Paradise Found – Ecolodge Juan Solito Casanare

  One of the inmediate effects of the Peace agreement in Colombia is the possiblity of visiting amazing places banned because of the conflict. The thing is that although Colombia is a huge country, only the area of the mountains … Continue reading

The joy of learning: Hockney at Tate Britain (London)

David Hockney uses art as a mean for exsploring identities, languages, spaces, places, techniques and his own surroundings.  His exhibitoin “60 years of work” at Tate Britain is a journey into his endless curioisty, his wonder  about the world. A lesson … Continue reading

Lunch with Vanessa Bell

“On a clear spring afternoon I dropped by Vanessa Bell’s for lunch. It was one of those days at the Bloomsbury house, always cozy and welcoming. Vanessa had a little argument with the maid, but that did not spoil the … Continue reading

The educating gallery: RawTag at Espacio Gallery (London 2017)

Galleries and museums have the potential to become educational spaces by activating conversations and engaging communities. For doing so, they need to recognise the transformative spirit of art, not only as something “visual” but including the conceptual, the performative and … Continue reading

Open Studio’2016: People+Palms – Açai

In the Open Studio of this year I will be presenting some of my work in progress (wip), series of work that I have started but it is still in development. One of the big projects for the future is my series of People and Palms: it is a series of paintings and watercolour illustrations in homage of this wonderful and symbolic plant. It is a collaborative work with my friend Lucia Prado, anthropologist and ethno-botanist, who have worked for almost 25 years with indigenous communities in Colombia. She wrote her master research about how indigenous communities in the Amazon (the Tikunas) are related with different varieties of palms. For the Tikunas, palms are not only nutritious food (fruits and seeds), but also, a source of materials and a symbolic being in their cosmogony, legends and rituals.

This has been a slow process for me, thus I have used both watercolours, for small sketches and oils for the big paintings.  It suits me… because it gives me time to evolve and learn throughout the process. The first thing I did was to get familiar with the “movement” of the palm leaves by painting my own palms. I used colour on black paper. This gave a sense of how the leaves move and how they are articulated with each other:

 

Then I did some small paintings to start getting to grips to the palms.  Indeed, I started with the Acai, a very popular palm, now being considered one of the super-foods. So, I wanted to see how it is, I did some in watercolours and the small oil paintings.

 

Watercolours and oil paint by Beatriz Acevedo Art’2016

It has been a very playful process, because I also have been interested in the inner life of the palms, i.e. the inner composition of the stalks and the inner rings.

Original Drawings, Beatriz Acevedo Art.

 

After this I decided to go to the bigger painting (80*80 cm) which has been transformed from the first version to what is now happening. The first version was taken as if I was looking the palm in front of me at the same height… but after going to Colombia I realised that one looks at the palms from below, so they curve up in the air. That was an epiphany as it provides the element of depth and a 3D approach to the painting… I was so happy!

Beatriz acevedo Art. Copyright. 2016

This palm is very special, because for my friend, this was the first encounter of her with the palms. She saw people using the berries for a juice, and she was so thirsty and desperate to taste this succulent berry. The palm is also a source of material, for construction, the leaves are also used, and also it has some nice stories, related to the origin of the tikunas. Finally, it is said that for love, you can take a shower of acai flowers in the new moon… how lovely is that!

Some other palms are also being developed. But I will leave it here, so you can come and enjoy the amazing world of palms in my Open Studio.

Open Studio 2016 – Seeds of Joy

Remember, remember the 5th of November/2016: funpower, laughter and joy! And My Open Studio’2016! The Open Studio is mainly a celebration of life and friends, coming together to share our creativity with tea and cake.  For me, the Open Studio … Continue reading