Trying something new

Hello all!

Hope you had a good and relaxing Festive season. Here, we were enjoying some home-time, some nice company and LOTS of great food.

In between snacking sessions and naps, I had some fun with learning a bit more about “Tilt Shift” photography (selective focus for simulating a miniature scene).

It’s great to experiment from time to time, going outside my comfort zone. Working on older images allows me to also appreciate photos from a while back and remember all the wonderful places we have been to in the last few year.

I’m not entirely convinced of my attempts, but here they are anyways.
(All photos by me – China, London, bis, bis, Japan, London)

 

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The dancer

Feeling great now that we’ve settled-in a bit more in our new home.

Digital creative print from a photo taken at cousin’s wedding. 2015.

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To diversify or not to diversify

Should I follow the art world’s advice or just do what the hell I want?

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I recently visited a very hip art gallery with Dan in Linz, Austria.

The owner, a ponytailed, freshly-suited and engaging young man, immediately started chatting with us and offered drinks. It was early in the day and not many customers/ art lovers were about. We happily obliged and asked all kinds of questions.

It turns out that he opened the gallery in order to promote young artist’s works offering them exposure and art buyers a chance to discover something new. The works were diverse in style and most had a real edge to them. Both Dan and I were quite impressed with what we saw during our visit.

He was friendly and open, so we asked him a few more questions. I was particularly interested in getting his opinion on a few questions I’ve been having about my art. Mainly: should I focus more on one aspect of my art (perhaps one which grabs most people’s attention) or continue to create in my own diverse way?

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know what I am referring to.

On some days I may feel inspired by a few twigs on the floor…

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On others I’ll be playing with my food…

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Then I may get a little possessed by the colour gods…

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Or enamoured with mother nature…

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One day I’ll decide that scissors are my allies…

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Or even fire may possess my hand…

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Or simply doodling away in my favourite style: the “one liner”…

ART - RAINY DAY

In essence, I’ve never resisted an urge to create. No matter what form, shape or colour it came knocking at my door.

Yet, all the more established artists I “follow” and admire seem to have one thing in common: a centred, focused and consistent style.  

Did they make that decision or was this their style all along? Is this the only way forward or are there alternatives?…

Let’s get back to our Linz gallerist for a minute.

When I asked him what his thoughts were on the subject, considering my incessant need to do “everything”, he very delicately advised that in his opinion one should focus on delivering a “consistent” output, until they became Picasso or Matisse at ehich point they could go crazy on the scissors and conceptual art.

I get his point. And the “art world’s” point too… In order to “get yourself known” and eventually sell a lot of your art you must be identifiable. But also, you must become “master” of one particular style which is recognisable as yours.

I can easily accept the idea that mastering one’s craft is important. Yet a little voice still whispers: “Could you be mastering more than one discipline at the same time?… like the surgeon who masters the scalpel but also the stitches and the new technology…?”

However, in order to accept the rule in full, I would have to accept the idea that every time I sit down to create I am doing it to make an eventual sale. To “please” a potential buyer who is happy that he or she is buying a “recognisable” work, right? Well, to be completely honest, there is no space on my table for that kind of thought! It’s already filled with paper cut-outs, paint brushes, pyrography pens and ink…

Anyone linked to the commercial side of the art world may see the above as fact, but I think that perhaps we each have our own path when it comes to “developing as an artist”. My own path emerged from a suffocating need to create. A place where creative expression became my breath… So there is very little which could now convince me that tightening the noose on this process is the “right way forward”.

As we walked away from the Linz gallery, grateful for the wonderful encounter, I thought to myself that maybe one day I would change my mind about the subject, but until then I will cut, draw, paint, collage and breathe all I want.

On a separate note, at a recent mini exhibit I sold a few works… each one belonging to a different category of my “style”. Different people were drawn to different works and I enjoyed so much telling them about the process of each.

So perhaps I don’t have to choose just yet… Maybe sometimes the rules don’t apply, or it’s OK to break them.

In any case, for now, I will continue to diversify.

Here is a pic which always reminds me to breathe-in deeply, smile and just enjoy the process, no matter what the medium.

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Spring is in the air!

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CREATIVE PRINT - fire face

Springtime is a great opportunity to observe nature’s re-birth. Here in Austria, this process has been in full procession since our arrival. Buds are exploding, birds are ecstatic and we are feeling full of the energy that hours of sun and fresh country-side air bring.

Before we left France, I worked on the two photo creations above. Looking at them now, I chuckle thinking how representative they were of my mood – one of a desire for renewal, for change and daydreams of what may lay ahead.

Upper Austria, where we currently hang our hats, is full of artists, musicians and some eccentrics. Needless to say we’ve been made to feel right at home. People have been infinitely friendly and welcoming, they’ve been interested in our path and helpful. Even the language barrier does not seem to be a problem (as most can speak fluent English!).

As nature is catapulting into bloom and blossom, we are jumping straight into our new life, putting creation first but also taking time to explore this parcel of our beautiful earth.

Sunset in Passau, Germany. A beautiful city close-by.

CREATIVE PRINT UPPER AUSTRIA Passau

Sunday afternoon walk in Neufelden, very near our new home. Everyone seems to work very hard during the week, taking time to do house improvements on Saturdays and then go fishing, horseback riding and walking on Sundays. A routine that suits us very well indeed. 

CREATIVE PRINT - UPPER AUSTRIA LAKE

Spring is in the air

You can really feel change and transformation swirling all around. A beautiful time of the year where everything seems to awaken. Here in the South of France, the emergence of greens, yellows and purples is everywhere you look. Our weekly hikes in the countryside are warmed by a strengthening sun and accompanied by the ever increasing song of all sorts of creatures. Perhaps it’s no wonder that my latest creations are full of colours, twirls and life!

Have a look at what I’ve been up to lately and make sure to visit www.iamni.com for all the newest collections for you to enjoy or purchase.

Le Barbu

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tonight's sky

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wow lady

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