Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Decay

Fallen autumn leaves are slowly dissolving. It seems as if they have decided to fall down all at once. Suddenly they're everywhere except on the trees: on the streets, in the pond, on the lawn and in the gutter (sigh, there's work to be done...).
Soon only the leaf veins will remain. If you take a closer look even the paint on this artwork is dissolving, the canvas is already shining through.
[Daily Abstraction 218103001. Painting available].

Monday, October 29, 2018

Influencers

When we grew up we all wanted to become a fireman or a pilot. Today all kids want to become famous vloggers; youtubers and influencers. (Mind you, 'famous' is the most important part in this sentence...).
Opinions are great, but whatever you do, always make your own decisions. Don't bother about the titles I give to my artworks. They are only titles. It's up to you to decide whether you agree or disagree.
[Daily Abstraction 218102901. Painting available].

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Copycat

The first AI generated portrait was sold at Christie´s for a record amount. In fact this piece of art was created by a consortium of three men who ´fed´ the system with 15,000 paintings. The AI generator created a new image based on these paintings. Artists often learn by copying old masters. But this attempt is mastered by three men. So, is it art? Or is it a first attempt of an 'emerging artist' to create something renewing?
[Daily Abstraction 218102801. Painting available].

Friday, October 26, 2018

Fake news

It´s a ´hot´ subject. And it´s all about the truth. The question is: what is true and what isn't? Or, who's faking and who isn't?
The truth depends on the perception of the 'sender' and the 'receiver'. One of the main problems in communication. Any news message contains bits of reality which may be considered  true or false; all depending on the way you look at it.
[Daily Abstraction 218102601. Painting available].

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Adaptability

The fourth industrial revolution is here. The rapid development of Artificial Intelligence is unstoppable. A thread to millions of workers who will lose their job. A chance for millions who will find a new, yet non existing, job. This growth of new jobs is based upon the thought that humans have survived thanks to their adaptability. Well... maybe. But as far as I understand AI will develop itself; i.e. AI will find a way. Just like humans used to...
[Daily Abstraction 218102510. Painting available]. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Not that obvious

Things are not always what they seem. Writing Thrillers, means I try to convince you to believe what I´m telling you and and the same time I try to confuse you by creating twists in the story that will knock you of your feet. What´s true and what isn´t? To learn the truth of my Thrillers you'll have to read them till the very end.
To understand the truth about the artwork (on the left) you can study it; e.g. is it really green? (Nope; there are blue spots all over). Enjoy finding the truth.
[Daily Abstraction 218102401. Painting available].

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

On my way

The trouble of writing on a daily basis is the lack of interesting events. I know there is more than enough going on in the world; but finishing up a new novel (thriller) is just  a matter of sitting down, start typing and... well, that's about it. Nothing of the outer world comes into the writer's cave. It's a quiet road in a rough and tough world.
So, here's a little note, just to let you know I'm on my way. (Back to writing now...).
[Daily Abstraction 218102301. Painting available].

Sunday, October 21, 2018

A day at the Zoo

In a modern Zoo, the animals are kept in open displays. Habitats without bars. A great improvement for keeping animals; even though the visitors are having trouble seeing anymals... um, any animals.
Today we went to Blijdorp (Rotterdam) Zoo, where the old constructions, architectural masterpieces, are reused for other purposes like a children's playground. I love it. Old and new 'living' in perfect harmony.
[Daily Abstraction 218102101. Painting available].

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Free speech

Jamal Khashoggi. Just a name. Just a man. A man whose disappearance led to speculations and accusations. Who´s been victimized and idolized. But most of all he´s just a man. Like any other man; woman or gender neutral human being. Longing, demanding and fighting for a basic right in human life: freedom. One of the rights described in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaimed by UN's General Assembly of December 1948 and generally agreed to be the foundation of international human rights law.
So... as we all agreed and accepted this Universal Declaration, isn't it about time we should start living according it?
[Daily Abstraction 218102001. Painting available].

Friday, October 19, 2018

Autumn foliage

Autumn colours, or Autumn foliage, is a temporary phenomenon caused by the lack of Chlorophyll. This artwork however refers to another suprising phenomenon: a mushoroom known as Chlorophyllum.
[Daily Abstraction 218101901. Painting available].






Thursday, October 18, 2018

Lazy

Oops, almost forgot to post a new daily painting. Just in time however; a lazy picture...
[Daily Abstraction 218101801. Painting available].

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Journey through my mind

Inspiration can be found anywhere and in anything. Music you've heard, sceneries you've seen. All kinds of experiences hammered into your mind. Right 'stored into your mind'. Germans say: "Gespeichert" (= nailed into your mind).
Anyway. All life experiences are in there somewhere, hidden in this great gift called 'mind'. And creating things is just an amzing journey through the things you keep in mind.
[Daily Abstraction 218101701. Painting available].

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Storyline

Every storyline is challenging. There´s no telling where and when it will end. There´s even no telling whether you´re seeing the beginning or the end. And as you can tell it isn´t one, or two, but a multiple layer of storylines, coexisting, interfering, arguing each other. But for sure every storyline will drag you further and deeper into the story. Making you eager to read on. Turn the page and find out how this story will end. Or... does it?
[Daily Abstraction 218101601. Painting available].

Monday, October 15, 2018

Late Summer

According the weatherforecast temperature will drop at the end of next week. Uptil then these autumn days are like midsummer. Even have to hide away in the shadow. Nevertheless I managed to get some work done.
[Daily Abstraction 218101501. Painting available].

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Waste(d)land

We throw away 40% of all the food we produce... There are solutions to solve the loss of food; the energy to produce, ship and store food; to feed millions and use fewer resources.
Have a look at the video on facebook.
[Daily Abstraction 218101401. Painting available].

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Hello Goodbye

Hello Goodbye and Hey Jude by The Beatles; those were the first two singles I ever bought. In Holland Hello Goodbye is mostly known for a TV show in which people are interviewed on the airport. People welcoming back their loved ones; or waving their beloved goodbye. Last night's epidsode told the emotional  story of a 25 year old girl, diagnosed with cancer. The brave girl said: "Life is not about what you want, but about the things you get."
[Daily Abstraction 218101301. Painting available].

Friday, October 12, 2018

Know it all

When I brought my 4 year old granddaughter to school this morning, she noticed one of her friends along the way. "Look it´s Keanu," she said. "And that´s her grandma. Do you know her?" I said: "Yes, I've seen her before."
"No," she said. "I mean do you know her name?"
"Oh, I see. No, I don't."
"I know your name," she said looking up to me.
"You do?" I said.
"Well, of course... your name is Grandpa!"
[Daily Abstraction 218101201. Painting available].

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Dream within a dream

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.
Of course... a quote by Edgar Allen Poe.
But don´t forget the beautiful record (Tales of Mystery and Imagination, 1976) made by the Alan Parsons Project!
[Daily Abstraction 218101101. Painting available].

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Glad you're here

Now the leaves are falling
I guess they didn't have much more to say
And with the winter calling
It's gonna be a long and lonely day
And though you'll never make it right
I'm glad you're here with me tonight

Neil Diamond (1977): I'm glad you're here with me tonight. Written by Bob Gaudio & Judy Parker.
[Daily Abstraction 218101001. Painting available].

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Glorious accident

We are glorious accidents of an unpredictable process with no drive to complexity, not the expected results of evolutionary principles that yearn to produce a creature capable of understanding the mode of its own necessary construction.
Stephen Jay Gould
[Daily Abstraction 218100901. Painting available].

Monday, October 8, 2018

Sunshine on a rainy day

Don't you just love to see the sun shining through the clouds on  a rainy day? Especially as there is a big chance of seeing a rainbow.
[Daily Abstraction 218100801. Painting available].

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Bright future

Good friends we have had, oh good friends we've lost along the way. In this bright future you can't forget your past.
No woman, no cry / Bob Marley (1975).
[Daily Abstraction 218100601. Painting available]. 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Mother of pearl

Mother of pearl; a thin layer of sediment, similar to boulder opal. A nacre coating produced by mollusks, often used in jewelry. Due to pearl farming mother of pearl is widely available. This also explains the aversion to using it: pearl farming is unnatural and often not environment friendly. The pieces used in this artwork are natural resources. Freshwater mollusks eaten by birds. The uneatable shell is left behind, free to use by people like me.
[Daily Abstraction 218100501, Painting available].

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The new continent

Last year a new, submerged continent was found: Zealandia. Isn't it exciting? Even in these days great discoveries are made on this planet. There's still an unknown world waiting below the surface of the seas.
[Daily Abstraction 218100401. Painting available]. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Truth

All you can see is the surface. Whatever is hidden underneath...? Maybe you shouldn't ask. Maybe you should not even want to know. There is a chance you may find increbile joy.
Most probably you will find sorrow and pain, hidden on purpose. The pain doesn't go away. But neglecting it, trying to forget, helps you to move on. The scars will stay. Forever. Visible or not.
[Daily Abstraction 218100301. Painting available]. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Intentions

Had an idea for a new story. These thoughts just pop up and evolve in my mind. However I usually only write down a few words, a basic scheme of what the story may be. My paintings evolve in a similar way. I have an idea, basically an intention of what I will do. Then I start adding texture, additional materials and paint and... Oh well, you know, it just happens. I´m full of good intentions.
[Daily Abstractions 218100201. Painting available]. 

Monday, October 1, 2018

Magical moments

We all know the best things in life are free. But even the things you cannot buy, require something special: luck. Ordinary luck to experience these freebies.
One of the freebies I would love to experience myself can be seen in the video below.
Wow!
Jealous!
[Daily Abstraction 218100101. Painting available].