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.

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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: