Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Rio Tinto: abandoned railway

Although I am physically in Málaga, my heart is still in the province of Huelva;-)

Last but not least, Rio Tinto means an abandoned railway and house ruins, built by the British Rio Tinto Mining Company in the 19th century. Several houses I saw were quite intact, just invaded by vegetation (fig trees...), which made the place even more romantic.

And the rails! There are often different truths for the same reality. 
Engineers and technicians would probably tell you about track dilation due to excessive heat. As a visual artist, I prefer to imagine myself walking in a huge painting by Salvador Dalí.


















Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Rio Tinto: mining landscape

Less spectacular than Rio Tinto's water but not less interesting is the mining landscape in this area (Nerva, Minas de Rio Tinto, Berrocal). Walking there almost automatically makes one think of nature destruction, pollution, sustainability, child labour, working conditions, nature, beauty, and much more. 

(All pictures were taken in Nerva, province of Huelva, Andalusia, Spain).
































Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Rio Tinto: water

As I painted my work Rio Tinto ("Red River") almost two years ago, I only knew this unique place (in the province of Huelva, near the small town of Nerva, Andalusia, Spain) from the description of a friend. I googled a bit, read some articles, found some pictures... And inspired by what I had read and seen, I began to paint. The result was this work:




But my eyes had still not seen the red-orange-yellow-green-blue-black water. 
I finally was there a couple of weeks ago, and I can say that reality is more impressive than I could imagine: the colour of the water at different times of the day, the landscape around it, the work of human (abandoned railway, houses...).

I took a lot of pictures and classified them in categories. To begin with: water. Enjoy





























Friday, 9 May 2014

Redbubble

As a visual artist, I wish I could concentrate on the creation process without having to do any marketing... But a minimum of marketing is compulsory for us all: hairdressers, restaurant owners, and, yes, translators (!), for example, must also tell the world who they are and where they are based in order to sell. Communication is the key. 
Otherwise, you may be a very nice and talented person, but nobody will notice ;-)

When I have some time, I like to explore new paths, also in the domain of marketing. For this reason, I am now to find on Redbubble, just in case some potential clients would like to get any of my works on T-shirts, hoodies, throw pillows, stickers and calendars. 
(For prints, greeting cards and phone cases, I am sticking to Fine Art America).

Fire and soap



Playing with soap in the park