A few weeks ago was chaos over here. Long hours. Little sleep. Long to-do lists. All in preparation of my first open studio event.
The area where I live, Neuhausen, hosts a once yearly open studio event for the more than 70 artists in the region. The event is called “Kultüren” and is a play between the german words for culture “Kultur” and doors “Türen”. This was the tenth year that this event has taken place, but the first year that I took part.
What an adventure!
It started Saturday at two and at just about two, everything was in place. It really does take a village to set up an event like this and I am incredibly grateful to those that jumped in and help without hesitation. How lucky am I?
At exactly two, the first guests arrived. This is what it looked like.
What was on offer?
Never seen before paintings
Never seen before Bhoomies
Never seen before Designs
On Saturday the house was filled with art interested people from 2pm to 10pm and after sitting with some friends and a glass of wine for another couple of hours we packed up for the day, exhausted but happy.
On Sunday we re-opened our doors at noon. At first it was a bit quieter than Saturday, but then the house filled up quickly again.
I had so many special encounters with art lovers which made every minute of hard work that went into this event absolutely worth it. All in all the weekend was very exciting to me.
A huge thank you to all of you that visited the event and added to the spirit of the weekend. For those of you who couldn’t make it, not to worry, my new work will soon be uploaded to the website and you’re also welcome to make an appointment for a private studio tour.
“Healing may not be so much about getting better as about letting go of everything that isn’t you – all of the expectations, all of the beliefs – and becoming who you are. Not a better you, but a realer you.”
– Dr Remen, The Human Patient.
~ the real You for all, and all for the real You ~
I occasionally do creativity “preservation” sessions with kiddies. They are wonderful to work with. I once had a little princess (Isabel) and her chess-champ brother (Adam) over. They made this beautiful castle:
with this beautiful damsel:
and this super-strong superhero on his way to save the day:
We made our own custom tower-heads and carriages. When Isabel wanted me to pass her the blue she asked: “do you maybe have sea color?”.
How nice to see the world in your palette.
Then there was Emily the three-eared giant (so that she could listen better) by the lovely princess Isabel:
She is bigger than my husband (what he wouldn’t do for me:))
I recently had another little girl that came over for the second time. The first time was a little bit hard on me, because the little one didn’t speak a lot, which meant, I had to balance out the conversation ALL IN GERMAN (whew!).
So, we set up another date to play and wonder.
This meant getting ready. In preparation, I read the german version of “The Little Prince” aloud to my husband at breakfast in an attempt to loosen the tongue a little, should conversation be up to me, you know? I also removed gold from the palette for the session, as, in our first session, she made EVERYTHING in her best-loved color: gold:).
We decided to make fantasy animals, by drawing our favorite animals, cutting them up and using their parts to create our own animals.
Now, with gold removed from the palette I wondered what was coming. Surprise number one: she talked!! Yay! Then she made the most beautiful peacock, an oh-so-cute owl, a butterfly, a horse within a camp (so that he couldn’t runaway) and a flamingo with an egg hanging mid-air (so cute!!!!!!!).
As you can see the animals are super-cute. I felt nervous…
Would she really want to cut them up?
SO, I cut my animals up and glued my new animal friends into shape. When she was ready I assured her that she didn’t have to cut them up if she didn’t want to. And, to be honest, not sure I would’ve had the courage if they were mine… Then, without any hesitation, she cut off the legs of the peacock!!! [shocked!]
Here are her fantasy animals:
Strutting Rorse and Flutterfly
Flamingowl with magic wand (the pink oval shape was the flamingo’s egg)
Yes, ladies and gentlemen: that was natural creativity for you in action.
We can only learn from them.
play for all & all for play