Today it’s my last day in Minot and the last day at Norsk Høstfest. until now the sale hasn’t been too good, only a few postcards sold, and a lot of people that might order paintings of their family farm back in Norway, but nothing more concrete yet… Although hundreds of people have come by every day telling me how beautiful my paintings are and how talented I am:) Nice to hear, but nothing to live of in the long run… And every now and then some of them have to take a photo of me in my bunad. This morning we even took a photo with five of us bunads girls, and while we were posing the big Dalahorse came by…

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I’ve tried to give a discount on most of my paintings today, so maybe that will speed up the sales, but I’m not sure… Maybe it’s not the right place for art… The horseman who claimed he wanted to order a huge painting didn’t come back the other day, but maybe he will today, time will show… If not he’ll never get to see my horse sketch:( Figthing horses in front of the Rocky mountains

Anyway, I’ve had a nice time here so far, with a lot of interesting and nice people to speak with. Most people keep telling me about their ancestors in Norway or of their visits to Norway, but I’ve also had people discussing politics, claiming Obama is a muslim and that Donal Trump is the only man who can save this country. And yesterday I had an interesting conversation about environmental issues and the raising of the sea level in case of a meltdown of the big glaciers.

I also have the most terrific neighbors:) On one side I have Robert, selling buserulls, he is a very friendly father of five who keeps looking after me and makes sure I take breaks, and gives me salad, and cookies and even kransekake (the Norwegian almond cake shaped as a tower made of rings in different sizes).

Robert Gustafson from Hovden On the other side I have Torild who makes and sell woolen hats. She is really nice talking to, and keeps looking after my booth when I need a short break. She’s been here several times before, so she has a bit of knowhow that is good to learn from:)

Torild Finsrud VelureA bit further along the row there’s two really nice girls from MollyMe og Norway, they sell knitted things and also takes orders for bunads.MollyMe of Norway

Just across the “road” there’s a really nice and talented lady from the Czech Republic, her husband has got norwegian ancestors. She makes the most beautiful pepperkakeart (That’s art on gingerbread) And she also paint with coffee. Her work is absolutely stunning. I have suggested that she try sell her art at Julehuset (The Christmas house) in Drøbak, so we have an agreement that I will contact the owner of the Julehus when I come back. I believe her art must be perfect for them:)Anna and her husbond

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Every now and then a huge viking or a flock of trolls pass me by,and there’s music playing all the time and a lot of things happening and a lot of friendly people.

So as you may have understood; even though the sales are low, at least I’m having a great time over here:) And I have made a lot of friends, whom I hope to be able to stay in touch with even as I go home:)