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vrijdag 25 juli 2014

some orange some blue

My last post about the colors of dawn led me back to these pieces I made in 2012.
From top left to bottom right: (just click the text to see the original post)

pontoon,  orange and blue,  bridge I
blue flag,  bridges and rivers,  window and wall
bridge II,  waiting for the parade  and  wetland.

zaterdag 19 juli 2014

The raspberry -tangerine-lemon light of dawn


At first I could not handle the color palette of "the colors of summer" this week: Raspberry, Tangerine and Lemon.
But after some time they reminded me, beside ice cream colors :), of  the colors of dawn. So I decided to digital transforn the  "stream'-landscapes of my last post into "The raspberry-tangerine-lemon light of dawn".

And, besides that, two things passed my mind:
the text of Leonard Cohen: "There's a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in". 
And the Willem de Kooning painting: "Rosy-Fingered Dawn at Louse Point". You can see it here

To see more on this theme, just visit Kristin's blog here. Thank you Kristin for hosting!

woensdag 16 juli 2014

stream I and II

I've posted these pieces previously in 2012. The summer, however, seems a good time to repost them.

zaterdag 12 juli 2014

As the crow flies

The theme of this week's drawing challenge is "What's that?"
The crows behind my house gave me the answer. "As the crow flies".
To see more answers on the theme, please visit Carole's blog here
Thank you Carole for hosting this dc.

dinsdag 8 juli 2014

blue river (with some red)

This week the colors of summer are Red, Royal Blue and Light Blue. 
I often use blue in different tones. This is a painted collage from 
some time ago, mainly blue with some red. To see more on this 
theme, please visit Kristin's blog hereThank you Kristin for
hosting this "royal" summer of color.

zaterdag 5 juli 2014

the inner eye of birds



Exploring the theme of the "drawing challenge this week, "Inner Eye",
my attention was drawn to "this painting" of Morris Graves.
It reminded me of a flock of birds. But also of their ability (maybe their "inner eye"...)
to find their way back, even after  having flown long distances.

Please visit Susan Christensen's blog, "flying dog studio design wall",  to see more "inner eyes".
Thank you Susan for hosting this dc.

woensdag 2 juli 2014

a small field of poppies



This week the colors of the summer of color are: Pink and Apple Green with  some Dark Green.
The're not really my colors...I almost never use them. But I've given it a try...and got some figures
from the last post transformed into a small field of poppies. Thank you Kristin for hosting.

zaterdag 28 juni 2014

drawing challenge: "nude" and "the summer of color"

The drawing challenge of this week is "nude". It reminded me of the life drawing classes at the academy long ago. For four years, every Thursday morning drawing lessons for four hours.
Long positions of half an hour alternated with short positions of 2 minutes. The models: large and small, fat and thin, beautiful and ugly, men and women, clothed and nude, sometimes a musician and on a very rare occasion an animal such as a dog or a goat (who nibbled on the paper).
After the academy I had a huge pile that I have kept for long. But after four moves I was fed up to keep them and I cleared them all except one or two.

For the dc I made "​​four nudes" based on previous pieces of the last year. You can see them here: IIIIII and  IV.
Thank you Patrice for hosting the dc this week. Please visit her blog to see more:

The colors are based on the color scheme of "the summer of colorof this week,
"Lavender & Grey with a Smudge, Splash or Pop of Plum" hosted by Kristin.
They're colors I almost never use. But they proved to fit perfectly with the dc of this week.
Good reason to combine both themes. Thank you Kristin for hosting "the summer of color".

zaterdag 21 juni 2014

along the road

One thing leads to another ....
Surfing the web I came across Kristin's blog "twinkletwinklelikeastar".
She's hosting this summer a weekly blog event, The Summer of Color, centered around the colors of the rainbow.
Every week there's a new color palette as starting point.
At first sight the image below reminded me of the color field paintings of Brice Marden. But it was not...
It's the color palette of this week: Coral & Teal with a Smudge, Splash or Pop of Bright White.

It brought me back to two pieces I've made in 2012, "Along the road, I and II",
each 12,5 x 12,5 cm (5 x 5 inch), collage, mixed media, 2012.
Not special made for the summer of color, but I don't often use this color combination and
I think the event is a great idea. So a good reason to show them again.
Thank you Kristen for hosting this wonderful event.

Coral & Teal with a Smudge,
Splash or Pop of Bright White

zaterdag 14 juni 2014

drawing challenge: coca cola

The theme of the drawing challenge this week, coca cola, reminded me of
"The Gods Must Be Crazy", a 1980 South African comedy film.

A Kalahari bushman discovers a Coke bottle, thrown from a passing plane, in the
middle of the desert, which he believes is a gift from the gods. The "gift" proves to
be more of a curse than a blessing when the tribesmen begin to fight over it and
eventually use it as a weapon. To keep peace in the village, the tribesman decides
to take the bottle to "the end of the earth"and throw it back to the gods.

For the images I've used two stills from the film and digitally transformed them
into a pop style.

Please have a look on Rachel's site Hi Happy Panda to see more work on the theme.
Thank you Rachel for hosting this drawing challenge.

donderdag 12 juni 2014

buried treasures 2014

Seth Apter from "the altered page"  has made his yearly post
about buried treasures and hidden gems. With great pleasure
I've organized the online "Ode to Blue" exhibition in 2012.
Here they are again as "buried treasures".

You can see the original posts in five parts here: I,  II,  III,  IV and  V .

Another buried treasure, you won't miss, you'll find here

Louise Bourgeois, I am not what I am, I am what I do with my hands.

maandag 9 juni 2014

upside down

I've turned my blog upside down for the drawing challenge of this week.
Here's the result. A random grid of the pieces from 2010 and 2011.
Please have a look on Patrice her blog to see more.
Thank you Patrice for hosting this dc.

zaterdag 31 mei 2014


 no limits    
The drawwing challenge of this week "no limits" brought me back  to a post from November 2011.
The image is a grid of nine collages with the title "river and dam" and  the black lines represent
 figures but they can also be seen as bridges.
The river is a natural border or limit that can be crossed and  a methaphor for "panta rei", 
 literally meaning that everything flows and is constantly changing.

When I was working on the series the song of  Gary Bartz - I've known Rivers was on my mind.
The song is based on a poem by the poet Langston Hughes.

I've known rivers:
I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the
flow of human blood in human veins.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.
I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.
I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.
I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln
went down to New Orleans, and I've seen its muddy 
bosom turn all golden in the sunset.
I've known rivers:
Ancient, dusky rivers.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

More about Langston Hughes you'll find here and an analysis of the poem here

Please have a look on Roberto´s blog oat to see more works on the theme no limits.
Thank you Roberto for hosting this drawing challenge.

To see the original "river" posts just go here and here

zondag 25 mei 2014

And the winner is...

Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments and a special thank
to Kristen Donegan. Her choice for hosting the theme "memory" this week
inspired me to make this series (and I already made a second series...)

How to choose a winner...all the names in a hat? (I don´t have one...),
with a random nummer generator? (I don't like it...), and a random choice
is, in my opinion, always a little dissatisfying.

So I decided to give back the pieces and the stamps to the world (you...)
as a kind of "ode to the memory". And because the theme inspired me,
and in line with this also the participants who all shared their memories in
many different and beatiful  ways. So you're al winners!
Ok, I don't do this every week (...)
Just see it as a "random act of kindness", a kind of mail art project
or whatever you want to call it.. (And it was my 500th post)

Most of you will get get the choice you've made. Some of the choices
where double, you 'll get a piece of the second series I made.
(I'll post the images later this week).
Congrats to all of you who left a comment, contact me by email
for your postal adresses.

zaterdag 17 mei 2014

a stack of memories and one give away


A long time ago my father was in the navy. As a marconist (radio officer)
he was often sent to distant lands. He passed away  many years ago.
But what remains are the memories. Memories of stories he told,
the letters he wrote to my mother,the cards he sent, gifts he brought,
shells and the stamps on the cards and letters.

It may be clear that the theme of the drawing challenge this week, memory,
appealed to me. Most of my work is based on reflections, things I've seen
and memories.

Although I planned to make one or two pieces on the theme, I ended up in
a kind of flow and there were twelve!

This post (and the pieces I made) is a kind of ode to my father and to memories.
And one is a give awayAs an ode to the  drawing challenge. 
If you want to participate: just leave your choice in your comment
before next sunday the 25th of May (just mention the letter that´s in each piece, d,e, etc.) 
I'll announce the winner on sunday afternoon.

Please have a look on Kristen Donegan's blog: A Sunny Spot to see more memories.
Thank you Kristen for hosting this drawing challenge.

My Father in the Navy: A Childhood Memory 

Stiff and immaculate 
in the white cloth of his uniform 
and a round cap on his head like a halo, 
he was an apparition on leave from a shadow-world 
and only flesh and blood when he rose from below 
the waterline where he kept watch over the engines 
and dials making sure the ship parted the waters 
on a straight course. 
Mother, brother and I kept vigil 
on the nights and dawns of his arrival, 
watching the corner beyond the neon sign of a quasar 
for the flash of white, our father like an angel 
heralding a new day. 
His homecomings were the verses 
we composed over the years making up 
the siren's song that kept him coming back 
from the bellies of iron whales 
and into our nights 
like the evening prayer.

by Judith Ortiz Cofer

from Hispanics in the U.S. 
An anthology of Creative Literature, Vol. 2, 1982 

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