We went on a six days trip to Morocco, combining the Jazz Festival in Tangier with a short round trip Tangier – Chechowen – Volubilis – Fes- Tangier. Not much to take photos, but a lot to see in a short time. Here I share some of my photo harvest – rather centered on things I love – color, abstract impressions, patterns and animals – on top of this list cats. There are so many of them in the Medinas! Wonderful! And carpets, and mosaics and ……Click on the photos to enlarge!
I was fascinated by the color contrast and nearly geographic patterns of the landscape, created by the yellow stubble and the very dark earth. First we thought it was burned stubbles of grain but it was the very dark soil.
The patterns of Morocco
Everywhere you detect the richness of patterns….this is just a mini insight of what we saw:
Kings palace in Fés
Smaler door of Kings Palace
one of the patterns of carpet
Carpets and patterns everywhere
just in front of an open door
wonderful shop with so many treasures
on a mosque
view in a yard
Animals in the Medina
The animals of course always captured my attention, and as cat lover especially the many cats to be seen in so picturesque places.
The Moroccan crafts
A specific skill of Morocco are the crafts – incredible fine things done by hand.
preparing nuts for a special oil
Mosaic table, is constructed upside down
Beauty of every days life in Moroccan towns
These things fascinated me, such a decoration of every day life!!!
And this COLORS – a walk through Chefchouwen and other cities.
Guess, how I started my new painting?
and this one I call finished:
I will keep you posted where this painting is going.
If you like to see photos of a very contrasting country: see my photos of Greenland here.
A very productive summer! More than 20 paintings finished!
Looking back: This summer seems to have been very intensive. Family visits, expositions, art fairs, a lot of traveling and CVP 19.
Time by time an artist needs some new input besides visiting museums and exhibitions or looking for inspiration in the surrounding. So I decided to embark on an internet course which is called: “Creative Visionary Path”. Nicholas Wilton and his team delivered a workshop that was impressive with all its wealth of information, practical examples and personal attention that was given, despite having hundreds of attendees. I really was impressed by the quality of teaching and organization.
It has been a very good, highly interesting and very supporting experience!!!! Three months (and more) full of information, explanation and videos, life calls, painting, artist community and a lot of experimenting and learning! I am still digesting the information I got and the techniques that I experimented with and the experience I made. In one sentence: it was all worth it. If you want to know, just let me know via Email
If you want to have a short insight into my working style, have a look here:
Creating while traveling – a special challenge
As I am not a special friend of water color (quite honestly: I don’t know how to handle them) neither of crayons, I have not done a lot for my art practice, when traveling. From CVP something special I took out for me (besides many good other things) was working with sketchbook and gouache. Normally I am not a fan of neither the one nor the other –
this has changed. I was very happy while traveling to have the gouache colors with me, who are a bit like acrylic but make working so much easier when traveling – and so much cleaner. So I could go on with my 30×30 cm boards even in a hotel or in a friends house. And it probably will serve me again for our next journey which is already planed!
The harvest: More than 25 new paintings!
More than 20 panels, all 30×30 cm, (partly wood, carton or hard board) I have been working on. A small choice I will show you here:
limited pallet, mixed media
30×30, on pallet, mixed media
30×30 cm on wooden panel, 30×30
23,5×15,5 cm streched canvas
20×30 cm streched canvas
30×30 cm carton with linen , gouache
30×30 cm carton with linen , gouache
30X30 on wooden panel, mixed media
30X30 on wooden panel, mixed media
If you want to see all the 25 panels that were done since May, tapp here. You will find a (nearly) full overview over the works.
Picassos birthday 18.10.19 – next art event in Málaga!
In October, accompanying Picassos birthday, a lot of events will take place in Málaga. One of it will be an exhibition of Picasso inspired art works in the Galeria Javier Román, which is only some steps away from the birth place of Picasso at the Plaza de la Merced.
I painted a Picasso inspired painting for this show – as well did my artist friend from Costa del Arte Collective, Anouk Slegers. In preparation for this painting I visited the Picasso museum (which is worth while a visit!) and studied some books featuring his life and his work. As always, the more you learn about an artist, the more interesting he gets. I was especially fascinated by his blue and pink period – no wonder, I love pink and you will find it in many of my paintings! And his paintings of animals fascinated very much, especially the cats – partly in deconstruction ways and ever so expressive! So I was inspired by these most admired items! Come and see! The exhibition will be open till 18th of November – while I will be still on the other side of the big sea!
This is just a little part of the painting….
Next Art Event in Germany! CONTEMPORARY ART RUHR !
Now, that the summer comes to an end, the next events are already set.
Some of my art will travel and be presented by “Javier Roman Galeria” Málaga, in October in Essen, Germany, at the ART RUHR – an art fair that focuses on innovative art. Unfortunately I can not attend the show, – I will be in the USA meanwhile.
C.A.R. Contempary Art Ruhr 25.-27.10.19
The fair will be situated in the beautiful Zeche Zollverein – such a pity I cannot see it and YOU all! Its quite exiting for me! While my paintings travel to the C.A.R., I will be visiting some New Yorker Galleries that I know through Instagram and I am curious to see them in reality.
Planning the next exhibition with the Costa del Arte Collective in Nerja!
The Costa del Arte Collective is applying to have a show in Nerja next year March! Keep you are fingers crossed, that we manage to get into this very beautiful communal space! I will keep you posted.
I hope you make it to the CAR in Essen, when you are in Germany! Or hopefully we can meet in Nerja! You will gain interesting impressions any way and who knows, maybe a original art work for your soul and home! If you are interested in one of the 30×30 cm art works that I am showing here, let me know!
Have a good start back into the second part of the year!
Next art exhibition in La Cala de Mijas!/
La próxima exposición de arte en La Cala de Mijas.
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What a busy art time I had! The Art Walk in Cómpeta in April, “Mini Cuadros” in Almuňécar in May, the International Festival of Art in Marbella in June and now showing till July ” We can do”, an exhibition of 13 lady artists, in Cala de Mijas in the Casa de Cultura.
The Inauguration will be Friday, 28th of June at 8 pm! I will participate with two or three paintings. Two of my fellow artists from Costa del Arte Collective will show there works too: Anouk Slegers and Lieuwke Loth! This exhibition was curated by Rafael Fernandez Pacheco, who is a great art lover and probably features every exhibition to be seen in Málaga. This is the third exhibition I am invited to participate!!! Would love to see you there!
The International Festival de Arte in Marbella, a review /
El Festival Internacional de Arte de Marbella, una reseña.
A real fascinating event took place last week in Marbella. The Festiarte, a great art show that featured more than 100 artists in 60 stalls by the organised by the town of Marbella and Javier Roman (Delegación Cultural del Ayuntamiento de Marbella (@delegacionculturamarbella) y por Marco Eventos Culturales). We stayed 4 days and evenings – opening times were till 11 pm! – on the beautiful place with the Dali statues and the view to the sea. It was a great community of artists and many many visitors, who had a lot of choice to see and buy interesting artworks of different kinds: pottery, statues, photography, painting and more.
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Costa del Arte Collective at FestiArte
Two tents of CdAC
Trying to install the exhibition
Wind was a challange…
“Smile for life” by Lieuwke Loth
View into the two stalls
by Anouk Slegers
“Freedom” by Lieuwke Loth
by Gerrit Oppelland-Hampel
Stall of Gerrit Oppelland-Hampel
by Sally Hirst
Mini Cuadro series 20x20x4
The four days were a great adventure and success. And a real challenge! We got the tents with a nice lightening system but no hanging system at all. But with some tools, a lot of phantasy how to manage and a lot of patience everybody worked it out. A huger challenger was the wind, some days it had to be called storm. Coming back from a break we found a lot of the paintings on the floor, luckily there was no damage at our art! I took the opportunity to show some larger works, which got some attention.
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Think big – dream in color 160×140 cm
Dreaming about Greenland 160×140 cm
Woodland 150×130 cm Acrylic on Canvas
A little memory to some other stalls….
Very happy was the Costa del Arte Collective about a nice article in EuroWeekly, written by Nicole King! Thank you Nicole!
Lately I started with a lot of experiments – time by time an artist needs some freshness in her/his head and new inspiration. Finding new ways, collect new experience, has to question and expand her/his style. See some of the experiments here.
I give me a rather hard time, as I try to prepare for quite some traveling lying ahead of us. To stay tuned in my painting praxis I decided to take a sketchbook. I am not a great friend of sketchbooks and do not really a praxis. I like big formats and acrylic paint – that is quite a dirty job and asks for a lot of material. My trial with water color nhttps://artgoppellandhampel.wordpress.com/?p=3384&preview=trueever gave me any satisfaction. So now I try how works Gouache. Quite fine, I can say after my first trials.
I love the old farmhouses in Andalusia, with all there add-ons and partly deconstructions they seem to tell a story of live. So I was fascinated by this one near Tarifa. The dog I fall in love with on my walk at the Open Studios Gaucín. You will find a photo of her there. If you are interested in this art walk, read more here.
Old farmhouse on canvas
sketchbook 4 – on paper
My passion in painting is color. I could say: my painting is all about color. So now I went on a diet. A strong challenge to brake familiar habits. The sweet Lana, the dog above, belongs to this series.
Some of the paintings are on wooden board. It gives a lot of possibilities to be mal treated. You can cut it, scratch it, work with hard tools on it. It invites all kind of spatulas. Some of this treatments a canvas would not be so happy with. Other experiments are on paper DIN A 4. Somehow a much smoother process.
Beautiful dog, Acrylic, on wooden panel, 30×30 cm
home sweet home – on on wooden panel, 30×30 cm
In my wonderful park – on board
No title 2 on paper
no title 3 – on paper
sketchbook 4 – on paper
Normally I love to work with rather bold and vibrant colours. So the challenge lies in tamed colours. This ones are not quite tamed, the motto was more: Go wild….
Black and red
Black and blue
Black and yellow
This are my experiments with a very reduce color palette. A lot of interesting new experiences through diet! Sometimes I feel very hungry for my familiar food 🙂 Wonder what comes next.
20×20 cm on canvas
21×29 cm on paper
Next comes an exhibition in Marbella in which I and the members of Costa del Arte Collective will be taking part. More than 90 artists will show there work in the Avendida del Mar – that’s in the center down to the sea. Opening the 20th of June at 19:30 to 23:00 till 23rd of June, open from 16:30 to 23:00 hours.
Very much hoping to see you there!
If you are at the Costa del Sol, don’t miss it! Get more information here: www.festiarte.art
This was the 16th edition of the Open Studios Gaucín and surely my 6th visit to them. Last year I had the pleasure to be an invited guest artist, which was a great experience and I hold very good memories. Though: I had nearly no chance to visit the other artists! So this year, with quite a lot of time on my hands, I walked through the village, had a lot of very nice chats with the artists, saw many of the studios and saw again – like always – impressing art work. It was a very enriching day! It is quite an exercise to walk up to all the studios – I think I managed to see all but two or three of them.
Gaucin view over the roof tops
Art Gaucin poster
Little art at the street
La Huerta – many artist here
Gaucín with castle
This year my fellow artist of the Costa del Arte Collective, Lieuwke Loth, was an invited Guest Artist. She and Vivienne Whiffen shared their studio.
Lieuwke Loth with Fishman
Statues Lieuwke Loth
Laser cuts Loth -photo by Vivienne Whiffen
Lasercut Lieuwke Loth – Photo Vivienne Whiffen
Photos by Vivienne Whiffenand statues by Lieuwke Loth
La Huerta was a really buzzy center of artists. Six artists had showrooms there and presented quite some different artwork. Great pleasure to meet Sara Webb, who was my studio neighbour last year and who`s work I very much appreciate. Very nice to see the progress in the work of other “old” neighbours.
My visit then went along the street to the showroom of Jim Rattenbury, who turned a garage into a great experience and a great pleasure to visit. New this year was Catheriene Hunter with her ceramic sculptures and taking part since long, Michael Roschlau who shows a rich body of work using very different media.
“Secret” entrance to Jim Rattenburys studio
Statues of Catherine Hunter
I visited the wonderful landscape and flower paintings of Jennifer Waterhouse and the landscapes of painter Stephen Mitchell, who, like Jennifer features the surroundings of Gaucín and the studio of Paddy Robinson who shows impressing detailed paintings but also quite some abstract art.
I was again captured by the most interesting very geometric presentation of houses by Ana Pellón (especially as I lately got a special interest in the old farm houses here in Andalusia), as well by the ceramics of Juan Antonio Sangil. Not far from this house was the studio of Pepe Barroso who`s works I saw for the first time this year.
Juan Antonio Sangil
I spent a lot of time in the studio of Karina Zother, a guest artist from Tarifa. I was impressed by the very loose way of her works and the movement in it. After quite an exercise to get there I spent quite a while in the studio of J.Sánchez Zabaleta, enjoying his art and the talk with him and his wife Maria. In both studios I met dogs, that fascinated me. Though I am a dedicated cat lover, I am always attracted by the looks of dogs – they are such characters.
and the original J.S.Zabaleta
The painting by J.S.Zabaleta
Team member in the studio of J.Sánchez Zabaleta
Didn`t meet this dog, painting by J.Sánchez Zabaleta
met her in front of the studio of Karina Zothner
I fell in love with this one by Karina Zothner
I had a great day out in Gaucín! Many thanks to all the wonderful artists!
Costa del Arte Collective showing small works in Almuñécar!
The Costa del Arte Collective is quite excited. We are going to have an exhibition in Almuñécar in May – in the Espacio Creativo of Annabel Keatley. The exhibition will be opened on the 3rd of Mayat 7 pm and can be visited until the 24th of May. So I spent quite some time concentrating on Mini Cuadros. I am pretty sure, that it will be a wonderful exhibition. I already had a sneak preview of some of the works to be seen of my artist colleagues Annabel Keatley, Anouk Slegers, Lieuwke Loth and Sally Hirst.
Exhibition in Espacio Creativo in Almuñécar in May 2019
Mini Art Workshops will accompany the exhibition of Mini Cuadros!
The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of exclusive workshops held by Annabel, limited to only three participants for each workshop!
I am rather tempted to take part, as Annabel works with with special techniques – as all of the members of Costa del Arte Collective do.
Take your chance to participate in a series of creative workshops. The workshops will be held in the mornings, from 10-12.30 pm with refreshments included.
The classes are designed to combine and connect with eachother, with a focus on enjoying the process of making work and learning new techniques. The workshops are as much for beginners as for experienced artists.
I was rather engaged to create some Mini Cuadros, with time sitting in my neck, as the Art Walk Cómpeta was also in front of me very soon.
Trees in the night
Trees and dog
Palms 20×20 on wood
I have been working on the Greenland series as well, making it a collection of five, acrylic on paper. They will be framed with museum glas. Pretty to look at. If you like to see the exciting photos of our Greenland journey tap here.
My new color preferences are shown in this series – still no name for it. They are 20x20x4 cm on stretched canvas and bring some energy to the room. It seems, I am just in love with orange and a bit of violet.
A custom made art tote bag from your chosen artwork!
Did you ever have the idea, that you could have a custom made tote bag….you know, plastic is out and tote bags are in! And you can use a much nicer one than those which you find in the grocer shop! You can be stylish and arty with an art tote bag!
Get a tote bag with your new painting!
When you purchase an art work from my page there will be a Tote bag coming with it!!!! So you don’t need to invite people home (though an “art warming party” would be a nice idea too, wouldn’t it?) but you can take your newly acquired artwork out!!! Extra offer: when you purchase one of my paintings* at the Art Walk Cómpeta, you get a Tote bag with your painting on it!
* Painting over 200 €uro
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