24 April 2016

week 11 - tweet tea

The Treaty of Waitangi (Māori: Tiriti o Waitangi) is a treaty first signed on 6 February 1840 by representatives of the British Crown and various Māori chiefs from the North Island of New Zealand. It resulted in the declaration of British sovereignty over New Zealand by Lieutenant Governor William Hobson in May 1840. - Wikipedia

And that is only the beginning - still a much debated document (English translated into Maori at the time - the translation causing much debate as being 'different' to the original in English)

So let's rather have a tweet tea for two - much easier don't you think? ;-)

tweet tea - acrylic, graphite on stretched canvas 18" x 18" or 450mm x 450mm x 30mm

Thank you for taking a look
erika

PS this is on auction for 10 days here.. e^)

30 March 2016

week 10 - balanced diet

Suffering from a chocolate brain freeze and seriously thinking about healthy eating again.. what we do to ourselves sometimes!

So here is "balanced diet" - very timely after the Easter weekend with all the holidays and letting those good habits slip. Slightly!

I am what I eat, so today I'm sweet and sticky. But tomorrow I'll be getting back to fresh, green, raw and earthy ;-) and I'm sure the brain will be ever so grateful..

balanced diet - acrylic, graphite on stretched canvas 450 x 450mm (18" x 18")

Take care
erika

12 March 2016

week 9 - white flower

Is there anything as pure and innocent as a white flower?

This little painting is made up of many many layers - acrylic, drawing in graphite, more acrylic, modelling paste and more acrylic. Tools used were brushes, pencils, painting knife, fingers and lastly a bamboo skewer to add a centre to the little white flower.

I never intended to paint a flower, it sort of presented itself and demanded to be included in the little picture. Who am I to object - was that a pun?

It's been a long time since I've done a complete work (albeit small) using my fingers as last layer. How lovely to be so closely in touch with the material, and what a freeing experience for me to let it happen and not to control the outcome too much. Lesson learned - free up, loosen up, let it go, and enjoy the moment

white flower - acrylic, modelling paste, graphite on stretched canvas, 300 x 300 x 15mm

More soon ..e^)

2 March 2016

week 8 - petroglyphs, hieroglyphs, semitic and asemic writing..

.. plus ramblings about my own scribblings :-)

Writing goes back a little more than 5,000 years and could it be that petroglyphs lie at the root of that? Those beautiful rock and cave paintings which I discovered for the first time, quite accidentally actually, when we were gathering wood for a fire while camping - I was 12 years old, captivated and in awe.

Hieroglyphs we know as those pictorial inscriptions one would associate with Egypt, with the Rosetta Stone casting an explanatory light on translating them, and much more..

While semitic writing usually happens from right to left, and my own language associated with Romantic languages written from left to right, we are just scraping the surface of philology...

So to add to this very interesting subject the fact that some symbols with special meaning only to me and my particular art making have been surfacing in some of my work - now, am I painting, or am I writing? These marks have been practiced, done again and again, so that they start to feel like a signature - signification? Or doodling?

There is also asemic writing which to me is more like a dance of the writing instrument - with no deeper meaning than the depth of the graphite on the paper, often repetitive gestures that have a therapeutic quality and is quite beautiful when displayed, unintelligible and not meant to mean anything. It's just there.

So one could argue that graffiti could be another form of asemic writing then. If graffiti artists would just pick their canvas more carefully... and not cause damage or costly harm

And so on and so forth

Here is this week's little painting - looking much like sgraffito on a black board :-) -

back next week ..e^)


'black board' - 300mm x 300mm x 15mm acrylic on canvas


23 February 2016

week 7 - ephemera

Ephemera (ἐφήμερα) is a noun, the plural neuter of ephemeron and ephemeros, Greek and New Latin for ἐπί – epi "on, for" and ἡμέρα – hemera "day" with the ancient sense extending to the mayfly and other short lived insects and flowers and for something which lasts a day or a short period of time.

A short period of time..  They say 50 is the new 40. They also say 60 is the new 50. And 100 is the new 90.. and it's all to do with longevity or the lack thereof. Life is precious and we think we're bulletproof untill we strike those 'new' ages and suddenly we realise that we're so not. Little mayflies, all of us living on this magnificent planet, all following the same path and coming to the same river.

Eccles 3:19-20  For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is the same. As one dies so dies the other; indeed, they all have the same breath and there is no advantage for man over beast, for all is vanity. 20All go to the same place. All came from the dust and all return to the dust.…

So! We're all stardust? Of course we are. And that's okay too :-) because it's the truth and it's beautiful.


Thanks for being dusty, see next week xx

ephemera - acrylic, graphite, wc pencils on stretched canvas 300mm x 300mm x 15mm


15 February 2016

week 6 - sweet dreams

insomnia is a beast - one that has been knocking on my door since I'm older, but one that I couldn't grasp when I was still studying music, with a practical exam waiting for me in the morning. I remember collapsing on my bed with the beconning of a good number of hours being in forgetful absence.. Sleep has always been a way of escape for lucky me - thinking, I'm free, in my happy place of dreaming about all things pink and fluffy, on a cloud of nothingness.

These days I manage it in full awakeness - while painting!! Well for a good number of those hours anyway..

sweet dreams by erika husselmann 300mm x 300mm acrylic on canvas


Available on trademe for this week - thanks for visiting my blog ;-)
erika

7 February 2016

Week 5 - happenings..

hi again

This week two things.. first about the monkeys in Parnell!
It's Chinese New Year celebrations and it's the year of the monkey, so there are 20 handmade monkeys in Parnell waiting to be discovered.. and I have been fortunate to be able to paint a monkey for this event. 'Stardust' is exhibited at Black Door Gallery and available through silent bidding on the website. All details here

And second thing is this little painting done for week 5, first one for February. It is about evolution, genealogy, birds and bees, and anything you see in there - all valid. Acrylic paint on modelling paste, sealed with satin finish varnish, ready to hang on stretched canvas, with sides painted black (such a schlepp for me, but it does make the painting pop) How many birds can you see? How many bees? How many faces and profiles? Our brains are magical instruments, don't you think?
Thanks for visiting my blog - see next week ;)

'birds and bees' - acrylic on canvas 300 x 300 x 30mm



29 January 2016

week 4 - conference

Week 4 and a larger work this time, 18" square or 450mm x 450mm - acrylic and graphite on stretched canvas, ready to hang and available on trade me for a while.

I love the tweeting and chatter of birds, especially in the mornings and the evenings as they gather together in a communal tree. Almost like a conferential get-together of birds ;-)

Wonder what they're discussing with such enthusiasm..

I've painted this in many layers, with lots of drying periods in between. It's gone through the exciting, to the ugly, to the maybe, and finally the acceptable stages.. full circle ha!

Thanks for taking a look, blessings
erika

'conference' by erika husselmann
acrylic, graphite on cotton canvas
450mm x 450mm x 25mm

23 January 2016

Week 3 - heart of gold

Week three already, it's motoring already and to be honest, I haven't had time this week to make a brand new little work for this project. But I do have this sweet little work from a few weeks back.. and seeing that I'm the one who makes the rules around here and no-one'll dare challenge me, I'll be sneaky and slip this one in...

It is in the shape of a heart, with some collage elements to add texture, painted in soft colours with some gold accents. And it is about having a heart, spreading the love always. Even making eye contact with someone, acknowledging their presence, could be a life saver.

I was watching a lady caregiver on the ferry yesterday, of an 8 year old little girl with the ability of a 9 month old baby. What love. Angels living among us, both of them.


Thanks for visiting my blog.. heart of gold is available from trademe for this week - size is about 300 x 300 x 15mm, acrylic, collage on stretched canvas, ready to hang

cheers, e



17 January 2016

Week 2 - dreaming

Second work for 2016 done in many layers - acrylic with some graphite drawing, then more acrylic with some coloured pencil drawing, then more acrylic. Slowly the painting developed into something with a rather soft and dreamy feeling.

"Dreams are successions of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that occur usually involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep." - Wikipedia


"Why we dream is still one of the behavioral sciences' greatest unanswered questions. Researchers have offered many theories—memory consolidation, emotional regulation, threat simulation—but a unified one remains, well, a pipe dream. Nevertheless, people continue mining their nighttime reveries for clues to their inner lives, for creative insight, and even for premonitions." - Psychology Today
I've had some recurring dreams which have translated onto canvas before, surreal ideas I know, but very much real and part of my life. Still.
For some world cultures dreams are an important part of their rituals, and in Biblical times dreams were sometimes experienced as prophecies and messages from God.
So here is 'dreaming', acrylic, graphite and coloured pencil on stretched canvas, 300mm x 300mm x 25mm, available through Trademe for a while

Dreaming by Erika Hüsselmann

Thanks for visiting my blog, till next week ..e^)

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