DATE PALM DESIGN

As I wrote earlier: being on total lockdown because of corona gave me inspiration to finally write this blog about my Date Palm design. This design, part of the Hortus by Night autumn collection, has the most summery feel of them all. It’s like a transition design between the Majorelle summer collection and the autumn collection. So let’s take a look at it!

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From painting to pattern

The Date Palm design is based on the oilpainting Date Palm I painted January-May 2019. I used oil paints and ink and tried to capture the majestic palms I encountered during the Hortus by Night. To create the design I mirrored my painting and scaled it on scarfs, cushions and larger fabric which I made into table linens.

Like I said the Date Palm design feels to me like a transition design between my summer Majorelle Collection and my autumn Hortus by Night collection. It captures an Indian summer feel with saturated colours like pink, green and blue. The shapes in the pattern remind me of my time in Africa, which was my main inspiration for the Majorelle Collection.

So in many ways this design transfers my love of exotic summer vibes to my love of autumn colours and feels. The different shades seen in this picture gradually develop themselves in the other designs of the Hortus by Night collection, to become more autumn-y. Bright Date Palm blue becomes a grey blue in the Giant Bamboo design. The soft green becomes a moss green in the Silver Fir design and the vibrant pink becomes an autumn leaf magenta-red colour in the Arum Lily design.

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date palm design the fran zone herfstcollectie 2019 hortus by night

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Date Palm cashmere scarf

The Date Palm cashmere scarf is the perfect scarf for anyone who loves to pair blue with shades of green. Because it adds that little something special by those touches of pink and purple. As you can see it’s a real show stopper worn as head wrap. But of course it also shines around your shoulders! I love to wear bright shades of pink lipstick with this scarf and defy the autumn chills just a little longer. Still available in my shop!

You can order it now in my online store >

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date palm design cashmere scarf the fran zone

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Date Palm cushion

Don’t you think this cushion is a stunner? It works well on every couch I’ve seen it on so far: light grey, dark grey, dark blue, black and brown. Because of it’s bright energy it’s a real crowd pleaser. Adding some colour to your living room has never been easier! It’s still available.

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date palm cushion the fran zone satin cover hortus by night collection on a dark grey couch

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Limited edition table linens

This handmade limited edition Date Palm table linens are the perfect decor for your Indian summer dinner party. Enjoy it with friends and revel in the sweet treats of late summer and early autumn. Still available in my online shop.

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fairy tale wedding party dinner table linens date palm design the fran zone

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Matching jewellery by Studio Glashelder

The glass jewel Studio Glashelder designed to go with the Date Palm scarf is by far my favourite of the season. It features a large emerald green glass jewel with inside of it a darker greenish black stripe of glass. On top there’s a small streak of soft lilac to add some colour. It’s the perfect balance between rough beauty and sophisticated elegance. And it’s still available!

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glass jewellery by studio glashelder large green glass jewel with lilac stripe on top of it
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ROCKCAP FERN DESIGN

Being in Brabant and on total lockdown because of corona I decided to make a virtue of necessity. I’ve been wanting to write this blog for about 5 months, but now’s finally the time. Get ready for the Rockcap Fern design! The fairy tale beauty of the Hortus by Night autumn collection.

You might also like: The Hortus by Night Autumn Collection

From painting to pattern

The Rockcap Fern design is based on the oilpainting Rockcap Fern I painted January-May 2019. I used oil paints and ink and tried to capture the crawling rockcap ferns I encountered during the Hortus by Night. To create the design I mirrored my painting and scaled it on scarfs, cushions and larger fabric which I made into table linens.

The Rockcap Fern design for me feels like the Hortus by Night design with the most enthralling contradiction between the shapes and the colours. While the shapes are alien-like tentacles which crawl over the fabric, reminiscent of an apocalyptic extraterrestrial race. The colours are soft, gentile pastels ranging from sweet lilac to soft pink. Maybe those aliens aren’t as maleficent as expected!

rockcap fern painting the fran zone 2019
rockcap fern design dessin the fran zone herfstcollectie 2019 hortus by night

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Rockcap Fern cashmere scarf

And like I said: it comes as a cashmere scarf. It’s soft, warm, luxurious and it’s the perfect accessory to colour up any outfit. You can were it around your neck, but just as easy wrap it around your shoulders or wear it as a headwrap.

Order it now in my online shop.

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Rockcap Fern cushion

The Rockcap Fern cushion shines on every couch. But I have to say I particularly like it on dark grey sofas. I haven’t seen it on black yet, though, that may cause me to change my mind. What do you think?

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You might also like: Silver Fir Design – it does autumn as well as it does Christmas

Limited edition table linens

I’ve also ordered the Rockcap Fern design on organic cotton and turned it into one of kind table linens. It’s limited edition and handmade and it’s perfect for any fairy tale wedding dinner or extravagant party.

Order limited edition table linens now >

Matching jewellery by Studio Glashelder

As you maybe know by now: Studio Glashelder designs matching jewellery for all of my designs. And the one she made for the Rockcap Fern totally on theme: a triangle shaped glass jewel filled with a galaxy of stars. It adds to the space-like feel of the design and adds a whole new world to explore.

You can order it in my online shop >

NEW PAPER PRODUCTS!

I am stoked to share the new paper products with my art printed on them!

You can now send colourful postcards printed with the Majorelle art.

Or send someone special a classy greeting card with your favourite Majorelle artwork.

And the Hortus by Night paintings have become part of an artsy birthday calendar. Classic case of combining the useful with the beautiful.

Check out my new Products page where you can browse through all available pretty paper products!

NEW PAPER PRODUCTS FOR 2020

I don’t know about you but I am a total sucker for artsy greeting cards and postcards. Especially when they come beautifully wrapped. So when 20198 drew to a close I wondered why I hadn’t explored the idea of paper products further… I couldn’t come up with any reasons so I started designing them right away!

They fit perfectly in my affordable art line. They are available as sets and as individual postcards or greeting cards printed with the Majorelle artworks. Happy mail for everyone!

The birthday calendar is printed with all the Hortus by Night artworks. The calendar is A3 and is printed on ‘frame-able’ paper quality. So if you ever get tired of the calendar you can totally frame the artworks. (But have to say that’s a big if 🙂 ).

All new paper products are listed in my online store. I hope they will bring you joy!

PRODUCT INFORMATION

The postcards are available in sets of 2 x 5 Majorelle artworks and as individual postcards. The sets are beautifully wrapped in a manilla envelop with string washer. The postcards are A6 size (105x148mm).

The greeting cards are available in sets of 2 x 5 Majorelle artwork greeting cards with envelopes and as individual greeting cards with envelope. The sets are beautifully wrapped in a stout manilla envelop with string washer. The greeting cards are A6 size (105x148mm) and are blank inside.

The birthday calendar features the 12 Hortus by Night artworks. The cover features the Silver Fir painting. It is printed on A3 high quality paper. Which means the artworks are frame-able if you wish to do so after using the calendar.

HORTUS MAGAZINE X THE FRAN ZONE

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. And I wish you a very happy, creative, and colourful 2020! My holiday started the best way imaginable when I found the Hortus Magazine in my mailbox with my very first editorial!

The Hortus Magazine is only printed for friends of the Hortus. But I got you covered! You can read the article here in English (scroll down for Dutch version).

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hortus magazine 2019 the fran zone editorial

Hortus Magazine editorial

Our garden is an inspiration to many of our visitors. We are of course very proud of that. Last fall Francine Orsel surprised us. She created something beautiful and wanted to give the Hortus something back. Read her story here:

“I am Francine Orsel, or The Fran. I paint and draw energetic, organic patterns and print them on scarves, pillows and fabrics. This way I create a colorful, relaxed, botanical universe. My most important source of inspiration are botanical gardens worldwide. Visiting a botanical garden has been a constant in my vacations for years. Through the years I was lucky enough to visit the gardens in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Logan, Berlin, Caen, Marrakesh and Barcelona.

It may sound like an exaggeration, but my ideal world is a botanical garden. Where every plant, every tree gets the perfect amount of space and attention to become the best version of itself. Where it can grow in good soil. And where the growth and flowering of one does not stand in the way of the other. That is what I wish for people – and women in particular: to grow into the best version of yourself. Are you a rhododendron? Then don’t be pruned back to a narrow back garden variant, but take up your space just like the rhododendrons in Logan and bloom all the way!

My colorful scarves and pillows with botanical patterns are like an invitation: take good care of yourself. Treat yourself on a place that suits you and surround yourself with the relaxed atmosphere of botanical colors and shapes. The Hortus by Night scarves also add the fairy-tale-like aspect of mysteriously lit plants and trees. To remind every woman: in a different light there are so many beautiful things to discover!

Hortus by Night winter collection 2019 the fran zone

Sponsorship

Last winter’s Hortus by Night gave me a lot of inspiration for my work. Within three months of my visit my art studio was filled with twelve new paintings. These paintings are the basis of the scarf and pillow designs from my fall / winter collection.

I am very fond of the Hortus. It is the first botanical garden that I have ever visited and old love is not forgotten. So when I read about the renovation of the Three-climate greenhouse, I wanted to contribute to that. That is why I came up with a sponsor campaign: for every Hortus by Night scarf sold, I donate 20 euros to the Three-climate greenhouse. I donate 10 euros for each Hortus by Night cushion sold.”

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Become a friend yourself

If you are a botanical garden lover like me, you can become a friend of the Hortus. Or of another botanical garden near you for that matter. Supporting them is a great way to uphold botanical diversity and education about the world of nature.

Or you can order a Hortus by Night scarf or cushion. Check out the autumn collection and the winter collection.

Hortus Magazine artikel Nederlands

Regelmatig laten bezoekers ons weten hoe geïnspireerd ze raken door onze tuin en collectie. Uiteraard zijn wij apetrots als we dat horen. In het najaar van 2019 werden we verrast door Francine Orsel, die de Hortus iets moois wilde teruggeven. Ze vertel zelf haar verhaal.

Ik ben Francine Orsel, oftewel The Fran. Ik schilder en teken energieke, organische patronen die ik laat printen op sjaals, kussens en stoffen. Op die manier creëer ik een kleurrijk, ontspannen, botanisch universum.

Mijn belangrijkste inspiratiebron zijn botanische tuinen wereldwijd. Het is al jaren vaste prik; als we ergens op vakantie zijn en er is een botanische tuin in de buurt, dan moet en zal ik die bezoeken. Zo heb ik al het geluk gehad de tuinen in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Logan, Berlijn, Caen, Marrakesh en Barcelona te kunnen bekijken.

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Mijn ideale wereld is een botanische tuin

Het klinkt misschien overdreven, maar mijn ideale wereld is een botanische tuin. Waar elke plant, elke boom de ruimte en aandacht krijgt om de beste versie van zichzelf te worden. Om te groeien in goede grond. En waar de groei en bloei van de één die van de ander niet in de weg staat. Dat is wat ik mensen – en vrouwen in het bijzonder – ook toewens. Om te groeien tot de beste versie van jezelf. Ben je een rhododendron? Laat je dan niet terugsnoeien naar een smalle achtertuinvariant, maar neem net als de rhododendrons in Logan je ruimte in en bloei tot grote hoogte!

Mijn kleurrijke sjaals (maar ook de kussens) met botanische patronen zijn daarvoor de uitnodiging: zorg goed voor jezelf, trakteer jezelf op een plek waar jij tot je recht komt en omring jezelf met de ontspannen sfeer van botanische kleuren en vormen. De Hortus by Night sjaals voegen daar nog het sprookjesachtige aspect van mysterieus verlichte planten en bomen aan toe. Om iedere vrouw eraan te herinneren: in een ander licht zijn er zoveel mooie dingen te ontdekken!

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Sponsoractie

De Hortus by Night van afgelopen winter heeft mij enorm veel inspiratie opgeleverd voor mijn werk: binnen drie maanden na het bezoek stonden er twaalf schilderijen te drogen. Die schilderijen zijn de basis van de sjaal- en kussensdessins van mijn herfst/winter-collectie.

Het moge duidelijk zijn: ik draag de Hortus een heel warm hart toe. Het is de eerste botanische tuin die ik ooit bezocht en oude liefde roest niet. Dus toen ik las over de vernieuwing van de Drieklimatenkas wilde ik daar graag aan bijdragen. Daarom heb ik een sponsoractie bedacht: van elke verkochte Hortus by Night-sjaal doneer ik 20 euro aan de Drieklimatenkas. Van elk verkocht Hortus by Night-kussen doneer ik 10 euro.

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GIANT BAMBOO DESIGN

The Giant Bamboo design is part of the Hortus by Night 2019 Autumn collection. ‘Hortus by Night’ is an annual event at the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam which I visited in January 2019. All trees and plants were illuminated by hundreds of lights in different magical colours.

From painting to pattern

The whole experience was so inspiring that I had enough ideas to paint a total of twelve paintings. These paintings became the patterns with which I have created two different collections:

The Hortus by Night 2019 Autumn collection consist of five different designs:

All five Hortus by Night designs represent a different continent. Just like a botanical garden with plants and trees from all over the world. I wanted to represent all continents in this autumn collection.

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From painting to pattern

giant bamboo painting the fran zone 2019

Today the spotlight is on the bestseller of this season: the Giant Bamboo design. This design represents America. In America everything is huge and so is the bamboo.

The blues in this design go from turquoise to aqua and from night blue to teal.

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Giant Bamboo cashmere scarf

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I was going to write something like ‘if blue is your favourite colour this is your go-to design’ and obviously it is to a bunch of people.

That’s the reason the scarfs are out of stock until January 2020 (I know, huge bummer).
Even so it’s good to know you can wear it with cobalt, emerald and petrol, it all works! But you all knew that already of course 🙂

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Giant Bamboo satin cushion

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Icy conditions ahoy! I have been told it works perfectly with brown sofas but I’m also digging this one on dark grey.

Matching glass jewel by Studio Glashelder

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The matching ring designed by Studio Glashelder has the perfect combo of black and blue. I particularly like its round-ish shape in contrast with the straight bamboo branches. Feels like a crescent bamboo moon.

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ARUM LILY DESIGN

The Arum Lily design is part of the Hortus by Night 2019 Autumn collection. ‘Hortus by Night’ is an annual event at the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam which I visited in January 2019. All trees and plants were illuminated by hundreds of lights in different magical colours.

From painting to pattern

The whole experience was so inspiring that I had enough ideas to paint a total of twelve paintings. These paintings became the patterns with which I have created two different collections:

The Hortus by Night 2019 Autumn collection consist of five different designs:

All five Hortus by Night designs represent a different continent. Just like a botanical garden with plants and trees from all over the world. I wanted to represent all continents in this autumn collection.

You might also like: The Hortus by Night Autumn Collection

From painting to pattern

arum lily painting the fran zone 2019

The Arum Lily design represents Europe. It’s a water plant found in ponds and other shallow waters. Maybe a bit weird to find the only water plant in the collection seemingly on fire in the painting. But hey, in art everything is allowed 🙂

This design has the most autumn forest feel of all the five Hortus by Night designs with all its yellows, oranges and browns. It’s like taking a stroll through the fallen leaves the one even brighter than the other. So autumn party vibes on!

arum lily pattern the fran zone autumn 2019 hortus by night collection

Arum Lily cashmere scarf

The Arum Lily scarf looks lit with other autumn colours like olive green, ochre and all shades of brown and orange. It’s outside adventure at its most colourful.

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Arum Lily satin cushions

The Arum Lily cushion turns your couch into a small autumn forest. It goes very well with grey and black furniture. But it also pops on dark red, cognac and brown sofas!

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satin cushion arum lily autumn 2019 the fran zone hortus by night collection

Exclusive glass jewel by Studio Glashelder

Studio Glashelder has outdone herself with this beauty of a glass jewel. It is exclusively designed to go with the scarf. It features bronze, orange, gold and brown sparkles. Since I’ve uploaded it to my shop it has been favoured by many, so be sure to check it out!

glass jewel by studio glashelder

SILVER FIR DESIGN

The Silver Fir design is part of the Hortus by Night 2019 Autumn collection. ‘Hortus by Night’ is an annual event at the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam which I visited in January 2019. All trees and plants were illuminated by hundreds of lights in different magical colours.

From painting to pattern

The whole experience was so inspiring that I had enough ideas to paint a total of twelve paintings. These paintings became the patterns with which I have created two different collections:

The Hortus by Night 2019 Autumn collection consist of five different designs:

All five Hortus by Night designs represent a different continent. Just like a botanical garden with plants and trees from all over the world. I wanted to represent all continents in this autumn collection.

You might also like: The Hortus by Night Autumn Collection

Silver Fir design

silver fir painting the fran zone 2019

The Silver Fir design represents Asia, but you will find firs all over the world. And firs are typical Christmas trees. And although this is definitely an autumn painting and pattern it also reminds me of a Christmas tree full of lights in different colours.

So if you’re into Christmas and love the art of decorating, giving presents or dressing up for your Christmas dinner, then this is definitely your go-to design.

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Silver Fir cashmere scarf

The scarf looks lit with purple, lime and coral. It’s sparkling energy at its best!

And if you’re into wearing black for the holidays it’s a total winner to add to your outfit. Just put on some shiny lipstick and you’re good to go!

Order now please note: due to high demand the Silver Fir scarf is currently out of stock. It will be available again in January 2020.

Silver Fir satin cushions

Just think of this one underneath the Christmas tree. Do I need to say more. I didn’t think so 😉

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But, if you happen to be a notorious Christmas hater (because of reasons): don’t you worry!
 
Because like I said: Silver Fir does autumn as well as it does Christmas. The design will just adjust to your liking! And on top of that you will support the Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam by building their new Three Climate Glasshouse. Learn more

HORTUS BY NIGHT AUTUMN COLLECTION

The Fran Zone’s Hortus by Night Autumn Collection is all about colourful botanical patterns. It offers luxurious cashmere scarves, soft cushions, cotton fashion fabrics, custom made carpets and unique jewellery. The Hortus by Night Autumn Collection comes in five different designs:

These five designs are based on five paintings painted by The Fran:

The paintings are inspired by the Hortus by Night in de Hortus in Amsterdam in 2019:

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SPONSORSHIP DE HORTUS AMSTERDAM

Botanical gardens are The Fran Zone’s number one source of inspiration. And that’s why I have come up with a sponsorship of de Hortus in Amsterdam. When you buy a scarf or cushion from the new Hortus by Night Collection you will support the building of the new Three Climate Glasshouse in de Hortus.

The Fran Zone will donate €20,- for every sold scarf and €10,- for every sold cushion. This sponsorship is endorsed by de Hortus itself and gives you the opportunity to support de Hortus and their terrific work while at the same time treat yourself with a botanical inspired scarf or cushion.

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CASHMERE SCARVES HORTUS BY NIGHT COLLECTION

The extra large cashmere scarves of the Hortus by Night Autumn Collections are your best friend this season. Wear them around your neck, as a cape, a turban, headwrap or with your favourite autumn coat.

Cashmere is woolen royalty. It is one of the most comfortable fabrics to wear directly on your skin. Cashmere is soft, supple and voluminous. On top of that it adjusts to the climate. When it’s cold cashmere will keep you warm. If you’re caught up in an unexpected warm autumn day cashmere will feel comfortably light.

You might also like: Silver Fir design

You can order your cashmere scarf in the shop.

Additional information and how to take care of your scarf:

  • The Hortus by Night scarves are 120x120cm, made of 90% modal and 10% cashmere wool. This combination of fabrics makes them super soft and supple.
  • The scarves are a perfect colourful addition to your autumn wardrobe.
  • Dry clean only. This will make sure your scarf will last a lifetime.
  • Warm iron.
  • The Fran Zone loves ethical, slow fashion. Your scarf is sustainably printed on demand with GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) ink.

UNIQUE RINGS BY STUDIO GLASHELDER

Studio Glashelder and The Fran Zone are working together again! Studio Glashelder has exclusively designed five new glass rings to go with the autumn scarves from the Hortus by Night Collection. These glass rings are unique, one of a kind, handmade and only available via The Fran Zone.

You can order the scarfs and the matching glass rings in my shop.

Additional information and how to take care of your glass jewels:

  • The glass rings are exclusively designed by Studio Glashelder to go with the scarves
  • All glass rings are unique and handmade
  • Glass stone is made with different colours of melted glass using the technique of glass fusing
  • The rings are size 17.5 and non adjustable
  • Ring is made of titanium steel
  • Glass jewellery can take a punch, but please do not toss it around
  • You can easily make your ring shine again by polishing it up with a dry cloth

SOFT CUSHIONS HORTUS BY NIGHT COLLECTION

The Hortus by Night cushion covers are made of soft, matte satin cotton. Together with the cosy designs they give your couch a warm and comfortable autumn look.

Combine different designs or choose one favourite and pair it with plain rust brown, forest green or night blue cushions.

You can order your favourite cushion in my shop.

Additional information and how to take care of your cushion:

  • The Hortus by Night cushion covers are made of soft, matte 100% satin cotton.
  • Cushion covers including a cushion filling. So you can enjoy them immediately.
  • Perfect colourful addition to your urban jungle interior.
  • The cushion covers are 40x60cm and close with a zipper.
  • Wash on 40 degrees C. Do not tumble dry, do not bleech. Do not dry in direct sunlight.
  • The cushion covers are sustainably printed on demand using GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) ink.

Shop the whole collection in my shop.

CUSTOM MADE CARPETS

The Hortus by Night carpet designs will transform your living room into an autumn forest in its prime. For you to enjoy the whimsical charms of autumn not only outside but also at home.

At TON Design everything is possible: round, rectangle, high pile, low pile, pure wool, syntetic fibre or something completely different. Check out all the different options on their website and choose what you like best.

HORTUS BY NIGHT SERIE

Mijn ideale wereld is een botansiche tuin vol bomen en struiken. Met planten die in bloei staan en op hun allermooist zijn. Daar komt in mijn Hortus by Night serie nog een mega feestelijk aspect bij: alle bomen, struiken en planten belicht in tegennatuurlijke kleuren. Vanuit vreemde hoeken, met bijzondere perspectieven en lichtshows. Met andere woorden: het is feest in mijn ideale wereld! Geweldig toch?!

Mijn goede voornemen voor 2019 was dat mijn werk geslaagd is als ik heb genoten van het creatieve proces. In dat licht is de Hortus by Night serie meer dan geslaagd. Ik vond het heerlijk om er aan te werken en ik heb ontzettend veel geleerd. Over schilderen, over materialen, over mijzelf en over mijn stijl. Maar daarover later meer. Nu eerst: alle 12 Hortus by Night schilderijen bij elkaar. Kijk en oordeel zelf!

MISSCHIEN VIND JE DIT OOK LEUK: HORTUS BY NIGHT

WAT VOND WYCHER?

‘Wat vond Wycher?’ is standaard de eerste vraag die ik dinsdagavond van Bob krijg als ik thuiskom van schilderles. ‘Wat vond Wycher?’ de rest doet er eigenlijk niet toe, haha. Dus daarom begin ik maar met wat Wycher vond. Eerst wat hij vond van part 1: de 6 kassen en daarna wat hij vond van part 2: de 6 gekleurde planten.

WYCHER OVER DE HORTUS BY NIGHT SERIE – PART 1:

Met de kas architectuur geef je jezelf en de kijker een heel duidelijk kader, dat geeft rust. De architectuur zet je vervolgens naar je hand. Als je kijkt naar het perspectief van de roze kas, dan kan dat natuurlijk niet, maar toch geloof je het als kijker. Je gaat mee met jouw verbeelding.

Bij de roze kas laat je de planten precies onderaan je doek beginnen. Dat geeft een opgekropt gevoel, alsof je de planten naar beneden duwt. Andere kassen hebben een ander perspectief waardoor die meer ademen, ze hebben meer lucht [vergelijk ‘Roze kas’ met ‘Blauwe kas’ en ‘Gele kas’].

Bij de rode kas doe je hetzelfde als bij de roze, maar het heeft toch een ander effect. Het perspectief is hier heel centraal. Waardoor het schilderij je geen ruimte geeft. Het is alsof het roept: hier ben ik, kijk naar mij!

In sommige kas schilderijen speel je het vormenspel op een ander niveau, daar overstijgt het de pure plantvormen. De vormen in de groene kas lijken zo van het doek te willen dansen. Dat maakt het fascinerend.

Die cactus [Gele kas] is een bijzondere. Dat is namelijk heel duidelijk een cactus, maar er is meer aan de hand. Het samenspel tussen de voor- en achtergrond, de kleuren, de compositie. Het heeft iets statisch, het lijkt wel elektrisch.

-Wycher, beeldend kunstenaar en docent/eigenaar van Schilderstudio Wycher Den Bosch, over de 6 kas schilderijen

WYCHER OVER DE HORTUS BY NIGHT SERIE – PART 2:

Je schilderijen zijn het sterkst als je je onderwerp net iets overstijgt. Als in: ok, het zijn planten, maar er is ook nog iets anders aan de hand. In het geval van ‘And fire’: licht? vuur? ‘A song of ice’ is geheimzinnig, je kunt er zo inlopen. Bij ‘Aliens’ weet ik helemaal niet wat er precies aan de hand is. Het lijken organische vormen, het is uitnodigend, heeft snoep kleuren, je wil het bijna opeten. En tegelijkertijd heeft het een laboratorium achtige sfeer. En dat past bij je hele serie: de planten zijn je thema, die zet je in de spotlights, maar je onderzoekt ze ook, je ontleedt ze.

-Wycher, over de 6 gekleurde planten schilderijen

WAT VINDEN MIJN MEDECURSISTEN?

Op de schilderles vond de ene helft ‘A song of ice’ het mooist en de andere helft ‘And Fire’. Ook op instagram was het bijna gelijk: 57% koos voor Ice en 43% voor Fire.

Deze spreekt me enorm aan. De kleuren vind ik echt geweldig en ik wil er zo in weglopen. Het is zo geheimzinnig, wat is er aan de andere kant van die boog?

-Stefanie, over A song of Ice

Ik vind die echt sterk. Het danst helemaal. Het is opgewekt en dreigend tegelijkertijd, omdat je er ook vuur in kan zien dat snel dichterbij komt.

-Frans, over And Fire

Dit vind ik dus echt een super vakantie sfeer hebben, alof je daar tussen die palmbomen door nog net het bounty strand kan zien liggen waar je een lekkere cocktail kan drinken. Heel relaxte sfeer

-Paul, over Bounty strand

Mijn favoriet is toch echt die grote kas met al die felle kleuren. Het ziet er zo kleurrijk uit, ik zou er zo willen zijn.

-Heleen, over Roze kas

HORTUS BY NIGHT ALS MIJN DOORBRAAK

Het schilderij ‘Doorbraak’ heet natuurlijk niet voor niets doorbraak. Dat is gevoelsmatig mijn favoriet, omdat het de eerste was die ik op een heel andere manier schilderde: sneller, speelser en met meer durf en lef. Gewoon gaan! Heerlijk vond ik het om op die manier bezig te zijn, in plaats van soort van gegijzeld te worden door het eindresultaat.

MISSCHIEN VIND JE DIT OOK LEUK: HORTUS BY NIGHT – DE EERSTE RESULTATEN

Een doorbraak dus, de Hortus by Night serie. Qua manier van werken, qua ontdekken van mijn schilderstijl, qua ontwikkeling van omgaan met materiaal en technieken en qua loskomen van alle verwachtingen en doen waar ik plezier in heb. Mensen, The Fran is los!

HORTUS BY NIGHT: BEKIJK HET RESULTAAT

De vorige keer schreef ik over mijn super inspirerende Hortus by Night bezoek in Amsterdam en al mijn creatieve ideeën voor de grote canvasdoeken. Nu zijn ze af en kan ik ze je laten zien!

Hierboven het eindresultaat met een derde laag verschillende kleuren olieverf.

Van ‘dode vissen-vibe’ naar kleurrijke hortus by night

Na het schilderen van de tweede laag met zwarte olieverf leken het wel dode vissen! En ja: schilderen is ook genieten van verrassingen en go with the flow. Maar dode vissen vond ik niet echt een leuke verrassing, XD! Gelukkig is Wycher (mijn schilderdocent) er dan met geruststellende opmerkingen als: ‘Het kunnen ook veren zijn’. Pfew.

Dus ik weer door, kleuren mengen, proberen voor- en achtergrond met elkaar te laten samenwerken. Voor iemand als ik die geen diepte kan zien is dat lastiger dan je denkt, just saying 🙂 En 2 uur later was het af! Nooit gedacht dat ik zo’n groot canvas in 2 avonden zou kunnen omtoveren tot een kleurrijk schilderij!

Hortus by night part 2: de exotische palmenkas

Dus tijd voor deel 2: de exotische palmenkas. Aan dit deel heb ik 3 avonden gewerkt, maar met een langere tussenperiode. Ik wilde dat het kas-deel helemaal droog zou zijn voordat ik de planten op de voorgrond zou schilderen.

De achtergrond heb ik eerst thuis op een avond helemaal zwart gemaakt met Oost-Indische inkt. Keileuk was dat om te doen 😀 Canvas plat, halve pot inkt erboven leeggieten en schilderen met die handel. Zwarte inkt is natuurlijk veel goedkoper dan zwarte olieverf en de inkt zorgt ook nog voor een cool glanslaagje op het zwart.

Daarna 1 schilderles besteed aan het schilderen van de kas en de reflecterende ramen. Drie weken gewacht tot dat droog genoeg was en toen in 1 avond de planten op de voorgrond geschilderd. Met keigave licht effecten, al zeg ik het zelf 🙂

Hortus by night: 1 inspiratie, 2 schilderijen

Ik vind het bijzonder hoeveel verschillende kanten je op kunt met 1 inspiratiebron. Want ik heb er nu 2 af, maar ik heb nog veel meer ideeën. Deze twee maken me wel heel trots. Want het is totaal anders dan al mijn werk tot nu toe. Het is losser, minder stilistisch en sneller geschilderd. Met meer speelsheid en een combinatie van spontaniteit en beslistheid.

En er zit meer diepte in. En meer lichteffecten. Ik ben niet zo’n held met diepte en van een compleet realistische sinaasappel schilderen met de juiste lichtval word ik ook niet bepaald opgewonden. Maar deze schilderijen vroegen er toch echt om (en Wycher ook) en tja, dan ben ik de beroerdste natuurlijk niet hè.

Ik ben ook trots omdat het proces zo heerlijk was. Ik heb echt genoten van het schilderen en laten we wel wezen: dat is mijn hoofddoel. Het eindresultaat is mooi mee genomen. En in dit geval, heel mooi meegenomen haha!

Wat vind jij?

En wat vind jij ervan? Zie je mijn inspiratiebron van de Hortus by Night terug? Wat zie jij voor je als je denkt aan ‘Hortus by Night’? Ik ben heel benieuwd naar jouw mening. Laat een berichtje achter!

Tot gauw,

Liefs Francine