15 October 2016

work 22 - hats away

Yep, hats off to you for returning to this blog ;-)

No seriously, if it wasn't for you beautiful people coming back here to see more of my scribblings on canvas and paper, where would this be?

Hats hold a special place in my heart.. that very special piece of clothing without which an outfit would just not be the same. Hence my fascination with royalty, and just for their hat flair!!!

Big ones, small ones, wide brims, small ones, straight, curved and then the decorations.. oh my heart. Flowers, bows, little floaty feathery tendrils that move with every subtle movement of the head.

I do think I belong to the previous era, just for the sake of the hats LOL! Winter ones, summer, autumn and spring, in all colours of the rainbow, but especially pastel ones...

And then when the wind picks up and lifts it off your head, pin 'n' all, then catch, baby, catch! :-)

hats away - acrylic on stretched canvas, ready to hang, 12" x 12" x 1.5" or 300 x 300 x 35mm by erika hüsselmann
This is available on trade me for this week.
Pop in again soon, ok?
erika

30 September 2016

work 21 - to the moon and back


If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant  or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1 Cor 13:1-13  

moon and back, acrylic, graphite, coloured pencil on stretched canvas 400 x  600 x 35mm by erika husselmann

thanks for visiting my blog
erika
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19 September 2016

work 20 - four plus one

work 20 and I've lost count of the weeks LOL!

the reference for this painting is rather personal
coming from a family of 4 girls and a boy
happy childhood, loved by the most wonderful parents one could wish for

the process for this painting is a recipe I often follow - with a good shot of chance in there as well
many layers, painting, drawing with different media, sealed with a satin finish

the work is 400mm x 600mm on stretched canvas, ready to hang, with previous layers of graphite and acrylic informing and influencing of the final layer

and sometimes it's clear that this way of work is leading somewhere - and I have no idea where, or whether I'll arrive anywhere

what I do know is that this process takes me to another place and fills my heart with joy

'four plus one' - acrylic, graphite on canvas by erika husselmann

available through trademe for this week and a bit

I also have a website if you're interested in similar, larger works

thank you for following my blog!

see soon
erika


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7 September 2016

work 19 - schmetterlings

This is 'schmetterlings' - in oils, acrylic, graphite and coloured pencil on stretched canvas. Size is 510mm x 510mm or 20" x 20".

Loaded with scribbles and doodles, drawings and mark-making reflective of a life well lived. A little bit of history, dreaming, storytelling and testing of those materials.


Can you hear the wind rustling through the grass?
Can you see the silky threads I hold?
Those schmetterlings are mine
They don't know it yet but
They lead the way
As always
I follow

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schmetterlings - 510 x 510 oil/acryl/graphite/coloured pencil on stretched canvas
by
erika husselmann

Thank you all for watching my art - your support is what makes the wheels go round ;-)
see soon
erika

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13 August 2016

work 18 - tūrangawaewae


Tūrangawaewae is one of the most well-known and powerful Māori concepts. Literally tūranga (standing place), waewae (feet), it is often translated as 'a place to stand'. Tūrangawaewae are places where we feel especially empowered and connected. They are our foundation, our place in the world, our home.

So I've painted this in oils on stretched canvas, questioning where one's feet may be, where one is standing, one's view of the world, of people in the world, of this world we live in.. this road we're travelling ;-) Have you figured it out? Maybe the important thing is to keep on figuring ;-)


tuurangawaewae - oil on canvas, 610 x 610mm (24" x 24")

There is a gallery up North in the hills, 20 minutes north of Whangarei - Gallery Helena Bay - worth a visit, as they have a great restaurant next door, the seafood chowder is yum.. Do pay them a visit for a great art experience and wonderful food :-)

see next time
erika

31 July 2016

work 17 - cat content

right, let's make that 'work 17' of 'work a way' project for 2016 - who said anything was set in stone anyway? things are flexible in this floating studio.. yes, we're still living the dream in our boat for now ;-) and working away on this arty thing (more info a little later as promised). which means that there isn't much time to do the oil or acrylic on linen type work at the moment. so here is an older work to keep the 2016 project going on the side. this one is from my own collection again, oils on canvas 500mm x 250mm or 20" x 10" and stretched, ready to hang.

cat content - (girl with cat)
oil on canvas 500 x 250mm
thank you for taking a look at the auction
till next time :-)
erika
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13 July 2016

week 16 - bug tales

Stuff happens, so here is a not so new work to keep this work a week thing going..
From my personal collection comes 'bug tales - a little bug told me', acrylic, graphite on stretched canvas, 500mm x 250mm x 35mm - completed a while ago and now ready to go home ;-)

I'm always fascinated by flying bugs, well some.  They have the most beautiful wings.. cicadas, dragonflies and of course butterflies..


Bug Tales

Bugs can fly.. don't you wish you could too?

Available and on auction for a while here


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1 June 2016

week 15 - last of the dreamcoats

here she is: the last one in the mini series of four paintings with a dream coat and a pair of red shoes..
these have all been done on reworked polyester canvas that I stripped down to the canvas. the last one has darker undercoats (no pun intended) with the end result being more dramatic - she's done the dream coat and red shoes, now she is thinking about things of a more lasting nature, like the moon and stars, and family ties, things onwards and upwards..

dream coat and red shoes - moon and stars, acrylic and graphite on stretched canvas 280mm x 280mm x 15mm, ready to hang

Available on trade-me for a week.

Thank you for visiting my weblog - and allowing me to blow my own little horn here ;-)
till next time - take care
erika
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23 May 2016

week 14 - another dream coat

week 14 has the third little painting in the mini series within the series (;-)) of this amazing dream coat with those must-have red shoes.. and it's about making memories.

those are the building blocks of the self, little snippets of people, good times, thoughts, photo's, memorabilia, stuff that has meaning beyond its meaning.

string them up, polish them, feel them, hold them, cherish them - even the ugly ones, as we all learn from them, and you know what? sometimes they acquire a singular beauty of their own..

I've binned a few of my broken ones - no use polishing the pieces and they can't be strung anymore ;-)

dream coat and red shoes - memories - acrylic, graphite on stretched canvas 280mm x 280mm x 15mm, ready to hang

do pop in again as there is one more in this series ;-)
take care
erika




15 May 2016

week 13 - dream coat, read shoes and scarf

a lady needs a dream coat that will stand the test of time.. as well as a pair of red shoes which should be worn whenever possible and not.

together with that she would need a variety of scarves, just in case.

in case nothing matches anymore, she'd obviously need to shop for more shoes or scarves..

here's the second painting in the mini series of four, featuring said timeless dream coat and red shoes but struggling to find just the right scarf this time ;-)


Here's the process: cover the whole canvas with crazy, vibrant colours. Play and interfere with those while they're still wet. Draw. Now paint the negative space in white, taking care not to kill the previous layers completely.. add the fleshy parts and face. Shoes. Red. Leave it alone - leave the graphite marks still visible :-) DON'T paint over it...

have fun

share the end result :-)

thanks for the visit
erika
e^)x

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