanks so much! I am glad you took the time to write. The background bit is tricky yes. I seem to feel the same, but I also do work with backdrops every once in a while. I like how it works the best with the gravity. But I really tried to blend the backdrop with ‘float’ as well. To have depth. But I feel it ended up too flat.

      No the socks are just a bit random. I worked a lot with colours in both and they could have been more tied. Like I considered having clouds that would mimic the sun in gravity. But the main point of ‘float’ was to have it like a stairway to heaven with lines from bottom left to top right throughout entire piece, so that would break that flow. Nothing but cotton candy beneath this lady’s feet. Up up and away. Thanks again

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  • Herman aka Glitterwolf

    Amazing piece!

  • Pierre Balmette

    Taking a bit of fresh air just looking at this. Gold!

    • Jakob VPLUS

      Thanks so much Pierre! That is a great feeling :)

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  • EntrevonPLUS

    Magnifique histoire !

    • Jakob VPLUS

      Thabk you so very much!

  • Mariano del Olmo

    Amazing work of art Jakob!! Gold, congrats! Best, Mariano