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wondering…

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Today I was working on this drawing/painting. I’ve already worked on it a lot on various occasions. But I never really liked the way it turned out. The only part I really liked was the part on the above right side. Since I kept wresting with the whole thing today once again, I decided to keep only that part and just paint away the rest. Now it is talking to me again. Not finished, I think, but we’re back on track together.

Maybe the proces of this piece of art is telling me that it is okay to be radical sometimes, that it is okay to cut things out of my life that don’t work or that I don’t like.

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where do I live…

where to live uit aj 092 klein

‘where do I live…”‘, collage, mixed media

What I create always has something to do with where my heart and mind are. This piece of art is obviously about living. Our house and garden need a lot of care and repair. It is an old house, which makes that there are always things that need attending to. And these last years I’ve let slip things a little bit, … eh… a lot. After spending a week in Spain I have some renewed energy and ideas to do more and to look at our house with fresh eyes.  It will never be a neatly kept place. We’re not the kind of people who need that, I guess. I love some mess and chaos around me. But a bit more order will give more room to life.

Here is to organized chaos!

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numerology

Numerology means, according to Wikipedia, believing that there is a divine or mystical relationship between a number and one or more coinciding events. I personally think that this is bullshit. As a trained scientist I cannot see any logic in it.

Still… when I make art there is always something with numbers and counting. This piece here for instance had originally 7 green balls and 9 yellow balls in it. When I paint those balls I count them. For some reason it feels better when there are 7 or 9. And that is not about the esthetical aspect that it is often a better composition when there is an uneven number (as seen in flowerarrangements etc)

No, I know and always feel that it has something to do with my original family. We were seven children, plus two parents, which counts up to nine. Somewhere deep down I always feel that I have to paint them all to make sure that I don’t forget them and that they will be alright. It is as if I keep the group together and safe by adding that number somewhere in my art. It doesn’t work very well, because both of my parents have passed away. Which is once again proof of the nonsense of numerology.

Anyway, so much for scientific thinking… Maybe we all are superstitious in some way or another.

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the new city

‘the new city’
pen, markers, PITT artist pen and photoshop 
What would happen if we would build new cities, full of color,
filled with playfullness and joy?
Built on the recognition that we are all connected in some way or another.
Built on the knowledge that we all want to be happy,
that we all want the best for our children.
Would we still need guns? Or would our recognition in eachother be able to defend us?
‘Dreamer’, I can feel you thinking.
Maybe…
But what if we just give it a try?
That wouldn’t hurt anyone!