Friday, November 20, 2009

Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser

We are having what I think are our last days of fall here in southern Wisconsin. It's beautiful, the fog, clouds have moved off and the sun is shinning. It feels like the temperatures are up in the middle to high 50s, which is just perfect for me. Tomorrow and possibly, Sunday, the same kind of weather. It feels like a special little gift from Mother Nature.

I took Murphy to puppy day care and met Zeus at the restaurant for breakfast. I spent about 10 minutes in the car having a coughing spasm. Not pretty. Gulping for air, tears running down my face and trying to will myself not to cough again. I'm at the tail end of this whatever it is and I will be so glad to move on to good health.

The sun was pouring in the new studio, this afternoon. I am like a little kid, humming to my music as I put beloved books on the new shelving. I carry up boxes of stuff and put things away. I'm trying to consolidate things. I have a pile of books that I have decided I no longer need that can be donated to my local library. I have found books that have projects or techniques that I have wanted to try. I decided to keep those separate and give them a go, after Christmas.

I am in love with Friedensreich Hundertwaser's work. Two children's books about him arrived in my mail this past week. I sit and stare at his colors and style and think how fortunate the world was to have someone like him creating art. He was fascinated by spirals and saw them as a symbol of life and nature, something I share with him.

I'll leave you with a quote from him.

"A good picture is when the pictures is full of magic, when you can feel the happiness in it, when it makes you laugh or cry, or when it makes something happen. It should be like a flower or a tree. It should be like Nature. It should be that we miss it when it isn't there."

:) Bea
Have a great weekend, don't forget to let your soul out to play, go create.


  1. Oh yes, he is the artist who is known as "the one who awakens identities". I was always drawn to his work because I love color. I don't have any of his books but I should get some. I remember hearing of his work with stamp design too, which to me is amazing that anyone does that.
    Bea, I hope you are feeling better.

  2. Thanks Yvonne, I really feel like I am getting my energy back. I used to belong to a Yahoo group, many years ago that created stamps for "snail mail". This was before the USPost office got the idea to let people create their own stamps. I think probably somebody got the idea from him. I have some little wooden birdhouses that I have been collecting. I think I'm going to paint them in his style and maybe do some neat stuff like he's done on some of his buildings, with tile and things.
    Anyway, I'm pumped! lol :)Bea

  3. I copied down the quote you shared today. I need to discover more about this artist...he seems to be aware of the gifts in possibilities. I so enjoy your comments on my blog. Tomorrow we are attending the memorial service for Bill and you have eased me into just being present for Marsha in her grief. Have a great weekend yourself and no more coughing fits!!! Imagine and Live in peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  4. Mary Helen is was quite his own person. Very attached to nature and saw art as a very spiritual thing. Thanks for your good wishes.
    I'm on day 8 so I figure I am almost done with this. I wish there was some way we could turn death into a joyous celebration like birth is. That we put our own sad feelings of loss behind us and joyfully sent the newly departed on their journey. :)Bea

  5. Bea! You are a kindred soul indeed, as Hundertwasswer is among my favorite artists! In fact, I'm painting a series of chipboard houses in his style to place above the wall unit in my home. You must be my pen pal and show me what you do with your birdhouses! xo-teri

  6. Lovely quote, exacty how art should be. "we should miss it when it isn't there"
    Beautiful photo, you can tell winter is on its way, but hoping that nice weather lasts a bit longer for you! Feel better soon!!

  7. Wow, Teri..........did you mention that you were doing that on your blog? Is that were the seed thought for painting my birdhouses came from? I would LOVE to see pictures of what you are doing. I know I was stopping by one of your blogs, this morning I found your art blog and your adorable dog that looks a lot like Murphy. Is he a Teddybear, too? :)Bea

  8. Thanks Kim. I broke down and went to the Urgent Care today to be sent home with an antibiotic and told to drink more water. Hopefull that will do the trick. :)Bea

  9. Wonderful things from that artist Hundertwasswer and what a great idea to paint your bird houses in that style. I bet they'll look amazing. DO get well soon. xxx

  10. Thanks Gina, I think I'm getting better. Had a good night's sleep last night which always helps. :)Bea

  11. I love Hundertwasser also Bea and had a project of do based on his work. What fun to create in his style.

    Your photo looks inviting. I'm from NY and I'm afraid I've had enough of the extreme cold. Enjoy this wonderful weather while you can.

  12. Oh, Renee I would love to see the project you did on Hundertwasser or rather based on his style. Did you post it in your blog? If you did, send me the link to see it.
    I just find everything he did so refreshing and childlike and of course, bright. :)Bea