Art

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Starting a new series of paintings. Every wall is a door. Every opening is a painting.

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There is something in the air today!
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And this is what i found.

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2 Pictures of Faust Steamer’s giant virtual statue.

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Original artwork by Ana Oceanida – the work is called : Insane. I adore this installation!

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Me, painting with lime and pigments.. life, like art,  is experimenting.

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Mixing limestone with paint, takes the color away.  So I use pigments and ink.

 

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The idea behind this work is the dance of life. A journey!

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To be continued  🙂

 

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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.

 

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My Lost Garden.
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And here we go, first tree down.
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Inspection! Biertje, my little dachshund.
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With a little help from my dad
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And chicken “Bitchy” (yep that’s her name)
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Pip, September 15, 2014. 63 grams….
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Pip in fostercare- TY Marjolein, Ron, Dimphy !!
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enough photographs, although – how about this? Do you see what I see?
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Ok, a bit closer:
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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.

Ingredients:
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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 🙂

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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:

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My tools for the next step:

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This where I found the branch. I needed a fairly straight one, so the cat wont get hurt when it plays rough.

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I started sawing off the bits and pieces.

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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.

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Now off to do the sandpapering, and the branch needs to dry. So far, so good!

 

To be continued……

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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.

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I made sure the branch fits into the grinder, but let’s double-check before actually using any glue.

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Yep! Glue-time.

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To be continued……

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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:

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Believe me, it will look great, when finished.

And now, let’s start!

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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!

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I will cover the little screw up, later, when I start with the finishing touch, with special (white) clay

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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.

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Almost done, but it needs a bit of color!

 

To be continued ….

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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:

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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.

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Does this look ok? It does to me  🙂

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Drumroll …. later that evening …… The CatART Tree is ready!

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Tomorrow: playtime – will Pip like her CatART Tree?

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April 1, 2015 – post 7

Playtime, she LOVES it!

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Project CatART is a big succes, I am inspired and hired by Pip, to create some more!

 

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