Art Cologne – 2014, Germany

I don’t visit very many art fairs, as I can find them to be a bit overwhelming. However, I was extremely impressed with Art Cologne. Granted, it was a bit crowded, but it gave me a sense of seriousness and a clearer picture of direction..also a level of comfort that 100% perfection isn’t a very realistic view. The art was very good, but I have to admit, that some of the views started to merge into one another the more time spent there, but there were over 200 booths, so it’s to be expected.

The highlight for me was being able to personally view (for the first time) the work of Silvia Bachli. I didn’t expect to see her work, but was completely emotional when I did. The work exudes power, poise and confidence; which are characteristics I strive for in the creation of my own work. The week before I left for Europe, I received her book Tide in the mail. I spent a day looking through it over and over again; each time becoming more impressed by it. The book is beautiful, but the in person viewing by far blows it out of the water.

Silvia Bachli - Art Cologne 2014
Silvia Bachli – Art Cologne 2014
Bruxelles, Belgium

Yesterday I was in Bruxelles and had, yet again, a wonderful time. We visited the Magritte Museum and was completely blown away by these works up close. I find it amazing how much I don’t know of the masters, but feel my brain expanding as the knowledge is absorbed.  I feel so young in my exposure to art/artists, but know the experiences alter my state of thinking, concept and being. I am forever changed..for the better.

 

Magritte - Woman on Horseback
Magritte – Woman on Horseback
Opera Royal de Wallonie

Today marked another first for me – the Opera.  I have always wanted to go, but never the chance.   I didn’t see a show, but rather had a tour and learned just how much effort goes into production. This knowledge makes me appreciate it all even more.

The beauty of this building is remarkable and even the restorations are something to be admired. I am in awe of the things I have seen, thus far, and I still have 8 more days.

Interior Opera Royal de Wallonie
Interior Opera Royal de Wallonie

 

European Landscape

As I spend more time here, in Europe, I am more understanding of why so many have been influenced by landscapes.  The rolling hills, the contrasts between old buildings and new buildings, cities and countrysides; these things spark the brain into viewing differently and much more simply.

In the states, we have these things too, but the commercialization of the people and land make everything much more one dimensional. Not to say there aren’t many beautiful sights in America, it’s just much more different and widely spaced apart – you must look for it, rather then be presented at every turn.

In the little free time that I have, I try to spend it drawing/sketching. I want to collect as many memories as I can to document this extraordinary experience I am having.

A Forested View of Liege.
A Forested View of Liege.
Maastricht, Netherlands

Today I spent the day in Maastricht, an important city for American artists and art personnel. I visited the Bonnefanten Museum and enjoyed it very much. It isn’t a big institution, but the collection is one of the best that I have seen. A lot of installation works and also (my favorite) minimalist works.

The art was wonderful, but I found the company I was with to be even better. What is the point of experiencing such wonderful things if you can’t share them? I want to do this more often – experience and share.

Here is a photo that some might find dis interesting, but the romanticism and reality of it makes it a perfect sum of my time in Maastricht, Netherlands.

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