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affordable art in Hof van Twente

Posted by Anna Belleforte on October 16, 2017 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

All installed for Kunstmoment in Diepenheim – the 10-day art event showing loads of artists’ work at various village locations. I love exhibiting where the owner of a place loves the work (my Irrealities series). She’s one of those genuine souls who I think likes to feel a connection with the artist she’s inviting in, appreciates the affordability of the art and gets that art can be fun and uplifting.

Since after this I’m taking a break from showing for a...

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artistic path of a collagist

Posted by Anna Belleforte on October 6, 2017 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (0)

We took down the ‘Sense of Place’ exhibition at DePloegh this week. I think we all felt it was a good show, and with several works sold I feel a sense of satisfaction. On the last weekend there was a group of art-lovers visiting (the Friends of the Teyler’s Museum from Haarlem – oldest museum in Holland, wonderful collection of antiquities, by the way), who loved the exhibition and the Kunst & Varen art route. Someone also pointed out Dutch/German artist Paul Citro...

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art prize criteria and the circus of words

Posted by Anna Belleforte on September 30, 2017 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Every year I admire the selections they make, yet interestingly the annual Van Lanschot Art Prize (which I didn’t submit to) has decided that none of the 500+ works submitted was worth nominating this year. Apparently the jury felt no works met all 3 criteria: visual impact, representative of our current times, originality.  Have we criteria-ed everything to death? Or rather, what are we asking of artists today? I just find it hard to believe that there really weren’t 10 work...

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Why buy art? Here's my take

Posted by Anna Belleforte on September 14, 2017 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I would say foremost is the sense of well-being it gives. When you come home from a long day, you take a few moments to decompress and looking at art you like can help. You can lose yourself in looking, and if the artwork has lots of details you always find something new. The kind of day you experienced also allows you to see or interpret new things. Or maybe it’s soothing colours that works for you, or the art is a trigger to a happy memory, or you just connect with it in some way (tha...

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drawings in encaustic

Posted by Anna Belleforte on September 7, 2017 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

It was a wonderful opening for the Sense of Place exhibition – including 3 works going to new owners! Always interesting to see/hear people’s response to my work, and to the exhibition concept which included artists Justyna Pennards-Sycz, Hanneke Barendregt, Nannita van Veen and Jenny Ritzenhoff. Since lots of people asked, I will explain the process behind my encaustic works in the Elsewhere series. I draw directly onto plywood with graphite or colour pencil (even though it looks...

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tight or loose?

Posted by Anna Belleforte on August 31, 2017 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Ok, summer’s come to an end. Back to work! The exhibition A Sense of Place was hung today at De Ploegh (for the month of September). My Irrealities and Elsewhere series are showing. I often get comments on my tight grouping of pictures. I appreciate there’s much to be said for calmness, giving an artwork space, plenty of white wall left, but I quite like the salon style of hanging art – all that loveliness crowded together and going on a treasure hunt for the best bits for ...

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Orange is the new art form

Posted by Anna Belleforte on June 18, 2017 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Some nice news to come home to: I have won the Bronze prize in Art Ascent magazine‘s Orange issue, along with a featured article: https://artascent.com/anna-belleforte/ (comments on their page welcome). Zuleika Murat wrote a nice piece on the work, which was from the recent Irrealities series.

I get a lot of feedback in person on my mixed media work. People are often surprised about what they see – they can’t figure out what they’re looking at, they tell me. Esp...

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at home, Amersfoort

Posted by Anna Belleforte on June 17, 2017 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (1)

The key is being alert to visual stimuli. The trip was confirmation that I am a studio artist above all else, but I do need observation of the outside world as a starting point, a place to come upon surprising things, to photograph ideas and garner real-world shapes, light, lines and contrasts. I feel more than ever that these need to be tools in building compositions that do not exist in reality. I’m drawn to how nature interacts with architecture, or how nature becomes a kind of archi...

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Fouquet's Chateau

Posted by Anna Belleforte on June 15, 2017 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (2)

A final tourist stop at Vaux-le-Vicomte, the precursor to Versailles, built by Louis XIV’s finance minister. I’m of two minds. The ridiculous opulence of it all. It’s what happens when someone has too much money, or rather, access to too much money since it was embezzled from taxpayers (for which he was fortunately jailed). But then, how amazing that creativity was funded and given free reign; architect, artist and landscaper working from scratch to create a kind of perfecti...

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Bourges and the Loire

Posted by Anna Belleforte on June 14, 2017 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

France has a number of dead straight roads between, I would guess, once important trading cities. It’s thrilling to come to the top of a road like this and suddenly see before you something of perfect symmetry: the road stretching for miles over several hills, greens fading into blues and then the dip in the forest at the end which is the road slicing through. (Painting idea logged.)

Bourges was a surprise, in that its name is non-descript and recalls nothing of note (in my art h...

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