Trees , trees, trees…..Arboles….Bäume!!!

Trees , trees, trees…..Arboles….Bäume!!!
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Lately I developed a great interest in trees. I am always fascinated by their aura, shapes and structure. We enjoy them on our walks in the country side but also from the terrace. The diversity of the Mediterranen plants and trees is impressing. Especially impressed I am by palm trees – they grow in the garden and in the wild, on the beach and in the parks, you find them from very small to tall, the Palm fronds towering high above our heads. So I lately started to paint some of them. Then I discovered, that there is already quite a collection….so I think, its an ongoing project that I share today with you!

Palm trees are fascinating me….Palmeras fascinantes..

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More trees in the landscape….Más árboles en el paisaje

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And woods are something wonderful! Bosques son maravillosos!

These is not an assembly of Mediterranean trees – actually they reflect a holiday at the Baltic sea. You can find them in the entrance hall of the Apart Hotel Kaiser Karl in Bonn.

 

 

 

If you want to save the trees and the sea: carry one with you for your shopping! Or may be you want to rest your head on art?  I discovered this website and as I like to play, see here my results. If you want a print of any of my art works, here is your chance!
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A neighborhood full of vivid art in Málaga

A neighborhood full of vivid art in Málaga

We had the pleasure to take part in an art walk in Málaga on a very sunny day in January. The Dutch artists Birgit Gerritsen and Els Wiering  from “Meet the artists in Málaga” showed us a neighborhood we had not seen before. Just near Picassos birthplace to the north we walked into an area full of neglection and full of art. Countless street art paintings were  waiting for us, telling the story of creativity, anger and desperation. We were very touched! Have a look and don’t miss this area when you come to Málaga.

Admiring street art and artists studios in Málaga

The walk trough all this bold and engaging art was fantastic, but not the only highlight of this day! We had the chance to meet 5 artists, one in the street and 4 in their studios, each of them  creating very different art work. Like always, it is so interesting to meet an artist in her/his studio and get in touch in a different way with art!
In one of the streets we had the pleasure to observe a well known Málaga street art artist at work, his Artist name is “Doger”, but you might find him more easily in social media under Jonathan Morillas.
We met the sculptor Juan Vega Ortega, who works in a very traditional way with wood and creates most moving statues which you may see in one of the religious processions. We met Victoria Maldonado who shares her studio with José Luise Valverde – a “black and white” couple. Victoria is making most delicate organic-like figures from different materials, mostly white, while José is working with lots of black paint and manages to make us feel like being in the darkness. With time your eyes get used to the darkness and you discover more and more. Cuban artist Rodolfo Llopiz is working in an impressing printing studio with most different printing techniques and showed us a bit of his art.

Rodolfo Llopiz in his studio.

Juan Vega Ortega in his studio.

Victoria Maldonado and José Luise Valverde in their studio.


It was a great walk – don’t miss it when you get the opportunity!

 

 

9 Ideas for a better life from an artist

9 Ideas for a better life from an artist

The new year has already seen its first month, but maybe for some improvements its never too late. With the beginning of the year I posted some ideas for a better life on Facebook, now I thought, I would like to share them with you! Let me know what you think? Anything I missed, that could come from an artist?

9 ideas for a better life from an artist

1) In the new year, take care of yourself! Start your working day with art. Inhale beauty and creativity! „Art washes away from the soul the dust of every day’s life“, says Pablo Picasso. He surely knew ! Try for yourself! Be attentive with yourself!

Crete 5 behind a desk

 

2) This years resolution: no single use plastic bags. SHOP (with) ART!!!
🐠🐬🦈🐋 🐬🐠🐟🐋🦈🐳🐬🐳🐠🐡🦑🐳🐊🦈🐟🐋

See more of these tote bags here

🇪🇸 Resolución de este año: no hay bolsas de plástico de un solo uso. COMPRAR (con) ARTE !!!
🐠🐬🦈🐋 🐬🐠🐟🐋🦈🐳🐬🐳🐠🐡🦑🐳🐊🦈🐟🐋

Tote bag grey blue white

 

3 )New Years resolution for a happier live: take care of yourself! Rest! Make life light and joyful! Breath beauty! Enjoy small moments. Relax with art! 🌹🙃😊🎈

Firework of joy (140×100 cm)

 

4) New Year’s resolution for a happier life: take better care of your health. Sleep longer. Sleep better. Make your sleeping room a place of piece and well-being. Avoid distractions. Choose calming colours. Sleep well with art. (Dreaming about Greenland, 160×140 cm)
If you love to see more relaxing art home sceneries tap here!

Dream about Greenland in the sleeping room.

5) New Years resolution for a happier life: walk outside of the house with open eyes! With patience and affectionate attention look at plants and animals and their art of just being themselves. Import some of this beauty into your life.

Watch birds and natue

(“Birds by day and night” 55×30 cm) If you like to see more small nature paintings tap here: “Small worlds

 

6) Advice for a good life from an artist: Connect more with animals: talk to them, pet them, respect them – do not eat them ….(easily said by a vegetarian 😊)….

The cow

 

 7) Let go! Try something new. Try to leave old habits or things, don’t stick too much to the familiar because of insecurity about what may come. Dare to fail! Questions the expectations you hold for yourself. Make room for change! Be surprised!

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8) New Years resolution for a happier life:  Travel to an unknown spot, near or far. Read books about foreign countries,  see new     things, go to museums …Get new inspiration!

If you want to make a mental journey to Greenland,see paintings of Greenland here and see photos of Greenland here.!

9) Be creative. Paint, bake, make sculptures, write a poem or a diary or invent new recipes, DANCE! Try colours. Being creative will make you happier. There is scientific evidence for that! Read about the benefits here!

colourful life!

Walk Cómpeta 2019 in preparation! Art Walk Cómpeta 2019 en preparación!

Walk Cómpeta 2019 in preparation! Art Walk Cómpeta 2019 en preparación!

Art Walk Cómpeta for 2019 at Easter! Save the date! / Paseo del Arte Cómpeta 2019 en Pascua! Reserva la fecha!

The 11th Art Walk Cómpeta is scheduled, the preparation team already working hard for the great event! After the very successful celebration of the 10th Art Walk Cómpeta Lieuwke Loth and her team of volunteers are working hard to provide the visitors again with more than 30 artists exhibiting and a lot of life music and theatre in the streets! If you want to see more about the Art Walk Cómpeta, tap here. Be sure, it will be a fantastic event for visitors and the artists again! I am happy to be a member of the preparation team and to be able, to show my art again! To give you an idea about my exhibition last year, scroll down and have a look into my exhibition at the Art Walk 2018! I hope to meet you again on 20./21. or 23/24.04.2019! I will give you all the information you might be interested in here or subscribe to my newsletter!

El 11th Art Walk Cómpeta está programado, ¡el equipo de preparación ya está trabajando duro para el gran evento! Después de la exitosa celebración de la 10a. Art Walk, Cómpeta Lieuwke Loth y su equipo de voluntarios están trabajando arduamente para brindarles a los visitantes de nuevo más de 30 artistas en exhibición y mucha música y teatro en las calles. Si quieres ver más sobre el Art Walk Cómpeta, tapp aquí. ¡Asegúrate de que será un evento fantástico para los visitantes y el artista otra vez! Estoy feliz de ser un miembro del equipo de preparación y poder, ¡mostrar mi arte otra vez! Para darle una idea de mi exposición el año pasado, desplácese hacia abajo y eche un vistazo a mi exposición en el Art Walk 2018. ¡Espero volver a verte en 2019! Le daré toda la información que le pueda interesar, ¡aquí o suscríbase a mi boletín informativo! 

Memories of Exhibiting at the 10th Art Walk Cómpeta in 2018!/ ¡Recuerdos de exponiendo en el 10. Art Walk Cómpeta en 2018!

This was my first experience with exhibiting at an Art Walk in Spain! I had some experience with Open Studios as long as I had my studio in Bonn. I love this kind of exhibition because it gives so much value to the visitors and artists! Great way to connect with art, artists, art lovers and a village or area of a town! It was a great experience for visitors and artists!

Esta fue mi primera experiencia con la exposición en Art Walk en España! Tenía cierta experiencia con Open Studios, siempre que tuviera mi estudio en Bonn. Me encanta este tipo de exposición porque le da mucho valor a los visitantes y artistas. ¡Una excelente manera de conectar con el arte, los artistas, los amantes del arte y un pueblo o área de una ciudad! Fue una gran experiencia para visitantes y artistas.

Getting ready, transportation of a lot of paintings, preparing the room that I shared with the photographer Nikki de Gruchy, meeting many fellow artists, for  four days receiving a lot of visitors from different countries and many good friends, walking through the narrow streets and on the steep stairs of Cómpeta:   what a lot of impressions to take in!  Now looking back I can say, it was a great event and I am very happy I was a part of it! And very lucky that I had a lot of support! Many thanks to Lieuwke Loth and the team to making this Art Walk Cómpeta possible! 

Preparándose, transporte de una gran cantidad de pintura, preparando la habitación que compartí con la fotógrafa Nikki de Gruchy, conociendo a muchos artistas, para cuatro dias recibiendo muchos visitantes de diferentes países y buenos amigos, caminando por las calles estrechas y en las empinadas escaleras de Cómpeta: ¡cuántas impresiones! Ahora mirando hacia atrás puedo decir que es un gran evento y estoy mucha suerte que podría asistir, mucha suerte, ¡eso tuvo mucho apoyo!¡Muchas gracias a Lieuwke Loth y al equipo por hacer este Art Walk Cómpeta posible!

Intensive Vorbereitung, der Transport von vielen und auch großen Bildern, das Herrichten des Raumes, den ich mit der Fotografin Nikki de Gruchy teilte, in dem sich Stühle und Tische stapelten, Bilder aufhängen, eine große Anzahl Kunstkollegen kennen zu lernen, Besucher aus unterschiedlichen Ländern empfangen und gute Freunde, durch die engen Gassen und über die steilen Treppen von Cómpeta zu wandern – wirklich viele Eindrücke, die ich gesammelt habe. Im Rückblick kann ich sagen: Es war eine großartige Veranstaltung und ich bin glücklich, dass ich dabei sein konnte! Und sehr dankbar, dass ich so gute Unterstützung hatte! Ganz großen Dank an Lieuwke Loth und ihr Team, dass sie diesen fantastischen Art Walk Cómpeta möglich gemacht hat!

More Information about the Art Walk Cómpeta/ Más información sobre el Art Walk Cómpeta.

If you are interested to see more photos of the Art Walk check my impressions of the Art Walk 2017! It was my first encounter with the Art Walk Cómpeta then!

¡Si está interesado en ver más fotos de Art Walk, consulte mis impresiones de Art Walk 2017! ¡Fue mi primer encuentro con el Art Walk Cómpeta entonces!

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Wonder of transformation – from old to new!

Wonder of transformation – from old to new!
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I had to reorganize my studio – space was needed, a disturbing problem with many artist studios. So this was my opportunity to undertake a serious inspection of my collection of paintings. Some made me smile, they are still dear old friends and it was a very warm reconnection. Some clearly didn’t  pass the check. I build a nice staple of “ready to be re-worked again”.

Reworking a painting is a tricky task. In the end it asks for a lot of boldness, courage and “letting go”. But paintings on this staple are not all boring but have some very nice parts.  So I am tempted to “save” these parts – against all experience that for me and my style of painting it is nearly impossible to create an authentic, lively and balanced abstract work while trying to save some parts. Working on an older painting of course keeps also some risk: You never know if you will manage to make it a better painting despite all your work…..so  the question, did I succeed?

As an abstract painter I work with many layers to create depth in a painting without constructing something like a perspective. So working on an older work is interesting as it always has in store already quite some layers and if I don’t whiten the whole painting the previous painting will speak through the new layers. Here I show you some of my re-worked paintings of the last months. Do you see the connection?

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“Metamorphosis” had already gone through some changes, but I was not too pleased with the result. So after some months I said “Good bye” to the Metamorphosis and it developed into a “Wonder Flower”. This one I did without trying to “save” parts, but elder parts very nicely fit with the newer parts.

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The “Vancouver service street” holds nice memories but it lost in the “survival of the best”. It has undergone a very bold change. You see the influence of the under laying layers? How do they influence the new composition?

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This one gave me  a hard time as I liked so many featured in it but never could sort out how to make it a complete painting. So I loved it and I hated it. I started this work in Tuscany, where I spend several summer painting. Definitely I was in love with the upper part. I fought to keep the red one, but it turned out to look like a big whale…so it had to go, so sorry dear red!   Here you see, which parts survived and which not.

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These is also a painting from my “Fluid Periode” which I looked at and I liked it but never felt it was finished. But as I liked the flow and the style and the colours , I didn’t want to destroy it, so I did only little changes, like deepening some darker parts, darken with a pink the very light part at the left and interrupt the light horizontal part by taking down a little bit the green. Very small differences that made a notable difference to me. Now it has become a harmonic painting for my taste. What do you think?

If you want to see more changes – look at these paintings in a room!

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 If you want to see more paintings in a room , tapp here!

If you want to see more paintings in a room, tapp here!

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Win a print!- Gewinnen Sie einen Druck! – Ganar una impresión!

Win a print!- Gewinnen Sie einen Druck! – Ganar una impresión!

A print of one of the four beautiful prints from the “Little Greenland Series” for you!

I have made very niche prints from my Greenland series. All the prints focus on a the “Little Pink House” overviewing this very special landscape . Ten of the prints are for the first 10 subscribers of my newsletter list. I am sending out time by time a newsletter with information about latest exhibition I am taking part in and about my new paintings. I report sometimes about art events I visited somewhere in the world or art events from my personal choice, that will take place in Andalusia. You will also find information about special offers that I make time by time.  If you are interested to learn more about my new art works and art events, join the newsletter list! (Formular below)

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He hecho impresiones muy específicas de mi serie de Groenlandia. Todas las impresiones se centran en la “Pequeña casa rosa” que presenta un panorama muy especial de este paisaje. Diez de las impresiones son para los primeros 10 suscriptores de mi lista de boletines. Estoy enviando de vez en cuando un boletín con información sobre la última exposición en la que participo, sobre mis nuevas pinturas, sobre eventos artísticos que visité en algún lugar del mundo o eventos artísticos de mi elección personal, que se llevarán a cabo en Andalucía. Ofertas especiales, hago tiempo por tiempo. Si estás interesado en aprender más sobre mis nuevas obras de arte y eventos de arte, ¡únete a la lista de boletines!

Choose your print! – Elige tu impresión – Wählen Sie Ihren Druck!

Please note: when you win a print, I will ask you for your mailing address, to be able to send it to you! The address will not be stored in my files. Of course you are free to unsubscribe from the newsletter, whenever you want.
All the prints come with a clear white border so that you can frame them. In this photos you see the original paintings. The prints are laser prints on 160 gram paper, ca. 21×29 cm ( DinA 4).

Tenga en cuenta que: cuando gane una copia impresa, le pediré su dirección postal para poder enviársela. La dirección no será almacenada en mis archivos. Por supuesto, usted es libre de darse de baja del boletín, siempre que lo desee.
Todas las impresiones vienen con un borde blanco claro para que pueda encuadrarlas. En estas fotos se ven las pinturas originales. Los impresiones son láser en papel de 160 gramos, ca. 21×29 cm (DinA 4).
Por favor, elija la impresión que le interesa.

Please choose, which print you are interested in!

Looking forward to being in touch with you !
Gerrit Oppelland-Hampel

Miradas! – Look! – Schau! …art work of 20 Artists! Obras de 20 artistas!

Miradas! – Look! – Schau! …art work of 20 Artists! Obras de 20 artistas!

Just right for the Christmas time I am invited to my 9th exhibition this year…..I am happy to participate in an exhibition that was set up by a truly dedicated man to art: Rafael Fernandez Pacheco. We met at the ART WALK Cómpeta (which will start this year at Easter Saturday!) and ever since, I am following Rafael on Facebook. Gives me a great insight into the art at the coast. It feels as if he is visiting and writing about two to three exhibitions a day – wonder when he ever sleeps.

I was so lucky to participate with 5 of my paintings. My artist colleague Anouk Slegers from Costa del Arte Collective participated as well.
Estaba tan feliz de participar con 5 pinturas.

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20 Artists are exhibiting in a cultural center of Las Lagunas, Mijas Costa. There is wonderful art in a wonderful room to be seen till 07.01.19! I am happy to be invites into this group of manly Spanish artists in a great mix with Ex-Pats artists. Have a look. I will add more photos.

20 artistas están exhibiendo en un centro cultural de Las Lagunas, Mijas Costa. ¡Hay arte maravilloso en una habitación maravillosa para ser visto hasta el 07.01.19! Estoy feliz de ser invitado a este grupo de artistas masculinos españoles en una gran mezcla con artistas de Ex-Pats. Echar un vistazo. Añadiré más fotos.

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