It´s full of Spring-feels now here in Germany, particularly here in Bavaria. Despite the “cold spell” and rains that we´re having right now, it didn´t stop me from getting myself busy gardening and rambling about our own “Fruhlingsfreude” .We have a little garden and this makes me feel excited . I can see more colors now , the Tulips and Daffodils are blooming and yes, it feels good to feel some sun again.
Speaking of garden inspiration, I kinda remembered this Delft Blue inspired Spring Garden I spotted inside the Keukenhof gardens in the Netherlands two years ago. Its white and blue inspired so I immediately fell in love with it. I think the idea was very original and of course, very-Dutch!
This Delft Blue inspired garden is full of colorful spring blooms and yes–a bit of Delft pottery, and images.On top of the list was these large crockpot-foliage with lots of crispy white Daffodils and Blue grape Hyacinths surrounded with draping Efeu (Common Ivy).What makes it so unique is that it is decorated with broken Delft Blue pottery.What a genius way of salvaging those precious pottery! I am calling it the Delft Blue giant Bouquet! This is the centerpiece in the garden and it sure made a statement!
Here in Germany, we have a traditional saying that “Scherben bringt Glück” or Broken Pieces bring Luck. I suddenly remember this when I saw this.This old saying applies for newlyweds where they bring old pottery, porcellain and ceramic pieces, old toilet bowls to smash and crack into pieces. They believe that the noise will drive away demons and bad spirits and protect the marriage. Glass in particular is forbidden to throw since glasses symbolize luck that cannot be destroyed or a Mirror, since a broken mirrow symbolizes seven years of bad luck.
Now this made me thought about the House of Mirrors I visited where a lady named Lydia decorated her whole House with broken Glass & Mirror shingles to cover up the mess made up by termites.Seemed like cultural beliefs are clashing.
Anyway, at least these beautiful blue and white Pottery were salvaged from being disposed. They made quite a nice mosaic that serves as a flower bed here.
I have a few blue and white pots and ceramics which I got from our frequent visits in the Netherlands and now I appreciate it even more looking at this Flower bed with different Delft portraits of the famous scenic spots like the Kinderdyk, Windmills and the Dutch Gable Houses .This made me put Delft to put into our places to visit once traveling is okay again.I can´t wait to visit this place soon!
And what to do with old Delft Blue plates?
In the pond they put together all these plates , creating an artistic Lotus plates.This garden looks even more and more fascinating.
Of course it won´t be complete without the famous “Dutch couple kissing”!
To complete the Dutch theme, of course the traditional wooden clogs is reusable as well as pots.
What do you think of Ceramic inspired Spring Garden?
Do you also believe that broken pieces bring Luck?
My usual visit from the weekend Market last Saturday was extra special because of the Ice Figures Art exhibit by Markus Jordan.The Art made of Ice and Frozen water with Figures are installed directly in the heart of the City of Ingolstadt, just a stone throws away from the weekend market. Itwas totally eye-cathing and immediately drawn lots of visitors and people walking through the old city.
We had a row of days with cold temperatures up to approx. minus 16, and these Ice figures just came in time. The front yard of the Stadttheater was transformed into a little winter wonderland with frozen figures. It really depics our current frozen state,with the pandemic and lockdown as well. My most favourite figure was the man with dark cape holding a skull, the robots cycling and my daughter adored the frozen Dinosaur.
What a difference these icefigures could bring to a normal , Saturday market day indeed!
At night, visitorscan enjoy watching them with special lights and effects that makes it even more beautiful.more stunning shots and videos are seen here and here. Doing our daily walking routine was definitely more fun during our visit to this Ice Art Figures.
Today, we´re just thankful for the sunshine, snow and the chance to see this wonderful creative Art!
Also, I recently discovered this App called ” Too Good to Go” , the number 1 anti Food- waste app that is currently being raved by my neighbors so I finally decided to try it and I must say that it is really good.I love vegetables and I really dig in to the weekend offer in our nearby stores and finally I found one being offered in Viktualienmarkt, just in front of the Stadttheater. I arrange my order, the Vitamin C-Heimat, and I was totally satisfied of what I´ve got just for 8Euros! Lots of different kind of Veggies in one big bag.I certainly can´t buy that much with the same amount in a supermarket.
This post is actually inspired by recent events in my life. I recently had this painting done inspired by current situations and I thought it might be a good idea to relate it to ” a day in the life of a Mother”. I have done quite a lot of painting to survive the lockdowns and so far, it has taught me great lessons about motherhood as well. Now you know why I love this subject for my artwork.
Maybe not everyone can actually relate to Motherhood subjects and all about Mother and son/daughter stories but then at least it´s our own story. Mother and daughter is not always full of sweet moments, reality can be tough, it can also be stressful, chaotic, tiring, and yes, just too much to handle.
All parents love their children, there´s no question about that but how to teach them to learn without the classroom. For a fact that in Germany, Homeschooling is actually illegal since 1919 ( European Court of Human Rights).But not in the times of Corona.This article even had quite notable explanations.
Homeschooling is not so “cozy” as it sounds. Because of Covid-19 Pandemic, we´ve been through so many Lockdowns, before and after Christmas actually. And now, in the middle of Winter, with zero public life, schools stays closed along with playfrounds and libraries. Lockdown is supposed to end by Feb.14 but there´s no bright lead yet when will our lives return to normal.We are waiting…
I realized that I don´t even have the right to complain.Afterall I only have 1 child. There are more parents who juggles between their dayjobs and household responsibilities, and yes, they are bearing more load than I do.I do have high respect for them. I´ve known a friend who even had twins, and had more children to handle.A dear friend of mine just had her baby recently born, and she also have another Grade schooler, a very active one.She bears all these with her two full hands.How do they do that is simply amazing and praiseworthy!
But imagine the chaos…. the “heartfelt” agony.
Homeoffice seemed to be the newest trend nowadays. Working from home has its own benefits, but hey, have you ever tried working while your kid shouts and screams on your videoconferences? Funny as it may sounds but with us, life and struggle during Lockdown is real. I am sure I am not alone in this.
The moment we sit together in the table to go with Home study program doesn´t eventually ensures success in every subject.There has been fights, screaming, yelling and yes, pencils and papers flown in the air. The drama is real and so as the dilemma. The biggest problem that we faced is maintaining her focus and this has been challenging for both me and my daughter.
When I was in college, I did a part-time job tutoring kids from 6-10 years old. I normally help them with the main subjects and help them with their homework. The stress was different. With this Lockdown, the challenge was different as well.
No I was not blaming the virus. Honestly ,sometimes I blame myself as well. Maybe I was not prepared for this and my patience limit is so small that I excuse myself for a meltdown as well. I am tired and in need of a break but yes–motherhood knows no such breaks.I don´t like this isolation anymore and I wanted it to end.
Anyway,one time while we are learning about the seasons of the year ,we encountered this song ;
” Es war eine Mutter” song by Nena ( originally in German)
Es war eine Mutter ( There was one Mother) Die hatte vier Kinder ( She had 4 children) Den Frühling ( Spring) Den sommer ( Summer ) Den Herbst und den Winter. ( Autumn and Winter)
So motherhood and seasons of the year have one thing in common, right or maybe I just carried away by nature that I correlate them with Homeschooling and everything.The great thing is, life evolves and I was reminded that this too, shall pass and everything should not be permanent.Soon, everything will be over and chapters of our lives will also evolve, in other words, we are in a journey together.
Homeschooling might feel like Autumn and Winter right now.Parents struggled as well as children but then its not the end.Spring soon will come and Summer too.
Der Frühling bringt Blumen ( Spring bring flowers) Der Sommer den Klee (Summer brings clover leaves) Der Herbst bringt die Trauben ( Autumn brings the grapes) Der Winter den Schnee. ( Winter brings snow)
Und wie sie sich schwingen ( and how they swing together) Im Jahresreihn ( all year around) So tanzen und singen ( Dancing and singing) Wir fröhlich darein. ( we are all happy with it..)
Homeschooling and on line learning is something that we´ve all embraced this year.There were more time spent in front of computers and tablets instead of actual class participation.Here in Germany, I must say that they had quite handled the crisis well when it comes to distance learning.My daughter spends almost 8 hours in a mask at school before.Washing their hands and divided in groups were her previous routines, then she was confined at home, with homeschooling and with me. I am grateful that the school had a precise plan for this crisis and have given us enough support that we´ve needed and another thing is, we have an access to technology which can be challenging in other countries.We received a weekly Plan for each lessons, and even with a timetable to achieve every day. There was enough Learning Platform offered and the activities listed are varied ,so children won´t feel bored and too squeezed. I particularly appreciate the online help and daily accountability as well. Some of the apps that helped us go through Homeschooling is Antolin app and Sofatutor.They even have Tablets to lend if families are without so everything comes handy.
Lessons learned and experiences gained, so as struggles were credibly overcame.Yes, we´ve been tired and fatigued, but we´ve never given up.As a mother, teaching my child is like feeding them. Its like nourish or undernourish them.Once again, it´s the choices that we make that affects us the most.We´re not yet there but I am sure, the end of the tunnel is not far behind.
Have you had any experience about Homeschooling? How was it?
If there´s something nice, memorable and practical that came out of this Pandemic, I would say that its my Artwork. During Lockdown and everything, I coudn´t survived it without painting. I had made many Artworks, busied myself with lots of painting and making cards , and even more digesting DIY craft things.At home, I don´t need to wear mask, and I don´t worry about social distancing.I normally paint alone, solitary and always been sticking to my hobby journal.My Supplies are not that fancy, yes they could be expensive but then these Artist-grade materials are made to last .
I managed to sell quite of them, which I am super grateful.Grateful to those people who managed to appreciate my artwork and go to lengths of buying them…yes, even in the time of Pandemic. People who bought Art during Corona times are heaven´s sent…they are truly a blessing!
I mean, why would you buy an Art during Pandemic?
It means I could get more new Art supplies and paints, every penny counts!And the great thing about it, I have decided to fully embraced my life to be totally creative and doing everything handmade.I can´t recall the time that I bought from a store a card or decorative art piece or something….all the things I sent to my friends and families are all handmade.This thing called Art talent is in me so I am going to use it as long as its in me.Better to nourish it, than lose it.
I have lots of unfinished paintings that sits in our bedroom and in other parts of the house.I don´t have enough space to place them but looking at them is just okay.It reminds me that I need to work on them once the inspiration kicks.The great thing about being a self taught Artist is that I never thought of myself being contained in one idea.I am actually free in my techniques and I can easily adapt to the basics and Art essentials whether its the form, color, size, gradient and intensity.I can use whatever medium I would like and not feeling guilty. That should be Art be….Free, brave and bold!
A relentless pursuit of making my artwork better and more soulful is what driving me to persevere.If I am going to do something in my life until the day I grow old then it would be this.I would be painting lots and lots of Abstract pieces, and get edgy with watercolor.When I stayed at home and the schools are closed, I struggled a lot to find time for myself.I tried running more, doing it more often despite of the cold weather and it helped me a lot to managed my stress.But nothing beats when I finished a painting…
I watched online what other people are doing and I am always inspired. i think its like Blogging, nothing really happens when you don´t do anything.People won´t read yours if you don´t write.So I guess that no matter what, keep on writing, keep on doing something that gives you life.
People got into gardening, which I have been very interested since I came here in Germany.Plants had become my children. Living with plants had change my life as well and I don´t think I can´t live without my plants either. Some call it funny but hey, it is something that plant lovers only understand.I have a devoted time for them and it´s my second nature to see any plant problem with my naked eyes.I think the top expenditures I have is my painting materials, then comes plants, and the rest are just plain bubble of life´s journey.
Art is a language that not all understand.I remember in my childhood days that not everyone in my class are good in drawing.I was helping my daughter with a drawing in our Homeschooling the other day and it really struck me like lightning.She is crying and telling me ” I want to have a life like you, I can´t draw that good, but I wanted to…I can´t draw cars, and my drawing of people sucks..” I note an agony in there. Art is misunderstood. It becomes a chore now, a homework to be done, a task that needs to be completed.
Naturally Art can be learned and even a kids artwork is a masterpiece, but the thing is, not everyone can really understands it, let alone Abstract pieces.I stopped worrying about Art. I just let myself go, and express what I think, what I feel and what my visions are.As I decide on which colors I used, the brush and pinsels, and the mediums that I will incorporate, there I am learning to communicate with my canvas.
Sometimes the communication within the painting is not clear, the subject is surreal, the colors are not complementing each other, it looked like a mess. There are many times I needed to breathe in and stop. making breaks and a pause so I can make everything fall into pieces into their form and gradients.Too much or less less texture it doesn´t matter.In the end, I can only say that the painting is done.
I knew it exactly when its time to drop the brush.
Nothing was easy during this Pandemic.It´s almost now in a year.This coming Spring we don´t know yet if life returns to normal, amid the long wait for vaccines and zero new infections.I have learned that ” nothing happens when you´re not working…”
Many times , out of frustration, I called myself a FAILED ARTIST. I failed many times and I almost give up. I doubted my own capabilities and become ungrateful of my talent. I stopped drawing, and I did not paint for a while.The end result : I lose. I became more frustrated and I learned to survived. This Pandemic have taught me to go back to my passion, to what really means to live, to give more to others…
Quitting is never really an answer.I always tell the people who buy my paintings that every painting has its story.Every single piece is really unique.One piece can take a year, one masterpiece can be done in 20 minutes. Everything has its own story and that I spent many hours in my kitchen painting and in isolation.I have made many different life changing stories there in my kitchen countertop, creating something that came out from my own world.So when I packed a painting to its new home, I always write ” Thank you for giving my Art their new Home…”
Painting through Pandemic is a radical step to being vulnerable.That creating something should not be hindered by isolation and stress.I learned that through my art, I have known things ,not until I have seen and made them.Art creates and dissolves boundaries and even through crisis and stressful situations, I could make Art.
If you have more time to kill, Here´s more of my Art Journey ;
The thing about watercolor is that it is so-minimalistic.I only need a bottle of water, my color set, my brush and yes, very important, a good, acid -free watercolor paper.Before I got hooked with Acrylics, I also worked a lot with Cray pastels, but my first love was really watercolors. In college, we used so much air spray paints and water -on-water techniques in renderings is my favourite part.Even until now, it still is…
With Galaxy art paintings, I can be easy. I love to be on freehand and not restricted. The watercolor techniques in here are effortlessly naive and uncomplicated process. Even a toddler can do magic with it. My daughter always watch when I am doing some and she is enamored by it.
The question is, are you willing to let go of your inhibitions and play with water and let the magic begins?
The thought of Galaxy Art always made me interested. At first I could not get a good pallette that really sets my mood, but with few trials, I finally got a hold of it.
Here´s an example of a simple project: A dark sky with , stars and a Autumn, winter mood.Imagination is the key, you just need to imagine the magical skies in your dreams. I think its seldom that you really see them, unless they are snapsshots from NASA ! But that is what imagination and creativity is all about. Sky is the limit.
Using a very simple pallete of Utramarine blue, paynes Grey, a touch of ochre yellow, a dash of red & violet, Black and white then you can create a mood like this.
This pandemic have given me more time to pay attention to my Art. It´s a very good way to do some self nourishment, deep mindful activity like doing a creative teraphy. Although it is never easy to start because of daily routines and chaos, but still, having time to create an Artwork is one of my priority.I dodn´t care how long will I ever finished it, its better than doing nothing. With watercolor, drying and (waiting!) is the one who kills your time. Normally, I do multiple batches of background washes, and while waiting for them to dry, I can start with fine details or work on another piece. I just really love to multitask!
I received many compliments and inquiries about Galaxy Art pieces that I made. I guess it´s not just me who love the touch of imaginary skies and playful pallete!
I have so many left over materials and I do various tiny projects with them.The best thing about doing watercolor galaxy art project is that you are really free, and that is how Art should be.It should have no boundaries and no restrictions!…well at least no social distancing! Another good thing is that, let your Art draw you closer to people. I have been using my artwork to connect and stay close to people, at least in my circle. It is a great tool to navigate from self-love to doing something beneficial as well.
Nowadays, I let go of my worries freely, I throw them freely in the skies and just do what I can do, at least give my best.My Art has been a great help to get a grip of my sanity and I still wonder how would I live without it.
Are you still thinking of doing something different in your free time? Why not try painting a Galaxy Artwork?
Hope all of you are staying well, safe and healthy! Tschüss!
Lately I have been admiring the works of Alexej von Jawlensky, and I must say that He, among others as well, is the inspiration behind these latest paintings that I did.If you are an art nitwit like me, you must have realized that there are so manyyy talented Russian painters ,with extraordinary mind and brilliant art philosophies!Alexej von Jawlensky is part of theBlue Rider group, and later the Blaue Vier (the Blue Four) and is part of the New Munich´s Artists Association.Part of his life was also spent here in Germany.
In my free times, I love to read about the Gallery of the Masters of Art, especially the Classic Modern Art from 19th to 20th Century. I still cannot forget how moved I was when I saw the ” Nightwatch” by Rembrandt which is by far one of my favourites from the Baroque Dutch Golden Age era. And now, since I am also into Abstract painting, I decided to play more with colors and textures. I love it, I think I finally found the forte that I ´ve always wanted to do with my abstract pieces.As a self-taught artist, I love to widen my craft by learning more about the Art masters.I think there´s no harm in doing that, after all, there is no “must” in Art, cuz it´s free.
My favourites from Alexej´von Jawlensky´s paintings were the “Spanierin,1913 “ and the other piece of his painting of a lady in red holding a bunch of red flowers called ” Die Pfingstrosen” as shown below beside the portrait I have made. I love to paint women´s portraits combined with elements of nature and a bit of playful imaginary mosaic patterns.Big eyes, colorful burnt orange skins, proud noses and lots of bold accentures makes it all unforgettable!
Alexej von Jawlensky´s works are full of wonderful sense of colours, just like his colleague, Wassily Kandinsky, also one of my favourites, Their masterpieces were colorful, vibrant and lush and at one point in time, evolving. I find it very fascinating that He also, loves to paint women´s faces in particular. Red is a very dominating color and the expressions in his paintings are gripping in my imagination. I love this type of style that moves me to think.
I began painting Women´s portraits I think last 2 years ago. I love the fact that women are great art subjects and it can convey so many different emotions and characters. Unfortunately, I cannot do any male portrait!
Here´s another piece which I highlighted a woman´s face and I remember looking at her eyes as if I was seeing a different character which reminded me of earlier years of my life.
Hard times let me escape from reality and dream of colorful world of Art. I guess my Art reflects of my dreams, emotions and experiences.I love different tints of colors, I seldom paint black and white or mono chrome tones.For me, colors play a huge part in delivering the emotions behind the painting, just like the lyrics which feed the poetry in audience´s ears.
I would love to gather all these women in the future and bind them in a book. That would be a great refuge for me in the old days. Sometimes I dream that I have met all these women in my life and they have been part of me.It is like they are all in me and they all came alive in my canvas.But right now, I am still bent on creating more portraits of women with characters.I would still love to play with different kinds of forms and shapes and blend them in the background, just like depicting the life they live in. Many times, I think my art let me realized that contradictions are great push-overs to magnify your boundaries and edge of reasoning. When someone asks me to describe my art, I just let them view it as they please. I cannot dictate it´s meaning because my work has a deep magnitude for me. Maybe for others, it´s different, or maybe none at all.
” Color is the keyboard, the eyes the harmonies, the soul is the Piano with many strings. The Artist is the hand that plays, touchig one key or another,to cause vibrations in the soul.”- Wassily Kandinsky
Hallo October. For me, you were an unwelcomed guest.Not many really looks forward to your arrival, including me. Well,they called it “Autumn feels” , Golden October and honey golden sunrays. Many out there are eagerly wants to hug their giant pumpkins, slipping into their cozy sweaters and turned on their heatings. Sweater weather.
I am not exactly looking forward to the cold, you know.
An unwelcome piece of imagination. I could call it ” CoronaArt”. By the way, here in Germany, we call this “Das Bombing“.Since visiting Berlin twice and learning more about history, I realized that Berlin is a city of mundane ,bold walls. With the infamous “Berlin Wall ” ( 1961-1989), from which they turned into an artist´s paradise.I have been there and I have seen some works of the Artists and they are really phenomenal.
Maybe King Kong was so disturbed with so many climate- change issues and needs a place to smoke and vent out his anger.He had an unwelcome encounter with humanity but he can be a menace when it comes to being depicted as an art subject. But Art did him justice.
He can calm down now for sure.
Very timely, today marks the 30th Anniversary of German Unification. Its a holiday here today but falls unfortunately on Saturday. Normally this day is widely celebrated but then because of Corona, no such Burgerfests are held this year.If your´re not from Germany and have no idea what is this date signifies then let me tell you something about it.
The German Unification Day ( Tag der Deutschen Einheit) which happens to be celebrated today, 3rd of October 1990 is a very important day in the history of Germany. Since 1945,this is the day where Germany finally becomes one again, a unified as a single nation. The East Germany (German Democratic Republic) and West Germany ( Federal Republic of Germany) were reconciled and united. Along with the Berlin Wall or called as well as the ” Wall of Shame” by Willy Brandt because it is defying the feedom of movement.The Fall of the Berlin Wall paved way to the Tag der Deutschen Einheit or the German Unification Day.
So what happened to these walls after the collapse?
They started the demolition from June 1990 and completed until November 1991. The remaining walls became the canvas of many Spray Artists, Mural artists and became a Graffiti haven.The East Walls had been sprayed with Paint Aerosols, the birth of the East Side Gallery. So basically, spray paintings are a big thing here. It is always scandalous, always drawing attention seeking, provocatively revolutionary. Since then, the birth of free Art is here.
If you visit Berlin, then you will know what I am talking about.Maybe that´s the reason why its called the Graffiti capital in Europe.Maybe they are right, I truly believe so too.
I am not surprised when I saw this particular mural either. This is Frankenstein and Ingolstadt is his home. This giant character is born here, a native Bavarian.Mary Shelley wrote her novel here in Ingolstadt and used this place as a base ground for her ludicrously successful horrific monster to shock the world. I dig in to her story and I even went to the Deutsches Medizinhistorisches Museum here in Ingolstadt and learned more about the fascinating world of Frankenstein. I couldn´t agree no more, He as well deserves a wall here.
I think Germany is by far tolerant when it comes to Graffiti Art, but then what about Graffiti vandalism?Within almost 5 years of living here, I have seen so many Graffiti vandalism that marks the whole town .The thing is, it stays up until now. Nobody wants to remove or repaint it, I don´t really know actually. I hope it doesn´t make me a bad Blogger that I don´t dig into details but I am not writing this to question their legitimacy.What I am trying to say is that Graffiti art in many forms are seen as open here compared to other countries.
This gave me an idea to take a photo of all Graffiti Art and tagging that I see around in my neighborhood. It would be interesting to see how many are they actually. I have learned that the municipality even assigned legal spaces for spray artists to show off their talents, and avoid the tendency to do it illegally.This is what freedom really means.
You can display your creativity and display your art without violating the rules, with this, it is really possible. How cool it is that Ingolstadt even integrated this as a part of the city plan to beautify the cityscape!
Of course, this one too, seems so relevant and important just like the Corona Virus Pandemic, right?
Of course, it all matters.
If you lived nearby and wanted to take a stroll and take a peek of the legal areas to spray, or you just have enough time to kill and admire the Street artworks, then you can find more detailed information Here.
If you are an inspiring Artist and wants to promote your Art and become a Professional, you are welcome to participate and join workshops through the Stadtjugendring Ingolstadt. They are offerring more than Graffiti Art, they have so many fun activites for all ages and I have heard that they even have Ferienbetreuung ( or child care in School holidays and breaks) so that is really cool!
One of the fascinating project they did recently is painting all Electric boxes all over the town. This project is called ” Stromkastomize“. This is a project as well in cooperation with the Municipality. I am sure I have seen these Boxes but I think I haven´t paid enough attention to them! I really need to see them up close!
In the end, I must add that street Graffiti art is purely up to the viewer to conceive its worth. I totally agree withBudgettraveller´s of these praise worthy Artists and their eminent Projects which graced the streets in Germany.
What do you think of Graffiti street artworks? are they Fame or shame?
Until then, stay safe and healthy everyone! Tschüss.
Today I was inspired to make some DIY creative project. I wanted something handmade, unique and of course from my own ideas.It is a raining weekend over here in Bavaria, so after I did my usual grocery shopping, I busied myself doing something that I have been itching to do——that is to make a handmade DIY Bamboo Lamp. I was really inspired by a fellow creative Blogger, Emily of Dossier Blog who gave me also awesome tips how to enhance the groth of my Fiddle Leaf FigPlant.I will definitely share that on another post because my FLF plant is really growing, thanks to her! If you need some green thumb tips on your green babies, check out her page Asap!You´ll never get dissapointed.
We have a stand lamp with bendable stand that stays in a corner.I seldom used it because I prefer normal bright lights so I thought of doing an upscale to make it more trendy, and have a natural ” Asian” look by using Bamboo sticks.
It was quite a simple project actually, nothing complicated and I think even kids can do this. But naturally with a little guide with the glue gun and mounting will do.I did not used any machine or whatsoever. Only with a pair of clippers and handsaw, Gluegun and string, plus the copper spraypaint, then I was all set. I got the set of Bamboo sticks from a thrift shop ( Phillips & Hörnbach) which I usually used as a support for my plants.I have plenty of leftovers so this Lamp is actually one of the many Bamboo themed Craft projects that I have in my mind.
First I removed the old covering of the lamp and scrape the adhesive around the frame.It´s like cleaning off the dust to make sure the glue would stick well with the Bamboo sticks.You just need to do a simple estimate of how many sticks you would be needing depending on the circumference of your lamp and how much you want for coverage.The process is quite simple ; Glue, attach, and dry. After covering the whole lamp with the Bamboo sticks, I let is dry for a while then clean the glue residues. Once it all sets, I just sprayed it with my leftover Copper spray and done!
I am loving the whole new look of my stand lamp. I love how the way it turned to be. It gives such a warm welcoming glow beside my plants and I love the whole concept of bamboo and native materials.The bamboo sticks creates a decorative light patterns in the wall and ceiling just like our center copper ball lamp.I think its perfect for late summer nights and lazy weekends while reading or just sitting in the couch.
You can also do this with any lamp that you wanted to do a makeover.I am planning to make a pot with a bamboo covers as well !
Bamboo home decors and lamps are very trendy, sought-after but very pricey nowadays.I noticed that most plant lovers prefer these to accesorize their Urban jungles and green spaces, because why not–-It´s Bamboo! I love Bamboo plant as well and been looking forward to create a small zen corner in our garden.
But this project only cost me a few euros! Most of the things I used are already in my Craft box! In my homeland, in Philippines, bamboo is such an indigenous material and I took it all for granted. Now I am drooling for everything native—from rattan chairs, lamps, pot baskets, plant hangers and even macrame crafts! I wish I could bring them all here in Germany without spending a fortune…
But now, I am enough content with this little unique piece in my home.
It´s been a while since I posted about my artworks. I have been busy as usual juggling everything about life. Actually I have done many paintings nowadays and still so many things are not yet done.Quarantine or not, life for me as an Artist is quite the same. I am so glad that staying at home during the Corona Lockdown has done me good. Time is one of the necessities for me so I am glad that I´ve got it especially when I am driven to create something.
Speaking of creating, I´ve been experimenting a lot with my artwork nowadays, testing new techniques and mediums. I am working a lot with Acrylic nowadays, I do mostly Abstract paintings but this time I am using Nets as as added texture medium. Yes, you heard it right, I am using nets from the packages of onions, garlic and lemons that I buy especially during Corona times. I developed a habit of drinking warm lemonade with ginger every morning so I tell you, I have lots of nets in my kitchen.Bow I have found another worthwhile use for them instead of throwing them in the trash.When life gives you lemons, create a painting inspired by it, as they say.It came true to me at least…
At first I tried only a small cut piece of net and pasted it with modling paste and paints, I waited for it to dry then I started to create layers. I saw that it creates a nice effect on the canvas with all the other layering and textures that I incorporate using paste and Gesso so I continued. I find it so wonderful that I got carried away, then I decided to create a series of paintings! Then that paved way for my series called InfinityNets!
It´s called Infinity because the options are endless, it requires no borders. No single painting is the same as the other. Though I used the same hues, the endpiece is unique from the other.
I am using lots of Aquamarine blues, cream, gold and copper accents, carribean hues and an illusion of oceans and islands in my creation. The sea and tropical hues have a very big impact in my paintings. I think blue is such a dominant color that I always use it in all my work.Without blue, I think a painting can be dull. What about nets? I think the texture of nets against the canvas is perfect to create the gradient that I wanted to achieve.Sometimes I´m thinking that I would want to catch a wave and dive back into my childhood or the other way around.
It is not always easy to create an abstract painting.My friends always asks me why do I keep on painting, what a stupid question ,right? For me, it becomes a second breath, I feel happy when I´m doing it. Personally, I also never know when to start and when to end it. As I start my first coats and layers, adding the textures and painting again, this repeat process is what makes the painting more special to me.I only know that it is time to stop when my senses tells me to do so.Many people I think are intimidated by Abstract art because they fail to understand its course, its meaning and sense. On the other way around, I think we should not try to understand it, rather let your senses perceive as it is.It defies the norm, it is not normal hues, it is an explosion of unreasonable chaos , but in a colorful, defiant way of Art. If an artwork doesnt disturb you then I think it cannot move you.It´s the same thing with me.I love looking at other´s work, but only a few moved me. Every artwork is different as well as it has different impact.
What about you,what is your opinion of Abstract paintings?
Do you like it?
What do you perceive from a first glance?
I would respect your honest opinion about my work.Anyway, this post is not an advertisement or any kind of promotion of my art.It is just a journal of my thoughts on how I create something from nothing, from a blank white canvas into a visual art of my thoughts and emotions.I would appreciate though, if you tell me what you think about it.
In the end, my own mind tells me that my paintings requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy. Sometimes if you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people because it seems repetitive and obvious….I always tried to make it Less, so it can become More.
Thank you once again for dropping by …Until next time, Have a great day, Tschüss!
May 21 is a special day for Germans because it is Father´s Day (or Vatertag) and also a public holiday commemorating Ascention Day or Christi Himmelfahrt. We have long weekend ahead and the perfect weather gave us again the chance to explore nature and do our routinary “Wanderung“ and spaziergänge. During Corona times, we got used to go to the “greens” instead of wandering in the city. The control measures are more relaxed now here in Germany and since schools and playground were opened,it´s human nature that more and more people go outside, but still with restrictions. That is why we always choose secluded places like this.This time we decided to drive over the hilly landscapes of Hessental in the direction of Eichstätt. We get on early as usual to avoid the crowds and make most of the beautiful weather.
I have never been to Eichstätt so I don´t have any idea what this town offers.Throughout the trip I noticed once again the ample amount of bikers. There are so many motorcycle riders in these area same as in Riedenburg. Probably because of the nice winding road through this vicinity. I have heard that its a Universitätstadt, meaning a home to one prestigious Catholic University here in Bayern. The drive going to Hessental is actually quite smooth, no traffic and the hilly fields amuse us along the way. The Hessental lies in a gentle hollow on the slopes between Eichstätt and Landershofen in Bayern. Finally, we reached the Figurenfeld in time and great thing to know that there is an ample place to park. We saw a small pathwalk that leads us to a vast hilly field, and without any orientation, we just follow the sign of the first Sculpture that we saw and thats it. Just like what my daughter says ; just go with the flow and start an adventure! And so we did..
The place is really spacious, with every shades of green that you can imagine. It´s ideal to have picnics, and just a quiet walk during these times. If you love hiking, this path between Eichstätt and Landershofen is a great start to explore the beautiful nature in the surrounding areas of Altmühltal. The artist and sculpturer Alois Wünsche-Mitterecker, is a native from Eichstätt, created a captivating memorial against war and violence. I found these solid sculptures really worthwhile to visit and see because it depics the ugly truth of war.For many, it is the ugly version of Art and yet can be emotionally moving. I have watched so many movies about Holocaust and for a moment I´ve perceived one of the figures as a scary visualization of a Holocaust prisoners. There is so much tragedy, sadness and grief, and yet, it is also a depiction of the extent of evil of humanity can do.
I am fond of sculptures and I love researching about them. When I visit any new place, I always look for extraordinary sculptures or any piece of art that represent that place . I have learned that every great art or a statue tells a story. From the unforgettable Holocaust memorial in Berlin to the Trains to death, Trains to Life , the Figurenfeld is no exception.
In this large field, there are 78 larger-than-life sculptures that are unrecognizable from a far. I thought for a minute that they are dinosaur bones, or fossils since this place is the barren Jura landscape. Most of them looks like they crouch, rear up and crawl and on struggling state. Individual figures first point the way into the hollow, where the figures come together to form a bizarrely frozen battlefield. This makes me wonder how this place looks like in Winter. I have read that the Artist, Alois Wunsch-Mitterecker worked on these figures made of Portland cement, granite and basalt grains for over 20 years. He himself never saw the completion of the work, he died before it was finished.The figures were erected according to his plans only after his death (December 1975) in the years 1976-1979. Come to think that the field is still unfinished.
I guess the artist wanted to create a “Monumentum perpetuum”, a memorial to eternity, a warning of war, in which there are no winners and vanquished and he succesfully achieved that through this. The erection of the figures lasted from 1958 until the artist’s death in 1975.
I saw some children climbing and playing along the figures and it made me wonder how do parents explains to their children the meanings of the figures. I have read in the signs that it is prohibited to climb on it because there has been many damages already on some of the statues.My daughter loved dinosaurs so she thinks that they are dinosaurs, or rather looked like them. But them if you play a closer look, every figure is never the same. Every single one is really different and unique in its own shape.
Walking through the field is quite manageable but I think for elderly people, there are paths that are quite steep and would be challenging. The whole place is green, wild nature and full of overgrown heather grass, hedges and juniper bushes, which is full of hollows and hills, which contributes to the impression of a battlefield. I think that it can be scary at night because of lack of lighting but i think it is actually safe.But anyway, how would you appreciate the figures in the dark?
We explored the whole field in approximately an hour and then we decided to explore the rest of the inner city of Eichstätt.If you happened to be in the nearby vicinity, I highly recommend to check out this place. More information of other fascinating things to see and explore can be found here.
Have you done any walk lately?
See you next time in our next Spaziergang! Stay safe everyone.