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painting is harvesting life

acrylics 120cm x 100 cm

Sometimes I’m told that if you only follow me through social media and my newsletters, my life looks suspiciously sparkling. That’s a comment that makes me think. Because no, my life is not always joyful and I do not run happy to my studio day after day.

Life is not always very easy, not for me at least. To me, as a proud scientist of freedom, “life” is constantly becoming aware of where I hinder, stop, disturb my freedom. Where I do not allow freedom to myself. Where do I not dare to take freedom.

Well, that’s an infinite journey. Because a Buddha consciousness is not within my hand-reach. Trying, faiing, walk a few steps, failing again...  Always start again and again from an increasingly experienced point zero.

The good thing about it is that I find it really interesting to investigate what is disturbing my flow. Because we are all Buddha consciousness, there is only something (or a lot of somethings) blocking the light.

That shows similarities with the research ‘how to paint a real good painting’.
A painting is easy ‘beautiful’, but then it is not an inescapable piece of strong art. And how does that work? That’s a search, every painting again … Sometimes I’m sure to know that a part of the painting is “bloody perfect”. With boldness I paint around the brilliant piece, week after week, month after month and sometimes even year after year.
I do not really look anymore, because I have already decided that it is good, in the meanwhile it has lost all the contact with the rest of the painting; It’s a frozen piece on the canvas, that’s causes all the trouble.
The expression “killing your darlings” comes from this. Because that is the solution.

Back to my life. Because there too are always “frozen pieces” in roles that I “bloody” certainly knew they were honest. But, for example, and that’s happening now, it turns out I’ve left out a lot. A shadow piece that is unseen and is living its own life.

So no, my life is not always just sparkling. I’m not very cheerful walking in the dunes, welcoming  my aggression, anger and frustration. I do not really want to accept anything that smells like animal behaviour. Welcoming that, is for now just a mental practice.

But with much motivation, because I realize that masks in whatever shape, hinder me from making contact. With me. With the painting. With you.

And I know, from years of experience, that there is also a harvest time. As I expand the fullness of my existence, I see that back in my paintings. My paintings reflect my growth in clarity, fullness and layering. And that’s a very big gift. A gift that I would like to share with you.

opening Lightweight Atelier Het Bouwhuis

Last Sunday on the opening of Ligtweight. On the website of Het Bouwhuis, you’ll read all about this exhibition.. in Dutch.. but, with pictures that give a beautiful overview!  In this blog, I will show some pictures of the opening.

Exhibition open until 20 Nov 2016. Sa-Su 13:00-17:00 Cröddendijk 8, Lettele Netherlands

a report in pictures of the opening

bezoekers op de expositie Lichtgewicht in Atelier Het Bouwhuis

In the sunshine I am enjoying to receive guests from 16 years of my art-practice. Guests full of attention and colour. What a joy.  (photo Ton Harland)

expo Lichtgewicht Hanneke van der Werf Henriette Hogewind

Henriette Hogewind opens the exhibition. With a spark of the work from all 3 the artists in the background. (photo Ton Harland)

expositie Lichtgewicht Hanneke van der Werf

Sunshine sunshine sunshine

kunstverkenners collages van Hanneke van der Werf

A corner with Artscouts. Most of them are in the other location from Het Bouwhuis: in the Grote Overstraat 63  Deventer. Openingstimes of this location: Wed-Sa 10:30 -17:30 (photo Frans Rentink)

Hanneke van der Werf bezoekers

Guests outside, enjoying the art; sun and each other. Beautiful location. (foto Ton Harland)

Hanneke viert een warm weerzien op de expo Lichtgewicht

Warm reunion with dear people (we go way back into the last century)

beeldentuin Falco Pols

Art (and artist) out in the open (photo Ton Harland)


Falco Pols tells about his serene sound-art, standing before my “shrimp-grass-girl”