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Late but not too late – the show runs till 9th of January 2022

Wadström & Tönnheim present an exhibition about two contrasting aspects of life

There are times to rest and times to write. A while I was not up to writing, but it would be a pity if you miss this.
It’s been quite a while since I visited the opening of “Hugging The Void” (Alexa Grande) and “Solid Ground” (Stefan Otto) at Gallery Wadström and Tönnheim. But the impression still stays very vivid.
Now it’s late – but not too late. The show runs till 9th of January 2022. You have time until the Three Kings!!!
I only discovered Gallery Wadström and Tönnheim this year. It’s a bit hidden in one of Marbella’s many commercial areas, not a great setting. The impression when you enter this spacious and aesthetic gallery is all the greater. Like art, it expands you and gives you the feeling of entering another sphere. So an unconditional recommendation. It may be late, but it’s not too late…..

For me the title of the exhibition: HUGGING THE VOID and SOLID GROUND is tempting as it features two aspects of life that can’t be more different and nevertheless are included in every ones life, more or less in proportion.

“HUGGING THE VOID”

About the Spanish-German Artist Alexa Grandes HUGGING THE VOID you read in the description of the gallery: “Hugging the void is not a leap of faith into the void but a reconciliation with it, with nothingness. It is an impossible game. It is like facing the unknown, passing through the ruins of what was once safe and solid. The paintings contain open spaces, full of gaseous atmosphere, smoke or fog. A glance makes its way, in these pictures, through the remains of structures that are already obsolete, after having surpassed the limit of their resistance. These are structures that easily embrace and let themselves be hung in the air.” (Quote from Wadström and Tönnheim).

“SOLID GROUND”

Swedish artist Stefan Otto presents some paintings with a classic theme: Landscape. Landscape may be our solid ground in unsafe times. Something that stands solid since millions of years. The landscapes, painted with light brushstrokes, are combined with delicate dried plants standing in the foreground. Plants that come again and pass away. A reliable cycle. Hopefully.

“Stefan Otto’s work is recognized by an approach of investigative uncertainties. In his new body of work (he is) dealing with the most classical of all motives: the landscape. Nothing is ever unambiguous or assertive. Otto twists and turns reality and lets the work-process stand as a metaphor for the various layers that make up the human experience.” (Quote from Wadström and Tönnheim Gallery).

The exhibition will be open till 9th of January 2022 in Marbella by appointment. Call + 34 625 955 007

The gallery is not only showing art, but also supporting a charity!

You might be interested to read more about Marbella’s art events:

Art, Food, Events – a discovery in Marbella!
Monumental Art in the harbour
Gallery time in Marbella 2
and much more!

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Art, Food, Events – a discovery in Marbella!

A place that will be on my “to go to” list!

Its not brand new, but a new discovery for me. I am always happy to discover a new places that has the potential to become “my happy place”. The Mercado del Arte presents itself under the title: Art, Food, Events – a wonderful project by Maria Mena, Rosa Higuera and Emilio Mena, not far from the Congress Palace in Marbella.

The owner of the Art, Food, Events Mercado keep a wide range of offers in their portfolio:
Galería del Arte, Eventos Privados, Colección Permanente, Artistas Invitados, Exposiciones Colectivas.

While Rosa is head of the events, Maria is responsible for the art and Emilio is the chef in the kitchen, creating menus which excite him and which flatter the palate of the guests.

Its a pleasure to walk through the restaurant and the gallery. Everything is set up with love and great taste which makes it a very special and unique place. We had a coffee and some tapas outside on the large terrace – also a artful and tasty experience!

a little sitting room with comfy sofas

If you love to create a special event….

You can order a dinner for 8 persons by the cosy fireplace in the salon, beautifully furnished with antiques. Emilio will prepare a meal ” a su gusto” and treat you and your friends with his creations. You will sit at a antique table, a fire warmly burning in the fireplace. After dinner, may be with a coffee or a brandy in your hand, you continue the chat with your friends in the comfortable sofas.

If you want to see the art in the Art, Food, Events Mercado…….

Passing the beautiful salon you enter the gallery which shows a greater choice of modern art in the exhibition “White” ( just running), but also some more traditional artworks. It is a pleasure to walk through these rooms so tasteful decorated. Find out more about the Mercado del Arte at it’s Facebook page here or Instagram here.

If you want to visit an Event – do it this Sunday, 26th of December! (But there will be more events, I trust!)

I guess we can be curious to watch which other events may follow! Can’t wait to know !

Mercado del Arte Marbella

Inside the Restaurant…..such a cosy and very special place!

of course another pleasure for me as an artist is to find a new gallery!!!! You find a nice assembly of contemporary art by local artists. And very nice decorated with some beautiful pieces of classic furniture!

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Monumental Art in the harbour

One of the monumental sculptures in the harbour of Puerto Banús by Arne Quinze  at the exhibition "My secret garden" with boats in the back ground.

Art in the harbour

Arne Quinze’s monumental statues in Puerto Banús

Its always my pleasure to stroll through harbours. I love the atmosphere of the sea and to watch all the boats in their berth telling stories about adventures on the sea and dreams of far away harbours.

Looking at the boats swaying quietly in the wind and drinking a coffee is a wonderful afternoon pleasure for me, complemented by the very colourful crowd of visitors strolling through the harbour, always worth some attention.

The harbour of Puerto Banús and Concha on the background

The harbour: an Open Air Museum!

Monumental sculptures in the harbour of Puerto Banús
by Arne Quinze


The pleasure has now been taken to the next level:
the harbour has been transformed from a place of beautiful yachts and speedboats and exclusive shops into a huge open-air museum! This is a quite new incentive and worth a stroll through the harbour, which is very idyllic and quite Andalusian, framed by nested white houses while the boats stand out against the imposing backdrop of Marbella’s local mountain, the Concha.

one of the monumental sculptures in the harbour of Puerto Banús by Arne Quinze - in the background the shipyard.
Monumental sculptures in the harbour of Puerto Banús by Arne Quinze

The monumental colourful sculptures by Belgian artist Arne Quinze can be admired against the blue sky and the backdrop of the boats until 16 January 2022.

Read more about the Artist here. I took the text from the official website of the Puerto Banús harbour.

Biography

Arne Quinze was born in Belgium in 1971 and currently lives and works in Sint MartensLatem, a town near the Belgian city of Ghent. His early career in the 1980s was as a graffiti artist, without having completed an official art education. He questioned the role of our cities and started his search for cities to become open air museums.

His work evolved from Street Art to Public Art with recurring themes as social interaction, urbanisation and diversity. The gigantic wooden construction entitled Uchronia, which he and his team built in the Nevada desert (USA) for the 2006 Burning Man festival, emphasized his pursuit for culture and nature to coexist. This was followed by numerous sculptures and exhibitions that included both large installations and small paintings and sculptures.

At the present time, many of his installations are considered to be landmarks that present a different dynamic for urban development: In Paris, Shanghai, Beirut, Washington DC, Brussels, Mumbai, São Paolo,… Quinze has been intervening in cities now for over 25 years, and many projects are still lined up to be finalised.

Get more information at the Puerto Banús website, from which I took this quote.

Poster about "My secret garden" exhibition by Arne Quinze in the harbour of Puerto Banús

Read more about Art in Marbella…

You might be interested to learn more about Marbella’s art exhibitions – you will find some information about past once here:

“Lost souls make strong spirits” Nanon Morsink’s exceptional textil art in the Galeria Isolina Arbulu

or Gallery time in Marbella 2 The perfect illusions created by Malaga artist Julio Anaya Cabanding in the Galeria Yusto y Giner.

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The 100 day project is coming to an end!

These days the 100 day project is coming to an end. The 31st ofJanuary was the starting day of the 100 day project – an international digital and free project inviting people around the world to take part in 100 days of creativity. The aim was to choose a personal creative project and dedicate each day a little span of time – something between 10 and 30 minutes – to this project. It was recommended to share the results with the internet community.

At the time when I learned about the project in January I was feeling very low and very uninspired. Probably I was exhausted from a very demanding year with all it’s threats and uncertainties caused by the pandemic and by quite some exhibitions I was taking part in or did organize myself. So my studio was deserted and nothing would motivate me to go in. I was hesitating to take part in this project – would I stand a project that took 100 days? Thats a very long time, more than three months! I decided to go for it, to be generous with myself and be content with what ever would come out of it. What did I have to loose?

The 100 day project starting logo

“Can you think of a better time for a reset, a better time to turn our collective attention away from doom scrolling and to something inherently positive, life and soul affirming?”

This was the  sentence that convinced me in the end! Nevertheless: very unexpectedly the project was a huge win for me! I am back in my studio with new ideas, plans and motivation! What more could I wish for?

As I said, I was generous with myself. I chose a project that was simple, feasible and I was sure, would give me pleasure. Color is my passion. The hashtag I chose for my project is  #100daysofcolourcardsandmore. 
( Meanwhile I learned that they are called color swatches :-))  Under this hashtag you find a lot of my results. 

Opening up for new experience and learning was so rewarding.

To make it short: I didn’t make the 100 days! I made it to day 75, my way. By day 75 the colors surrounding me did inspire me intensely. I started again with paintings. First I went for green and then for pink!!!

I did it my way

As I said, ” I did it my way” – allowing myself to leave out days but being constantly in the spirit of learning and discovering and not going for any result. That was probably one of my greatest wins. On days I didn’t have a lot of time or motivation it was easy to come back to the swing by doing just some swatches!

Starting with the colors swatches I decided to experiment with limited palettes, like ZORN and others. Reading a lot about color was another treat. The soft and harmonic swatches made with the Zorn palette fascinated me. But when I tried to use the colors for a painting I was not happy with this process. I learned (again): I am not a painter who can plan in advance, I have to go by the moment.

Mixing colors in advance will stop my energy. That brought me to more carefully examine the colors in my studio. Making an inventory of all the colors I literary have in the studio was a great discovery! It were so many and so beautiful ones! I didn’t count the tubes. The collection has been growing and growing as my way to collect the swatches became more and more elaborated – from a simple swatch out of the tube to examples how they looked tinted and shaded in different versions. I managed nearly all my colors. Grey, whites and turquoise are still waiting to be painted!

I made some little “excursions”. To get a change from the studio and my swatches I went back to sketching in the nature – wonderful experience but not nice for my back. For a while tiny artist books folded from one sheet of paper fascinated me . I loved the surprising compositions that emerged. Some were so fascinating that I tried to enlarge them on a huge canvas.

Experimenting, observing what happened and registration of what it meant to me were great lessons.

Being inspired again and back into a good energy is fantastic!

Energy came back by giving up expectations. Great lesson to learn not only for art. Inspiration was fueled by doing new things, having a change. But above all, the color swatches where my food for soul and energy – a project that I judged to be a very simple one and that inherited such a great reward for me!

Many color swatches in the 100 day project
Cat sleeping on swatches of the 100 day project
She loves what I do – I not always what she does

Now I am looking at color swatches covering my floor and every flat surface. This is great because just seeing them lifts my spirit and inspires me. They are a great help when painting and I want to choose just the right tone for the next brushstroke. A new series is coming into life. Can’t wait to go on with my paintings. You may see them at the FestiArte in Marbella end of July/Beginning of August! I hope we will meet there!

A seines of WPS‘s on the Wall -pink series

If you want to read more about the project push here: How to boost your creativity with the 100 day project!

And more push here..A key to break a stressful time.

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A key to break a stressful time

The 100 day project after 70 days

 

What I can say from the very beginning, after 50 days and now again after 70 days: Engaging in the 100 day project was my key to break a stressful time. I was exhausted from an intensive year and had lost all my motivation after having presented in exhibitions and after nearly a year in the pandemic. You will know what I am talking about.

Against my personal prediction I stayed in the 100 day project and it became key for not only breaking the mental stress but bringing new initiative and inspiration. The framework of my chosen project #100daysofcolourcardsandmore created a focus. Suddenly there was a thin but strong red threat to follow. It turned out to become a very enlightening and restful time in my studio.

5 Rows of colour swatches
Color swatches of the Zorn palette.

There could have been no better way to stay tuned and get some mental holiday in these demanding times. It turned out to be a kind of self-care time, slowing down, exploring in depth, not hurried by the next event to work for and not under self expectation to create the next fantastic work. I did so many other things and had (and still have) such an entertaining time!

To do simple, but pleasurable work, slow down, break routines, being open for new things was a key to break the stress and get inspired again.

I started the color swatches with a limited palette, the Zorn palette. It is incredible, how many colors you get from only two colors and black and white. In the end I made an inventory of all the colors I found in tubes and pigments in my studio! An incredible mass!
I read books – enjoyed very much the book from Brian Ruthenberg “Clear seeing place” and his videos which I highly can recommend. I did sketching in the nature, I learned how to make tiny artist booklets from one sheet of paper and I learned such a lot about color! And as I was in the learning mode, I even learned how to make home made rolls 🙂

My Hashtag #100daysofcolourcardsandmore, was wisely chosen to avoid too frustrating repetition and it was my door to explore other things as well. If you want to know, how it all started you can read it here ” How to boost your creativity with the 100 day project”. Maybe you are interested in how to start an abstract painting? You find it here!

Want to see some of my actions?

One of my new ways of doing was the experiment to scale up a painting from the tiny booklet to a really great painting. I liked so much the composition in the tiny booklet, so I made an experiment to scale it up. What do you think? I am not used to work with a model. So I don’t know yet, what to think about. To me it looks like a stranger.

First layers of a large diptych

What was the key to make it such a rewarding success for me?

Knowing myself well, I chose a very simple project – color swatches. I knew, that was feasible. I knew, I LOVE colors, they always give me pleasure. I was generous with myself and did my swatches many days, but not every day. I didn’t count the days. I have avoided a maybe interesting learning phase: frustration. If you do the very same thing so often, you will inevitably hit a frustration zone. I changed it to discovery, choosing 100 days of color cards AND MORE. So I was open for what was coming along the way and engage in many new things.

Would I do it again? I would!

I found out so much about my love for color and now live with many of them on the studio floor. Each time I enter the room, my heart leaps and I smile. I bathe in color. I also loved the part of the project that asks you to publish your activity. I like to communicate and show my work and I like to get reactions. A studio is sometimes a lonely place – of course not all that lonely because of my companion Prinzess Miez. But she is not really talkative concerning feedback – though very much when hungry.

I also appreciate…

three paintings evolved from this period, two I am very happy with, one – you saw the film – I don’t know yet, what to think about. But thats painters work. Try and fail, try again, fail again, try again, fail better and then succeed!

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After The Gold Rush – Jules de Balincourt in the CAC Málaga.

I always loved museums and I have been visiting many exhibitions. But during the full lockdown in a way I forgot how much they mean to me. Putting my foot into the “After the Gold Rush” exhibition was again a great moment – a bit like coming home. I realized that museums are kind of spiritual rooms for me – especially when they have generous space, only few visitors, a delicate hanging and good art. So after the opening of our community lockdown I took a shower in art.

Who is Jules de Balincourt? And what about the Gold Rush?

I didn’t know what to expect – did you know this artist? So I went without expectations for the pure reason that it was possible to visit and full of trust in the choice of the CAC Málaga museum. Jules is a French born artist, who’s parents immigrated to California in his youth. So the title is more a metaphor for all the traveling, the hopes and the chances of a new start he and his parents experienced in his youth. This is a rather short answer. But you will find more competent sources at the end of this post!

I have to confess, Jules de Balincourt was not known to me. Its interesting which artists become like old acquaintances or good friends and which are completely out of sight. That´s surely a question of personal taste and education – but I wonder how much the culture of each country plays a role in defining who the big players are.

About 30 large paintings in very strong and somehow false colors are to be seen in the exhibition room. For me it seemed something between kind of naive and real and irreale. So in a way rather open, what to think about the paintings. I am not an interpreter, you will find interesting the explanation of this article in the English Sur.

As an artist I am very much interested in the overall impression and in some painting details.

What I spotted

Presented are works created in the last 10 years. All of the paintings in large format are painted on wood – the artist comes from ceramic – so the harder support is something that he is very familiar with.

Some of the colors seem thinly applied and also sanded down. This makes them appear in places as if they were painted on threadbare worn fabric – an interesting effect, since the material is rather hard and very resilient where they are applied.
Even the seemingly relatively realistic scenes get a tipping effect from the unreal colors. So it’s never quite clear what story the characters are telling in the setting.

View of some more paintings – tap the paintings to enlarge.

The painting of the soldiers sticks a bit out of this kind of dreamy-distant atmosphere. The artist talks of the theme of isolation, nature and cities. It is unexpectedly a bit of a shock to suddenly come face to face with this life-sized group of soldiers with faces that are not clear to read.

A group of solders standing like for a photos shoot

Links to “After the Gold Rush”

Find the page of the CAC Málaga here.

Get more detailed information in this article about the exhibition in the English Sur!

See an interesting interview with the artist here on Youtube

You will find more information about my visits to the CAC Málaga here:

A place to go to in Málaga! Juan F. Lacomba at the CAC Málaga

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“Lost souls make strong spirits”

Impressing exhibition of Nanon Morsink’s textil art sculptures and paintings at Galería Isolina Arbulu, Marbella

The first time I saw works by Nanon Morsink was when I was visiting the Art Walk Cómpeta some years ago. Seeing the work the first time I knew at once that I had met a very special talented artist. The happier I am now for the chance to visit the impressing exhibition of Nanon Morsink’s textil art sculptures and paintings at Galería Isolina Arbulu. Great pleasure to connect again with Nanon who’s way I have been following since.

Two figures symbolize several ways to connect with each other. Their arms are extra long to be able to get in touch with each other. They are in touch, but how? How easy this way of connecting can be changed and create another situation we all experience now in Corona times. Nanon Morsink, the creator of this couple and this exquisite exhibition demonstrates how easy connecting can be turned into separation. Still facing each other the long arms are used for embracing themselves. They become kind of a safety shield around each figure – Nanon demonstrates with this perfect symbolic arrangement what we experience just happening in our times.

Lost souls make strong spirits is the title of this exhibition in the beautiful GALERIA ISOLINA ARBULU who presents a most impressive choice of works by Dutch artist NANON MORSINK.

“My work is all about connection” explains the artist. She calls herself a multimedia artist, working with different materials. For this exhibition Isolina Arbulu choose carefully textil works from most different material.

The viewer will see a lot of lost souls mirrored in the figures that are partly painted on printed fabric or knitted with good Dutch wool, which traditionally was used for workers socks to wear in the wooden shoes. Other figures are knitted from ropes fishermen used for their nets and from plastic, found in the sea.

I don’t dare to imagine how Nanon hands may have felt and looked, knitting these very hard, rough and dirty materials and how many many hours she invests to create this impressive body of work! But Nanon laughs at this question, I just love to do this , she says, and I am always so curious to see how my creation will look.

There are not only knitted a lot of hours into these objects but also a lot of symbolic thoughts. The names of the works tell about it.

See this figures underneath. The horns are a sign of power and and are ready to fight but the bell is typically for animals to be found and be directed back to the crowd.

A sculpture from Nanon Morsink from used fisher materials with horns and bell

Humor plays besides all the serious background of the works a large role as well in the art work of Nanon Morsink. Very beautifully it is found in this installation – there is even a book about it! You can walk into the installation and you will have a lot of smiles discovering the most funny details. Each pair has a name of the personality featured – there is even one which only has one leg! “I had a neighbor with one leg”, says Nanon. Now you can meet him here 🙂

As a painter I am always most impressed by “paintings”. There is a series of muted women and another one with men portraits called “In my head”. Both genders portrayed in their speechlessness, but mute for very different reasons. The women’s portraits Nanon painted on printed fabric and finally embroidered them.

The series of men portraits painted on thin paper makes us wonder how this could be managed: all the portraits of the men ( I think there are 16) on thin paper are embroidered as well. What a fine work to embroider portraits painted on such fine paper!

Man portrait textil art by Nanon Morsink
In my head

The Galería Isolina Arbulu is in Marbella and offers visiting times in the mornings and private viewings in the afternoons. Find all the information on the galleries website here. The exhibition will run till 21.05.2021 – fingers crossed that we can visit all this time! Don’t miss it! Its worth a visit.

Its worth to visit the website as you will find excellent viewing rooms, featuring past exhibitions, a pleasure to see.

You also find here my post about past exhibitions, have a look:
Fascination of Glas Objects
Moving works and a moving title
Isolina Arbulu Gallery

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Gerrit Oppelland-Hampel in front of her green painting in a matching shirt

How to start an abstract painting

I recently saw, that the question “How to start an abstract painting” got new interest. So I decided to add to this post a video about the process of starting a new large painting. Just watch how the first layers grow. If you want to see the finished painting, you will find it on Instagram here.


An artist friend asked me the other day: How do you start an abstract painting? I didn’t give her an answer yet. Now here is a series of photos that may tell a part of the story. But it is the story of these particular works. It may be quite different with other paintings I do or how others artists design their process. There are so many ways to start a new painting. Not all ways are invented by now.

How do I start an abstract painting?

When I was starting my painters journey about 20 years ago – after some very few lessons in working figurative – I was so lucky to visit a painting workshop by an Austrian artist. Her name was Fria Elften-Frenken. She lived in a beautiful kind of farmhouse on the Neusiedler Lake. She had studied in the academy of fine arts, Vienna and was well known. One of her remembered sentences was: “It took years to forget about what I learned and to start doing my own art.” Consequently she would provide us with materials but not with lessons and ideas. She was always ready to consult when we were stuck. But we had to find our own way.

Trust into yourself -its all about you!

I am lucky that I had this kind of start. That was what I was looking for in art. It is this kind of freedom. It allows you to do what you want. In a way, there is no right and wrong. If it is appreciated by others is a second questions. Art is a lot about expressing yourself. Of course there are many of things to be learned. About ways you can take, materials you can use and thousand other things. But what you do, how you get there and what result comes out of it, that is your own art.

How to cope with the „angst of the white canvas“

At the beginning another sentence was in my head about something artists experience: “the angst of the white canvas”. I don’t know where I had heard it and why it stuck in my head. But influenced the steps I took. My very first act in that lovely farmhouse garden was „to paint it black“. No more angst of white canvas that might have ask for perfection. From this move I learned a lot!

70 way – no, some ways – to start an abstract painting

One beginning is to start with paint that has been left over from another painting. I turn the painting, to change perspective and to build a new harmony from another angel. This helps me to open up my view and to leave ideas that occur too early. I make a photo to see it from a greater distance, to see what is strong and what is weak. Sometimes I take a larger brush and some paint and close my eyes before I make a bold movement. This way new discussion point is evolving. Something new has to be handled. A new crossing on my way to somewhere.

What really matters at the beginning

Now I use many different ways to start a painting. However most important for me at the start is to do what ever my body and my intuition is telling me. Brain is stopped, judging is stopped, its just acting out what comes to me. With my black canvas I learned that everything is possible. You can turn a black canvas back to a white one. Nearly every mistake will be forgiven and can be a starting point for a new fascinating move.

As an example the featured three paintings are rather “straight forward” . Others undergo much more dramatic transformation. Look here to find out how that looks like: Wonder of transformation – from old to new!

Watch the beginning of a large painting

You want to watch the process of the beginning of a large painting? This is 190×100 cm and I had to work with the canvas on the earth! (no good for your back, though 🙂

When to finish an abstract painting ?

Great question, not only mine: how do I know that an abstract painting is finished. That’s another question to reflect about. But not today!

I hope you liked the little insight into my painting practice! Would be lovely to get some feedback!

Now after all see here the rather full process of the development of a painting. For large paintings like this one (160×140 cm) I like to build the frame myself and prepare all the steps. It feels like I am already building a relationship with the painting to come. My energy and my attention is already familiar with the canvas. There is a lot of magic in painting. What is your experience?

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Beautiful black painting that shine

slighly colorful leaves shine from a black background

A collection of beautiful black paintings that shine

A visit not to be missed when in Málaga. Galeria Javier Marin presents black mysteries by José Luis Valverde.

Just a short stroll of 5 minutes from my very appreciated CAC Málaga (Centro de Arte Contemporáneo ) where we admired the exhibition “Gold rush” by Jules de Balincourt we had the chance to see a collection of beautiful black paintings that shine by José Luise Valverde, of whom we had just discovered two paintings which are exhibited in the CAC.
About two years ago I got to know the artist quartier Las Lagunillas in Málaga. For my husband’s birthday I had booked a guided tour through this fascinating area which included the visit of several artist’s studios. It’s always so nice to meet artists in their studio and see them at work. The Málaga artist José Luis Valverde shared his studio with Victoria Maldonado, a very gifted artist who’s mainly white and fragile objects contrast beautifully the black and heavy works by José Luis. If you are interested to read more about this quartier and its artists just push here.

After having seen some works in progress in José Luis studio, the happier I am now to see this beautiful collection on show at the Galeria Javier Marin in Málaga’s Soho district.

In the artist’s studio

The exhibition at Galeria Javier Marin

Normally paintings in dark colors are not my favorite. But with this collection I saw at the gallery I can easy be friend with. Of course as a painter who is attracted to vibrant colors I was most driven to a painting that showed a lot of softly colored leaves shining and popping out from the black background. I didn’t count the works, but Javier Marin shows in his gallery full of light quite a number of the black paintings that shine so beautifully.

slighly colorful leaves shine from a black background

What fascinates me about José Luis’ work is the use of great volume of color, that makes the painting look nearly three dimensional. The play of adding mat and very shiny paint enhances the three dimensional impression.
First you don’t see very much. The longer you watch the more the painting shares its secrets with you. A nearly similar experience when you walk into a dark room and you detect more things the more your eyes are adapting to the view. The paintings which show a lot of floral elements but also little animals like cats and birds have a kind of mystery as they hide their beauty for a while and only reveal it step by step to the patient viewer.

I really love José Luise unusual style of telling stories in black!

There will be more exhibition visits soon:
Jules de Balincourt in CAC Málaga and
Dutch Artist Nanon Morsink in Galeria Isolina Arbulu, Marbella.
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How to boost your creativity with the 100 day project!

100 days of art making

A palette with few colors of the Zorn palette start for the 100 day project

Have you ever heard about the 100 day project?

Just a 2 weeks ago I got notice about a free international project, called The 100 Day Project – it started the 31rd of January. Before you stop reading: You can start any time!!! So it’s worth to continue!


I heard about the project in the podcast “Art Juice” of Alice Sheridan and her artist collegue Louise Fletcher who run this entertaining art talks since quite a while. This remarkable artist’s are chatting about their artist lifes, about art marketing and about thousand and one thing of meaning. They talk about the up’s and down’s and the challenges of the professional artist life in a very honest and entertaining way – a pleasure to listen! This time Alice was interviewing Lindsay Jean Thomson, the organizer of the 100 day project. Thats how I learned about it.

What is the 100 day project?

The idea is simple: choose a creative project, do it every day for 100 days for 15 to 30 minutes and share your process online. That’s your commitment to yourself. Most people will share it with the hashtag #the100dayproject on Instagram. But it is up to you with whom you will share – Facebook, your family group, What`s App Group or your diary.

Every year thousands of people all around the world commit to 100 days of creating. Anyone can participate (yes, that means anyone, artist and non-artist!) Every person who wants to give room to her creativity and will commit to do something creative every day.

Some doubts and some hope

I was intrigued and repelled when hearing about the project. Intrigued because I love to work with a community that follows a creative goal. Painting is a loney job. Also intrigued by the push that the commitment to share the work would give me. Appalled I was because I already have some commitments to follow and 100 days, that’s a pretty long time! No way to commit myself for so long.

Nevertheless, in case I would participate, what kind of a project would I choose? What would interested me long enough that I would stick to it? What would be feasable, that I can do it without having to overcome too many obstacles, including my own laziness and my being no good following my commitments to myself? The more I mulled over this questions, the less I knew what woul be an interesting project, the more I got involed.

A palette for the 100 day project w colors of the Zorn palette

Taking a decision

I decided to give it a try. The past weeks I had lost a lot of my mojo and was not at all intrigued to work in my studio – call it Corona paralization. Suddenly the 100 day project opend up a little path to somewhere. In the end I came up with the very simple idea to do color swatches. As a painter I do them time by time but never follow up and then forgot about them. So I would follow this path with persistence and collect a lot of colour swatches! The idea is very simple and feasable and will serve my sense for practicallity, usefulness and my passion for colours. And of course I am free to change to a new project when ever I want or to just let go. Nobody will check on that. But as long as your in and post, there will be a good support of fellow artists, who are in the same situation! I experienced the merits of it during lockdown 2020 when I participated in the Artist Support Pledge.

Untill now I am very inspired by the project and the freedom I gave to myself. Some days I do a lot, on an other day I am fine with just 4 colour swatches. I started with the ZORN palette. It’s incredible to see what kind of colours you can create from just 4 colours like ochre, red and black and white. A wonderful addition to this work is reading more about colour theory and other artist’s way with colours. Now I am glad I have a little red threat in this challenging times. It brings me into my studio every day and to know I am a part of a greater community. What a great experience to slow down and enjoy taking time to explore my passion about colour without having to take care of any other deadlines for creating a body of work. Slowing down does me a lot of good.

How about boosting your creativity routine ?


Probably the idea of the colour swatches will not carry me through 100 days. Something new will evolve, I am sure about this. I already see after a wee it’s doing me a lot of good. We are in a time where we don’t know what’s next. So at least I know , what I am up too!
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Incredible! The exhibition is open!

“Sol y Sombra – Sun and Shade”

The adventure of building up a non- virtual exhibition!

photos by Anki Fremark

Incredible! The exhibition is open!

Heading for a real live exhibition – adventures from an artists life!

We believed in it, we wanted it, we worked for it and we did it!
And nevertheless: Incredible! The exhibition is open!

In April we, the Costa del Arte Collective, had to cancel our well planned exhibition – as so many had to cancel events they were working hard for. So after the end of our (first?) lockdown we scheduled our next try for October.

Really great news

We have a very good press covering. We filled a wonderful spacious and luminous room with our art. We have an outside area and are near to the centre of the town of Fuengirola, just 3 minutes from the beach.

But nevertheless, the inauguration was coming nearer, the infection rate was increasing and so did our doubts. We became a rather excited about the opening. All security measures were installed, someone was guarding the door to keep the number of visitors right and no seats in the exhibition room, no food and all drinks outside.

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Moving works and a moving title

The running exhibition in the the Gallery Isolina Arbulu in Marbella

I saw the introduction picture and the title of the exhibition some weeks ago when I was not yet in Marbella. But the painting and the title captured my attention at once and stick in my head. I was very happy that I got the chance to visit the exhibition which will run till 10th of November.

“Entre el dolor y la nada” by Pablo Mercado

Exhibition by Pablo Mercado im Galeria Isolina Arbulu in Marbella

I have visited several exhibitions in the private gallery of Isolina Arbulu. The gallery has it’s home in an impressive house that you find at the end of some up winding streets. Each time I visited an exhibition I was very pleased and surprised by her choice of interesting artists as well of Isolina’s ability to introduce the artist and the intention behind the art.

The title of this exhibition, which impressed me at once, refers to the writer William Faulkner and his book “The wild palms”.
“Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.”

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Sol y Sombra – Sun and Shade – a new exhibition of the Costa del Arte Collective

We are pleased to announce the opening of our exhibition “Sol y Sombra” on the 29th of October 17h – 20h in the Gallery Art Club in Fuengirola, Málaga. The show will be open from the 30th of October to the 17th of November. We are very happy to welcome you! That’s what we normally […]
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Sol y Sombra – Sun and Shade – a new exhibition of the Costa del Arte Collective — Costa del Arte Collective

Short look back to FestiArte

The FestiArte was the festival of many many artist, of hot temperatures with always a nice breeze from the sea. It was very different to events before, as we had much less visitors from other countries than Spain.

The atmosphere was wonderful. We opened in the late afternoon till midnight. We saw the different events of the day passing by: Beach walkers, early dinner eater, normal dinner eater, beautifully dressed young people going out to celebrate life.

I especially cherish the life phases of this kind of exhibitions. The beginning with a lot of hope, the starting of to a new adventure. The phases with hope and the phases with boredom, others with excitement. There is a clear beginning and a clear end to it. Its a pop-up show. Something is new in the world, days later it doesn’t exist any longer. Passages of life.

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Gallery time in Marbella 2

The perfect Illusion in Gallery Yusto y Giner and a Festival full of Art

A very simple little sign shows the interested visitor the way to the very impressively designed gallery Yusto/Giner, which is located in a POLÍGONO INDUSTRIAL in Marbella. Young people elegant dressed flock in droves to the opening of the new exhibition. Right at the end of the small street you see a huge gate that opens upwards like a garage door and can get a a glimpse of the spacious interior of the gallery.