Perdidos en el tiempo y perdidos en las galerías

A veces me siento un poco malhumorado.

Olvido los días, las fechas y la hora, vivo sin reloj. Me siento como flotando en el tiempo, no hay direcciones, no hay “límites duros”, no hay citas, no hay obligaciones. Sólo me despierto y repaso los asuntos diarios que todo pasa en la casa ya que no debemos salir de ella. Comencé una serie llamada “Perdidos en el tiempo”. Son sólo dos pinturas todavía, pero parece que podría ser más.

Estoy en una burbuja de tiempo. Por un lado me siento como alimentado por tanto tiempo en mis manos, por otro lado me siento como en un barco sin timón. Estoy a la deriva, pero hay una corriente que me lleva en alguna dirección. Parte de la corriente es la pintura.

En este tiempo especial cambié mis hábitos de pintura. Estoy en una burbuja de tiempo. Por un lado me siento como alimentado por tanto tiempo en mis manos, por otro lado me siento como en un barco sin timón. Estoy a la deriva, pero hay una corriente que me lleva en alguna dirección. Parte de la corriente es la pintura.

Si quieres ver pinturas no ocultas, las encuentras arriba y más en mi sección de arte Artist Support Pledge.

Las pinturas “perdidas”

El otro día estaba un poco malhumorado y anhelaba no sólo dar un largo paseo fuera sino que echaba de menos mis pinturas. Más del 50 por ciento están encerrados también, están en galerías y en una sala de exposición! Ahora son “Pinturas ocultas”! En un pequeño restaurante en Mijas instalé una hermosa pared con algunas pinturas más grandes. ¡Están escondidos desde el 14 de enero!

Paintings in Alboca Gastro, Mijas

Pinturas “Perdidas” en la Galería van Gerstel, Marbella

Pinturas ocultas en la Galería Saphira & Ventura en la ciudad de Nueva York

En octubre de 2019 entregué en persona 12 pinturas a bordo en esta hermosa galería en el corazón de la ciudad de Nueva York.

Tuve la suerte de que algunos de ellos formaran parte de una exposición colectiva en febrero. Desde entonces están encerrados. Ahora el tiempo pasa y todas las galerías están cerradas desde hace tiempo. Nueva York es una de las ciudades más afectadas por la Pandemia de la Corona. ¿Quién sabe cuándo volverán a abrirse las galerías y los museos?

¿Quieres leer más sobre estas exposiciones? Haga clic aquí. ¿Sobre la aventura de llevar mis pinturas a la ciudad de Nueva York? Haga clic aquí. Vea todas las pinturas que puede encontrar en la ciudad de Nueva York aquí: Haz clic en el sitio web de Artsy.

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Lost in Time and Lost in Galleries

Sometimes I feel a bit moody.

I forget days and dates and time, I live without a watch. I feel like floating in the time, there is no directions, no “hard limits” – no appointments, no musts. Just waking up and going over the daily business that all happens in the house as we are not to leave the house.I started a series called “Lost in time”. Its only two paintings yet, but it feels like it could be more.

I am in a time bubble. On one hand I feel like nourished by so much time at my hands on the other hand I feel like in a boat without rudder. I am drifting, but there is a current that carries me in some direction. Part of the current is painting.

In this special time I changed my painting habbits. I started to paint on paper – only on paper. Canvas, the underground I normally like to use, seems too durable, too long lasting. Paper is light, smaller, drifting, more open, not so serious, qualities that all seem to be more appropriate for this exceptional time. With paper I paint flat on my working table, which faces the window instead of working on an easel that makes me stand for light reasons with the back or the side to the window. So I contemplate for many hours the view, which is beautiful but now it shows a huge building place. They are building new houses in my earlier green zone!

If you want to look at not hidden paintings you find these above and more in my Artwork section under Artist Support Pledge.

Hidden paintings

The other day I was a bit moody and longing not only for a long walk outside but was missing my paintings. More than 50 percent are locked-in as well, they are in galleries and a showroom! Now they are “Hidden Paintings”! In a little restaurant in Mijas I installed a beautiful wall with some larger paintings. They are hidden since 20th of January!

Paintings in Alboca Gastro, Mijas

Hidden Paintings in Gallery van Gerstel, Marbella

Hidden Paintings in Gallery Saphira & Ventura in New York

In October 2019 I delivered in person 12 paintings on board in this beautiful gallery in the heart of New York City.

I was so fortunate that some of them were part of a group show in February. Since then they are locked down. Now time goes and all the galleries are closed since long. New York is one of the most hit city by the Corona Pandemie. Who knows, when galleries and museums are opened again?

Want to read more about these exhibitions? Tapp here! About the adventure to take my paintings to New York City? Tap here. See all paintings you can find in NYC here: Click Artsy Website.

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New works in the Artist Support Pledge!

Good news! Three – inbetween four (!) – paintings will go to a new home – as soon as the post offices open up again! It’s not a week yet that I sent out my newsletter about my participation in this wonderful initiative! (Want to know more about Artist Support Pledge? Click here!)

My Costa del Arte Collective colleague Annabel Keatley and I, who participate in the initiative of the Artist Support Pledge have event got the attention of the local press! The article is announced for next Friday! Its wonderful that we got so much attention through the internet! Especially as all art shows in Spain are canceled. We had planned and prepared for an exposition in Fuengirola “Sun and Shade” which should have started 20th of April. Of course is not going to happen. Hopefully we can open it in autumn.

We are still in a very strickt lockdown which was just prolonged till 10th of May. I sincerely had hoped for the permission to do some sport for an hour or so outside. But that seems not to be in the new decisions. My rescuer will be the trampoline – finally the new elastic bands arrived! Its a urgent contrast to standing and sitting work at the computer or the easel. So the trampoline is the only possibility to simulate running at the moment!

With the extended confinement I will have more of this special time to contemplate the view from my window – which I often do as it is beautiful – but I never used is as a source of inspiration for my paintings. The stand-still inspired me to do two exercises: a literal-stand still in my place and concentrating on what is in front of me AND to do the opposite of a stand still for my mind: move to do new things. This very special time gives a lot of chances to think about life.

Here they are, the paintings of the series “From my window”. The middle one is one of my rather realistic paintings and features the view. I love the bold colours in the flowers and in the “Building houses”. I am aiming to capture more the spirit of a situation than the real view of it. The flowers are out bursting in the planter of the balcony with the most incredible red and greens. The tropical garden holds a bit of a dreamy landscape (and is sold already to one of my newsletter subscribers). Enjoy!

New paintings

Still available

With a little tear in my eye but with a happy heart I will say “Good by” to these three as they have found very nice new homes:

They were the favourite obviously – they would have found other houses as well. This is the wonderful and the sad thing about most art works: they are unique. So if you buy an original painting your are sure to have an unique piece of art in your home or office.

If you like art + puzzles…..here you have a great choice!

More than 8 puzzles easy, medium and rather difficult ones are waiting for you! Each of it an art work from me! You don’t need a huge table, just your computer!

Click onto the painting or the caption to get there!

2018GL03 Pink house at the fjord

Have a good week! Take care and stay safe!

NOW is the time to buy art!

Dear Art Lover I am real excited! I bought a beautiful artwork made by my fellow artist Annabel Keatley.  You can see it a bit further  below! I have had the wish and plan to install in our apartment a gallery wall of small paintings by my artist friends for quite a while. But THIS was the final push to act:

The Artist Support Pledge

The Artist Support Pledge is an initiative started by Matthew Burrows, a painter based in London. It gives artists the opportunity to support other artists, and at the same time make some income in a time when we need alternative ways of showing our work. The idea is that the artist offers for sale works under € 200,  by posting them on their social media platforms (Instagram) and tagging them with hashtag #artistsupportpledge. When the artists have made € 1,000 due to sales, she or he pledges to buy another artists work for the total of 200 Euro.

Based on trust, generosity and community spirit this initiative is bringing artists together and is also a great way for art lovers to find new artists and buy affordable art. 

I couldn’t wait for selling enough because this was an opportunity!!!  I have been in love with Annabels paintings for so long. The watercolor captures a view of Cabo de Gata by Annabel Keatley. See more of her work on her website and Instagram account.  
In the following I am presenting my first available works, so as to give you first option before my posts go live. 

I sent out a newsletter two days ago and today I started to post my available works on my social media accounts. Already three are waiting to be shipped to their new home!
You find me on Instagram here:  oppellandhampelart and here on my Facebook account.   If you don’t have one of these accounts you can follow my Post News on my website www.artgoppellandhampel.com by subscribing at the bottom of this page. 

All paintings are offered unframed. Due to the post office being closed here in Spain, I will ship as soon as its possible. Shipping is not included in the price.

If you would like to buy a painting please get in touch and I will mark that painting sold when l put it up on my Social Media feed. 

This is my first choice for the Artist Support Pledge Initiative

I choose works on paper. Most of them have been created during the lockdown.

Each of these paintings is ca. 41 x 30 cm , mixed media on paper and sells for 170 Euro. 

Each  painting is ca. 50×32 cm, acrylic or mixed media on paper and sells for 200  Euro.  If you wish so I  send the painting with a white mat (passpartout) that can fit a standard frame. They will be signed in the front.

Last not least: Two paintings on stretched canvas!

More interesting art news here: 

I have been writing in my Blog News about my private initiative to reward with one of my
“Desert Trip Prints” those who donate more than 100 Euro to a welfare organisation in their community! I already had the pleasure to be rewarded with an artwork of my artist friend Anne Bedrick of whom I copied this idea. Read all details about the rules here: 
Do something for your community and be rewarded with art!

Here is something to spend your time joyfully (hopefully not stressed!) with art:
Why you might be failing some paintings ……because they are puzzles! 
This is a link to two digital puzzles ( a simple one and a complicated one) that will reward you in the end with the completion of one of my art works! Have fun!!

You find more puzzles of my art work on this puzzle page if you look for my name. This is my latest puzzle and painting: From my window: Plants are blooming again!

A happy and peaceful Easter and best health for all of you! Take care!

Click onto the painting or caption to reach the puzzle!

From my window: Plants are blooming again

Why you might be failing at some paintings…

…..because they are Puzzles!

I am thinking a lot about the role of art in our world at the moment. Its a great philosophical questions – how does art serve mankind? (And my question: how can I serve you, sitting at home with interested in the beauty or energy of art?) What a great question! My personal view on this in advance: I am deeply convinced that art plays a very important role in the live of many people. In all the centuries of human living on earth men have created artful pieces and partly worshiped them. The longing for beauty is inherent in mankind.

There are a lot of interesting discussions about abstract art. Sorry (or thanks heaven?) I will not go into that now. Yesterday I heard a nice quote about art: “Art should arouse attention, irritate, give pleasure and stimulate thought”.

Lets stop philosophy and see how we can put the pieces together

Far from all deep philosophical thoughts (which I might continue one day or not, who knows) I have two pieces of art that may entertain you, while staying at home and looking for some attractive occupation. In any case they will be thought-provoking (and if you are as impatient as I am) they maybe irritating. But if you give it a lot of attention they may give you some pleasure at the end.

I got this wonderful idea from Anne Bedrick from Palm Springs, California – make an online puzzle from your art work! I am usually not a great fan of puzzles, but with time at my hands, who knows. I tried to solve Anne’s puzzle but very soon changed to the kids play. Twelve pieces and I succeeded !

Two art puzzles – Kids version and grown up version!

Click onto the image and start!!!!

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You choose! There is one game with about 200 pieces and one with 12! Your choice. Both are (of course) paintings of mine. The kids puzzle is called “Lost in time” – that is a how feel at the moment. The bigger one is called “Wood land”. It provokes a longing in me, as we are in the Lock- down NOT allowed to go out, do sport or just walk in the woods. Hopefully we all will manage to put the puzzle parts together in the end and get back our (new)normal lives! So lets exercise a bit!

Click onto the images and solve the puzzle! Let me know if you succeeded! If you like it, I make more!

Click onto the image to start!

Woodland 150×130 cm Acrylic on Canvas

I have a lot of time now – and as I am curious and like to learn I jumped without much thought into a 30-day-posting challenge. So you might receive a post every day – maybe.

Tell me how you liked it! Leave a comment!

Best regards Gerrit

The Art of Design! Saphira & Ventura Gallery, NYC, is up!

I am very excited: The show is up! And I am in! Till 20th of Februar you can see this in the gallery!

NEW YORK

Saphira & Ventura Gallery till 21th of February!

6 of my paintings 12“x12“ ( 30×30 cm) are sitting in this mid-town New York gallery and are finally on the stage! Here it is: 5th of February to 21th of February you can see my paintings in this lovely group show having their debut in the center of New York. Wish I were there! ( The planning to do it in January has been postponed).

Read about my first exciting visit in the New York Gallery Saphira & Ventura, where I arrived with a huge suitcase of paintings…..Click here!

And here you see some photos from the great opening!


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The Desert Trip Prints -now released!

The Desert Trip Prints – see them here!

And keep in mind: Valentines Day is arriving sooner as thought!

Here you find a limited Fine Art printing edition that is inspired by my journeys to rather exotic places.
“The Desert Trip Prints”.
I am really excites about this project as it is the first time ever I work with prints. I am happy to be able to offer my artwork for an affordable price for those who love it. The print series is now released and available from the 25th of January to till the 8th of February 2020!

And here a first view of the prints…May be you are looking for a lovely Valentines Day gift? These prints are unique and very special! There are only 10 of its kind in the world actually only 8 of two of the paintings !

11 prints on Fine Art Paper Rag – choose one or two or more

If you are interested to be one of the first to get notice and have the advantage of first glance and first choice for a very special price you can join my newsletter here. I Normally my newsletter will be English, but sometimes I write them in German and Spanish too.

I would be happy to welcome you on my Newsletter list. You receive- about once a month – news about expositions I am participating in and see my latest works. I share time by time visits to fellow artists studios, expositions I love and impressions of museums I have visited. You will be the first to get information about special offers and who has a view behind the curtain. Join my list here below, put in your email in the next field.

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“The Desert Trip Prints” special offer for newsletter subscribers will end 20th of January- the release date for “the world outside this community” is Saturday, 25th of January!
Valentines Day is not far ahead….

If you want to see a bit of what inspired me, brows through my desert photos here!

the salt sea

An exciting offer…my first prints!

The Desert Trip Prints

At moments I provide a special time restricted offer. You will find it here on this page. The first to know about this offer are my email subscribers. They will get first notice and first choice.

I work on a limited Fine Art printing edition that is inspired by my journeys to rather exotic places:
“The Desert Trip Prints”.
I am really excites about this project as it is the first time ever I work with prints. I am happy to be able to offer my artwork for an affordable price for those who love it. The print series will be released 17th January 2020 with a special offer for my email subscribers and later in the month, on the 25th of January , it will be announced on social media.

Have the first “Desert feel” by browsing through my desert photos here!

Indian Canyon Palm Springs

And here a first view of the prints…May be you are looking for a lovely Valentines Day gift? These prints are unique and very special! There are only 10 of its kind in the world!

Eleven beautiful prints on 300 gram paper rag!

If you are interested to be one of the first to get notice and have the advantage of first glance and first choice for a very special price you can join my newsletter here. I Normally my newsletter will be English, but sometimes I write them in German and Spanish too.

I would be happy to welcome you on my Newsletter list. You receive- about once a month – news about expositions I am participating in and see my latest works. I share time by time visits to fellow artists studios, expositions I love and impressions of museums I have visited. You will be the first to get information about special offers and who has a view behind the curtain. Join my list here below, put in your email in the next field.

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“The Desert Trip Prints” special offer for newsletter subscribers will end 20th of January- the release date for “the world outside this community” is Saturday, 25th of January!
Valentines Day is not far ahead….

That’s up in January – Exhibitions Worldwide!!!

End of the year 2019 my schedule was still rather blank – only a few days into the new year it already gets a bit crowded with exhibitions!

NEW YORK

Saphira & Ventura Gallery 04th of February 2020

Date has been changed!!!! see below!

12 of my paintings 12“x12“ ( 30×30 cm) are sitting in this mid-town New York gallery and are waiting for their stage call! Here it is: 4th of February to 20th of February my paintings will have their New York debut in a group show – wish I were there! ( The planning to do it in January has been postponed). The gallery has not yet announced it in public – seem to be a secret still – so I will keep you posted!

Read about my first exciting visit in the New York Gallery Saphira & Ventura, where I arrived with a huge suitcase of paintings…..Click here!

COSTA DEL SOL

Las Lagunas, Mijas 24th of January 2020

More on the sunny side of the world the the never tired great art lover Raphael Fernandez Pacheco has organized a new exhibition in the beautiful exhibition room in Las Lagunas, Mijas. My artist fellow from Costa del Arte Collective , Sally Hirst and I will take part in this interesting group show of Spanish and International artists.

If you happen to be at the Costa del Sol, safe this date: 24th of January 2020. The exhibition is open till 10th of February. Inauguration 24th of January at 8 pm. You are very welcome!


Get a short impression from December 2018 exhibition in the beautiful rooms of the Casa Cultura, Las Lagunas, Mijas Costa


WORLDWIDE RELEASE. An experiment.

“THE DESERT TRIP PRINTS” Release date for Subscribers 17.01.2020, Public release 25.01.2020

The Internet offers incredible possibilities! 2019 was definitely my Internet-Work-Shop-Fan year! During one of these beautiful internet workshops – in this case “ The small art challenge” of Sergio Gomez, an artist and curator from Chicago I used my holidays in Palm Springs and the surrounding deserts to create a lovely digital series of my desert trip.

This in itself was an experiment. Finding a printer who is specialized in Fine Art Prints needed a lot of time, many trial and errors and test prints. This was another adventure. But that is done!!! Now I hold the prints in my hands, beautiful colors, wonderful paper, nice look and nice feel, printed by a very professional print shop. Offering my art worldwide with an online release now is the next experiment I am going to go for.

Special offer for my newsletter readers

A I have a special offer for my newsletter subscribers: a preview for some 4 days, to be the the first to see “The desert trip prints” and choose from this series of 11 prints, which will be published as a Limited Edition of 10 prints each painting, all hand signed and numbered by the artist. The release date for subscribers is 17th of January till the 20th of January 2020.

Saturday the 25th oh January the series will be released via my website, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn worldwide. This special offer will be available for two weeks.

If you are interested to be with the first to be informed about my new works, exhibitions and artists adventures, join my VIP email list here. Of course you can cancel it when ever you feel like it.

You want to sneak in some photos of my desert trip, that inspired me for this series? Click here!

And if you want to eat in Mijas….see my paintings there!

Paintings in Alboca Gastro, Mijas

Till end of March you will be able to enjoy “Dine and Vine” with view on my paintings in “Alboca Gastro” a charming small restaurant just near the large plaza of Mijas. Thanks to Rafael Fernandez Pacheco who is a great ambassador of the arts I have the opportunity to show some of my larger paintings to “the world”. As the restaurant will be closed from 20th of January to 4th February . My paintings will be to be seen through February and probably March too.

Colors of the desert – Colores del Desertio – Die Farben der Wüste

Impressive Vastness of the Desert

I am very much attracted to deserts. For me driving or walking in these untouched and so surprising landscape is always stunning, sometimes frightening, always touching. My deepest amazement is to be in such an inhospitable and in part intoxicatingly beautiful landscape in which its for any creature an incredible art to survive.

An artist journey

Here I share some impressions from our journey to Death Valley and the surrounding desert AND at the bottom of this page some news of my artist journey!!!!!

The photos cannot reflect the real impression but may be give an idea about what can be experienced in the desert. (All photos made with my iPhone camera) and the paintings hopefully reflect my personal experience of the desert! Enjoy!

Desert Roads – Roads to no where?

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Amazing Colors and Landscape in Death Valley and surrounding

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Weather – Sandstorm in the desert

When we headed towards Death Valley we had to pass near areas of Los Angles which had terrible fires and a lot of smoke. The view of the landscape was partly blurred and we didn’t know if this was smoke, fog or a sandstorm. It was a sandstorm which offered most amazing and beautiful views and transformed the landscape from second to second.

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Abandoned houses in Californian desert

Many tried to make a living in the desert, following the gold or other hopes.

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The “Desert Trip Prints”

Our stay in the desert was deeply impressive and I started to create a series of digital paintings. So I am walking on  a new and quite exciting artist paths.  As soon as I feel my Desert Trip Series is competed I will publish it and offer prints. I have never before offered prints, so finding the right format and paper and especially an experienced Fine Art Printer was a journey in itself. But now I am happy with the one I finally found – the first prints look beautiful!!! I assume I will be able to release this edition, which will be a limited edition about mid of January. 

“The little pink house” Greenland prints

Last year I painted a series inspired by our journey to Greenland. As some of the original acrylic paintings are already gone,  I decided to release at the same date as well a limited edition of the “The little pink house” Greenland prints so they are available to an affordable price for those who love them. See the development of the original Greenland paintings here.  If you want to be one of the first to get to see the full edition and first special offer, join my newsletter here.
Have a little preview here:


And one of my other adventures:

I re-work my website! Please let me know if you find things difficult or better…

this work is still in progress

9 Ideas for a better life from an artist


The new year is knocking at the door! Time to get ready with some really good decisions for a better life next year! I posted this already last year.  I would like to share again as it is still true! 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!

 “The Waterfall” behind a desk

Want to see more paintings for your office? Click here

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! 🌹🙃😊🎈 If you want to see how art inspires a room TAP HERE!

 Spring fully blooming (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 peace 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!

If you want to see more transformation, tap here!

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 painting Series of the “Little pink house” in 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!