ArtBlog : Infinitynets Abstract Paintings

A close up detail of one of my artwork InfinityNets where I used net packaging from Lemons that I buy during the anxious times of Corona Pandemic. Nothing is wasted, only creating a beautiful twist of gold, blues and great myriad of textures.
(JustbluedutchArt/InfinityNets 2020)

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.

Another close up detail of the net incorporated as an added texture in my abstract paintings.It is the little details for me that really counts. Never put a limit to your imagination because the horizons of Art is endless.

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.

“The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.” Lucian Freud

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.

I also love to create small paintings where I love to arrange in rows.With it I have the chnace to play the hues, tints and contrasts with the nets that I used.

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.

“The painter must give a completely free rein to any feeling or sensations he may have and reject nothing to which he is naturally drawn.” Lucian Freud

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.

I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint…

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!

Seven hues of Blue Paintings

Abstract Painting ” Turquoise Dreams” 25 x 30 cm

Finally Autumn had arrived in Germany. Long enough, the “Goldener Oktober”( or Golden October) becomes November rain. Everyday here in Germany , or at least here in Bavaria, it seems that the skies loves to hibernate, clothed in dark clouds and keeps on raining! It’s official : The sun is on vacation and cold Rainy days are doing his massive work.

Funny because I am often daydreaming of warm sunny days. More of Spring actually! While the cold reality is biting me to the bones, I opt to do things that I love. Which is— being productive! Day by day, I try to do what I think I can’t do. I feel lazy many times, procastinating and giving in to excuses, or I am just totally exhausted from daily chores and demands from work. The colorful trees and foliage outside are standing still , braving the creepy cold and probably dreading for the dark Winter to clothed them. Many trees are already bald, but few ones are still holding on, with two to three leaves holding on tight. It seems like letting go for the last phase of seasonal changes takes time.The gush of winds and the mainstay of “regenwetter” {rain weather } and November rains, fog and short days are my constant company, but then, I have suddenly created my series of “Seven hues of Blues ” acrylic abstract paintings. So you see, something positive came out from this gloomy weather.

With my paintings– they are all bright sunny blue! Full of tropical hues, Carribean-sea-foamy textured layers of Turquiose shades, and full of love affair with waves and sea is the mood of these pieces.

It’s been quite always busy nowadays. Juggling family, work and life really makes everyday a rolling ball of energy. This year had been quite a productive year for me, in all aspects! Honestly, at the end of the day I feel so tired that when I sit in front of my laptop, I barely can’t think. Sleep was my daily dose of medicine. When my free days comes, I managed to paint. I still loved to paint my dreams and I am not letting go of it. I was talking with a colleague about my painting and then he asked me “Why do you need to paint and make those?” I just said,” Because it’s what I loved to do.”

What do you loved to do?

The long wait of drying time…

I’ve been listening lately to Queen’s music, rediscovering their classics. I have always loved classic rock and during the time that I am doing large paintings, these music have helped me, inspired me in a way. Queen’s songs are stuck in my head for days, and weeks. It’s funny because my little daughter is already humming and singing “Don’t stop me now..”or “Another one bites the Dust, and “I want to ride my bike ..”! Similar to music, abstract paintings do not have clear, expressible meanings by words. Actually, as a painter, I couldn’t explain it quite well. It’s always been an enigma to me. So its really up to you to found its meaning.

For me, the process of creating it from the base paint to the series of layers are the most memorable part. I am always excited to what would it look like in the end. In my mind I have an image that I wanted to convey in my painting, sometimes I managed to bring it out, sometimes it takes a long time to express it.
Each piece of painting is a memory, inspired by a specific day, describing my moods and feelings like diary notes.

Each piece carries a bit of me, of my feelings and my emotions that’s why its priceless and special to me.


Seven seas of blues

As of this time, I am still in the process of updating my listings in my shop. It will take quite some time but these pieces will soon be available for you to view in my online Gallery. I have made many new paintings and I am excited to share it all with you.

Feel free to comment below what do you think of these pieces! I would really appreciate it.

Thank you once again and until next time. Tschüss!

Abstract painting : The rhythym of Crimson

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Abstract Artwork : Rhythym of Crimson ( 40 X 40 cm  Acrylic painting on canvas , JustbluedutchArt 2017)

“People, even those who don’t like abstract art, know art when they see it..”

Have you ever looked at a cool abstract painting  and said to yourself ;

I can make a painting like this myself “!

or I can do better than this!

and yes,  even a 3-year old toddler can make that! ”

Oh yes, I know it’s not only me,  I heard you and I can totally relate. Just like you,  I’ve said it to myself a million times. But to tell you frankly, as a self-taught artist, when I started my journey in creating an abstract, I was  also squeezed between this dilemma.It is not just all about splashing your favorite colors into your canvas. Not all people love Abstracts and many have raised their eyebrows, trying to decode what does it mean. In fact, there is a scientific study about this matter and based on the statistics, people, even those who cannot appreciate an abstract piece, knows a good art when they see it.

Before I thought it was that easy. As we all know that Abstract artwork can be a complicated artwork, sometimes they might look carefree, boundless, but also confined. But each piece  shows a statement of the artist’s  personality. Others see it as an organised chaos.

But how you squeeze an idea out of it?

When I started making an abstract painting, I said to myself that it’s gonna be an easy-peasy job. I remember visiting the Museum of Concrete Art and I saw this big painting in  bold, plain pink and green  paint, and I really thought, what is this?

Abstracts can be just splash of colors, few strokes and that’s it. I was wrong!I was disillusioned to the fact that I have made many bad paintings, muddy ones and I call  a crap. It didn’t stir any feelings in me. It took a lot of time for me to finally create something that “pleases” my senses and feel a satisfaction with it. I’m still an amateur, a beginner and I still have a lot to learn.

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“Gone Fishing ” ( 50 x 70cm  Abstract / JustbluedutchArt 2017 Acrylic painting on canvas) 

I personally  observe as well that artistically inclined persons tends to enjoy more abstract than people who only “see “it at a glance.  I have tried to ask opinion of my mother or my friends about my work and their opinions are all varied. Someone even said “Why is the color like that? or What figure is that? It’s totally different when I have conversations with my fellow-artistically-inclined friends. Not that their opinion is biased, but their comment is really more than the normal “I like it, or It looks so nice “.

Wassily Kandinsky, a widely credited as the first abstract artist, called it the ‘science of the soul‘ and his art explored the relationship between colours and form. I personally believed in this because I consider my artwork very personal, but it needs to follow the trajectory of technical skill. For me, I think it’s just impossible to create something “moving” without putting your heart into it, no matter how talented you are!

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My road to creating abstract paintings

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Shades of Autumn, plum, scarlet red, blacks, and mauve, Burnt sienna and lots of texture.

But how can you really tell a good abstract from a good one?

What makes an abstract a good one?

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Visual Art Collage :  Koleidoscope world of Abstract Acrylic paintings 

Take for example this piece I have made last week. I called this  set the “Rhythym of Crimson“, a 40 x 40 Original acrylic on canvas which is inspired by the scarlet skies, mauve reddish plum autumn colors. I used a lot of layers and colors of red, burnt sienna, black, white, yellows and burgundy. I painted with various strokes of brushes, but I achieved the texture using a pallet knife. When I was making this, I don’t have any concrete figure in my mind, I just let the mixture of colors and composition says what I wanted to impose. The metamorphosis of autumn, the natural course of changing colors and them decomposition of matter.

What is your opinion of this artwork?

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I remember the time I walked through the Gallery of the Dutch Masters inside the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands. For me, that was one of the highlights of my artistic endeavors. To be able to see the works of the famous works of Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, Vincent Van Gogh, and Johannes Vermeer leaves me in awe. Their painting moves me. Their works are ethereal and considered as legacy. But talking about Impressionism, you learn to appreciate an artwork because the subjects are clearly noted in the painting, the story can be clearly seen and even so much more insights comes to those who took time to study a certain artwork.

But with abstract painting, you have the fundamental elements of design like size, shape, color, texture etc. that compose together to create a statement. Well I am not going to talk about the theoretical fundamentals, I simply wanted to share my own experience how do I view an abstract artwork and what difference does it made to me when I decided to plunge into “creating “one.

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How do you distinguish an abstract to be a good one?

If you might want to know,  I consider an abstract artwork a “good”one if it stirs me, if it has the “moving factor”that catches my attention.  If it holds my stare and made me hold my gaze further, longer than expected, and that my feelings are affected. Sometimes it made my mind travel into deeper context and start creating a story out of it. It’s like a puzzle I need to put together.

Have you ever experience this feeling when you walk into a Gallery or into a museum and you see a painting that is so striking and  instead of just passing through it,  you’ve stayed?

A good art can be a matter of good concept or excellent skills in execution, but I think a great art touches the mind, heart or soul of the viewer. No matter if you’re an art enthusiast, a collector, a housewife, a carpenter or just a random stranger. Art is art when you see it. That moment when you just can’t take your eyes off from it. But as a budding artist, It takes one to know one.

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New paintings adorn our living room.

“Everyone wants to understand art. Why not try to understand the song of a bird? …people who try to explain pictures are usually barking up the wrong tree.” ( Vincent Van Gogh)

 

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20 x 60 cm Abstract paintings /JustbluedutchArt 2017

Now the opinion of the viewer is totally different from the Artist itself. Many times, I asked my husband what does He thought of a certain piece and his opinion is totally different from my views. There are just some things that I can perceive that He can’t .This made me understand more and more how I see Abstract.

I respect the fact that my works can’t be accepted by others, or other people might not see it as an artwork either. Abstract for me is never subjective. It’s something that you see that strikes your soul to the very depths, that opens your eyes and your mind to the beauty of it.

 

How  about you, how do you appreciate an abstract painting? Do you like it?

 

Let’s get connected! Please don’t forget to visit my Instagram page for more updates of my Journey with Acrylic Painting. Oh do you fancy Acrylic pouring ? All my artwork are available for purchase and I can do some commisioned artwork or customed-made pieces.For inquiries, please send me an email at justbluedutch@gmail.com!

Thank you so much for reading , looking forward to read your comments and wishing you all  a lovely week !

 

Parrot symbolism in Art

I’ve painted a parrot for the first time.

Animals are not my favorite subject to draw, but driven by my imagination, I have made several attempts to create something beyond what I usually paints. I am not so much into animals, let alone birds. One time in the zoo, a bird pooped in my head as well into my dress. Can you blame me why I think they are cute, but can be nasty as well? I must admit, I draw this  because parrots are nostalgic, bringing childhood memories and curious endeavors. I like it for aesthetic reasons as well, but I never had a chance to pet one.

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Parrot  [ Justbluedutchart]
After doing some search about parrots and its symbolism in Art, I created this painting from my mind. Parrots are attractive creatures and known to be ‘talkers‘.  But in Art, they are depicted as ‘Truth telling’ . I am sure you know ( or maybe tried as well) that parrots can copy and recreate your words, you can hear your own words without any filter. This is why it is such a magnet for kids. My daughter loves Polly parrot from Peppa pig, she’s fascinated by it’s sound. I am sure she will be thrilled when she sees a real one.

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Parrot [ Justbluedutchart ]
They say that all artist have hidden meanings and symbolism in every art they create. But maybe because of what the art critics say. Parrot  simply stands as a true representation of your true self. You  are the only one who can recognize the truth in every word you speak, even the lies that you might be keeping.

Spiritually, they symbolize the Virgin birth of Christ and acted as an eye-witness in the fall of man.It’s famous as a domestic pet, featuring more prominently in Dutch scenes of ordinary life than in any other category of painting. In addition to making frequent appearances in still lifes and portraits, it sometimes impersonates or stands in for people, plays the role of a woman’s surrogate lover, or mocks and comments on the follies of human behaviour. It’s like your personal mirror.

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Parrot, up close and personal.

I think that the inclusion of parrots with still-life paintings is very  interesting, because it connect parrots to the material world, wealth, and trade. For me, parrot is an exotic creature from non-European lands, same like the Peacock, parrots were highly prized during the colonial period. And it wasn’t just the live birds that were valued: in the colonial era the plucked feathers of parrots were valued too. In Mexico, the indigenous practice of feather painting was combined with European pictorial conventions . This type of feather painting was highly prized by the Europeans, which adds to how parrots were connected with material value.

 

Do you like parrots ? And what do you think of women and parrots in painting?

 

Any thoughts about this painting? I would love to hear your comments.

 

Also, if you’re into Instagram, follow  Justbluedutchart,you can find some of my artwork there. Thank you for stopping and wishing you all a lovely week!

 

Beauty + Art in solitude

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Mixed media landscape painting  created with Crelando paint pallet in acrylic, watercolor, cray pastel and colored pencils.

S   o l  i  t u  d e

Solitude is a luxury that I can’t afford everyday. But when I have it, I indulge and create something that  calms my tired soul.

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Landscape Mixed media painting

There is beauty in Solitude. There is Art.

#Conversationswithmypaintbrush

In response to this week’s DP photo Challenge | Solitude

She’s like a rainbow

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Faces in the Crowd 

“Have you seen her dressed in blue?
See the sky in front of you
And her face is like a sail
Speck of white so fair and pale
Have you seen a lady fairer?”

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Faces in the crowd 

“She comes in colors ev’rywhere;
She combs her hair
She’s like a rainbow
Coming, colors in the air
Oh, everywhere
She comes in colors…”

[Soundtrack :  S h e ‘s   L i k e   a  R a i n b o w   ~the Rolling Stones ]

 

Faces in the crowd

Did you know that when you draw, you see more? You see more of details, the proportions, the faces..yes, the faces in the crowd.

It’s the same as when you read more, then you can write more. I don’t know about you, but I think I can’t make this Blog happen if I am not fond of reading.

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Faces in the crowd, can you recognize yourself ?

Last week, I have shared with you a glimpse of my artwork.Given the time, painting is one of the things that I love to do second to photography.  This year, I also wanted to take and make better photos, both personally and for the blog so I’ve tried a new camera lens and I am so happy with the results. I love the shots I took, all stunning. I’ve got to test its shutter and performance yesterday when we did another unexpected adventure- walking on a frozen lake! I guess that what goes around, comes around so here’s another watercolor art that I specifically associated with myself.  I call them ‘Faces in the crowd’. These are the product of my imagination while I’m having conversations with my palette and my brushes. Mostly done at night when my daughter is fast asleep. I also got new brushes so I’m just happy to do some art therapy when I can squeeze some time.

One of the subjects I’d like to work in painting are faces, especially women. I just find it an enigma to draw women from  characters that are swimming in my mind. I don’t have a particular technique but I’d like to mix n’match the layers with different intensity of washes. The shadows,the playful and geometric patterns I used to ‘give character’ is something that follows after I draw out their personality . The side of the face that shown is also important to portray an activity . I haven’t tried yet doing portraits of live people but who knows, maybe I will soon. I remember that during my childhood days, I often doodles ladies with a mannequin form so I can cut them out to be dolls. It’s a thing in the school where you also made paper dresses for each ladies.Such nostalgia.

For me, the eyes are the focal point in my painting  since it’s the one thing that draws interest to the whole aura. It’s the one showing the most sentiment. I’m no expert but women in particular are such a great subject because I can incorporate myself in them. They are someone I can relate.

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Today she puts on flowers on her head.

I was doing a course about the Modern Art and I have learned so many facts and facets about Modern Art of today and the way it paves way to an artist’s interpretation of everyday life. The symbols, the icons, and their dreams made into a work of art that can also perceived as an expression of their emotions or rather, an artist’s interpretation. The use of different medium and depicting a raw rendition of human’s inner emotions into an unrealistic landscapes. If you’d notice, I like to play with colors as well. It’s like the Rolling stones’ song “She’s like a rainbow “ and that my characters always comes in colors. I often think that a colorful face is such a powerful tool to convey so many things and that art and its form is unlimited. That the message it transmits solely depends on the viewer’s perspective. This makes me revisit  my memories when I saw the works of the Dutch masters in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

What do you think about colorful faces? Does it exudes a sense of individuality ?

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She’s one of the few faces I can’t forget

Today I have decided to put these ladies in one couch for them to gather together and get to know each other.  It would be brilliant if they were in a Tête à Tête sofa.The others will follow soon and join them. The stories behind each one of them is still untold but I leave you with your own interpretations. I hope someday you can know them individually.

But right now, I am  glad to share with you some faces in the crowd from  my conversations with pallet and paintbrushes.

When was the last time you have seen a beautiful thing, so interesting, and so moving that it affects you?