Starting a new series of paintings. Every wall is a door. Every opening is a painting.
And this is what i found.
2 Pictures of Faust Steamer’s giant virtual statue.
Me, painting with lime and pigments.. life, like art, is experimenting.
Mixing limestone with paint, takes the color away. So I use pigments and ink.
The idea behind this work is the dance of life. A journey!
To be continued 🙂
January 23, 2015 – post 1
I spent summer 2014 outside, in my garden, a plot that had over 40 neglected trees on it. Had, yes, – we chopped most of the trees as they were over 26 meters tall and it was becoming a dangerous situation, neighbors complaining and regular storm-damage. Yes, I am re-planting this spring.
Looking at all the wood, branches, piles and piles of it laying around, I wondered how something good could come from the devastating left-overs of what once was a beautiful, peaceful garden. A purpose for all the wood. Keep my fireplace going, sure – and I am hoping to sell some of it to cover expenses. During the work I found an abandoned kitten between the branches of a tree, the poor thing was only a few days old, and with the help of my daughter and foster mummy Dimphy (thank you, Marjolijn) it survived! Pip now lives in my house. So my little bush-cat is the first good thing that came from the garden.
The odd and beautiful shapes of the branches and trees are very inspiring, and today I started an art project, using material from the ‘lost’ garden. I plan to document it here, with photographs.
Let me show you some pictures, taken during the summer of 2014, leading up to the CatART project – and of course a photograph of Pip, the little treasure that came from my garden.
This is the last day of my enchanted wood – garden. Dad and Andre are about to start their lumberjack days.
January 24, 2015 – post 2
CatART. How did it come about?
When I was preparing my house for a kitten, I had to buy 4 essential things:
* Books about kittens/cats – kittens for dummies (?)
* A litterbox for cats
* A transport box
* A cat tree
Cat trees are expensive and ugly, the arty ones I like are completely over my budget.
Soooo -I gave it some thought, and here is my attempt to make my own.
An old meat grinder, a branch from my lost garden, sisal rope (thanks, Cornelius!) bought on Marktplaats
and glue, sandpaper, glue, white clay, a steel brush and a hammer plus a chisel.
To be continued 🙂
January 27, 2015 – post 3
Let’s get started. We had a lot of snow out, and even though I really dislike snow – it makes great photographs:
My tools for the next step:
This where I found the branch. I needed a fairly straight one, so the cat wont get hurt when it plays rough.
I started sawing off the bits and pieces.
And now the real work starts. I do love the feel and smell of fresh wood, as much as I love the smell of oil-paint and ironing.
Now off to do the sandpapering, and the branch needs to dry. So far, so good!
To be continued……
February 27, 2015 – post 4
The branch is fairy dry, time to finish the cat tree.
I started by taking the meat grinder apart, taking out the knife so there is space for the branch. I replaced the bolt, after the glue dries I will need to tighten this to support the branch – my cat is now over 2 kilograms so it needs to be a strong construction.
I made sure the branch fits into the grinder, but let’s double-check before actually using any glue.
To be continued……
March 12, 2015 – Post 5
3 Layers of glue, and some extra re-enforcement and the cat tree is strong enough to hold 5 cats at the same time, if needed.
First I used some sisal, for this:
Believe me, it will look great, when finished.
And now, let’s start!
Lots and lots of sisal rope. I had to stop several times – you need to pull pretty hard to get the rope nice and tight around the branch, it made my hands hurt!
I will cover the little screw up, later, when I start with the finishing touch, with special (white) clay
Sisal is a product of nature, I am growing very fond of it, and lots of ideas for CatART are popping up in my mind.
Almost done, but it needs a bit of color!
To be continued ….
March 24, 2015 – post 6
Show me your colors. (One of my favorite songs, by Steve Harley)
Let’s add some greens, and some reds:
And create a hook/connection where you can attach your cats favorite toy. I bought a bag full of little balls, mouses, fish, feathers and other toys that cats like, in a discount store. So, lots of variation for hours and hours of play-time.
Does this look ok? It does to me 🙂
Drumroll …. later that evening …… The CatART Tree is ready!
Tomorrow: playtime – will Pip like her CatART Tree?
April 1, 2015 – post 7
Playtime, she LOVES it!
Project CatART is a big succes, I am inspired and hired by Pip, to create some more!