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 projectand 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.
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 🙂
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!
2 .The pink house
I was fascinated by the atmosphere and the loneliness in a repellent nature….click to enlarge!
4. Greenland Landscape 2
So the little pink house became a symbol of a place of shelter and warmth….click to enlarge!
3 . Pink house on rocks, Acrylic on paper
2019GL Red house
2018GL02 Orange house in the rocks
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….
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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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