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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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Palm fronds in the sky
Palm heads not groomed
palms towering above our heads
Palms 20×20 on wood
Palm heads drawing
Palms 30×20 cm
More trees in the landscape….Más árboles en el paisaje
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Pine tree in the landscape
sketch for “the walk”
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.
Wood 1 still in the studio
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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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!
The Waterfall in a room 1
Dreaming under Water in a room 1
The Waterfall in a room 2
The Waterfall in a room 3
Dreaming under Water in a room 2
Dreaming under Water in a room 3
Wonder flowers in a Room 1
Wonder flowers in a room 2
Spring explosion over red sofa
Spring explosion over bed
Spring explosion over blue sofa
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SALIDA DEL SOL: Festival of the Performing and Visual arts started today, 01.10. in La Cala de Mijas!
Art exhibition and Soirées every day till 08.10.18 in La Cala, Mijas, in the Avanto Restaurant. Come and see my paintings and the art exhibition with works of 12 international artists. Every evening there will be a great performance: Music, dance, opera, fashion show and more. Read all about it at the bottom of this page!
Sunday, the 16th of September we celebrated the Finissage of the first exhibition of Costa del Arte Collective in the Galeria Luz de la Vida in Cómpeta. We had put together a program for the whole day, so people coming up from the coast could enjoy a day with Art, Food and Music. We had a fantastic press cover, both in the German and the English press and our visitors enjoyed the “lazy Sunday lunch” in the Finca de las Sierras and our Finissage with great art of the Costa del Arte Collective, talked to the artists and enjoyed the impressing music of Duo Masque! Just dip in and listen for a while to Russel and Chrissy !
Huge Press Attention
The Costa del Arte Collective got a lot of attention in the social media and the English and German press:
Costa del Sol Nachrichten
Galeria Luz de la Vida
A very personal press attention I got in
Aktuell Spanien Oktober
Featured in Aktuell Spanien
Great thanks to Marga Lange, who got in touch with my art and my way of becoming an artist!
To read more just visit the online edition from SPANIEN AKTUELL!
Besuchen Sie die online Version von SPANIEN AKTUELL HIER
More Art and Music in the Air!
Next exhibition starting Monday, 1st of October at
“Salida del Sol” Festival of Music and Visual Arts!
The next event is already taking a lot of my attention and it is waiting for you! Together with two members of the Costa del Arte Collective, Anouk Slegers and Lieuwke Loth, I will exhibit in the Art and Music Festival Salida del Sol, taking place in the Avanto Theater from 01.-08.10.18 in Cala de Mijas! Don’t miss it! Is is a unique combination of different branches of art, dance, music and literature!
Last Monday we started with the installation of the art show. Works of the members of Costa del Arte Collective will be to be seen from 01.10. till 08.10.18 from 11:00 to 18:00 hours. Twelve international artists will present their art. The visit of the art exhibition is free. There is a special offer for coffee and cake from the Avanto Restaurant at 16:00 hours at the time, when also artists will be present.
Preparing for the exhibition: Works of the members of Costa del Arte Collective. Exhibiting Lieuwke Loth, Anouk Slegers and
Very interesting program every evening! Music and Art, Dance, Literature and more!
Check out the program here for detailed information about the evening events here on Salida del Sol,
scroll down to see the list of participating artists and click on their names to reach their websites !
Hope to see you there!!! Freue mich, Sie dort zu sehen!
Information (German) you also find here: SPANIEN AKTUELL
SPANIEN AKTUELL finden Sie als Print Ausgabe an verschiedenen Verteilerstellen. Das Magazin ist kostenlos und erscheint monatlich. Der online Kalender informiert über viele Veranstaltungen an der Costa del Sol.
The ongoing exhibition of Costa del Arte Collective in the Galeria Luz de la Vida will end with a Finissage on Sunday the 16.09.18! Treat yourself to a great day out in Cómpeta! We have put together some very pleasant events for you!
All details about the Gallery at the bottom of the page.
The lively white village of Cómpeta and the nature park
The lively village of Cómpeta and the nature park
Visit the lively white village of Cómpeta – a great village in the mountains, 16 km up from the coast – situated at the foot of the nature park “Sierra de Almijara”. If you like adventure, drive up the dirt road to the nature park and enjoy breath taking views and a breathtaking road!
A tasty 4 course Lunch at the Finca
If you like to have a great lunch, reserve a place and enjoy the culinary delights of a 4 course menu at the Finca de las Sierras. The Finca treats you to a wonderful surrounding, the tasty food of the Chef, the live music of Duo Masque and great views. Get in touch with some art works by members of the Costa del Arte Collective, which are exhibited at the Finca. Get to know the artists, talk privately with Lieuwke Loth and Gerrit Oppelland-Hampel, who will be present.
Chill out at the Finissage at 6 pm in the Gallery. Enjoy
ART – ARTISTS – DRINKS – MUSIC – CHATS
Be part of the Finissage of the Costa del Arte exhibition in the charming Galeria Luz de la Vida with music and drinks. You will enjoy the cooling and relaxing atmosphere of the authentic and characteristic Spanish building of the Galeria. You will be delighted by the light-hearted and joyful exhibition of the Costa del Arte Collective.
Galeria Luz de la Vida
Think big – dream in color 160×140 cm
You will find fascinating bronze and steel sculptures by Lieuwke Loth, surreal paintings in the style of the old Dutch masters by Anouk Slegers, very tactile ab7stract landscapes painted on canvas with oil, bee’s wax and sand by Annabel Keatley and vibrant, colourful abstract – expressionist paintings by Gerrit Oppelland-Hampel. Ask Annabel Keatley how she is creating her most beautiful artwork with such interesting ingredients like bee’s wax and sand.
Browse through the Gallery and be ready to be surprised by the treasures there! Maybe you will already find the first Christmas present! Sit in the sculpture garden and enjoy the music of Duo Masque, get to know new people and chat! We are open at 5 pm!
Drive home happily and safely after a great day out!
The exhibition of Costa del Arte Collective will go on till 16.09.18
Opening times :
Galeria Luz de la Vida
Laberinto bajo 15, Cómpeta
Thursday to Saturday 11 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm, Saturday afternoon closed.
Sneak in at other days, maybe we are open! 🙂 You are very welcome!
May be your interested in the “Painting of the month”? Click here!
The summer invites me to leave behind some routines in order to create room for new things. As I have some time, paintings are all gone to two upcoming exhibitions, I decided to abstain from my most loved colors blue and turquois and from licorice. I had fallen in love with yellow – the experiment is thrilling but a true exercise in selfdiscipline – to abstaine from my familiar way of working is a challange. With licorice I was not very successful.
Der Sommer lädt mich ein, Routinen und Ziele zu verlassen und so Raum für Neues zu schaffen. Da ich Zeit habe – die Gemälde sind schon alle unterwegs zu zwei neuen Ausstellungen – nahm ich mir vor Abstand zu nehmen von meinen Lieblingsfarben blau und türkis und von Lakritz. Ich hatte mich in Gelb verliebt – das Experiment ist spannend aber auch eine Übung in Selbstdisziplin! Mit der Lakritz war ich nicht so erfolgreich 😦 .
El verano me invita a dejar algunas rutinas para crear espacio para cosas nuevas.Así que decidí abstenerme de mis colores más queridos azul y turquesa y de regaliz.Me enamoré del amarillo -el experimento es emocionante pero un verdadero ejercicio de autodisciplina- abstenerme de mi manera familiar de trabajar es un desafío.Con regaliz no tuve mucho éxito.:-)