zondag 31 juli 2016

More ''Redemption'' in the making - and it still unforgiving work!

A while ago, I wrote a blogpost about my series 'Redemption Day Is Not Installed'. Quite an intense, dark, gloomy series of drawings made with pencil, ink and watercolours. I tried to describe that, to me, this series was about the uncompromising character of guilt, especially undeserved and (often) self-inflicted guilt and how it's almost impossible to break free of it. And how to redeem oneself can be an obligation that has the potential to turn into a burden itself. 

It is an extremely heavy load to carry with you.

It's a series I am certainly not done with. Not for a long time. So, here are a couple of new ones in the making. Still using the same materials and imagery, but with the addition of some other type of creatures and colours, moving from the colder blue and greenish, even turqoise shades from the first drawings to more intense reds and purples. But still, not any warmer. It's still quite a harsh place to dwell in. 

Furthermore, I have been playing with the idea of exploring this theme and visualisation in a more theatrical type of setting, perhaps adding little sculptures or otherwise 3D figurines to the scene. Not sure yet, but some ideas worth looking into, so .. hope to show you all more of that in the near future!

For now, I hope you like these new drawings in the making!

Witty Art is definitely NOT about living in a solid playground

So, this time last year, I was in the middle of a very unsettling time for me, as I had to sell my house and embarked on a journey into the unknown, living the life of, as I started calling it, a 21st century city nomad. By that I mean not someone who's not really homeless as in living on the streets (which I am eternally glad for, because that is a hard, harsh life that I do NOT wish for anyone to happen at anytime), but still someone who does not have a place of her own to live in. Like, some kind of 'home hoppper' or 'pop up resident'. Or whatever fancy term you'd like to use for it.

By Summer 2015, I'd created tons of Witty Art, bascially driven by the fear of not being able to draw or create art for a long, long time to come. You see, losing my house not only meant losing my home, the roof over my head, but also my studio, the birthplace of so much Witty Art. So indeed I feared a long period of creative drought would set in.
Luckily for me, that hasn't happened, really. If anything, quite the opposite. Thanks to the support and care of people very close to me, who realised that, without my art, without being to able to create my art, I am just half the woman I am. Sounds a bit dramatic, I know, but it's true. To me, creating Witty Art is an urge. A matter of being alive and awake or being alive and virtually dead inside. So, I kept drawing, in my Witty Art Book 'My Life In Limbo', but also started working on new series, rediscovering basic materials such as pencil and charcoal, and discovering other ways of expressing myself.

The result has been many new Series and Singles over the last 12 months or so. As well as a couple of great opportunities to showcase my work. So, instead of drought there was a wave of inspiration and of new creations appearing and re-appearing.

But, while archiving the digital images of all the stuff created last summer, shortly before having to leave my home, I realised that I just hadn't shared much of the art I created during the final days spent in that house. Because I kept drawing as long as I could, untill I had to even pack up all my art, sending them off into a safe storage untill I would be able to work in a proper studio again.

So, here are some of the drawings I was working on last year, around this very time. I have to admit, I was even a bit scared of having to look at them again as I feared they'd reveal too much of my personal feelings and emotions at that time. But, it turns out it's not all that bad. 

Let's just say that the world, my world, is still NO solid playground, but then again, it never really was. And ultimately, I am kind of okay with that. Because if indeed that had been the case, I doubt if there ever would have been such a thing as Witty Art.

vrijdag 22 juli 2016

Witty Art Puppetry: The first EVER preview...

So, here's the first EVER preview of what, in time, is going to be yet another expression or even manifestation of Witty Art! Moving from 2D to 3D, here's the first try out sample of Witty Art Puppetry, created by my Studio PuRRR's fellow creative mastermind Deborah van de Beld (a costume designer and fabric connaisseur in her own right AND a highly skilled culinary artist and who'll be launching her own House of Westenwind over the coming months).

I have always envisioned my artwork coming alive, both old skool, as in: handmade, crafted with various materials; and digitally, perhaps in a form of stop motion animation. But for a number of reasons, I never got around to figuring that all out. Something to do with living in the hell of crippling self doubt, fear of failure and - less prozaic - other projects and businesss stuff demanding too much of my time. So I basically stuck to drawing - don't get me wrong, I LOVE it and drawing and painting will always be a necessity to me, as I sometimes simply just have to do it or I'll go mad. But other plans, ideas, dreams, well .. they just got postponed.

So it is great to have someone motivating me to pick up where I left and start working again towards a three-dimensional world of Witty Art, one way or the other.

In short: to be continued...

donderdag 21 juli 2016

As a matter of fact, it's ALL just 'A Matter Of Trust'

This particular series, 'A Matter Of Trust', created back in 2014, deals with some pretty basic human emotions, if not one of the most basic: trust. A small, simpel word, but o so crucial for human relationships. A word too often used too lightly, misused, abused. And I guess we all are or have been guilty of that, at one or more times in our life. Of abusing someone's trust. Ignored, overlooked, brushed aside. I know I have done so, probably not once, not twice, but a couple of times.

Then again, my trust too, has been stood upon, trampled, crushed, many times. And as I am only human, that left some pretty nasty scars. Perhaps there a few of them visible, tangible, in this series. Then again, I am not revealing everything. I am not sure, after all, if I can trust you, can I? 
After all, trust is an extremely precious good to give. Trust. A precious good to give, yet so very easy to waste. And once gone, extremely hard to obtain back. As a matter of fact, it's often not just 'A Matter Of Trust'.

Trust me, I know... 


'One Step Forward (How Many Steps Back)': Life as we often know it to be...

So, yes, recently I've been on bit of a drawing spree - skip that, I have been suffering of one of those almost all-consuming attacks of GottaDraw, which I jokingly refer to as ''my favourite disease''. The result is a whole bunch of drawings, Singles mainly, but also a couple of new Series. 

One of these involves this particular character. And again, it is yet another manifestation of UnBunny making an appearance in my work. For those of you who have been following my work over the years, UnBunny is no uncommon inhabitant of the World of Witty Art. He's also one of the most popular ones and he's constantly evolving and appearing in different forms and shapes, in various singles or series of drawings, like 'Innovation In Carnation', 'Innovation In Corporation', 'H.U.R.T' and, more recently, 'Redemption Day Is Not Installed'.

So, here he is again, this time in a series titled 'One Step Forward (How Many Steps Back'). As life often feels that way for many of us, I think both the images and the subtitles speak volumes.

Hope to be able to post each individual image on this blog soon!

woensdag 20 juli 2016

Recent drawing spree resulted in a whole bunch of new Witty Art Work!

Recently, I have been on a bit of a drawing spree, and I found myself creating a lot of new Witty Art. A couple of new Series and a lot of Singles, and a couple of two and even three-pieces. It's been a while since I've been working with ink and watercolours but it felt extremely good to be able to do so again.
It turned out to be quite a good harvest. I witnessed the return of some old characters and ideas, but in new shapes and forms; as well as the birth of  new ones, some of which really surprised me, but in a good way. I can see new, previously undiscovered pathways, waiting to be explored and yes, I am eager to do so, at the same time, just a bit scared of what I might discover while doing just that. But the need to go onward and forward has the better of me!

I will post individual pictures of each work soon, for now, here is a small selection!

woensdag 13 juli 2016

Frozen in time? Flashback to my series Such A Sudden Cold

Back in 2013, I created a series of drawings called ''Such A Sudden Cold'', which portrays a lonely figure, caught or even stuck in dark surroundings, unable to break away from it, while being under threat by another persona, which is clearly after him. Whether this persona's intention is to safe him from the black hole he's stuck in or to push him even further into the abyss, isn't sure.

The only thing is that the density of the ''hole'' varies in each artwork, from a pitchblack and dense darkness in some drawings, to a more lucid kind of grey in others. In some drawings, the figure to the right appears to be less of a threat, not attacking but even reaching out to the prisoner, sometimes even turning away from him, as to shield himself.

The whole atmosphere of this series to me, indeed, is that of a sudden coldness that can overcome you when find yourself thinking of not too pleasant things from the past. The kind of memories that leave your whole body and mind frozen, not being able to breathe while trying not to relive them. The kind that chills you to the very bone. 

Definitely not the kind of frozen 'never could bother Elsa anyway' but a far more dystopian sense of all consuming cold.

There are currently a total of seven of this series. Five of them have been on display in 2013, at the opening exhibition of my project Sint Maria's Gallery, a now closed down pop up gallery in Rotterdam. Later on, early 2015, I showed another two during the Maak Het Mee Pop Up Expo at the Josephlaan, also in Rotterdam. 

Currently, I am not so sure whether this series is finished or not, as I didn't have any time over the last couple of months to study it properly. So I will have to see how this one will develop, or not, once I will have a closer look at it again. See if the black hole is able to swallow me this time!

woensdag 6 juli 2016

Succesful viewing of expo at Gallery Lijnbaan 140 last sunday!

Yesterday's exclusive viewing of private gallery Lijnbaan 140's exhibition proved to be quite a success, with an interested crowd of visitors showing up in the afternoon and even one piece of Witty Art sold! One of the new 'Lost Bear' drawings went to one extremely happy new owner that afternoon. Now that he's no longer lost, but found, we wish him all the best in his happy new home.

Viewers expressed a genuine interest in my artwork, asking a lot of questions and exchanging thoughts and ideas on the images and characters on display. Something, I always really enjoy, as I love listening to what others think of my work and how they perceive it. Some more viewers came dropped by later that afternoon and their response too, was very open and enthusiastic.

The exhibition can be seen during the whole month of July. Lijnbaan 140 opens up by appointment only, though, so in case you want to drop by, please give owner Ellen Tuyn a ring beforehand: 06-48275148. She will be more than happy to show you around in person.

The exact address is Lijnbaan 140 (naturally), Den Haag (The Hague). You can get there by public transport easily via HTM lines 2, 3 and 4, stop MC Westeinde.

zaterdag 2 juli 2016

Witty Art proudly on display at Lijnbaan 140, The Hague

So, yesterday I went to The Hague to prepare my part of the exhibition in private artgallery Lijnbaan 140. It all went very well and extremely smooth as it turned out to be a perfect combination of both my work and that of Ellen Tuyn, the gallery's owner and a painter herself. Even though our styles and techniques couldn't be any different, we came up with a perfect arrangement for our artwork, which is complemented by the glass sculptures of Heidi van de Water; scrap art creations by Karin Nolmans and delicate porcelain art by Maya Wuhrmann. 

There will be an exclusive viewing of the exhibition on Sunday July 3rd from 11 to 14 hrs, Lijnbaan 140, Den Haag (The Hague).

After Sunday, Lijnbaan 140 is open by appointment only. If you want to visit the exhibition, please contact gallery owner Ellen Tuyn on her mobile: 06 48 27 51 48.
The exhibition will run untill he end of July. 

The selection on display as of tomorrow consists of seven older works, created back in 2014 and recent drawings, created recently over the last couple of months, even this very week! There's seven 'Singles', all of them shown during previous exhibitions but never together in this particular line up. 

Besides those, there is also a selection of new works from my series 'Lost Bear'. To be precise, ten in total and off them were created just earlier this week, especially for this exhibition! 

Also on display, in their very own special corner of the exhibition: a couple of smaller two-pieces and three-pieces from what is now called the series 'Lost My Bearings'. The latter, in fact, is more or less a spin-off of the 'Lost Bear'-series, but I will write more about that in a separate blogpost.
For now, I am looking forward to what no doubt will be a great opening tomorrow, and a chance to introduce Witty Art to some new friends and followers, as well as re-encounter some older ones!

vrijdag 1 juli 2016

New additions to my series 'Lost Bear', created especially for Expo Lijnbaan140!

May I proudly present to you all: ten new additions to my series 'Lost Bear', all made earlier this very week - when this picture was taken, the ink was barely dry! These ones were specially created for the art exhibition in private art gallery Lijnbaan140 in The Hague, which will open on coming Sunday July 3rd from 11 to 14 hrs. So looking forward to that!

Mijn selectie voor de expo in Lijnbaan 140 Den Haag is bekend!

(this post is in Dutch, more information on the exhibition in Lijnbaan 140, please click here)

De laatste dagen ben ik ook bijzonder druk bezig geweest met het selecteren van werk voor de groepstentoonstelling Expo 2.0. Dit is alweer de tweede expositie van Lijnbaan 140 te Den Haag, na de succesvolle eerste openstelling op 8 mei jl., inclusief een mooie selectie van Witty Art!

Na het doorslaand succes van de eerste openstelling op 8 mei jl. organiseert Lijnbaan 140 Expo 2.0 en nodigt iedereen van harte uit daarbij aanwezig te zijn!

Wanneer? Zondag 3 juli van 11.00 tot 14.00 uur
Waar? Lijnbaan 140, Den Haag.
Meer info? Bekijk de eventpagina op Facebook

Lijnbaan 140 presenteert: 

Verrassende en veelzijdige glaskunst van Heidi van de Water; scrap art van Karin Nolmans, die met restmaterialen kleine figuren maakt met wie je je direct verbonden voelt; de kleurvolle schilderijen van Ellen Tuyn, vervaardigd met diverse materialen; en natuurlijk Witty Art, met een selectie van eerder en nog niet eerder vertoond werk. Waaronder in ieder geval een selectie van Singles uit 2014 en zeker een aantal uit mijn serie 'Lost Bear'

Ellen en Karin zijn beiden verbonden aan Stichting Miaw (Make it art worthy) aan de Noordwal 18

Kun je a.s. zondag niet, de werken zijn tot het einde van de maand te zien op afspraak. Voor het maken van een afspraak, neem contact met op Ellen Tuyn van Lijnbaan140 via: 06 48 27 51 48.