The Royal Dutch Medical Association company Tweezers and Brush is currently holding its annual exhibition at the Medical Center Alkmaar (MCA), Wilhelminalaan 12.1815 JD Alkmaar from October 3 to November 28, 2015.
As a member of the UK Medical Art Society, I was invited to take part in this year's exhibition; an invitation I gladly accepted. I am always excited when I get opportunities to show my works to the public and the excitement is even more when the exhibition is in another country.
It was difficult choosing the paintings to send in because I felt I needed to choose the works that would show my artistic style(s). Nevertheless i decided to send in 3 paintings and got them all packaged as well as I could to make sure they would arrive safely.
Interestingly it did not cost half as much as I thought it would to send them to Holland. Nevertheless they got there on time.
Luckily I was introduced to one of the Dutch organizers of the exhibition, Jaap; who kindly offered to send my paintings in and take care of them. Talk about living angels :)
A few people have told me my paintings are too bold and the colors are too strong. A friend even suggested I should tone down my colors. But how can I do that? How can I intentionally restrict myself because I am trying to please certain people. I pride myself in not being a commercial artist, i:e one who paints just to sell.
I try to see myself as someone who paints what she wants and that means I paint from the heart and it is either the viewer loves my works or doesn't. Thankfully I have learned to grow as an artist and I take all comments/critiques on board, weigh them, analyze them and discard the ones that would not help me get ahead. Sorry, I went off course, back to the Tweezers and Brush exhibition!
Below are some images of my works on display at the Medical Center.
The best part of the whole exhibition was when I received the exhibition brochure in the post purely because I was not expecting it. And to crown it all, one of my paintings made it to the front cover. YAYYYY!!!
I have taken part in the annual exhibitions organized by the UK Medical Art Society for a few years now and have never gotten a brochure. So it was a very pleasant surprise when the Dutch version arrived.
Written entirely in Dutch except for my page which was in English; it was nicely perplexing staring at a book written in a completely alien language. Thanks to Google Translate, I was able to study the profiles of the other artists, all distinguished Medical professionals with loads of achievements.
Exhibition brochures are a very good way of keeping records of exhibitions one has taken part in or attended. Because paintings are unique in their own way, many people do not make up their minds about a particular painting until much later on (maybe weeks or months).
Thus having an exhibition brochure with the paintings and artists' details is always important. For me it is always helpful to take a sneak peak into the lives of other artists and find out what inspires them.
Below is a snapshot of some of the works on exhibit. There is a beautiful mixture of different styles and techniques. Some of the exhibits focused on the medical side of things e.g an artistic 3D interpretation of a human heart and a lovely drawing of a woman with vitiligo.
To see the full catalog please visit the Online gallery of Pincet en Penseel.
All the very best