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

'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^)

6 January 2016

2016 and kicking up a storm... week 1

Happy New Year all you beautiful people. Here in New Zealand 2016 started off with some strong winds (good for some serious sailing) and rain fit for a couple of sizeable farms. A country full of sizeable farms at that! Wherever you are, may this new year be packed with good things, happy times, spiritual growth, family and friends to hold dear and shower with love. Above all, may you be the beautiful person you were created to be, carry your weight and bloody rock the boat!

New year, new energy to make new plans to get some art out there. So I thought I'd take up the old exercise of making a little work every week for a year, just because I can (try), right? Off with a bang then in the shape of the earth, a 3D work, to be suspended from somewhere up high via clear fishing line which should not be too visible. The ball was painted beautiful greens, blues, purples and pinks which were then the base for all kinds of butterflies, one of my favourite goggas, up there with ladybugs.. Throw in some fabric flowers for good measure and add some more paint

Then the globe got the "seasonal" treatment, gradually shading it to white on the one side. It does look rather spectacular when slowly spinning in the breeze.. the colours hiding under the butterfly wings growing stronger as it's spinning around, then fading away again.

Size is 240mm in diameter, materials are polystyrene, gesso, acrylic paints, wood, fabric and paper

And here is a very short video of the globe in action :)

Thanks for the visit ;) See soon

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