Right now I am writing these words on my wonderful IMac…
For the last 20 years my computer life has been spinning around the Apple…
Steve Jobs was even born the same year as me…
Yes, I am so sad….
Some days ago I posted here “Blues United”, my latest acrylics cycling painting, and announced some new works in my “scapes” technique, that mix between classical and digital art. A technique I quite love because it is faster (and I am an impatient artist…), but also because it allows to add some structure and colour effects, more difficult to reach with traditional pens or brushes.
Concerning the results, some people prefer a full classical technique, because it looks more real, has more physical substance. Truth is that a paints structure on a canvas is something very beautiful, sensual even. For the eyes, and also for the fingers when one is allowed to touch the painting… which I allowed myself… and my closest friends perhaps!
On the other side that mixed technique allows more vibrancy. The artworks look often quite surreal, like from a dream world, or a parallel world to our normal reality.. in fact exactly like something from the cyberspace, what it is, somehow! And some people love everything cyber… personally I love all techniques, and which one I prefer depends only on my daily mood and my actual connection to the real world, which I sometimes like to lose…
If you want to purchase a print of my lonely rider (on paper or canvas and many different sizes available) just click on the widget below
One already knows about painting monkeys , and how expensive their artwork is… well, now a painting dog is born, his name is “Dali” and he has got 2 famous fathers.. Yes, in this case the parents are not a male/female couple, but 2 guys, which, by the way, might explain why the dog turned out quite weird.
The first father, you will surely have understood, is the famous painter Dali. Dali The Dog will certainly be influenced by his work…
The second father -and this is in fact the one who brought him to life and will take care of his education - is…. KEV MOORE!
Yes, Kev Moore, my wonderful partner the English Rocker!
Kevin has rediscovered his second nature, he loved to draw in his youth, and somehow with my insidious female methods, I succeeded in motivating him to start again. I am immensely happy about that, as is he, and I adore what he does!
So here he is, the new Dali, realised in ‘Dogital’ Art, so much more exciting and modern than Digital Art!
I am now waiting for Kevin to create the corresponding T-Shirt, because I WANT IT! A must for an artist!
So, Kevin has created the T-Shirt and I have just ordered it! I can’r wait to get it.
Click on the image below if YOU want one too… or at east look at the price and the available colours!
Today I feel as if I could hug the whole world! To everybody visiting over here:
And if you want to “binarly” hug somebody in the same way, just go here
I don’t think I ever mentioned it here, but there is something else helping in the marketing of my work. About 2 months ago I received a mail from a certain Michael, a creative director at Plaxo, with the wonderful title of “Love your Art Work” (I LOVE THAT!) and asking me if I would agree to include some of my Portugal sketches in the eCard collection at Plaxo. I agreed and I now have my own little gallery at Plaxo, with some different themes and the statistics even tell me that people choose and send them quite often. It is a nice feeling to imagine strangers choosing my artwork and sending it to family members or friends on a cute eCard.
The eCards are really nice, by the way. I am generally not such a fan of eCards, but I find that at Plaxo, they have made a nice design to frame my paintings. If you want to judge for yourself, just leave me a comment and I will send you one!
Some days ago Michael asked me if I could design some birthday cards for Plaxo. Well, I looked at some of my paintings, took my magic wand, and I did! …and now I hope that they will be a success there!
About 2 months ago , Susan Cornelis and me started the series Fantascapes. The idea came as I was painting blossoming almond trees here, in Spain, because the almond trees, sometimes, look so much like figures.
A little later, while Kevin and me were travelling to El Cabo de Gata (Spain, Provincia de Almeria) I had the idea to extend the Fantascapes to the sea, calling them Fantaseas… by the way, a wonderful wordplay on the word Fantasy, don’t you think so?…
There I looked at the sea, at the rock formations, and here is what came out… as you can see, not only the trees look like figures, if you have enough free fantasea…
I spent 2 weeks painting blossoming almond trees some time ago… the result, as always with me, has nothing visibly to do with reality, but the fact is that I was there and looked at the trees and painted what I saw…
The blossoming almond trees are an unforgettable show here where I live in Spain. They already blossom in January, no need to wait until March or April to have a “spring” in one’s step. Anyway in Spain there is always something in bud… when it’s not the almond trees, then it’s the oranges trees, or the lemon trees, or the olive trees, or the electricity pylons, or even the bulls! This might be the reason why the Spaniards are hot stuff… they always have a spring in their step!
Looking at the almond trees, I noticed that most of them look like dancers! Well, some look like witches, above all when they stay in shade, but even then they look like dancing witches. One can see in the form of the trunks and the branches of these extremely expressive trees all the attitudes and gestures of classic and modern ballet dancers.
This made me wonder: have the first choreographers been inspired by trees, or is it simply a kind of natural law, that when you have something like a body and members, or trunks and branches, you simply take the same attitudes, being submitted to the same physical laws as for example, gravity?
And, last but not least, have a look at Susan Cornelis last Fantascape: it is… merveilleux!
Today, in our favourite cafe by the beach, I saw for the first time since we have been going there, 2 young Spanish boys. You know this is the problem with living in Spain by the sunny coast, most of the people are either tourists, old, or both! And the ones who are not, the Spaniards, you never see them because they are working for the tourists, and anyway they generally avoid the sunny cafe terraces, preferring the shade.
These two boys were sitting there today, with a laptop. The first laptop I saw there, too, and I kind of liked it, yes, I love computers, everywhere! It was just so funny watching the two boys as they tried for a long time to view the screen, first with the computer buttons, then shading it with the hands, even using the café menu as a sun shade, but all to no avail: they couldn´t see anything on the screen, except their own reflection! A sunny cafe terrace in Spain is not the place to work on a computer! It´s much more suited to doing crosswords or smoking a cigarette!
Here is my first Fantascape inspired by my trip to Tahal. I apologise to the people who have already read my little reportage:
the sky is not blue, the old monument is not brown, the houses are not white…
Well, I can´t help it, my artist´s brain always struggles with realism… but everything else that you can see in this picture conforms to reality, especially the blossoming lady with the gorgeous breasts in the foreground! No, it´s not me!!! She is one of the local, eternally young guapissimas, inviting the traveller to visit her town…
And more generally you can see ALL THE STUFF I paint by going to my gallery “Miki’s Enchanted World”. Just click -gently!- on my face.
I went for a walk this morning, with my sketching book under the arm. I was still half asleep, and when I look now at what I did, I am not sure anymore: what is real?
Important: have a look at Susan Cornelis´Fantascape #4