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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A little Greenland Series – eine kleine Grönland Serie -Una pequeña serie de Groenlandia.

A look behind the curtain:
The transformation of an adventure to an artwork!

The journey to Greenland was very impressive. So I was intrigued to dip a bit deeper into my memories and see it all with the painters eyes. Here are the first results, more hopefully to follow! I had a lot of fun to convert my memories and photos into paintings. It was quite a new experience for me, as I usually don’t work with photos.. Here you can see, how I worked .

16.12.2019
Meanwhile some of the original paintings are sold. As this charming paintings have a lot of friends I decided to offer a Limited Edition of Fine Art Prints of the “Little pink house” series.  As a subscriber to my newsletter you will be the first to be informed about the release date. For four days you have the opportunity to shop the prints at special prices before it is made public via social media. 

Back to the artist journey……

This painting is a emotional memory, I started with.

Greenland Memories 1 Acrylic on canvas 81×65

Then I took a series of photos and worked on it…… click to enlarge!

I was fascinated by the atmosphere and the loneliness in a repellent nature….click to enlarge!

So the little pink house became a symbol of a place of shelter and warmth….click to enlarge!

Most of these paintings are very small, (25x35cm on paper) like the settlements are very small in a vast and wide landscape. This is the color story of one on the paintings. Click to enlarge

and this is how enormous the icebergs feel and are….

pink house (20x20x2 cm)

See the photos of Greenland here

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“….dónde estás, Salomón?” Exhibition in Coín till end of August

Don’t miss it! Coín has had a great cultural night,  „la Noche al Raso“ (night under the stars)! Still to admire is an exhibition in the Convento de Santa Maria de la Encarnacion in the middle of the charming white village. To be seen are paintings of Anouk Slegers , Gerrit Oppelland-Hampel (member of Costa del Arte Collective) and the art work of 11 more artists! Thanks to Rafael Fernandez Pacheco who set up this exhibition !

 

 

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