ART IN ISOLATION : FOUR WAYS TO ENJOY ART WHILE IN CORONA ISOLATION

The corona isolation measures are still in effect. So I thought I’d give you four ways of enjoying art from your living room. Because sometimes the best inspiration can be found close to home. Or at home in this instance. So here they are: four ways to enjoy art in isolation:

1: ENJOY ONLINE ART IN ISOLATION

The ways of enjoying art online are numerous! Let me give you a few:

Several museums have put their current exhibitions online for the public to enjoy. Rijksmuseum of course has a very large online collection. But also for instance Rijksmuseum Twenthe has made a digital exhibit of their current Picasso and Matisse. Beauty is a line. Just browse your favourite museum’s website and check out what kind of digital art they are offering. And enjoy it from your living room.

Follow some artsy social media accounts. Instagram and Pinterest are the best platforms in this case, because these are primarily visual platforms. Instagram is full of amazingly talented artist. You can find artists by theme. For instance: abstract, colourful, modern, portraits, landscapes, botanical, etc. Or find them by material. For instance: watercolour, oil paint, ceramics, wool, fabrics, fluid acrylic, flowers. Or start by following one of your favourite artists. The Instagram algorithm will then lead you to other similar accounts. The same goes for Pinterest.

Some of my favourite Instagram accounts are:

@redrubyrose
@molesworthandbird
@karenbuntingdesign
@r.o.b.e.r.t.d.e.g.a.r.d.e
@kaprosh.art
@westcoastweaversskye
@studioglashelder
@meikejanssens.be
@afterhourspottery
@the_art_kroep
@coraverhagen
@josworms
@gertdemulder
@shilasdair_yarns
@jhon.yalanda

enjoy art in isolation: online art instagram accounts red ruby rose
Red Ruby Rose

2. ENJOY ART BOOKS

Maybe you have your own art books to browse. Maybe you can join your local library. Or maybe you can organise a small local library in your neighbourhood. I live in a very large apartment building and last week there where suddenly laying books all over the bench on the ground floor. What happened? One of my neighbours just started a ‘building’ library. I then joined her and before I knew I had the best books in town!

And just in case your local library is closed: many libraries offer their e-books for free right now! So be sure to check it out on their website. Also a very nice way of keeping your children occupied.

enjoy art in isolation online: molesworth and bird in the uk
Molesworth & Bird

3. ENJOY ART MOVIES

I think you already know where I am going with this: Netflix (and chill > if you’re done with art then that’s the first thing I’d recommend during isolation, but never mind). Some of the best art movies now on Netflix are:

The Danish Girl
Walt before Mickey
Velvet Buzzsaw
House of Z
Marie Antoinette
Bowie: the man who changed the world
Shirkers
Ai Weiwei: never sorry
Beltrachhi: the art of forgery
Abstract: the art of design
The 100 years show

enjoy art in isolation: westcoast weavers on the isle of skye
Westcoast Weavers

4. ENJOY ART FACTS

Like I always say: Wikipedia is your friend! Especially if you can read a little English. Because the English version is wayyyy more extensive than the Dutch version. Or the French, or the Spanish, for that matter. So, go to Wikipedia. Just start at the page of your favourite artist and let yourself be dragged into the heavenly deep crypts of Wikipedia knowledge. This way of enjoying art in isolation is definitely on top of my list. Before I know it my whole evening is goooone.

ENJOY ART IN ISOLATION

I hope you find these tips useful. Very soon I will also share some tips of being and getting creative in isolation. But for now I am off to Wikipedia. And I never know how long that is going to take…

AND NOW IT’S YOUR TURN:

Which tip do you find the most helpful and are you going to use in the next couple of weeks? Let me know in the comments! Also, if you have yet another way of enjoying art in isolation, please let me know. It takes my ass off

MINERALS IN THE MAKING

My 2020 will be all about affordable art! My first affordable art series are my Minerals. In this blog I will tell you the story behind the minerals and it shows the minerals in the making . If you want to learn more about them you can check out this page. Or visit my online store and get to know all the details.

minerals in the making affordable art the fran zone 2020

WHY MINERALS?

First of all: minerals stand for grounding and good foundations. So in my opinion they are a perfect way to start the new year. But when I started drawing them I didn’t even know that! I started working with minerals because they fascinate me. It’s their ability to contain a whole universe of intricate details. They are like small worlds full of sky scrapers, mountain rigs, rivers, rocks, wavy seas and bending roads.

They reminded me of the moss colonies of Alma Whittaker in The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert. I read The Signature of All Things while on summer ‘working’ holiday in Spain. Little did I know that that book would be the starting point of so many different things! It gave me inspiration to start studying again.

I’ve always been interested in the nature of the world. As a child I devoured every single book I could lay my hands on that had something to do with geography, cosmology or the weather, vulcanos and plate tectonics. When I was 9 I did my speech at school about tsunamis. I just loved that word so much. For me it felt like a mythological phenomenon and I wanted to know all about it. (Of course I didn’t really grasp the scope of it’s devastation because I couldn’t found any information about recent tsunamis back then. It wasn’t until 2004 when I fully understood the magnitude of it.)

STUDYING THE UNIVERSE

And as I started studying these great natural phenomenons again I was struck by a very real urge to learn more. As in: for real. So I bought The Feyman lectures on Physics, lent all books by Richard Dawkins at my local library, downloaded Darwin, got the biology handbook from my brother and I started studying. It’s been 4 months now and I feel like that kid again, immersed in planetary alignment and earthly plate tectonics.

But something happened then the ring did not intent. (Sorry, when I start a sentence like one out of the Lord of the Rings script it’s very hard for me not to give in to it…) Again.

But something happened then that I didn’t expect: while I was studying all these large subjects I couldn’t get myself to keep painting all these large canvasses. It’s like I needed to balance it out with small artworks. Very small artworks, the size of a postcards. And not only small in size, but also small in scope.

The minerals became the subject. Very small objects. Objects I could cope with. And as I said: first I thought it was about balancing it out. Studying large subjects, drawing small ones. But then I remembered Alma and her moss colonies. And her way of looking at them as if they were large moss universes. And it suddenly made total sense. There I was: studying the universe and creating universes of my own.

WORK IN PROGRESS

While working on the different minerals I made some pictures to record my process. I have put them all in chronological order for you. So you can watch the minerals as they come to be.

From top to bottom you can see: Wulfenite, Quarts, Sliced Mineral, Amethyst, Malachite, Calcite, Celestine and Autunite in the making.

MINERALS TIME LAPSE

While I was working on Celestine I also made a short time lapse video:

CHRISTMAS THANK YOU

Just because I am so very happy for you being here and following my journey I decided to write something of a Christmas thank you to all of you. Below you will find a small but special Christmas present that I have made for you.

Thank you for appreciating my art.

Thank you for commenting on my blogs and pictures.

Thank you for following me here or elsewhere online.

Thank you for making my art part of your life.

Thank you for supporting me.

Thank you for showing up at events, in real life, in heart warming comments and likes.

Thank you for inspiring me to be brave and continue to share my art.

Thank you for being here. My 2019 was the better for it.

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Francine
francine orsel the fran 2019 christmas thank you

MINERAL ARTWORK CHRISTMAS DOWNLOAD

To thank you I have made a free Christmas download from one of my recent mineral artworks. It’s high resolution so you’ll be able to print it and it’ll look like the real thing! Download here.

Minerals stand for grounding. For a steady foundation on which you’ll be able to build all your endeavors in the new year. And that’s what I wish for you. A firm base from which you will be able to explore new ways, new creative outings and adventures.

PRINTING THE CHRISTMAS THANK YOU ARTWORK

If you’d like to print the Christmas artwork I have made for you, please note that I’ve made it high resolution. (So called 150DPI if you’re an image pro). The original artwork is 12.5 x 21 cm. So if you are going to print it it will not cover the entire A4 page and that’s okay.

I made it for you to print and hang on your wall. Or to print and gift as a Christmas present to a very special friend. You could choose to print it on professional art paper to get the real thing going for you. I’d even encourage you to make it into a greeting card and send it to someone you love. The only thing I ask you not to do is to print it and then sell it.