April 30, 2015

a night at the playground

The moon, muted noises, some light and the absence of it; a vast area somewhere between the unknown and purpose. Last night I was invited to an art show, what I did find was an adventure (as you can tell, I did forget my camera. Which was partly sad, but maybe a blessing as well.) in the middle of this crowded city. And I have found tiny stories; of a drunken Swedish painter, a young couple sharing their love by sharing their food with strangers, there were forgotten trees in broken pots, a filmset that was not and a tiny house, almost entirely made of glass. After spending a couple of hours walking around and letting myself float, it almost felt like have rediscovered a huge piece of my self. 

*If you are in the mood for some adventure yourself and if you happen to be in Berlin, don't miss your chance to drive out to Fahrbereitschaft and look at their amazing setting.

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April 27, 2015

queen of colors

Another week, of me being relatively quiet around here, is gone. Another week that was full and exciting, but also another one that included rough patches and tricky moments.

Before definitely sounding like a broken record, the struggles we're having over here at the moment, are money, money, money. Or better, the lack of it. Maybe one doesn't talk about this in public, especially Germans are super secretive about the topic, but it makes me boiling even typing it. And it so needs to get out.

Some of you might know yourself, about the tradition of not paying your bills. We've all been there, done that. What happens right now though, three major clients of the husband are not paying for the jobs he did for them. This happens a lot in hospitality. And in Berlin on top. Basically every freelancer I have met so far, told me similar stories. It makes me so, so furious.

You will do a job  for a client, with all your passion and energy, and they'll even tell you how happy they are, with what you have done. And then of course, you'll send in your invoice. After nothing is happening in your account and you do not hear back from the client, you will ask politely what might have happended. And you will remind them about the invoice. Most of the times, you'll get no answer. Again. Or you'll get told some funny stories about why, because and how they haven't been able to pay. Still friendly, you are sending out another reminder. They'll tell you that the money had been adviced a day earlier. Again, nothing happens. Well, I don't want to bore you, this goes back and forth for a while. Your tone will get more strict, theirs will become more and more offended. The situation heats up.

I have to admit, not everybody acts like this and over the years, you'll develop one or the other strategy to deal with such situations. Once or twice a year though, it will become too much and things simply explode. As we're both working as freelancers, there is not much to backup or funds we could happily live off for a while. But the part that annoys me the most actually, is all the time and energy spend within these phases. The arguments at home, simply grown out of pressure. The time spend, that I was short in the studio. And all the fun, that has been taken away, because the topic lingers around within everything you'll do.

I am trying to stay focused and disciplined, trying hard to see the little sunny things, as stated yesterday. I also know, that this is going to pass and will look much smaller in respective, but right now I have simply felt like telling you guys, that this is the reason for me being a lot quiet lately.

For this week, I wish that we're able to react wisely and calm. I will hope for the issues to get solved. And I wish for everybody, enough sunny patches to smile about the rain. Have a good one.

P.S. Dania, you were totally right about the branches. A beech it is. Woman, you know your woods!

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April 26, 2015

d.c. coat

Yesterday, while walking the dog through the nearby woods, all tiny leaves and tender green, I've noticed someone had decorated several trees with bright yellow flowers. Some were stuck into little knotholes, others tied to branches. Actually, it wasn't a big deal. Not a loud or screaming for attention thing, but something delicate and incredibly charming. And it reminded me, once again, it is the little things that make a difference. When you are having a rough time, when days seem not to move forward or feel especially exhausting, do something little that makes you smile. And if you'll do it more often, it might just add up and it will make you smile. Therefor, I'll put on my yellow coat (or rather, I'll imagine a yellow coat) and will dance the Blues.

Coat is the theme of this week's drawing challenge, which is hosted by the incredible Patrice A.. Feel very welcome, to visit her Blog and find the links to the other participants over there too.

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April 13, 2015

queen of colors

glass objects by Amanda Simmons
objects by Silvana McLean

Delicate progress on several paintings, working between the beautiful art of others and a drunk man, who literally fell in front of my car (He is fine. And I am too.), these should be the most vivid things that have happened over the week. Plus, I have developed a new love affair with Scotland. It is funny, how we look into stuff differently all over sudden and we don't even have the slightest idea, as how this has happened. Maybe it is not important to know, but to be happy about the fresh excitement and to take it as a gift. At least, it is what I am doing right now. And as another gift, it makes me smile, that some surviving branches from the last storm are slowly starting to blossom in the studio. If only I knew, what kind of tree they've belonged to. My grandmother always knows, but I am really bad when it comes to botanical things. Though I have a great admiration for the beauty of nature, it is something I definitely like to learn. A good plan for the near future.

Alright, before drifting somewhere completely unrelated, I am wishing you a wonderful week.

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April 07, 2015

queen of colors

Another week is over, the Easter Holidays are behind us, but instead of eggs and colorful flowers, it had been work for us. A lot of.

Still, it was a good week. We've attended the opening of SPRING SHOW || MAKING ART (go if you are in Berlin, it runs until the end of April and has some really amazing pieces in it), the husband is working on a theatre food concept, while I am in the middle of preparing a little show with my freshest work. We have seen some really pleasant movies, spent some time on the couch and some more with friends; cooking and chatting the night through. Right now, I am stocking up my print shops and today, we've even managed to take a long walk in the woods. So things aren't looking overly exciting, don't judge a book by its cover, life is good.

I do promise some more colorful stuff throughout this week thought. Until then, enjoy the week and what it has to offer.

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