Fashion designers inspire me like Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix, Lagerfeld, Yves St.Laurent, Galliano and Manish Arora, who show fascinating models - a painter is looking for.
The human body played an important role in teaching art students about form and shape and has served ever since the influence of Greek culture as an example of the impact of light and shadow.
Children love to play on the beach and are a nice subject. Good quality oilpaint: Rowney, Scheveningen, Blockx and Sennelier.
The fishermen from Bages catch eel and green crab in a bay of the Mediterranean. In Collioure near the Spanish border artist-painters like Dérain, Vlaminck, Matisse, Braque and Picasso - called 'Fauves' used to meet around 1900.
Hibernating in Spain was like coming home. People appreciate art. The weather is a friend or an enemy for a painter. I discovered Joachim Mir and love the art of painter Joachim Sorolla. They painted outside - away from ateliers they expressed light and color in the open air.
At the basis of Italian art is great variety, thanks to a favorable climate and good light for sculpture, pictorial arts and architecture. Music and literature were abundant. Pietro Annigoni still painted in Florence and he received Hubertine and showed her how to make 'tempera' paint.
I left Amsterdam after the sale of boat Marlé, but painted the surroundings in '91 on another boat, bought in the province of Zeeland near Zierikzee. The years of painting while being moored in a Dutch yacht harbor lasted from 1983 until 1995.
In Switzerland I painted portraits or watercolors. 1968-98 etching and printmaking occupied me. In 1977 my work was on show in Galerie Etraz Lausanne, one out of many exhibits. I painted the shows of Circus Knie. An important 'Expo' was held for a year in Musée Historique du Chablais in 2012.
Watercolor is often believed to be easier than painting with oils. But often too many layers result in dead tones. With big brushes and a lot of water one can go from brilliant colors to deep and dark tonalities. Good quality paint is needed, a lot of brushes and heavy paper from different brands.
With a dip pen and black ink I made large pen drawings, who often served as an example for my etchings, by scratching the drawing in reverse in the copperplate with the help of a mirror.
French speaking Switzerland has vineyards and many farms. Large fountains have black marble basins. Musée de l'Elysée Lausanne has my photo-etchings; Musée Jenisch keeps 50 multi-plate etchings and lithographies in the 'cabinet cantonale des estampes'. Fondation Gianadda in Martigny keeps my book 'Parcours d'une artiste peintre'.
A drawing is scratched with an etching needle into an acid resisting layer of bitumen+melted wax. The acid 'bites' the scratched lines in the metal plate, a repeated process to obtain more expression. For color or photo-etching several same-size plates are used and printed by hand on the press Bendini Bologna.
I printed my etchings in numbered editions on my press, learned technics from 3 American printmakers - Kraczyna, Luis Camnitzer (MoMA) and David Finkbeiner. Dust grain photogravure means photo-etching: invented mid 19th century by Henry Fox Talbot and Karl Klic.
Photo-etchings or dust grain photogravures are made on light-sensitive plates. This time-consuming intaglio printmaking was the first step in the invention of photography, often called héliogravure. Unfortunately one can be mislead by reproductions on metal cylinders, but the real craft is of uncomparable beauty. Talbot-Klic were the 2 inventors.
Etchings differ a lot as technical possibilities are endless. One invention combined etching with photography. Photo-etching is also called dust grain photogravure or heliography. It was invented mid 19th century by Henry Fox Talbot in England and Karl Klic in Czechoslovakia.
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