October 23, 2014

many threads, but one

Sometimes the life of an artist contains so many different aspects, that it feels like you'll might get entangled between all the different things, tasks and errands. For many years, I have believed to work best, when concentrating on one project only. One painting, one show, one list to tick things off. Life has taught me differently; the more ideas and concepts I am at simultaneously, the better and smoother things will become. The trick is, not to fall over your dancing feet, but staying focused on the one step your currently at. Even, if it is only for an hour, absolutely be with the painting you're sitting in front of. When it is time for framing, then frame. No concept talks aside or hectic phonecalls, while cutting out passepartouts. And when in the middle of a meeting, currently quite often about shows far into next year, I will try to forget about the timeframe, but get as excited as possible right now. Of course, the concept is not waterproof, it does help though, to get me back on track. And back to loving what I do in the moment. No matter how long that moment might be.


October 20, 2014

queen of colors

Yesterday still summer, today the colors have changed completely. From fresh smoothies with Kale to some spicy Sweet Corn Soup, so to say. As much as the weather is different, the mood in the Fishbowl is too. Maybe it is time to admit, that I am much more of a Fall person, than this would count for any other season. It feels good to be back in the studio. I am in the middle of framing watercolors for a little show and am looking forward to our first workshop for the big show next year. Therefor this is only a very brief visit, to wish you a great start into the week.

October 17, 2014

a little travel report

Sometimes when selling your art, it does come with one or the other side story; this is my favourite so far. Two months ago one of my pieces had sold to a collector and friend in the United States. After all the arangements where made, a package nice and safely wrapped, went of to the post office. Usually it takes three weeks for a painting to cross the big pond. This time things where a bit different and after almost six weeks I seriously did start to worry. Of course, the package was insured, but loosing a painting would have been a drama to me, nevertheless. I've contacted lovely Katie, if she had heard a word from the post office, when suddenly I've received an email from another Katie. Both, given names and surnames where the same. Katie the Unknown found a package in her P.O. Box, including a painting called "no landscape comes spotless", postcards and some Money Soaps. None of them, she told me, had been ordered by her. Picturing the wide and huge country the U.S. is, you can equally picturing me getting a bit hysterical. At least for a moment. Yesterday I have received another email, a black and white picture of two laughing beauties attached. It turned out that both Katies not only carry the same name, but they also do live in the same town in Ohio and that they're both incredibly nice. They've managed to meet up, exchanged the package and left a smiling artist back in Germany. Thank you, dear Katies, for making this such an encouraging little story, with a happy end. You now, that is something most artists probably dream of, bringing people together. Even when it is because of a mixed up P.O. Box number. With that in mind, be nice to each other and enjoy a wonderful weekend.

October 13, 2014

queen of colors

A week with so many different colors and yet in the end, one sticks out prominently. Blue towels neatly hung on the laundry rack. Promises for more great dishes from the husband's kitchen. A broken mobile phone, looking mysteriously and actually quite pretty. The bathroom is clean and what is even better, it smells of fresh sage and a splash of mint. And a friend braught earrings from Kathmandu. What more could one ask from one tiny week. I wish you a smooth start into this one.