Thursday, 18 December 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Another year that is almost gone. For 2015, I wish you inspiration, health and strength. No work is possible without that.
I wish you surprises. We all need encounters and situations that turn our lives upside down even if we do not believe that we need them and regret we cannot do what we want with our lives. Unforeseen circumstances generate art. Almost everything can generate art, by the way, if you look at it with new eyes.
I wish you peace. And I wish we artists can work concretely for peace. We already do, of course, as art is something that unites, where so many matters divide humans. But I hope we can find a way to do it more actively.
I wish you perseverance, in the creation process, in the let’s-break-the-rules process, in life. Because it is always too cold or too hot to paint, if you think about it ;-)

I wish you a very happy New Year!


Saturday, 13 December 2014

A critical look at our society

If you are in the area of Malaga those days, you need to visit the drawings exhibition "trece tontas, un@ arrob@ y treinta pingüinos" of my colleague Félix Martín in the centre of Torremolinos. 
I am not sure how to translate this intriguing title, as both languages are foreign to me and I am not sure I did understand all the play on words around it - "Thirteen silly women, one at sign and thirty penguins", maybe.
The drawings are a pretext to look critically at our society and way of life - a gentle provocation.

The official opening was yesterday night, but you have one more month time to go.

Where? Sede de IU, Ramal de Manantiales, esquina Río Mesa, 29620 Torremolinos (Spain) 
When? Until mid-January, Monday-Thursday (except holidays), 6 p.m - 8 p.m. 
You may want to call before you go: 952 05 29 65












Friday, 5 December 2014

Salina La Tapa

Colder days make it possible to enjoy unique saline landscapes where there is absolutely no shadow. Time to stay between blue and blue, listening to the birds, looking at the water and the sky.

Here, the Salina La Tapa, near the town of El Puerto de Santa María (Andalusia, Spain). 







Monday, 1 December 2014

Creating

Creating, I mostly do not think. At all. And I do not know exactly what is going on in my head. When I can remember it, I am not able to find any human words to describe these feelings or thoughts.





Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Looking for trees - finding a cow

The day was dull but warm for the season, 21ºC (69.8ºF) at least. I was looking for some interesting tropical plants or trees to capture with my camera on the hills nearby and could not find any. A small ruin attracted my attention. Next to it, this elegant cow.


Monday, 17 November 2014

Windy day

Mid-November. During the day, sun hungry tourists are still populating beaches and cafés. In the evening, the seafront is abandoned to the wind and parrots devouring dates on palm trees
































Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Magic water

Some landscapes are so obsessive that we cannot imagine making art without them. Fields, roads, wetlands, sand, water. Magic water. Red water





Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Parts of the truth

How often do we apprehend parts of reality thinking we know everything about it?
One reality - two parts of the truth. 

(For those of you who live in or near Torremolinos (Spain), you will find this little farm building near the Hospital Marítimo (Los Álamos). Yes, it is one and the same building!)









Monday, 20 October 2014

Not the beginning of the end

I thought that, in real life, churches were becoming gourmet destinations, cultural institutions, but not the other way round... Therefore, I was shocked to read that the Café Eclipse in Valladolid (Spain), where painting exhibitions and other cultural events were regularly held, is going to close at the end of October, as it was sold by the owner to become part of the Adventist church next to it.

I wish my colleague Miguel Asensio will find another suitable place very soon so that his Café Eclipse can be born again! I refuse to believe that this is the end. No es el principio del fin.


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Short After Dawn

Autumn is there, the days start getting quite shorter and I get up before the sun does. Every morning, a pink sunrise over the sea.


Sunday, 28 September 2014

My former home

My former home - the city where I have been living for 10 years - is not my home any longer. I thought I knew every stone, but the stones do not recognize me. The houses are still there, but with different names displayed on the bells. The streets are still there, but they speak a different language.


The harbour of Feldafing near Munich (Germany)

The Isar in Pullach near Munich (Germany)

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Athens

I lost my heart in Athens, where I have just attended the IAPTI Second International Conference for Translators and Interpreters (#iapti 2014). 
The Greek capital is much more than its historical heritage (of course, the monuments are beautiful). Athens is diversity, and art. Vibrant and inspiring. There is so much to see - one who tasted it has to come back one day.