Short note on making

(personal reminder) “Culture is not a territory to be won or lost but a resource we are called to steward with care. Culture is a garden to be cultivated.” Makoto Fujimura ‘Cultivating the garden?!’, ‘what antiquated nonsense’, you might say … ‘Isn’t it all supposed to be gender-race-political-eco-art these days?’ And of course: If these…

Short note on talent

The following is quoted from: Creative Authenticity: 16 Principles to Clarify and Deepen Your Artistic Vision, by Ian Roberts I think the best definition of talent I’ve ever heard is Whistler’s: “The ability to do hard work in a consistently constructive direction over a long period of time.” Nothing about natural gifts or genius. Just…

«A world of ice»

In April I started a small series of paintings, all 30 x 30 cm, on cradled wood panels. From the very beginning there was this feeling of something frozen, of ice and snow showing up. I say “show up”, because that what themes do in my paintings. For me one of the greatest surprises turning…

Elisabeth Cummings

The Australian artist Elisabeth Cummings (born 1934), it is said, almost exclusively paints what she sees; landscape, still life and very occasionally portrait. But one must admit she has a very peculiar & unique vision, a very-very original way of seeing. Cummings’ paintings are intimate, emotive and require the viewer to take time to interrogate…

A vocabulary of lines – part one

I love working with colour, the playfulness of it, how quick it changes, the feelings it evokes …I could continue experimenting with it for weeks & weeks, but feel I need to take a break from all this playfulness to have a closer look at my vocabulary of lines. Or more precisely: work on a…

profound distraction

“All profound distraction opens certain doors. You have to allow yourself to be distracted when you are unable to concentrate.” — Julio Cortazar BODEN, WAND, ECKE, RAUM (1970) – Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI (diffusion RMN) © Klaus Rinke

On line

Ian McKeever on drawing: Ian McKeever was born in Withernsea, Yorkshire in 1946 and lives and works in Hartgrove, England. He has studied English Literature and began working as an artist in 1968.

Chuta Kimura

The discovery of a new painter is like the discovery of a new world “I would like someday to make a pilgrimage to Clos-Saint-Pierre, but only because the marvellous drawings of it by the Japanese painter Chuta Kimura so enchant my vision that I cannot take my eyes of them when I see them.”  —…

«Skating to Antarctica»

Last year I visited Svalbard, Spitsbergen – so I have had a glimps of the Arctic. It was unbelievably beautiful – unimaginable, actually. The Antarctica on the other hand: for me: pure fiction … … and so still a great place for my imagination to roam free in. I’ve started a new series, it looks…

Small shifts

As I am nearing the end of my #100dayproject things are starting to shift. Up until now my project has been restricted by firm rules: one print a day, every print made by printing local flora on the pages of a given book. But now, with only 15 more days to go, stringency is faltering – as if…