A neighborhood full of vivid art in Málaga

A neighborhood full of vivid art in Málaga

We had the pleasure to take part in an art walk in Málaga on a very sunny day in January. The Dutch artists Birgit Gerritsen and Els Wiering  from “Meet the artists in Málaga” showed us a neighborhood we had not seen before. Just near Picassos birthplace to the north we walked into an area full of neglection and full of art. Countless street art paintings were  waiting for us, telling the story of creativity, anger and desperation. We were very touched! Have a look and don’t miss this area when you come to Málaga.

Admiring street art and artists studios in Málaga

The walk trough all this bold and engaging art was fantastic, but not the only highlight of this day! We had the chance to meet 5 artists, one in the street and 4 in their studios, each of them  creating very different art work. Like always, it is so interesting to meet an artist in her/his studio and get in touch in a different way with art!
In one of the streets we had the pleasure to observe a well known Málaga street art artist at work, his Artist name is “Doger”, but you might find him more easily in social media under Jonathan Morillas.
We met the sculptor Juan Vega Ortega, who works in a very traditional way with wood and creates most moving statues which you may see in one of the religious processions. We met Victoria Maldonado who shares her studio with José Luise Valverde – a “black and white” couple. Victoria is making most delicate organic-like figures from different materials, mostly white, while José is working with lots of black paint and manages to make us feel like being in the darkness. With time your eyes get used to the darkness and you discover more and more. Cuban artist Rodolfo Llopiz is working in an impressing printing studio with most different printing techniques and showed us a bit of his art.

Rodolfo Llopiz in his studio.

Juan Vega Ortega in his studio.

Victoria Maldonado and José Luise Valverde in their studio.


It was a great walk – don’t miss it when you get the opportunity!

 

 

Miradas! – Look! – Schau! …art work of 20 Artists! Obras de 20 artistas!

Miradas! – Look! – Schau! …art work of 20 Artists! Obras de 20 artistas!

Just right for the Christmas time I am invited to my 9th exhibition this year…..I am happy to participate in an exhibition that was set up by a truly dedicated man to art: Rafael Fernandez Pacheco. We met at the ART WALK Cómpeta (which will start this year at Easter Saturday!) and ever since, I am following Rafael on Facebook. Gives me a great insight into the art at the coast. It feels as if he is visiting and writing about two to three exhibitions a day – wonder when he ever sleeps.

I was so lucky to participate with 5 of my paintings. My artist colleague Anouk Slegers from Costa del Arte Collective participated as well.
Estaba tan feliz de participar con 5 pinturas.

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20 Artists are exhibiting in a cultural center of Las Lagunas, Mijas Costa. There is wonderful art in a wonderful room to be seen till 07.01.19! I am happy to be invites into this group of manly Spanish artists in a great mix with Ex-Pats artists. Have a look. I will add more photos.

20 artistas están exhibiendo en un centro cultural de Las Lagunas, Mijas Costa. ¡Hay arte maravilloso en una habitación maravillosa para ser visto hasta el 07.01.19! Estoy feliz de ser invitado a este grupo de artistas masculinos españoles en una gran mezcla con artistas de Ex-Pats. Echar un vistazo. Añadiré más fotos.

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

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

Dobble click on the title to read full post!

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. You can see, how I worked here. Work in progress……

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 big the icebergs feel and are….

pink house (20x20x2 cm)

See the photos of Greenland here

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Are you ready for a great day out? With Art and Food and Music?

Are you ready for a great day out? With Art and Food and Music?

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.

 

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!

2018-09 Plakat für Finissage Entwurf 1a

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 Power of Art – How Paintings change your Room

The Power of Art – How Paintings change your Room

A painting is a very powerful instrument to give spirit and life to your office or home. Depending on style, color and size it “makes”the room or it adds kind of statement, that you want to make. A painting as well reveals a bit about your personality. A painting in your room is what the eyes are in the face: they attract because they are speaking, they can hide something and they can reveal something about your mood, your spirit, your personality.

Two paintings, that “make” the entrance hall of an Apartment Hotel in Bonn

Wood 1 and Wood 2 were inspired by a holiday I spend on the Darß – a peninsular in the Baltic sea. Riding with the bicycle through the endless woods at the coast with its thousands of rather straight trees and the changing lights impressed me a lot.

 

Now these large paintings (145×160 cm and 160×145 cm) are the lead theme for  the design of this entrance hall of the Apartment Hotel Kaiser Karl in Bonn. They add some charme and character to the hall and they clearly give the mission to the visitors, that this is not a simple business place but a house with personality and individuality.

If you are in Bonn, feel free to visit the hotel. The staff will be happy to show you my paintings. You will find more in a permanent exhibition of paintings by me on the souterrain. I found this photos and hotel information at Hotel.com Kaiser-Karl-Apartmenthotel

Self discipline-Selbstdisziplin-autodisciplina

Self discipline-Selbstdisziplin-autodisciplina

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.:-)

 

Preparing for the Art Walk Compéta-Preparándose para el Art Walk Cómpeta

Preparing for the Art Walk Compéta-Preparándose para el Art Walk Cómpeta

Since quite a while I am preparing for the Art Walk Compéta which will start on Easter Saturday! Orange and blue have been fascinating me! See the results in Cómpeta!

¡Desde hace un tiempo me estoy preparando para el Paseo del Arte de. Cómpeta  que comenzará el sábado de la Semana Santa! ¡Naranja y azul me han fascinado! ¡Mira los resultados en Cómpeta!