This week I visited another fantastic exhibition in Marbella. The Gallery Isolina Arbulu , one of the treasure in Marbellas gallery world is worth to be discovered. Till end of March Isolina Arbulu is showing a very fine and silente exhibition – a combination of photos and sculptors that are in a great dialog with each other. The photos are taken during her activity as a consultant in the poorest regions of the world by ANGÉLICA ARBULU. Angélica tries to show the beauty in rather isolated places that don’t attract attention on the first glance. A wonderful match with theses photos are the taking sculptures by Málaga artist STELLA KAMAZÓN. Built from recycled materials the figures make a great link to the geographical areas where the photos come from. Stella shows nearly faceless figures which are lost in an other isolated world, the world of technique, phone and internet.
I was already taken by this wonderful combination in the entrance hall – such a great dialog between these two art works!
Here is a small choice of the art works to be seen!
The atmosphere of the gallery is very inviting, situated in a beautiful workplace. It has the notion of a very private house. We were happy to have Isolina as our guide and then the gallery for ourselves after having made a telephone appointment! Its a recommendation to make an appointment to be sure you meet Isolina Arbulu in person and get the interesting information about the exhibition.
I loved the title “Beyond the Horizon” and this description very much, especially as I was also engaged with the horizon when I working on my “Desert Trip Print Series”.
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:
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.
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!
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2) This years resolution: no single use plastic bags. SHOP (with) ART!!!
🇪🇸 Resolución de este año: no hay bolsas de plástico de un solo uso. COMPRAR (con) ARTE !!!
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!
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.
(“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 😊)….
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!
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!
As a traveller and artist I have had for long the dream to go to Greenland and see the ice. The shapes and the colors of the ice have always fascinated me and I was eager to see it in reality. And so we went on that journey, 10 days, very comfortably traveling with an explorer 🚢 ship into the arctic circle on the west coast of Greenland, which is the more inhabited coast.
Als eine Reisende und Künstlerin habe ich schon seit langem von Grönland geträumt und vom Eis. Die Formen und Farben des Eises faszinieren mich und ich wollte dies alles so gerne aus der Nähe sehen und erleben. So sind wir auf eine 10 tägige Seereise in den arktischen Zirkel aufgebrochen, an der Westküste von Grönland, sehr komfortabel auf einem Schiff aufgehoben. Hier waren wir: wir hielten uns die meiste Zeit in der Disco Bay und nördlich auf, innerhalb des arktischen Zirkels. An unserem letzten Tag machten wir einen Ausflug zum Inlandeis. Ein riesiger, viele Meter dicker Eisschild bedeckt die ganze Insel von Ost nach West, nur ein schmaler Küstenstreifen ist ohne Eis. Dieser Eisschild schmilzt ab und durch die Fjorde kommt das Eis dann aufs Meer.
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This is where we were: we sailed mostly in the Arctic Circle. On our last day we made an excursion to see the inland ice, the ice shield that covers the whole island and is coming down from this glaciers through the fjords. This year it was melting exceptionally.
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On our journey we encountered a completely different, somehow unbelievable world! We anchored near small settlements, undertook some exciting excursions on foot and on small boats (canoe, tender boats and fishering boats) and never knew quite well where we would go next, as the ice was so extremely rich this year. Some of our destinations were not accessible because of the extremely dense ice. Floating icebergs would block our way to the destination. We were very touched by the majestic icebergs floating silently on the sea. The journey also was adventures in the respect of entering a completely different climate zone and experiencing such a different way of life, all so far from our imagination!
Auf unserer Reise sind wir einer vollkommen anderen, irgendwie unglaublichen Welt begegnet. Wir ankerten vor kleinen Ansiedlungen, unternahmen sehr spannende Ausflüge auf dem Land und auf dem Wasser (dort mit kleinen Booten wie Kajak, den Tender Booten und einem Fischerboot) und wir wussten nie so genau, wohin wir am nächsten Tag fuhren, denn die Eisberge, die dieses Jahr so reichlich waren, versperrten manchen Weg zu dem einen oder anderen Ziel. Wir waren sehr berührt vom Anblick der majestätischen Eisberge, die so leise auf dem Meer schwimmen. Ein Abenteuer war es auch, in einer vollkommen anderen Klimazone zu sein sowie die Begegnung mit einer so ganz und gar anderen Lebensumwelt- und weise, für uns kaum vorstellbar. Grönland hat rund 56 000 Einwohner, ca. 15 Dörfer und mehr als 50 Ansiedlungen. Nuuk, die Hauptstadt, hat ungefähr 16 000 Einwohner. Die kleinste Siedlung, die wir besuchten, hatte 49 Einwohner. Sehr sehr weit abgelegen von der nächsten Ortschaft, bestimmt 8 Bootsstunden entfernt.
Greenland has around 56,000 inhabitants, ca. 15 viillages and more than 50 settlements. Nuuk, the capital, has ca. 16,000 inhabitants. The smallest settlement, that we visited had 49 inhabitants, being very remote, probably 8 hours by boat far away from the next settlement. Click on the pictures to enlarge.
Sissimut, first landing point
We were very exited to see the icebergs swimming in front of a settlement
The ICE! We were so impressed by the ice, we took endless photos. Each iceberg was so special and such a miracle, it left us breathless and full of awe. Imagine some of these icebergs are as big as a street block! Das EIS! Wir waren so beeindruckt davon, wir haben bestimmt hunderte Fotos gemacht, jeder Eisberg war wieder ein neues Wunder und wir waren atemlos und voller Ehrfurcht. Man muss sich manche Eisberge größer als einen Häuserblock vorstellen!
Ice 2 Greenland
Wenn man ein Gefühl für das schippern zwischen den Eisbergen bekommen möchte, dann lohnt es sich, dieses kleine Video anzuschauen. Wir mussten umkehren, um nicht eingeschlossen zu werden.
And if you would like to have the feeling of traveling between the icebergs, see this video!!! Here the fishing boat had to turn around , we were locked in.
And now the Artist…..
I started painting …..Dreaming about Greenland was a painting I did far before our journey, not knowing what to expect, but I think somehow it touched the spirit of what we then experienced. The other two paintings are the start of a series I want to make inspired by this journey! I hope I can live up to it – a big challenge for me to work with inner and outer pictures!
Greenland blues 81×65 cm
Dreaming about Greenland 160×140 cm
Pale pink house on Greenland
Greenland 2 Acrylic on Canvas 30x20cm
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