Two earth shaking events for the next two weeks: This Sunday I’ll be at the redhairday in Breda. I’ll be doing portraits again. It’s really a fun event and a city flooded with red-haired people is a sight to see.
Dutch Sketch Meet 9
Aaaand, next week on the 8th of September, there will be a new edition of the Dutch Sketch Meet
This time it will be in Amsterdam at the arthouse space, where I have my studio. Anyone can join – check the facebook group for the Dutch Sketchgroup and the event.
We start at 13:30 o’clock and have a figure drawing session from 14:00. We have two models – which could make for some more interesting poses than just a single model standing around. I’m curious how it’ll all go.
Please bring your own drawing material – and 3 euro for the models if you can. Afterwards we might go to some bars to sketch some more.
Join! It’s an order!
The last update from the Nordwijk Festival (part I, part II). One woman who saw me painting the earlier flower picture told me about a whole field of poppies – and so I checked it out the following day. It was indeed a beautiful spot. Inspired by some other artists, I took a bit more freedom this time with the interpretation.
Klaprozen 2 – oil on 40×40 cm linen canvas
Next time I’ll manage more works – I’ll be there for sure next year if possible. And maybe try to find more painting festivals to take part in. It’s also nice for finding other artists and seeing how they work. There were over 90 artists at the place by the way – so lots of art to check out.
Some visitors checking out the art. The dune painting is up there. (Photo by Marga Thomassen)
My personal fav was this artwork by Tony Robinson, showing the lighthouse of Noordwijk. His other pictures were real winners too, especially his pictures of families at the beach.
BTW: Some update on the beetle from the last post… which is actually not a beetle, but part of a group known as “true bugs”. A green stink bug nymph.
Coming May I will take part in the portrait month again. This time with much more days. Anyone is welcome to join as painter, model – or just drop by and watch the artsy action and exiting exhibition.
We will be painting from May 18 until June 3 (2012) in the windows of Gallery De Stoker in Amsterdam. Since there are sessions every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, there is lots of opportunity to join. We also need lots of voluntaries for models – so please drop the organizers a mail (also if you want to paint). All details and the agenda can be found on the website of Maroesja Lacunes. It will be quite relaxed sessions of four hours, with lots of breaks.
Personally I will have some of my portraits there, and will try to portraitize at least every Sunday, and lead the first Saturday and Sunday. I’m kinda secretly pondering to make some “Portraits of Amsterdam” exposition with my works in the future. So it’s a good chance to produce!
Below is the Dutch flyer for the Portrait Month (whoo, I’m even on it…. twice!), and for the model sessions every Sunday in the studio downstairs.
Flyer Portrait Month in Gallery De Stoker.
Yesterday I gave the keynote for the Global Game Jam 2012 in Leeuwarden. Below are the slides that I promised to upload. Here is one slide about the emotional roller coaster that I always went through when I took part:
The emotional roller coaster that is the 48 hours of a Global Game Jam.
The rest of the slides is a bit more practical about how game jams and big game development is similar -and what to keep in mind: Zip of the complete Keynote
There is quite a lot going on with figurative art in and around Amsterdam/Rotterdam. The following exhibitions and events might be worth a look if you're into that - most of them end very soon.
This week the Realisme Art Fair
will be held, close to Amsterdam Central Station. I've never seen it before - but will check it out Friday and Saturday at the least. For new artists it is also possible to take part on a lecture series on Friday - I will try.
Just until the 16th January you can still see "Illusions of Reality" in Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum - an exhibition of realistic paintings of the turn of the 19th century. For me it's sometimes depending on my mood if I am impressed by an exhibition - maybe that's why I wasn't so much into it when I saw it two days ago.
The technical quality is extremely high, so for artists there is certainly a good bit to learn from. I'm just missing a real masterpiece. It does look all a bit like painted from various photos, and then beefed up a bit with colors and effects. I wasn't even able to tell one artist apart from the other. It seemed to have taken a while since many artists really worked free with this technique.
The Zorn picture ("The Mora Fair") was the only one standing out. Btw: when looking for this image I came across this goldmine of 10 pages of high resolution Zorn
One thing I noticed: There was not a single piece done by woman. Even 17th and 18th century exhibitions usually show some female painters. Are they missing because they didn't care, or they weren't allowed to play a part back then?
If you go, don't miss the showings on the upper floors. Small but nice is Monet's development from realistic painting to impressionism. And interesting for the plein-air painters is the research on Charles-François Daubigny art and equipment.
In Rotterdam there is Kees van Dongen in the Boijmans Museum until the 23rd of January. An interesting Dutch painter, with a big range of styles.
Kees Van Dongen - "A Finger on her Cheek" (1910)
And if you're up for even more abstraction, nearby you can see Edvard Munch in the Kunsthal Rotterdam up until the 20th of February. At the same place is the Internationaal Realisme Exhibition, with realistic art (photos and sculptures) until the 16th of January.
Edvard Munch - "Self-Portrait with Burning Cigarette (1895)"
First some game related news: the Global Game Jam is scheduled again. An event where you have to make a game in 48 hours with a small random team. It’s happening all around the world – with one location in Holland. If you’re programmer/artist/designer/soundguy… join! It was great fun last year: It was my fist Gamejam and our team got the honorary mention for art (although I missed it when they said it, I was too slow packing up). So early next year, with more experience – time to rock!
Here is the vid from last year – in the preview pic, thats me trying to do backgrounds with watercolor.
And in paint related news: a work-in-progress I started this Friday. Two of the 3 hours I used just for planning and looking – so that I only had 1 hour for actual painting. Will be interesting in the end if it was worth it, or if I should have just started putting the colors on.
The model is sitting, so I decided to go lower too. It’s often nicer to not have a top-down perspective, it feels too dominant. I guess that’s why most studios have a podium for the models. The composition will be a bit unusual, but I want to try new things.
In a couple of minutes I’m off to the second session. Let’s hope it all works out.
"Ji-Hae 2" - Work in Progress (lots of sketching, you can see some in the right corner)
End of this month – Saturday October 30 – will be another Sketchmeet. A get-together of artists from Holland. This time in Rotterdam at the Image-Festival. Not sure if we actually go into the exhibit – I guess we rather just hang out, share sketchbooks and draw like mad as usual – join the fun if you can.
And to make this not too short, here’s a quickie from the other day.
"part" - digital speedpainting
Finally I can show all the results of the “Art for Arts Sake” event at Distelweg that I talked about earlier. Nadia organized a collaboration weekend. Nadia, David, Ronald and me were painting together on lots of pieces.
It was an interesting surprise to see how much people enjoyed watching the process, even staying there for hours on both days. It’s surely something we want to do again.
Some of my paintings on the wall.
The audience was hypnotized
Sitting around and doodling
Besides being fun, I think its very good for learning. We gave every piece to the next person as soon as we were stuck. So the flow was nice, since everyone had an idea how to continue. And you could very exactly see how someone else approached the work.
Here’s the selection of pictures I liked most – but there is more picture stuffs at the beetje-lastig-blog.
Art for Art Sake - Collaboration 3
Collaboration 11 ... bubble-head-girl
Collab 12 ... some interesting 'stories' evolved out of the pictures.
Collab 13 ... an evil fetus - done on audience request
I guess we can blame it on the nice weather, but somehow now every weekend some nice artsy events are going on. In half an hour I’ll leave to Ruigoord – a squatted artists village near Amsterdam … they even got a squatted church. There is the All is One festival today (12th of June) and tomorrow. Not sure what to expect – but 100 artists will be there, so lots to see. I’ll probably do portraits in a tent called “The happy world”.
Until 3 o’clock this morning I was hanging up pictures in a squat in Amsterdam-Noord. There is the “Art for Art’s Sake” event. It started also today, but is continuing next weekend (19th and 20th of June). I will be there at least all next weekend – I think about using oil paint to paint some objects (they have loads of nice rusty machinery there). Or a model if I can find a victim .
Nadia is thinking about using their cinema for collaboration paintings via laptop. I hope that will work out. Entry is free – so come by if you can!
"Art for Art's Sake" - Distelweg 113: Forgot to take proper pictures - here's the room, and where I was beginning building up.
And last week was another sketchmeet – a group of young concept artists running around in Haarlem and drawing. Was a lot of fun. Here are some results of the collaborations we did. Only the sketches I’ve kept – there was loads more of course.
This is a collaboration where one person starts a little drawing, and then the image goes to the next guy. And everyone makes a variation or evolution of it.
This is a drawing I did: supposed to be a huge creature attacked by a tiny cute one. I want to make this into a painting when I find the time.
Since my "aggressive cute creature" failed. I asked around for people to make their versions.
Interesting ideas, I'll combine them for a final one I think.
And as bonus - a little drawing I saw on the Comic-Event that was that day in Haarlem. Some child was drawing the most awesome crocodile ever. Too bad I forgot to take a photo.
Now I can finally make the official announcement for my first full single artist exhibition. I’m very excited, still lots to prepare. Please join me for the opening – everyone is welcome. Spread the message if you know people who will enjoy this. The more the more fun it will be
I will write some more updates. On the side you see the flyer. I will print this one shortly and spread it in Amsterdam.
Below are the details. Any questions or ideas about this? Let me know.
Sunday 14th of March – starting at 16:00.
Everyone is welcome – there will be drinks and snacks!
Friday 12th of March to 7th of April 2010.
Open every Friday and Saturday from 11:00 to 17:00 o’clock.
A gallery in Amsterdam in the Baarsjes area.
Galerie de Stoker
Witte de Withstraat 124
1057 ZH Amsterdam
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