Artastique 2019

Recently we have organised an art event called Artastique.The idea was: for 10 days in March 2019, businesses will team up with artists to display artworks in shop windows of Maitland’s High Street, for the public to view and enjoy.The vision for this community initiative is of an event that puts the visual arts on …

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The sign is on

It has been a while since I posted an update about our move to Australia. Well, last year we found our perfect dream home, with a large shop window in the main street of Maitland. Maitland is about 30 kilometres from Newcastle. It has beautiful historic buildings and a railway to Newcastle and Sydney. Maitland …

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Lethbridge gallery

I became a finalist at the small scale art award of the Lethbridge gallery in Brisbane. I was not able to be present at the announcement of the prizes, but it’s still fun if the gallery owner picks just MY paintings to feature in advance!

Some of my art treasures

Today in the op-shop I paid a few dollars for a precious little artwork. Even the tiny sign (B. Burns ’82) was meticulously neatly done. For me it’s clear this is or was a true talented person.

The reuse of painkiller strips

7 May 2013 If the first pencilling is my least favourite part, I find mixing the colours the most fun part. I never use colours directly from the tubes, but always mix them. For example; I have 5 tubes of various reds, but they all react in a different way when adding white. The pink of a …

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Missed daylight

Because I’m a night owl I usually miss a big slice of daylight. That is not handy for a painter, so I’m always alert on interesting lamps.
Today I bought a dentist lamp at an auction.

Panorama

… I moved the furniture to the side of the room and found a way to hang the parts of a ‘sixteentych’.
The diameter is 3 meter. Or the length of all the canvasses together is 10 meter.

Art Revolution Taipei

Joining the Art Revolution in Taipei was a real milestone in my career! The decision to be at the fair in real person was even better. It was all one great learning course!

Italia meets New Zealand

Today I received his part in my letterbox and I was over the moon. Beside a beautiful bright tempera work, he also added a book brimmed full of other small paintings of weird animals in marvellous colors.

How long does it take to finish 1 painting?

After finishing and signing, oil paint needs to dry thoroughly for at least 6 months, or better a year. Only then it’s ready to get the final varnish. So, if you see a painting made in the year 2011, it is not earlier sellable than 2012.

Notes for every separate painting

I always have difficulties to re-connect with the painting after it have been in rest for weeks. Every time it seems I need hours or days before I know how to work further on it, like an interrupted conversation. Most of the times my first attempts are quite pointless too.

Easel

One of the best things I recently bought is this new easel. Well…. it’s not really an easel and it’s not new either.
In the last couple of weeks my old easel slowly but surely started falling apart.

Demotivating

WHY did we drive to Auckland then??? But the customs officer was gone and has assigned us with a shy young assistant. Arguing with the wrong person doesn’t make sense, isn’t it?