Anna Belleforte

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just do it, then you'll connect

Posted by Anna Belleforte on March 14, 2018 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I read an article about how a therapist discovered early on in his career that many patients benefitted most (so said the patients) from seeing their process visualized. He drew horizontal lines to describe the levels of happiness and pain in one’s life and how the line of processing a trauma zigzags through that. For the patient it puts things in perspective and provides an anchor of understanding. This is interesting to me because it demonstrates how drawing things out can help to com...

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residency for creative development

Posted by Anna Belleforte on February 28, 2018 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (1)

I’ve been hibernating a bit. But it’s time to come out and test the air again. And I feel very lucky to be able to go do that in… Budapest! I’ve been offered an artist residency in the wonderful capital of Hungary. Very exciting! Almost 3 months of creative exploration in a place I’ve never been, with new contacts/friendships to explore and a chance to exhibit at the end. I expect my brain to be in overdrive, not just sorting out what to take, but which ideas to ...

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when your art is appreciated

Posted by Anna Belleforte on January 18, 2018 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (1)

Lovely words from a collector in England who bought and commissioned work: I think that what draws me in with your artworks is the quirkiness and originality of your style. I like the way you piece things together in an unexpected way, mixing mediums and shaking up perceptions. We enjoy telling people about the artworks because they represent places and feelings that were an important part of our life. I like the way that you take inspiration from all sorts of different sources and that you c...

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strength in style diversity

Posted by Anna Belleforte on November 12, 2017 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

More and more I’ve come to believe that diversity in artistic style is a real strength. I say this also in the context of a digital age, where there is so much information (and imagery) out there that it’s difficult to distinguish between the real and the fake, between original ideas and subliminally absorbed ones, and where the information we do access is ‘pre-packaged’ to fit a narrative. It’s difficult for creativity and originality to flourish in this kind of...

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affordable art in Hof van Twente

Posted by Anna Belleforte on October 16, 2017 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (1)

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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