A new issue of the online magazine Oh Marie! is available. It is a modern fun magazine on handmade, treasure hunting, men with beards and so on. The theme of this issue is Winter Harvest and it shows my painting on the Etsy-page (p. 38-39). Love it and wanted to share it! Here's the link:
Fortunately, we still have a library in our village (almost lost because of upscaling and cutbacks...)
and I have been a visitor since my childhood. As a child I mostly read series of books and it was always an adventure to get those issues you hadn't read yet. So me and my friend teamed up, and when she had read the book, she gave it to me. It came up to a point that I had read all my favourite series, and had to look out for new interesting series and writers.
And now, as a creative person, I am of course looking for the art and craft books (and for French movies of which I am a definite fan...).
This week it was library happiness
because I found some very new issues of craft books!
My studio is open this Saturday for visitors to come
and see what I have been up to, or to maybe look for some handmade holiday gifts.
I have this enormous pile of paintings on paper: which ones are good enough to show and sell? And am I ready to part with some of them? After all, I know when I made them, what the process was. Someone adviced me to hold on to some paintings which clearly reflect my development as an artist... and I have taken that advice. But I also love to sell my paintings, I like sharing what I've made.
The Art Fair was really nice, I spoke to a lot of people about drawing and painting. Each one has its own experiences or opinions on art. I sold quite a lot of small items, but no paintings. I brought this Heart-painting:
I've made a series of these hearts a while ago, it's all about layers and movement. I wanted a rustic feel to it, so we made the frames ourselves. We had quite a positive response to the painting but no buyers yet, so it will be in my studio for a while.
There were a lot of visitors and luckily some sunshine, so we spent a nice day on the fair.
There has been quite a lot on my mind (ideas, some worries and a lot of cleaning to do), so it was good to take some time and make a hike in the woods with my husband. We enjoy searching for mushrooms and photographing them, we try to enlarge our knowledge about them. And I like to look at the colours and structures, autumn is slowly beginning here:
The lessons at the academy have started, this year's subject is on Art and Photography. Here you see my corner and palette, and the results of the group:
Until next time! I'll be spending a lot of time cleaning up, making some new bags and key-chains, working on a workshop-proposal and clearing my head, pfew ;).
This week I am preparing for the Art Fair in Ankeveen, it will be outside so I hope the weather will give some sunshine. I have made some mini-art which will be available for 20 euros, and I will take with me two abstract paintings made on panel. I still have to do the finishing touches on them, so it is very fresh and new.
This is the flyer, welcome to drop by! There are other artists and makers, and the fair is relaxed and beautifully situated.
Here is a picture of people standing in front of my market stall (left) from last year.
This is one of the mini-art paintings I made on panel, there are only three of them especially made for the occasion.
Next time more on what I've been up to, it has been quite busy, hope I will have more time in October.
Here in the Netherlands we have a Museum focusing on Africa, on its culture and its art. This week I went to visit, and I really liked it. Outside you have several houses built in a typical African style, and some of them are also decorated. In this picture you see the one decorated with paint.
In the next picture you see a very simple decoration technique in graphical style on the wall, I think it can be done with a stick or a fork into cement which is still moist.
Wouldn't this be great to decorate your chimney wall??
Inside you find art and sculptures from various different regions. I know that Picasso was inspired into kubism after he visited an exhibition on African art in Paris. And walking through this museum and seeing all those shapes and strange combinations, you can feel that the African style is distinctly different and inspiring. Here are two images I like:
I've been busy in the studio as well, working on some new paintings, enjoying summer and preparing for some workshops. This week there is a workshop on painting with paper, welcome!
I've also sold two small paintings to the USA, and made a small custom order.
I found some other colours as well, and look at those structures of the flowers!
In september I will be present at the Art Fair in Ankeveen again and they like me to make some small art works. I have several ideas, but I am still not sure. I like so many styles and sort of get lost in what to do. So I just played around with waterbased paint, enjoying making little portraits of unknown persons, one turned out to be yellow as well:
I made these pictures in our garden, I like looking at the different shapes and sizes, at the different shades of pink. In september I will join a painting-course in which photography plays a central part and in preparation for that I am reading a book on how to use photography for your paintings (Painting Great Pictures from Photographs, a book by Hazel Harrison). The book shows several cases where painters have made a composition from several of their own photographs to make it into a painting.
Up until now I have been making pictures simply because I enjoy looking at things and registrating them, I've learned a lot from that and unconsciously they form a great reference.
The last weeks I have selected a couple of my pictures to make into paintings, and it is still a work in progress.
I am looking forward to some workshops this week and the next week (for info on workshops see the calendar on this page, you can still join). These pictures are part of my preparation for the workshop Summer stillife. So many stillifes are made by painters, it is interesting to make your own version. And June is a good month to go for those Summer objects. Stillife can be quite difficult, but the struggle to get things right is part of a process. You don't know until you try!
Another workshop is Acrylic paint on paper, here you see a result, it is so much fun to play around with the paint and try different techniques with it. Discovering creativity in a workshop with a group can be so enriching and fun!
The month of May was spent with some seriously needed DIY on our house, and with a holiday afterwards. We've spent two weeks in green Switzerland. I've been going there for about 30 years now and I never went to see the Museum of Art in Sion. So this was number one on my list!
Sion is the capital city of the canton Valais and situated in the south of Switzerland. It has a small old centre with little alleys and a lovely cathedral with a small square in front of it. The museum is situated in an old castle and is worth a visit. They showed works of local painters:
I love this painting but cannot remember the name of the painter... A lot is happening in this painting which makes it nice to look at, but what struck me the most is how he painted the light. The light in the front is bright which is often the case in Valais where there are a lot of sunny days, and the light in the back is the softly matted light which is so typical of the mountains. I love this!
All three works above are from one painting by the painter Raphy Delleves (1878-1940). He was known for his portraits of local Valais women. These three women were painted while doing the laundry. The details on their costumes are so refined, I think it would have taken him a lot of time and patience.
This is a detail of the painting Mother and Child by Ernest Bieler (1863-1948), his style was going towards Art Nouveau. This is made with gouache, watercolour and pencil on paper.
What would I be painting if I concentrated myself on local women...? It would be so different.