Hi everybody, Today I will be working on the theme FREEDOM! I will explore it by making art about it. No idea what will be the result. I will let you know! My studio is open for everyone who wants to join me. From 12 till 5. Rijnburgerweg 75 Leiden
I was thinking about a theme for this week's open studioday on
Saturday. I asked myself: 'What is moving me these days, what touches
my heart?' My answer is definitely: freedom. Freedom of speech,
freedom to move around in this world, freedom to be who you are,
regardless of sexuality, religion, color or whatever. Freedom for
women to choose their partners, freedom for children to get an
education instead of having to work.
the Netherlands freedom is a normal thing. It speaks for itself, it
is a given. But also here fear creeps in. With every terrorist act we
tend to become more prepared to give up a part of our freedom to feel
more safe. Some people calling for the borders to close, for rigid
rules regarding refugees.
wonder: 'What has art and making art to do with freedom? What is my
role regarding freedom actually?' There is no way I can change much
about the way things go on a large (world)scale or in a political
what about our personal freedom, our freedom in our minds, to search
all the corners of our souls and hearts in an open, unbiased way?
I do know something about is how we all put ourselves in cages with
bars made of fear for others, fear for judgement, the most harsh
judgements coming from ourselves. We put bars between ourselves and
the world using fear and prejudice,
structuring and simplifying our view of the world and ourselves in
can do better! We can try to open our minds, our hearts to ourselves
first and really listen. What is it that keeps me here, what keeps me
small, what ... creates fear and unfreedom? Will asking ourselves
these questions help us to understand our own fears and thus
understand others better and be more compassionate?
me art is about searching my soul, about finding out what keeps me
from my freedom and what helps me to free myself and thereby to help
me understand others. It is about accepting my art, about not being
too harsh on myself and my art. If I do not have to make perfect art,
it is easier to look with open eyes and heart at the art others make.
have every right and indeed the duty to defend ourselves against
terrorist acts. But in the meantime we have to take care to stay
open. Not only for the worlds sake, but maybe even mostly for
ourselves. If art can help us here, which I believe on a small
personal scale it can… I would love to be a part of that.
not know how to make this more of a practical job, but this Saturday
I will be working on art dedicated to freedom. I would love you to
come and help me.
These two images are some of the results of a day long playing with simple forms, clear colors, scissors, felttips and a pen. The darker green is the inside of an enveloppe, while the two more square forms are post-its.
you know that yesterday it was exactly 118 years ago that Alexander
Calder was born? I did not, but I discovered it this morning on
facebook. Shame on me, because I am an absolute admirer of his art.
The lightness and playfulness are so inspiring. Inspiring for my art
and my life. 'We do not all have to make this very heavy art', he
seems to say. It is okay to laugh and to make 'childish' art, to use
clear colors and not to be depressed and suffering as an artist.
and do not know very much about his personal life or his personality,
but I love what I see transpiring through his work. I take that as a
remembrance of the art I want to make: light, playful, poetic, yet
meaningful in the feeling that it beams out. A message of: let us
love life, let us celebrate life in all its forms! What else is there
to life anyway!
Today I am honouring Alexander Calder by reading about him, watching his work and by making happy playful art myself.
what friend and artistSacha Wendt asked me after I published my
blogpost on not being happy with how I am presenting myself online.
she is right of course. That is the big question. What am I going to
do with my blog?
thing is that I will be writing more on what happens in me and in my
life and how that reflects in the art. I want to write more on how
art makes me feel, the importnace of art, or maybe the unimportance
I got up a bit late late. I love to get up early and to have
made some art before all the 'to-do's' jump on me and take my
attention and focus away from art.
doodled and doodled and doodled some 20 blogposts together. They only
exist in my head. I can have really good ideas while doodling.
is one of the doodles of this morning:
One of the blogposts was about visiting musea or galleries. Recently I visited
some exhibitions of artists I admire. Every visit left me completely overstimulated,
tired and worn out. For days I couldn't stop thinking about
what I had seen.
is the reason for that? I think that I look at art in a different way
these days. When I look at something I seem to enter the piece of art
and try to find out what the artist was thinking, no, feeling while
making this. What were the struggles, at what part did the flow kick
in, what mood made this blue take its place in this painting? That
kind of questions enter my mind all the time while looking at art. And I think that can be pretty tiresome all that thinking...
used to look only for inspiration when looking at work of others.
Looking for ideas on colorschemes or themes. I used to look fast and
after having seen most of the work the only thing I wanted to do is
run home to my studio and paint until deep in the night.
Sacha, I don't know what I will be doing on my blog but I think you
can expect pieces like the above. Just writing down what's happening
in my life as an artist. Maybe people will recognize something and
maybe they want to react.
some time now, for a long time actually, I don't feel very happy
about my blog and about my online life in general to be more
post what I have made and take care that people can find it back on
my blog and in my webshops. Sometimes I write a few additional lines
about the piece of art and that is it.
wrong with that in fact. That is what an artist is supposed to do,
isn't it? Make nice art and try to make it visible for the public and
maybe even sell it...
I never feel very satisfied when I've posted an image of a painting.
It feels a bit empty. A bit not honest, a bit unreal maybe. I never
could really figure out why this is. Why do I have this empty feeling
around this way of working?
I was reading in Austin Kleon's book 'show your work!' and I had a
little inkling of what it might be that bothers me. In fact, my
artmaking is never about the endproduct, about the actual painting or
drawing that I show at the end. No, my artmaking is all about the
process, the emotions while drawing the lines, all the ideas and
associations that come to mind while choosing a color or covering up
the whole piece. Stories or poems float in and out of my mind,
leaving traces in the piece of art or not.
my work in my webshop suddenly 'reduces' it to a product, which of
course it is in the end. But I would like to keep a bit of the dreams
and the magic that where there while I made this piece because this
is what really matters to me in making art. Not the endproduct. Once
I consider the painting finished it loses a lot of it's importance to
me. Don't get me wrong: I love it when people like my art and when
they buy it I'm very happy. But art, my making art is so much more
for me. It's like breathing. I need to make art to feel alive. I need
the process of making art.
maybe that is what my blog should be about. About what happens while
I paint, what I think about, what my doubts are, what stories come
to mind and what it means to me. Just because that is what my art
is... not only an image... (and a link to a webshop).
you, Austin! In your book you mention a way of sharing your
creativity with the world and it is 'think in processes not in
products' . When I really read that part today I suddenly realized
that my art is all about process.
I made this piece of art in my big artjournal. I started by glueing all sorts of paper to make a collage background. After that I made the painting/drawing over the collage. I used all kind of materials from ink to acrylic paint and oilpastel.
The picture is available in print on several products here.
This monday is a sleepy day, a lovely day. A day with a lot of dreams like: what art am I going to make this week, today? What art will I share with the world and what will I keep for my self? Every day is a journey and my steps are pieces of art, good or bad, happy or sad...
This work by me is on the homepage of Redbubble today. And this is what they said about it:
'Hi mariska eyck, Your work, 'a diary page' is on the Redbubble homepage today. One of our homepage curators picked your image because they thought it was brilliant. Every day we add a handpicked selection of works to the homepage and a number of other prominent places around the site - we call these works "Featured Designs".