Did you do art school?

I’m self-taught. At high school I was a kind of self-chosen loner because of the cranky circumstances at home. Saving some distance between me and my school mates seems to be a good idea to me. But social pressure is a big thing when you are young, so …

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Patricia Van Lubeck

How do you come up with these ideas?

This question is the most asked and the most difficult to answer. My reply is probably quite unsatisfying. Maybe people expect that I can give them one trick, a secret or a recipe. Some people may think an artist is suddenly frozen by a beam of light, called inspiration …

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Which old masters or contemporary artists have influenced me?

I know the impression that everything has already been done. And the other acclaimed opinion: There are no original ideas because everything is based on (sometimes unconscious) earlier seen things. If you take these not too literally I’m willing to agree with these pronouncements, but to explicitly mention another person as an example is just too much credit.

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What is the meaning?

What is the meaning of this painting … is the same uneasy question when asking a writer: “What does your story look like? Show us a sketch”.

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How is the shipment done?

I’m living in New Zealand and most of my clients are not. The worldwide shipment of an original painting is at my expense. The shipment for a canvas giclée in a tube (rolled with no stretchers) is for my expense too.

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What is art?

Once in a while an artist bumps on the same old question; What is art?
During the years I’ve embraced different definitions about the concept of art. Not seldom nasty ones, like

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Computer or drawing board?

After a week dragging myself through the lessons, I slowly started to hate it. Everyday I had forgotten what I had learned the day before. And every day I felt guilty about the lost time.

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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.

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