Monday, December 23, 2013

¡Feliz Navidad! ~~ Merry Xmas! ~~ Joyeux Noël!

                  Cap is in Spain
                     It blew over the ocean
                        Beating rhythm flows ~~by; Andrea Dietrich 
                  A shot of Haiku -CHAIN-

I assume, now you all are enjoying your holiday season, shopping or taking a break from your work for few days... Well, good for you! Few days left for the famous family dinner party, good luck to you all :) I will be with my big Spanish family here in Gran Canaria this year.

As I have mentioned in my previous post that I will have solo show at the end of January next year, so, I am pretty busy these days... Lots to do, but I know things will get together well at the end... Anyway, the other day I was in Las Palmas city, I had chance to see the traditional sand sculptures made for Christmas "Belen". They are absolutely beautiful! Here few photos for you, enjoy it...






Sand sculptures at Las Canteras Beach , Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Countdown started for "CactuSueños" Exhibition

Hi! My dear blog readers, I have some good news! Finally exhibition dates for "CactuSueños" series confirmed by the gallery in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. It will be at the end of January 2014.(I will give more details on the following weeks). I have been working on this project on and off during this past 10 years and I created more than 50 pieces of artworks using different art techniques which are oil painting, acrylic painting, watercolor,oil pastel, lino cut, chalk drawing, glass mosaic and digital media. Few artworks need some last touches and photo sessions need to be done before framing them.

Fixing edges of the mosaic piece 
" Dream vacation by the drago tree" for framing.

Last week, I visited one of my favorite Canarian Artist, César Manrique's retrospective exhibition at Centro del Arte La Regenta in Las Palmas. He was a truly a gem artist and a great eco-friendly architect. 



César Manrique's Retrospective Exhibition brochure cover and back cover.


Visit my Online Special Exhibition called "Nunc Aut Nuncuam" (Now or Never) at ClickGallery.com .
The Exhibition will be available between December 9th - January 20th 2014. 

Have a Great Week!

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Can crochet change a life? Otherwise a new wardrobe with full of funky clothing...

I haven't being around on the blogsphere world for a while but here I am writing again...and still life goes on strange and beautifully without  its own sense at all... Curiously learning almost everyday something new about all kinds of arts, science & nature. It's nice to be able to do these showing up and  magically disappearing attitude. Most of us, including myself had been thought enormous amount of junk info with methodical ways on schools and perhaps afterwards brained washed somehow by social media. However the final result shows that we are using less time with our computers than our tablet and mobile surfing nowadays ...

Short resume of my absence;

Finished a commissioned oil portrait work of 3 young brothers. It took 2 and a half months. It was not an easy project but finally the client was very happy. Spanish laws are so strict about publishing photos or images of children under 18 without their parents permission. The client will give the paintings as a gift for Xmas. I have to wait until then to see what happens...

Sold the publishing rights of my painting called "follow me" for a Brazilian magazine editor, see image below the cover design of a "Traveller" Magazine.


"Follow me" , 2013  Original art or print editions can be purchased , please contact for price request at 


Losts of frame working with museum style...

And finally going back to my childhood memories and my actual wardrobe to discover how to make upcycled wearable art, coming soon...

Monday, August 26, 2013

I wish I could, I could sleep all summer...

It's very hot and  the studio smells lots of oil paint these days. Three canvases side by side standing on the brown bookcase waiting for to dry, more colors to go... Tree young boys portrait commission project started few weeks ago, advancing on each one every other day.

On the other hand working on "Cactusueños" series mostly. It is better to wait till the solo show to see the latest pieces. I will give some peeks following weeks though.. Also I put together many images for the videoclip installlation will be projected on the exhibition.




Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Workshop clip for Cactusueños

Working on "Cactusueños" once more :) Since this was a postponed project , most of the work is actually done, except few pieces need final touches and some frame work. I painted during the 10 years of my painting period lots of sleeping self-portraits with these somehow scary but enigmatic looking cacti plant. It's ironic but makes sense very well :) Hopefully once I exhibit "Cactusueños" I will wake up from this crazy dream...

Studio settings for small format paintings



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                                  Studio clip for "Cactusueños" workshop
Cactusueños III, Oil on canvas, 97 x 160 cm., 2013



Monday, July 8, 2013

ETSY Canary Islands Team launched with facebook group and Pinterest Board

Since last month, right after joining to ETSY community I started working to promote my shop. I did a Pinterest Board and kept posting my listings on facebook page and twitter as well. Stats shows the hard work paid my working hours and my shop recognized by many art lovers. I made a sale and two reservations already.
"Canary Islands Team" 

In the mean time I created an ETSY team called "Canary Islands Team" and a facebook group called 
"ETSY Canary Islands". Also I promoted the team member to show their listings on my Pinterest Board called "Canary Islands Team on ETSY". Lots of sitting hour yes but mostly at late nights... Feel free to join if you care about arts and crafts related to Canary Islands.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Boyun Egme #DirenTurkiye




Well, I imagine many of my fellow followers read news or watch TV etc. Anyway, if you still haven't heard about it I do not get surprised :) Let me tell you why... On Friday May 31st a group of peaceful young protesters were attacked by the Police in Istanbul, Turkey. The protesters were telling " We do not need another Shopping Mall in our park". The reason is because Gezi Park which is very emblematic for Taksim square where people can enjoy the nature in the center of the city and there are several Shopping Malls already in the area and the long shopping street "Beyoglu" is near by... In the meantime, CNN- Turk was showing a penguins documentary and many other big channels like NTV, TRT, HaberTurk didn't interrupted their programmes with this important news. Social Media followers on twitter and facebook sharing messages and video clips, showing the Police brutality against protesters and asking help. Lots of young people who had goodwill ran to help there. People were on shock, tear gases and water canons all over this square, it was like war scene... Watch if you want to see on this youtube clip Well, Soon after big cities like Ankara, Izmir, Adana, Antalya joined to the protests against censured media and antidemocratic government with their brutal Police force...  In the middle of these crises Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan went to several North African countries for diplomatic visits. The Nation was on shock watching the news from foreign TV channels and TV Channel called "Halk TV" became nations heroic channel (I recently checked and it seems like unplugged from the air) . Days were passing but the Prime minister instead of calming the nation he was giving very aggressive speeches like "3 - 5 Marginal Chapulcu ( looter for more wikipedia )  is trying to do this" later on, "Beware, I am holding the other 50% of the population at home".  I was following the news from social media and Halk TV for last 21 days... Thank god my family and friends are safe but very demoralized. I think aprox. for the moment there are 4 dead, 1000's of injured people, hundreds of arrested with no reason, including lawyers and doctors...   I love my country even though I live abroad for many years... I give all my support with positive energy till I die and I know we will never give up! 


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Like many mid career artists I am struggling... I think the main reasons are ; first, where I live is a small island in the Atlantic ocean far from the mainland Spain. People here in Canary Islands they don't collect art they decorate their wall that's all... Second, knowing that of course I looked for other alternatives and made many meetings with major galleries In Istanbul last 7 years.  All of them liked my artwork but they were after with this new fashion called "young artist", I think it's very stupid. Even one of them told me I was too old for them and I was not even 40 years old :)) What they want is clear,  be capable to control young inexperienced artist, invest their art while is cheap and make them over rated in few years and sell their art in auctions... When I found the opportunity to exhibit, I didn't have much choice, overall It was disappointing experience but not a total disaster... I have a great proverb to say "Dum spiro spero" (As long as I breathe I hope).


Birsen




Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Lets catch up sometime!

I was pretty busy last month. I had guests at my place, my mum and my brother, so I couldn't have time to write on the blog lately. Anyways, hope you all guys are fine and still up to see my new artworks. Here are some of them. I started a new series of daily paintings Alla Prima style. The alla prima style (Italian meaning "at once") was pioneered by artists like Velazquez and made popular by the Impressionists in the 1900s. This attempt to capture the impression while the paint is still wet gives the painting a unique sense of unity and spontaneity.  


"Sunday Morning at Central Park". 
Oil color on gesso primed wood panel.
Size 8.7" x 6" (22 x 15.3 cm) .



"Follow me"
Oil color on 100% cotton canvas sheet
Size of the painting 9" x 7" ( 23.3 x 18 cm)
Size with frame 10.6" x 8.25" (27 x 21 cm)


I am also preparing an Online Shop, soon you will be able to see them all together at my new showcase place "ClickGallery" where you can buy my original artworks directly from me. No dealing with any gallery and of course you will save 40- 50% from the gallery prices.

Oh! I forgot, I did a commissioned work also and a tattoo design :) Both pieces came out very well and my clients were happy  :)

"Bernie" 
Oil on Canvas, 46 x 55 cm

Tattoo design for Elif


See you soon, please come to visit or subscribe to my blog to get the news instantly! Have a wonderful week!

Monday, February 25, 2013

New sketches





Jardín Botánico Canario Viera y Clavijo , Las Palmas de Gran Canaria


Last week I was planning to go to Leroy Merlin (a French chain of mega hardware store) to buy thin pressed wood panels for my small formatted cactus paintings. Later on, I had to cut the panels and prime them with gesso, too. Surprisingly, I was pretty lucky to find something else in the local art store. And it saved me from lots of work, time and money :)   Canvas painting pads! 100 % cotton, 3 times primed with gesso 2 pads with 10 pages each, size of A4 and another one 10 pages, size of A3. First, I cut them for the size of my frames and glued them to their Plexiglas.After that, they looked like a canvas board. Afterwards, I printed my working files from Photoshop and transferred the images with copy paper. Here they are, as you see on the picture below, these are my first four sketches for the installation series.I will prepare 16 more pieces. They will have slightly different sizes. Once I finish them all, I will arrange them on my computer to show you how they will look all together. 


Work in progress Cactusueños small sizes


Have a great week!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Saint Valentine at Jardin Canario (Cactus Garden)

Working for the final touches of "Cactusueños IV". On the short video clip below you will have an idea of how I work on the detailed parts. The process of building paint layers patiently takes time of course. You work basically, until painting starts giving you this semi-finished feeling, that's the moment I start for a new project generally, just before finishing it.... This emotion keeps me engaged whatever I do! One after another one after... 

Video clip, working on Cactusueños IV

The photo below is the lastest version which you can see more details. I will change the color of the dark abstract part behind the figure's head, it will be much softer and brighter. In order to bring the head front this is essential. Also, hands and the face needs another layer for sure. The pillow seems fine but I might add some decorative designs on it.

Cactusueños IV, Oil on canvas, 81 x 100 cm (Work in progress)

This Thursday was Saint Valentine's Day, we decided to visit "Jardin Canario". The Cactus garden was amazing!. I took many photos and filmed video clips for the small formatted paintings. I measured my small sized frames to find out what size wooden panel I should use. Also, I reviewed quite a number of pictures and chose the candidates for this project. Next, I need to buy the wooden panel and cut for the measured sizes and paint with gesso.  And ready to go! Next week, hopefully I will have some sketches to show you... 

Have a wonderful week, see you soon!

Small sized frames for oil on wood panel project


Some kind of ficus tree, Jardin Canario, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria


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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Work in progress

Another week is behind us. Well, I must say, it was pretty productive for me... I worked a lot on the cactusueños series as you can see on the video clip, the latest painting is advancing nicely. Next week, I am going to start on the small formats which I  decided to display them as a group on the wall. 

video



Have a wonderful week!


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Monday, February 4, 2013

New Painting, work in progress & Videoclip of Jardin Canario

More cactusueños on the way, started on a  new painting with transparent green toned ground color which will give good contrast with the skin tones later on. Laid the composition with dark brown and started to paint from top to bottom afterwards put the first coat of the sky with zinc white mixed with some green and pinkish tones. Landscape painted in three abstract wine red tones...Cactus and the figure is the next to paint now... I am taking pictures while on working on so you will see the development on this painting little by little.

Cactusueños 4, Oil on Canvas, 81 cm x 100 cm. (Work in progress)

Here is a videoclip of Jardin Canario, Gran Canaria. It's a beautiful botanical garden full of cactuses and many other plants. My inspirations for cactusueños paintings comes from this garden. More info at Wikipedia Enjoy it! Have a wonderful week.

  

Friday, January 25, 2013

Live and alive from the studio, here I am grabbing it with no fear

The world is spinning like maniac without waiting for anyone of us, looks like this hideous non forgiven "time" suppose to be our only enemy in this universe, aren't we all trying to grab the monster? Damn! You're right what they say "Carpe diem", writing and inspiring in my studio... Just  6 days before February, here I am these last days working on a new painting for the never ending cactusueños series. Well, the painting mostly finished, putting for the last brush strokes as it needs. I used lots of Titanium white on the background as you might not know about this type of white oil color,  it dries very very slowly. Probably by next week it will be totally dried.

Sleeping peacefully by the side of scary cactus plant. Is this an irony or not for you? Leave a comment please if you feel like. I will post next week some new stuff, hopefully I can grab the "monster" better this time :P



Cactusueños III- Work in progress
Oil on Canvas 160 cm x 96 cm


Video clip - Cactusueños III- Work in progress

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Feliz Año Nuevo! Welcome to 2013! Letter to Santa...


Letter to Santa: Hi Santa, I've been painting and working very hard all those years. I have many followers in my blog which they appreciate my artwork. So listen to me now. All I want is 2013 to be very nice to me. We are having tough times in whole country and especially in this art world. So please, Santa, tell your friends and family about me, recommend my online store,  share my blog, "like" my fb page, follow me at twitter and say "There she is available for your services". Thanks and Feliz Año Nuevo from Canaries!

Goals for 2013 : To accomplish all the works, tasks, readings, blogging and have fun time in the mean time. Travel overseas, visit new places, meet with new faces... 

Wishes for my followers: Thanks for your support and appreciation of my work. I wish you the best! Healthy, happy and a successful year with your loved ones.