“Land Notions” (2023) iPad art (digital art) printed on acoustic photo panels, 370 x 185 cm per panel
As a visual artist, 2023 marked the year of iPad art for me. Creating art on the iPad is one thing, but presenting it posed a challenge—opting for quality prints was a natural choice, but finding an affordable yet professional printer wasn't easy.
It started with me taking a photo of a photographer. That was during a road trip through the south of the USA, in a small town along the Mississippi. We were in a coffee house where underprivileged young people gain work experience.
To me the nice thing about an annual calendar is that you have a different picture every month. This annual calendar is an art calendar. With a different iPad artwork every month. Twelve colorful works with the themes of landscape, nature, trees and flowers. So you could say: classic themes, elaborated in a contemporary way on the iPad with the Procreate app.
A memorable days calendar is more than a birthday calendar. This art calendar is intended for your valuable memories. Write them all down, beautiful or sad, they are part of your life. But of course you can also use it 'just' as a birthday calendar. Or hang it on the wall because of the beautiful iPad art.
I would like to say something about the 'image creators' or 'image generators' that are currently popping up like mushrooms on the internet. They are apps that independently draw, paint, or create pictures with a 3D effect. They do this on the basis of sentences that people type in. These sentences are also called "prompts".
The photo shows a sneak peek of a series of new art prints. These four together form one work of art. It's fairly minimalistic iPad art. And it's also quite abstract, but it's called 'Whispers'. Do you see why?
Sometimes something wonderful happens. Then I make a painting of something I've never seen before.
I made 3 new oil paintings. A subdued, almost abstract mountain landscape (40x50cm) in various shades of golden yellow and umber, almost monochrome. And an almost abstract, somewhat ethereal polder landscape (40x60cm). And the third is a small, more expressive painting of withered tulips (24x30cm).
Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 February there was a successful exhibition in Utrecht of my recent work: monoprints of iPad art and paintings in oil on canvas. Thanks to all visitors. The new monoprints turned out to be a hit. And also the oil paintings were appreciated. I sold 7 artworks. They will be collected by their new owners. Or I take a monoprint to a nearby living custumer:
Recognize that feeling? That you don't just walk into an art shop or gallery? That you feel a little intimidated? That you think: this is not for me. I don't understand art. And it's always so expensive!
I can't wait for the delivery service to bring my packages this week. Packages containing monoprints of my iPad art. For my exhibition on February 4 and 5 in Utrecht.