March 31, 2014

queen of colors

Almost all week, the Fishbowl had been gifted the most beautiful light. Especially the studio was filled with sunny squares, with warm spots and with amazing games between shadows and rays. Spring light is so special. After all the grey months, Berlin usually gets stuck over Winter, this warm and tender change is more than welcome. Somewhere in between working, I have actually caught myself, silently sitting there, no moves at all, and getting lost within that incredible beauty. I am excited to see what April has in store. To a sunny first week of it. 


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March 29, 2014

monochrome routines

Lately I have found out, that I am far more shy, than the mirror has told me about. The attributes given to you by your surroundings, can pretty much overpaint what lies beneath. And then, you might forget about those secret shades. I was reminded how deep art can touch me. It happens so seldom, which probably is the best part of it. And last, it was uncomfortably defined to me, that some goals simply are not reached over night. All in all, some pretty introverted adventures, I guess. On the surface they've appeared as a show opening, late nights in the kitchen and even more time with dogtraining. Bright stuff will be back soon enough. For tonight, I will enjoy another round with my almost finished website and an deliciously empty house. Have a good Saturday too, whatever shades it is colored in. 

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March 23, 2014

queen of colors

all images by Heike Mardo
You know, that I absolutely love hosting our studio dinner. Last night had been no exception; we had so much fun, there were passionate discussions, we ate great food and drank a lot of red wine. What a treat this has been.

And when our guests are such talented people, like the photographer Heike Mardo, things get even better. She left us with a precious gift, which turns this week's Queen of Colors into a rather poetic Queen of Images. For the very first time, I am able to give you little impressions of the actual night and not only from the morning after.

Thank you, Heike, for the wonderful photographs. And thank you life, for letting me feel that blessed tonight.

Heike Mardo is represented by Galerie Lux Berlin.

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March 22, 2014

some place and, even more food.

It's still early Saturday morning, but the Fishbowl already smells incredibly tempting of orange flavours, chocolate and a pot of Coq au Vin simmering on the stove. We're busy preparing tonight's studio dinner. The last one took place on New Years Eve, so it has been a while and I am really looking forward to great guests and to delicious food. Studio dinner nights are the best. It might be a little mean to the ones, who won't be around tonight, but here is a little sneak into the kitchengod's menu.

Cream Soup

*Coq au Vin with
artichockes and
truffeled mashed potatoes


Of course, I wish you could all join our table, but instead, I definitely wish you a wonderful weekend. Though the weather is nasty in Berlin, enjoy it as much as possible and with all of your heart.

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March 19, 2014

more portions of daily food

When your day starts with a dropped mug and coffee spilled all over the studio floor, swear out loud, take a photograph and then, get over it. Maybe, you'll never know, it will turn into a little piece of art one day. I have been reading an article, about what creative people do differently. Not everything was new or sounded terribly relevant, but what stuck with me, was some kind of drive to document things, people and even, daily routines. For me, there is a lot of truth in it. Actually, I kind of suspect, art very often starts with rather insignificant details and for trivial reasons. What do you believe?

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March 16, 2014

queen of colors

Quickly sneaking in from my personal Sunday bubble. A bubble of extensively reading the paper, having one, two or three coffee and letting my thoughts fly around free. The fine weather has left, but even the stormy, nasty grey out there, is very much to my liking today. No better conditions to stay on the couch, work a little at the office and to daydream about the things forming ahead. I wish you a wonderful slow Sunday too. Meeting you next, back in the studio, painting.

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March 15, 2014

on what we want and sometimes get

Yesterday was my birthday. Usually rather muddy, grey and cold, the weather was fine this time. Super fine, in fact. And so, the only thing I had wished for, was to pack the car and get out of the city. We drove not even an hour, before sitting on the banks of the most beautiful lake, having coffee and cake and watching one happy Emma, swimming and running like crazy. Birthday perfection to me. Later on, we've visited friends, who live close by that lake, and spent the evening, chatting about plans, about life and about what we wish for in the near future. Sometimes it is the best to talk about those things and get them out there. It helps a lot, to finally make some moves. And it makes you feel good on top. Thank you love, for such an amazing day. Thank you my friends, for being such an inspiration. And thank you, everybody who thought of me yesterday; for all the messages, the calls, the flowers and the cake. I feel very blessed and humble to get showered with that much love.

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March 13, 2014

dancing mode and some things to celebrate

So far this has been a very pleasant week. The weather is still treating us with a lot of sunshine, silky air and the most amazing skies at dusk. We're still working like crazy, but as yesterday being our 12 year anniversary, we took a chance and went out for dinner. And what can I say; it has been an epiphany. This might sound a bit over the top, but when you're having your chef husband sitting in front of you, with tears in his eyes, because he is trying the best Asian food in ages, that has to count for something. Right. Cured tuna, Ceviche all limes and fresh Cilantro, a pork belly square in the darkest, almost licorice sauce and Macha ice cream, melting on your tongue. It couldn't get any better. So our twelve years of being married, of loving and fighting, where matched by this incredible food. And tomorrow, we will go on and celebrate a bit of a birthday. Out of town, somewhere beside a lake. Back to the studio and to our desks by Saturday. Until then, I wish you a great time too and will send some cake.

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March 09, 2014

queen of colors

We had the most wonderful Sunday today; enough time to read the paper, while drinking coffee and eating warm bread. Listening to old fashioned Jazz. A walk under trees, in the sunniest and brightest weather, another coffee and some cake. Wonderful and calm, as I have already mentioned. Right now, the husband is gone for a meeting somewhere in town and I am doing a little office stuff,  to prepare the upcoming week. As tough and as tricky the days come around sometimes, life can be absolutely perfect in between. Today it was. Good night.

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March 06, 2014

back to the games

After a little storm settling, I am back in the studio. There is big stuff waiting to be finished and little things, that allow me to play around. Playing and not knowing where it will lead, is so important when being an artist. At least that is what I believe in. And even more, when this is exactly the most scary part of it. Working on the little Food Series, does serve perfectly to proof this to myself. I have no idea where this is going and I totally love it.

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March 03, 2014

because things are

Stars when you shine, you know how I feel
Scent of the pine, you know how I feel
Yeah, freedom is mine, and I know how I feel.
It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me.

(Nina Simone, FEELING GOOD)

We're far behind dusk already and the light surrounding me is artificial, still it feels like sunshine and moi, I am feeling so much better than the past days. Thanks to a lot of help and support (your messages have been amazing!), thanks for going on and going strong, the biggest of our issues is solved. It is still a long way ahead, to get over things completely, but my brain starts thinking again properly. Not guided by fear and panic, but by what feels to be my intentions. The scent of change is still in the air and lies within our focus, but for tonight it is sleeping safe and sound and a little less worried. Thank you, ones again. And soup for everybody.

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March 02, 2014

queen of colors

We are still in a bit of shock here at the Fishbowl. And thoughtful over the last day's stories, included the feeling that some things have to change. But looking into the week, there has been a lot of shiny and bright too. Or some dramatic red, if you want so. However we will put it, life is never one dimensional. Things are continuing to be tricky, as for some stuff you simply can't change during the weekend, but we're trying hard to keep going. Working and staying busy, definitely is the best way to deal with some obstacles on the way. And yesterday especially, gave us a million reasons to celebrate. Most of all, there was the arrivial of Emilia, our brand new niece. Welcome to the clan, Beautiful. Believe me, she is adorable. So was her three old brother, holding her for the first time. My heart melted seeing it. And to make this family addition even more glorious, whe toasted to her during a friend's fifties birthdays party. One that has been such a pleasant surprise too; a room filled with lovely and smart people, having fun and dancing. With that in mind, I feel much better prepared for the days ahead. We will rock it and hopefully tomorrow already, will be much brighter again. Wishing you a nice ending to this weekend and lots of smiles, comes Monday.

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