Mallorca island vibes

I just returned from a week of vacation in Mallorca, full of inspiration and island vibes. For some time now, I have been thinking about how to create art that is a little more cohesive, maybe even a series. The trick is to not feel restricted by it! Quite a dilemma for a free spirit like me. But I am determined to try (again). One thing that has inspired me for a long time is the color teal. The ocean reminded me of that again. Just look at the color!

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On the last day, I snuck out really early to catch the sunrise by the water. I felt relaxed, inspired and so appreciative of the time away. It was a sweet moment in time, where I had a feeling of recommitment to my art of sorts, as if that fire in my belly was lit again.

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It is a beautiful thing, to dedicate oneself to art. After a week without distractions or social media, I felt this clearly again. Living a simple life does that, I guess - my time consisted of coastal hikes, good food, lots of exploring and nature, soaking up a different culture, at a very slowed-down pace. Suddenly, there was space for new thoughts and ideas to enter my mind.  

Back home, I could not wait to get back to work on my current painting. Also, my little furry studio companion was happy to have me back.

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Current painting in progress, acrylic on canvas

Current painting in progress, acrylic on canvas

Summer recap

My brain likes compartments of time, and looking back at things, replaying memories. So, to get this blog started, I thought it would be a nice idea to do a little recap of what kept me busy these past few months.

The summer started off for me by finishing a big project - getting this website online! What a huge undertaking this was. Especially since I am not really into technical things. But, given the fact that I did it ALL by myself, I am really happy with the result.

Around June a new summer series took shape. I started playing with watercolors, line drawing and abstract shapes after an interesting experimental doodle during a long phone call. These are small works of art on 14,5 x 20,5cm paper - here are some finished pieces of this ongoing series:

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There were two glorious weeks of vacation in Spain, recharging, with lots of amazing Sangria, snorkelling and exploring.

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Another big project that took all summer was that I committed to working through Julia Cameron’s 12 week course “The Artist’s way”. This probably deserves a blog post for itself. It sparked SO many ideas and new ways of being, but most importantly, it helped me to get back to a regular painting practice. It’s probably the best book on creativity I have ever read.

Snapshot of my studio this summer. Sunflowers, Sini the cat and a big painting I was working on.

Snapshot of my studio this summer. Sunflowers, Sini the cat and a big painting I was working on.

100x100cm, acrylic on canvas, work in progress

100x100cm, acrylic on canvas, work in progress

close up of the layers, 100x100cm acrylic on canvas by Tanja Zinkl

close up of the layers, 100x100cm acrylic on canvas by Tanja Zinkl

One thing I am always interested in is finding different surfaces to paint on! I got lucky and was offered some birch wood, that was turned into a lot of surfaces for painting, look at this:

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Lots of space for creativity!

Lots of space for creativity!

Many mandalas in the making!

Many mandalas in the making!

A finished piece. Acrylic on wood.

A finished piece. Acrylic on wood.

There are only a few finished pieces yet, and lots more in the making - more info coming soon as I finish more of these paintings on wood!

Sprinkled in between all of this, there were a few trips to festivals around Europe to get my fix of my "other" creative passion, which is dancing Kizomba. 

 

Dancing Kizomba by the water, Vienna.

Dancing Kizomba by the water, Vienna.

Lastly, my birthday in September always concludes summer - and this time, it was no little celebration :) 

I was maybe a little too crazy about these balloons, loved them!

I was maybe a little too crazy about these balloons, loved them!

“Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.” - Henry Miller