I admit, I’m exaggerating, it’s not THAT difficult. Happily. But the mathematics I need these days is more then I can bear.
Mathematics. And Chemistry. Oooooh how I hated these words in high school! Then again: I hated high school, period.
I wanted to go to the Art school, but had to finish my ‘regular’ high school first. ‘Because if you change your mind later on, you’ll still be able to go to university” my caring parents said.
I don’t like science. I love mystery, and fantasizing. I don’t have to know how everything works, I like to be surprised and happy that something does work. What fun do you have seeing a magic trick, if somebody told you before how it works?
Well, that was my world in high school. Now that I’m making my own paint, to my surprise and disguise, I need Chemistry as well as Mathematics. But I wasn’t good in both. I studied Modern Languages because of that (and because I thought that was the only skill I could use later on in life). But now: how can I make a 40% solution, out of the leftovers from a 50% solution? I had no idea. And I didn’t want to start from scratch again because that means I have to spoil some material. Of course it wasn’t the most logical solution, and I didn’t had any clue how to find the correct one.
Then it crossed my mind: oh, wait a minute… Dee (my husband), studied, uhm, chemistry. And he “bragged” on a family party lately, how good he used to be in mathematics in high school. (He has a completely different career now). So: Dee, help!?
BAD what? Honestly, I never heard about BAD before last week. BAD is a Belgium Art and Design fair in Gent. And a good one. I went to the preview last night, and came home happy. It was so good to see Yves Velter‘s work once again. I love it so much.
Lots of interesting work, like these from Christina Mignolet, and Sven Verhaeghe for example, in the booth of Galerie S&H De Buck.
I also enjoyed the works of Els Vos. Oh well, it’s just to much to mention. You have to go and see for yourself. You can visit BAD2018 untill Sunday 11/02 18.30h. You can find all the info you need on their website.
It could have been a painting title, but it isn’t. It’s a picture title ;-). For years I’m talking about how I need a proper rack to store my paintings. Now I finally have it.
Previous, my paintings were stalled in a very small room, difficult to acces. Now I do have a practical space to show them to curators and potential buyers. I found a carpenter willing to do the job on Twizzi. And I’m so happy about it, that for once I don’t mind to do some advertising for free: Gerry from www.houtmetstijl.eu had some real good ideas. Sleepovers, on the other hand, are going to be less content, because our guest bed is now for sale on 2e hands.be. Helas, one cannot have all in live. But you do can have much ;-).
One thing a person can have, is geraniums in winter. We take them indoors as soon as it starts to freeze outside. They’re happy in my studio and in the guest / painting room. Blessed to see those cheerful summer flowers, it makes winter so much lighter. Oooh summer <3… I can almost smell you.
Oh well, that’s just an ordinary day in my studio :-)
So yes, I’m still trying to create the nicest black. I have a very beautifull, very dark one, with a velvet structure. I absolutely love it. And it’s really really black. Now I’m trying to find the best way to produce it, because I have big plans for next year, and I’ll need a lot of this paint.
I discovered the art of Chun Kwang Young at Art Brussels this year. I liked it at lot. So when I learned about his solo expo in Villa Empain, a place I also fancied to visit, it was a no brainer: I had to go. Last week, I finally did.
Exposition Chun Kwang Young
What’s that!? Well, these are tiny triangular packets of hanji. Chun Kwang Young is from South Korea, and hanji is a paper using mulberry bark that has been produced in Korea since the ninth century for packaging, writing, printmaking, insulation, and to hold medicine (thank you exhibition guide ;-).
Damn the man must have a lot of patient, but the result is really beautiful!