Sunday, 30 June 2013

The holiday of others

With the arrival of June, summer season has begun and during this time, population can triple in my adopted home town. Which means a lot of disagreements like noise in the night and overcrowded buses and trains, but also the possibility of learning of those others who come to relax on our beaches and to visit our country.

One thing I like all year here is the mixed population, the possibility to speak five languages in one day depending on the neighbours you are talking to, but in July and August, there are definitely even more possibilities to discover other worlds. 
It is not that easy to find another place in Europe - except London or Paris maybe - where you can meet people form Iceland, Bahrain, Morocco and Russia within one hour...

Before leaving on holiday myself, I can enjoy something new, different, being at home - only by opening my eyes and ears. Some conversations will tell me of other landscapes, habits, spices, colours, will inspire me as an artist and will be able to serve as catalytic converter to inspiration.


Trees in the sand




Summer under tree shadow



Saturday, 22 June 2013

Enjoying the work of others

I had the opportunity to visit the 5th International Art Festival in Marbella yesterday, which is running until tomorrow June 23. 

It is always enriching to see what colleagues do, especially when they come from the whole world: the ideas they have, the techniques they use, their marketing strategies... 

It was definitely fun to immerse in the blue word of Andy Le Sauce, to admire Nina Reistad's expressive animal photographs, to wonder about the stuff Peter Nielsen comes to use in his work, to enjoy Elena Petrova (Kinovar)'s subtle humour, etc. etc.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Angle

Trying to discover beauty within banality... For the artist, the view is the most important thing. Or even more as the view, the angle.




Traffic jam



Provence



Orchids



Flamingos


Sunday, 2 June 2013

New studio!

After weeks of  cleaning, scratching, painting walls, packing, arranging, I finally inaugurated my new studio this week!

I can endorse the statement of the Dutch designer Jan Taminiau wholeheartedly: "My atelier, like a lab, is a place of discovery and development."

Harmony