Thursday, 26 March 2015

Drawing outside (III)

The project "A Paper / A Day" has almost reached its end, but I have felt in love with drawing small sketches outside and I suppose I will go on with that.
During the last weeks, I have been reflecting a lot about painting, drawing, figurative and abstract art. I like creating abstract works because I feel totally free and it is the natural way of expressing myself. Not having to look for a good spot and trying to represent as good as I can a building, a tree, a scene,... that is already there, but putting what I feel as a visual artist on canvas or paper.
Nevertheless, looking for a nice spot and finding it has its charm too! Working outside reserves you surprises that you would never live in the privacy of your studio. 
Another positive side effect of my participation in this project is that I got to know the refreshing work of Natacha Dimovska and the organization Urban Sketchers.

Most of all, I am absolutely grateful to my translator colleague Valerij Tomarenko for showing me some (most black and white) drawings of Patricia Highsmith! (Yes, the author of the psychological thrillers!) I did not even know that she could draw... 
Looking at her work, I came, again, to the conclusion that a drawing or a painting should not aim to be a photograph. It is no need to reproduce reality hundred per cent, is not beautiful because it looks exactly like the original, but because there is something of the author in it. In other words, perspective may be a bit forced, roofs and façades may be stylized, there may be more or less trees - the figurative artist also wants some freedom, sometimes.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Black sun in Valladolid

Valladolid again... 

Until the 19th of April, my work Black sun will be in good company at the Circular Bar & Shop in Valladolid (Spain). This group exhibition (all paintings are 30 x 30 cm) takes place in the context of the 7th edition of the "Certamen de pintura Asociación cultural Eclipse" organized by Miguel Asensio, himself painter and owner of the bar. If you are in this area, you are welcome!

Where? Circular Bar & Shop, Calle Nicolás Salmerón 37, 47004 Valladolid (Spain)
When? In the afternoon or evening (from now until the 19.04.2014, closed on Mondays)

Monday, 9 March 2015

Nature is my teacher

Nature is my teacher and it will always be. I discovered this beautiful pattern last weekend...

looking at a pond on the Peninsula de los Toruños... 

near the town of El Puerto de Santa María (province of Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain). 

And some water channels were dark blue, almost purple.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Drawing outside! (I)

I know what I am good at, which does not mean that I do not like to try something new, sometimes. 
I was invited to participate to the project "A Paper / a Day" organized by Kunstwerkt in Gent (Belgium), and after hesitating a bit (I do not know anybody there), I bought a little sketchbook and went for it. After all, it could be the occasion to meet people on the web and to prove that I also can draw ;-)

The idea was to create one small drawing every day - like a diary, they said, max. 10x15 cm - from February 15 until April 1 and to send it to them every day (yes, it is still running). I did not feel like drawing a diary. In my case, inspiration for abstract works comes like waves, not on command. But why not drawing spots of my town (Torremolinos) and surroundings (Benalmádena, Málaga, Mijas)? 
I knew I would find some spots, even if this town has nothing special except of its location on a sunny coast: originally a fishing village that became a pioneer of mass tourism in Europe (I could cry when I look at old postcards...)
But I am convinced that beauty can be discovered everywhere. 

Inspired by my colleague and friend Matt Chinian, I felt excited about the idea to work outside - something I cannot do with acrylic painting as my formats are generally too big and my way of painting makes it impossible. 
But small figurative drawings that I can achieve in three to five minutes, yes, could be performed outside! So, for the first time for years, I had to deal with the problematic of finding a good spot. Something nice to draw and a place where I can stand or sit (even on the pavement). 

Here are my first 15 drawings. All 9x13.5 cm and done with an Indian ink artist pen. Enjoy!