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end of the residency

Posted by Anna Belleforte on June 21, 2018 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (0)

My residency has come to an end. The final week was a hard-working one, finishing the third big painting. My time here was productive and has given me a renewed sense of direction. My visual vocabulary has increased again, and yet also it has narrowed, or perhaps become more definable, or – that which many artists seek – identifiable. I remember feeling a bit intimidated by the fact that the others seemed to be professional working artists, but I’ve realized I am their equa...

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pinks and greens in a third collage/painting

Posted by Anna Belleforte on June 14, 2018 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Working on a third composition. The first monochromatic stage with nothing but tones and shades is always a favourite, to the point where I’m usually hesitant to take the painting further because I like the directness, clarity and light of the image so much. I know this from earlier work, that I have to push through. But definitely want to pursue this in a next series, working just with tones, greyscales or maybe two basic colours and their shades. In the meantime, I’m hoping to f...

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June exhibition opening in Budapest

Posted by Anna Belleforte on June 12, 2018 at 2:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Opening night of the 11-strong exhibition. All work made in Budapest, and largely inspired by the city, by fellow international residents. A big thank you to Kate and Marti, the organisers! Nice to hear the positive response to my work. Locals recognized the spaces characterized and appreciated the style and 'text' that went into the paintings. After the opening the art was moved to several locations for a week. On show are the two big ‘Voids of Pest’ and the black and white colla...

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Magyarorszag in paint

Posted by Anna Belleforte on June 4, 2018 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Another study to see the effects of oil pastel over acrylic collage. It works well for shading, though I have to be careful not to soften the clear lines of the collaged strips too much. And not to cover the underlying text too much. The strips of paper are pages from the Magyarorszag Utikonyvek book, describing (in Hungarian) all the historic, architectural tourist sites to see in Hungary. I want this history to be an underlying part of the ‘history’ I’m documenting with th...

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the wabi-sabi of Budapest

Posted by Anna Belleforte on May 30, 2018 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Buildings are tangible evidence of history. Even the newer ones should be able to tell us something about the past, if done right, i.e. when sympathetic to local values and truths as expressed through architecture. Many of these lots are being filled in with modern, democratic concrete. Because the construction industry goes on. It’s understandable, but also what a shame to lose sight of the hand-laid brickwork, the beautiful textures resulting from river silts (of which bricks are made...

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achieving shadow colours with collage

Posted by Anna Belleforte on May 27, 2018 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I’ve left the first painting to rest and started a second. Painting new colours onto old pages: yellows, peaches, greens, blues and the varieties in between. Cutting them up and applying strip after strip. Randomly at first, then concentrated, to get the right juxtapositions and balance. There’s a meditative quality to it and pleasure in seeing the volume and perspective of the buildings come to life. The big challenge today was to get the colours right for the shaded areas and h...

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acappella and collage

Posted by Anna Belleforte on May 21, 2018 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I attended a wonderful a cappella concert last night in Budapest (with a cappella groups from Hungary, Sweden and Germany) and while listening I found a similarity to my working process that day – and every day, working on this Budapest series. A cappella is like a patchwork of voices, sometimes overlapping, a harmony of opposites, sometimes shooting out of the melody; there’s rhythm and repetition, peaks and valleys. As I lay the paper strips one after the other onto the canvas, ...

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the stage is set

Posted by Anna Belleforte on May 18, 2018 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Buildings have narratives, infrastructures have narratives, parks have narratives… all places made by or touched by people have narratives. I see it as an artist’s task to ‘record’ these in some way. Obviously there’s some construction involved on my part: I am human with my own perspective and make a selection in the multitude of human stories; then there’s what I choose to see or narrate/depict… Having chosen these empty lots as my subject, I’...

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piece by piece, laying bricks

Posted by Anna Belleforte on May 13, 2018 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Although it takes time, it’s not so hard thinking up ideas (maybe only easily said once you have one). It’s the execution that poses real difficulties. I knew that some of those difficulties would dissolve by painting bigger. But other new ones are on the horizon. It’s difficult to maintain the crispness and clarity of collaged acrylic papers on a large scale. This size simply requires much more painterly work. Or so felt. I’ve come to realise that I’m really mor...

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underpainting and other decisions

Posted by Anna Belleforte on May 9, 2018 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)

So many decisions for this new series. Which colour combinations? Colours that pop or are subdued? Use the same colour palette for the whole series? Use coloured papers as the underpainting, or as the meat with which to build the image? Whether to include fine drawn lines or rely on the juxtapositions of collages shapes? How to treat the sky (I think I would prefer collage-free)? Could gold-leaf be an interesting accent layer here? Often you just need to get started to figure these things out...

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