The Best of 2023

Published on 15 December 2023 at 13:03

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.

 

After some exploration (even in Berlin!) I found a printer used by galleries and museums. Now, my works are printed on dibond, beautifully matte laminated without reflections. So far, both my buyers and I are content, and I hope it stays that way.

 

I've also experimented with printing iPad art on cardboard, a cost-effective and environmentally friendly option. While this 'new line' hasn't gained widespread attention, I'll persist because it yields beautiful results at a reasonable cost.

 

In 2023, I began selling iPad art and have sold seven pieces. Thanks to those who embraced this new venture!

 

I've designed two art calendars, joyfully purchased, and have more iPad adventures in mind.

 

Some 'good old oil paintings' found new homes.

 

And the highlight came at year-end: a commissioned diptych, two iPad artworks printed on acoustic panels, each nearly 2x4 meters!

 

I'm delighted with all the outcomes, though a bit tired from the hard work—every artwork conceals numerous studies and efforts.

 

Beyond work, there was vacation and relaxation. Frans and I had an impressive journey through the southern US, a delightful tango holiday, and tangoweekends in various European countries. And tango lessons every week were always a celebration.

 

After the pandemic and years of recurring illness, I needed this very much. Unfortunately, I'm not cured and won't be unless through a major operation (currently not my choice) or perhaps a small miracle. The good news is: currently, I don't notice anything. I feel well. And I hope it stays that way for a long time.

 

And, of course, I hope that all of you have a wonderful year ahead. I wish everyone the very best for 2024. May we all create, enjoy, and aspire to make this year a beautiful one. Whether we succeed or unexpectedly fall short, in any case, sing along with Otis Redding: "Try a little tenderness."