awakening the artist



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23 August 2020 - I read this in a newspaper today:

"...Drawing helps to remember. How so? “That also applies to writing things down. Taking up the pen speaks to the brain on a deeper level. If you have to remember something and you write it down instead of typing or speaking it on your phone, then you don't have to look at it anymore because it is in your memory. Drawing forces you to study things in detail. The deeper you study something and the more details you absorb, the better you will be able to evoke it. ”

Daniel Levitin. De Morgen - August 23, 2020

It is related to the feeling I have when I draw myself. When I draw the lines that you see everywhere in my work, my thoughts organize themselves.

14 August 2020 - Summer in Oslo, I'm in my man cave. I prefer calling it my atelier however. Anglophiles seem to not know the word funny enough. It is in their dictionary though.
My atelier feels like heaven. It is my place of no compromise. And the place although not being the most luxurious one gives me my freedom.
So check out my new works on the artwork page... see how I am continuing my research.
July 2020 - I'm confused. Like all the time. I see presidents use language I would never teach my child. I am experiencing Covid-19 and all the stress that it brings... I realize how attached I am to paterns even though my paterns seem rather wild to 'normal' people...


02 Feb 2020 - I started the project. And I have set some goals.
For now I'm still working in my fulltime job until May. From May 2020 on I will have more time to study and create. The main goal now is to create a scenario that can later find output as a movie, a performance, or maybe an installation. The medium will have to serve the content.
While doing so I am studying Final Cut Pro, learning to create simple soundtracks in Garageband, getting some knowledge on storyboards.
The whole project is based on the diary I kept since as long as I remember.

January 1983 - Mom to me: "I am the way and the thruth and the life" She wrote it in my friendship book

1986 - "Am I Jesus?"

27 May 1991 - "My mother is God but I am weak"

29 May 2020 - "What does being an artist mean?"
Water was always important. I used to swim. I do scubadiving now.
The bathroom is an important place.
Washing but also unwinding.
I made this small video in Thailand while contemplating. There was this amazing bathroom in my hotel, that inspired me while creating.
Sketch
Sketch
I started painting again. Painting and sketching. Never expected to enjoy that again.
I'm still inspired by the time in Thailand. At the same time I had quit an emotional time in February. At one time I was wondering the streets of Brussels crying. Passed by an arts & crafts supplier, found my way in and bought mysefl this little sketchbook.
14 June 2020 - Finished 'Perfection' a new drawing and decided to give it it's own place. Go check it out here: Perfection
20 June 2020 - Finished 'Perfection #2' it's a new step in my research. The feeling I have while creating is thrilling. I love to actually be in my atelier and work. Perfection