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!

 

 

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.

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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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Traveling to the ice in Greenland – photos of an exceptional adventure

Traveling to the ice in Greenland – photos of an exceptional adventure

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.

more settlements

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!

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!

 

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