PAINT

PAINTING
To paint the campervan we needed a good place where the van good stand outside as well as inside.

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New Design Old idea

We went to the farm where Berth has a storage ‘shed’ which was once his workshop. When he picked up a piece of wood you saw the sculpture evolving in his head in the place where so many of his work evolved for so many years.

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We had a design for the van to make it a followup of Wanderlust I the narrowboat by using the same colour scheme. In the end we went against it and use green for the background of the painting and the poem. Wanderlust II is not a boat she does not float, she does not roam at a gentle speed, she moves us long distance. Somewhere you have 150 different greens, the green of spring is different than the green of summer. The summer green came with an edge of winter green, the hardware shop does not have the colours of an art supply shop.

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We made our own green with the colours of Wanderlust I and a long mixing stick from the workshop. The prime colour is there waiting for the final touch of gold and red, in the end she follows the colour footsteps of all the other wandering vehicles we had.

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you know the meaning

One site will have a poem the other will bear words and dates which make you question what you see, as when art becomes a documentation we will loose our aim. The van is not just a van it will be a story, a poem, a vision and a way to be.

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ART IN LONDON from the canals

ART IN LONDON from the canals

drifting art who said arts needs an aim

drifting art who said arts needs an aim

When you see the word art, what do you think of, what comes to your mind. For me the word of art brings into my mind; the miles of words written by the miles of critics and the endless discussions of what IS art.  In a way i was looking forwards to visiting London to have that endless discussion with the people of London, what do they see as art?

hidden faces

hidden faces

The word art means:  ‘creation of works of beauty, especially paintings or sculpture’. The word beauty springs into the mind, what beauty. Beauty means:  ‘that what delight the senses and mind’. Outside of the book and the meaning of the word, art will be for everybody something different.

why not

why not

Such as long we take the freedom of expression, you will perceive the variety of people in the art you see on the street, or in our case, along the canals of London.

graffiti art the other free artform

graffiti art the other free art-form

London the centre of art in the UK, so they say, sure shows the medley of cultures and the jumble of expressions.

a sparkle or an objection

a sparkle or an objection

It was the meeting of the mixture of people along the canal that made us look to the art of london in a different perspective, than, what we primarily read in mainstream media. The Wånderlust cruising art gallery brings the art to the people instead of waiting for the people coming to the art.

we all see the world in a different way

we all see the world in a different way

You meet them, who see art in a very refreshing point of view. I spoke to people who never heard of land art, showing  that a rock is art, as nature created something beautiful in the form of a sculpture, so long your mind finds it attractive. With these very pleasing rocks you can make something that will never sell, that costs only time to enjoy something that for the art-critics has no skill and no value yet for yourself, it gives delight to your senses.

a pond sculpture in Victoria Park made from Reed

made from the landscape in the landscape

Next to the land art we show the skill of woodwork that so many appreciate for skill and quality yet has little merit in the established art. From a photo you can make a thousand copies from a painting a hundred prints but from a wooden sculpture you cannot make a cast, making it hard to be commercial viable. The last has become the main aim of modern art, to express what is viable, while the majority of artist still struggle to make ends meet. Yet, the appreciation of art can be found everywhere, if you take the time to look, the rich and famous do not dominate the score in the art of london.

which one is the statue which one is the focus of the mind

which one is the statue which one is the focus of the mind

You can find art under the bridge, you can even find art in a gas-holder.

gas holder near the Art College

gas holder near the Art College

While people constantly walk pass they might not see it anymore as their mind focus on the phone call or the next meeting in town,while they focus on anything that makes life a rushing by with no time to stand still.

an other wall an other expression

an other wall an other expression

Just the same we met plenty of people who took the time to look, not just at our art, also took the time to tell us about their art. We met with the Tony the artistic hairdresser, Sue from the third floor, the writer from France and the land artist from Mexico.

any object can be made into a reflection

any object can be made into a reflection

The problem of London is not the lack of art nor the lack of curiosity in art, the problem in London is time, the great rush to go nowhere yet everywhere.

rushing by

rushing by

For the Wånderlust London gave no moorings but plenty of sights.

never dark always light never rest always movement

never dark always light never rest always movement

So we moved out of London feeling a bit drawn in the motion, like a drowned bubble

do you know that feeling

do you know that feeling

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READY

We are ready, to go cruising along the canals of Wales and England.
After 6 months of preparations, the boat and her crew are ready.

the inspiration

the inspiration

The inspiration for the name Wånderlust is on the back doors of the boat. Our bike is installed ready for ‘weeling’ the locks and shopping. Special brackets were made to have the bike on the boat, the Heron on the tiller had to go, sadly.

an other painting

an other painting

Painting on the top sliding door finished in just the last few days.

the cabin doors

the cabin doors

The cabin doors are ready. They were in a bad state but after some good sanding and our home made oil they look like new. The inner panels were totally rotten and got replaced with new panels and decorated with moving trees.

popUP Box

popUP Box

The popUP box with the shelves and installation for the popUP gallery, ready, with some final little touches on the paint.

pole

pole

Even the old pole got a sanding and paint to match with the boat. We had such a lovely spring weather, so all the paint jobs got done and the lovely sun dried the work like magic.

hand bilge pump

hand bilge pump

We are even ready for emergencies with our new (second hand) bilge pump to prevent that sinking ship.

photo cards and poetry cards

photo cards and poetry cards

Under our sofa and our bed in some lovely baskets are our arty barties for selling along the tow path. The photographic cards from Magda plus some poetry cards, 190 sticking and more sticking, the weary bit of making art.

Big sculpture

Big sculpture

The brilliant sculptures from Berth, some too big to store anywhere filling up our bookshelves.

little sculpture

little sculpture

Along our way Berth will make plenty of the more little sculptures in the cratch for people to see him in action. You can come on Saturday to see the start and if you are lucky you can come back on Sunday to see the finished product. He will also make some of the bigger sculptures, but for them you will need patience to see that final product.
On our website you can see a calendar with in the white squares the places where we will be on that date, so you can come and meet us.
http://dabe-art.org/

Along the way Magda will collect stones and sticks with some sand of all them lovely spots we will pass and meet, from the found object she will make that piece of cruising land art on top of the boat.

dancing in the wind

dancing in the wind

The final sculpture shows how we feel right now as tomorrow at 7 in the morning we ‘gooien de trossen los’ let go of the ropes and sail away.
Perhaps we will see you on our way.

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CRUISING ART GALLERY

How did we came on the idea of making a cruising art gallery? Well, it was a long way to get to this point from searching in every corner to deal with what so many artists need to do and that is sell their work, to sell what they create.

making land into art

land art not for sale

We live as artists in a world were living without money is just impossible unless we find a way to live on fresh air, even that is hard to find, real fresh clean air seem vanished on this planet.
Some artists work get sold by others but this market gets smaller and smaller so most artists start to sell their own art as well as making it. Galleries sell art, so our first instance was to have our own gallery, yet we don’t like galleries so we came to a walled garden to create an outdoor art space where outdoor art was made.

wrapped tree art

wrapped tree art

The garden became art, so the ‘gallery’ was the art. We created a land art poetry trail which was made with the help of several virtual groups and finally placed in the actual reality of the walled garden. It went well and it developed very good until. The planning regulations came to make it impossible for us to continue.

land art poetry circle

land art poetry circle

A new direction was taken by making land art and growing trees plus selling the sculptures on the internet. This in the end became too many different eggs in one basket. The land and land-art was sold to be the base for a shop to make into a gallery. The idea of touch gallery was born, creating art for people to touch not just to see or hear.

a virtual impression of the touch gallery

a virtual impression of the touch gallery

A search for a good location began. The problem was and is that the shops in the good spots were too expensive for us and the shops which we could afford were in the lousy spots where hardly anybody came. We came along an article about popUP galleries and popUP artist. Artist just popUPed galleries all over the place and sold their art at affordable prices so all became winners except the old galleries.

popUP gallery in the form of a camper

popUP gallery in the form of a camper

The old camper became a popUP gallery but we once again came in conflict with planning regulations, where we could popUP the gallery. Markets sure but the question of which markets soon was the same story as the shops, some prices were just beyond reality.  So we went to places of the unexpected without much result and even high profile exhibition is nothing more than a line on an artists CV but no money in the pocket yet money out of the pocket into the expo.

roll down banner for markets

roll down banner for markets

Just by sheer luck i found the possibility of a narrowboat as i was dreaming of going back on a boat to live a more simple life so less money needs to be made. A map of the inland waterways was bought and our eyes were opened by the amazing amount of canals in the UK. The next step was the possibilities about the planning. We were pleasantly surprised that with a trading license we could trade along the towpaths of the canals. We could bring art to the people at the most unexpected places. With a narrowboat we can get right into the middle of town where the prices of shops are well above out head.

drifting art

drifting art

A boat was bought and the last 5 months we have been working to make the boat herself into a piece of art a piece of drifting art.  The whole idea of a popUP gallery came back. The drawing box became the prototype for our box on top of the boat.

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We made some shelves which can hang on the side of the boat. Now the popUP gallery will drift along and we will trade where ever we will moor. We have booked several markets, drifting markets.

the boat is almost finished

the boat is almost finished

Next to the creating of the boat herself into a piece of art and cruising gallery we done lots of training in boat handling and lock dealing. Now we are almost ready for the cruising to start just the last points and we will go on the 19 March.
The boat will also be the workshop where you can see the artist at work, and if you are lucky you will get a poetry performance.

making art in the cratch

making art in the cratch

So the story of the cruising art gallery Wånderlust began as we are artist our creativity will win over the commercialisation of art. The only box we tick these days is where to go and how to get there with our narrowboat. We hope to see many of you on our way.

SLOW PAINTING

In between the bad weather, some details was added to the paint job, the slow process painting.

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First a sketch followed by drawing a stencil.

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Stencil on the boat adding lots of newspaper, to protect the paint.

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Get the can and spray.

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One site the dragon, for us it represents Wales, a country with many good years of our lives, which we never really leave behind.

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The other site the Raven a bird we much appreciate as they show us the intelligence of all animals.

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One site of the boat has her name, the other site is still waiting for the good weather to return. We only need a few hours for the paint to harden, but 2 days no rain, that is a challenge on the moment.

The paint job

After we bought our NarrowBoat to make into an art gallery it was clear it needed a paint job. She had lots of rust and the paint job was not in our taste.

before

before

First all the rust out and painted with sink paint as water and iron doesn’t really agree with each other.  Than comes sanding and more sanding while we have no electricity connected the motor of the boat provide us with the electricity. For this we needed an inverter to convert the electricity from the batteries (12 volt) into main electricity.

sanding

Several coats follow first undercoat than undercoat mixed with the colours than finally the colours.
We made the design and went away from the traditional design on NarrowBoats, we made it more creative. The outside of the gallery looks in this way like a piece of art in itself and don’t just house art.

firstcoat

finaldrop We were very lucky with the weather, not only do you need dry weather also the temperatures during the nights need to be high enough to harden the paint.
cold coatThe final touches will take the longest as the weather has turned on us and the wet cold weather is here. We still managed to get some cold on.
We are now making very special designs for other cold touches so when you see the boat you see a piece of art floating by.
Where ever we more you can buy and see art from the boat Wånderlust, we have a special licence to do this.

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The design is now on the computer but gives an idea what it one day will become.

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On this blog you can follow us on our trips along the canals of the UK, you can see the progress on the boat.  Next to this you can see the making of the art in process.

http://dabe-art.org/