Happy Boxing Day – Lets Plan for our January Challenge!

365 Day Art Challenge

On January 1st, 2016,  we start our Munich Artists 365 Day challenge.  The challenge will be divided by weeks & months so that you can decide to try doing the full 365 day challenge or jump in for a week or a month when you have time.

The January challenge will begin on January 1st and will be a 30 day challenge based on goals.

We want you to work on creating your favourite artform for 30 days in a row.  The art can be any format, photography, print, sketching, painting, collage etc.  We want you to create original pieces each day so please, do not share with us anything already created or, created by other people.

The Quotes we will be using for the 30 days are:

  1. If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.
  2. A goal without a plan is just a wish.
  3. Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another. (John Dewey)
  4. Success is a result, not a goal.
  5. Goals are dreams without deadlines.
  6. Stay positive, work hard, make it happen.
  7. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. (Walt Disney)
  8. When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. (Confucius)
  9. One of the secrets of life is to make stepping-stones out of stumbling blocks. (Jack Penn)
  10. If you are bored with life—you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things—you don’t have enough goals. (Lou Holtz)
  11. Winners are losers who got up and gave it one more try. (Dennis DeYoung)
  12. God Gives us dreams a size too big so that we can grow into them.
  13. Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. (John Wooden)
  14. Believe you can and you are halfway there.(Theodore Roosevelt)
  15. Decide whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying. (Amelia Earhart)
  16. You haven’t failed until you quit trying. (Anonymous)
  17. Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. (Jim Brown)
  18. A goal should scare you a little and excite you ALOT. (Joe Vitale)
  19. Motivation gets you going and habit gets you there. (Zig Ziglar)
  20. Do something every day that gets you closer to your goals.
  21. Clap for your damn self.
  22. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. (C.S.Lewis)
  23. Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes. (Buddha)
  24. The Best thing I ever did was believe in me.
  25. How bad do you want it?
  26. Either I will find a way or make one.
  27. Stop doubting. Work hard and make it happen.
  28. Your dream does not have an expiration date.  Keep trying.
  29. As for what you want and be prepared to get it. (Maya Angelou)
  30. Old ways won’t open new doors.


Photograph of Desk by Jeff Sheldon

14 Day Quote Challenge Begins November 16, 2016 (WED)

Here are the quotes/Inspirations for the next 14 day Munich Artists Challenge. I altered them from quotes or took very standardized quotes. you are welcome to make them better but please do not use other people’s words without giving them credit in your artwork.

For this challenge, please incorporate the words into your artwork. I want to see the words in the art.  I will select a few to post on Instagram so make sure you have an Instagram account that I can refer to on our social media channels.

If you would like to share your work with us on Facebook, please join our Facebook Challenge group.

As with all my challenges, there are no rules. Do what makes you happy. I just want you creating so show me what you create using quotes.  The more creative you are, the happier I am.


We will be starting a Kickstarter for a Munich Artists Sketchbook Box as soon as the box sample arrives. It has not arrived and I want to make sure I love it before we start a kickstarter for it.


If you want to meet at Frauenstrasse 18 on Tuesdays from 1130 until 1430 you are welcome to drop by with your sketchbook. We will be having a Sketchbook meetup where you can come chat with us and draw during your lunch hour.

For the next two weeks, I will be focusing on the challenge but you can focus on whatever you want.

In January 2017, we will be doing the sketchbook meetup on Tuesdays and Wed. 




Post Photo by me

21 Day Hello Art Challenge Has Begun

The theme for this challenge is Hello, Beginnings and Welcome.  We have a Page for this art challenge and we will be sharing our images on Facebook in the Munich Artists group and our BCA Munich Artists Challenge group.

The purpose of the Munich Artists challenges are to provide inspiration and add a bit of fun to our days. This means that Munich Artists wants you to use the list as a guide.  If you get inspired and go in a different direction not directly related to hello, we don’t care.  In fact, if you do the complete opposite of each topic each day, we will applaud your refusal to conform and your creativity at taking the topics and flipping them into the deep and dark recesses of your brain.  If you do either of those things, you will need to explain a bit so that your fellow artists can understand what you are doing but so far, everyone seems to find it cool when an artist goes off tangent.

For the next 21 day,  I’m encouraging you not to plan so much because planning too much drags you down into an area where fun has a hard time surviving. Munich Artists believes it is possible to be professional and have fun at the same time.

The daily topics for this challenge are:

  • Day 1 – A beginning
  • Day 2 – Boxes representing the beginning of something.
  • Day 3 – Welcome Home
  • Day 4 – Welcome the day
  • Day 5- Welcome the night
  • Day 6 – Hello kiss/hug/handshake
  • Day 7 – Beginning of a book/newspaper/magazine
  • Day 8 – Beginning of a relationship
  • Day 9 – Beginning of a meal
  • Day 10 – Hello to a stranger
  • Day 11 – Hello to myself
  • Day 12 – Space to begin something new
  • Day 13 – Welcome to my mind/brain/soul
  • Day 14 – Beginning of the end
  • Day 15 – Beginning Line. (text,visual art, idea, etc.)
  • Day 16 – Words that are Welcoming.
  • Day 17 – Time for Hello
  • Day 18 – olleH, emoclew – words in reverse.
  • Day 19   Hello Work
  • Day 20  Beginning of the blue hour.
  • Day 21  Say Goodbye to Hello.

Because our website changed format a bit, we will be talking about the challenge on Facebook and Instagram and will be referring back to the challenge page instead of daily challenge posts so that the visual front of our website isn’t overwhelmed by challenge posts.

The challenge began two days ago so you still have time to catch up. As always, we will be happy if you participate and there are no bad feelings if you can’t do all 21 days. Do as much as you want and share your work with us on Facebook. I create a photograph each day and I look forward to seeing what you decide to create.

The 21 day Hello challenge is a great opportunity for you to create an art piece for our 500 artists Say Hello Event. If you are interested in joining our event, please let me know by emailing  emmy@kyfio.com. If you don’t know about our April 23, 2016 500 artists say Hello event, please read the open call page.



An Art Fair in Ulm? March 12 -20th 2016


If you have been following our art challenges, today’s colour is Yellow! Go forth and create a mapplethorpe and piss a little art for me baby but only after you read about the Ulm Art Fair.



This is the fourth year.  Why have I not heard artists talking about this?  Is it because Ulm is 90 minutes away?  Regenburg is 90 mintes away and I hear artists talking about the art fair in Regenburg. Why is there a radio silence about Ulm?  Are you just being snobby artists or are you keeping all those 80k visitors to yourselves?

If you are an artist and would like to exhibit your work in Ulm, the booth prices are reasonable.  Here is a link to the Kunstschimmer website. The fair is for 9 days (two weekends) and you can be an absentee artist for an additional fee.  FYI: Your art will not sell if you are an absentee boothlord.

Here is the German blurb sent to me by the organizers:

Die große KUNST MESSE in Ulm sucht wieder Teilnehmer! Der „Kunst Schimmer 4“ findet erneut im Donausaal der Donauhallen, auf fast 1000 Quadratmetern, als autonomer Teil der Frühlingsmesse “Leben, Wohnen, Freizeit” statt – Die Frühlingsmesse zieht jedes Jahr ca. 80.000 Besucher an und ist die größte Messe der Region. Die Messe beginnt am 12. März und dauert insgesamt 9 Tage. Künstler aus allen Bereichen, Kunstvereine und Galerien sind herzlich willkommen. So schnell wie möglich bewerben! – Bitte weitersagen!

Are you feeling Ulmy?  I’m waiting to hear about an art fair that is at the end of March that I already applied for in the US.  If that one falls through, then I will plan on this one and I will go over the weekends.  There is a penalty fee if you are not in the booth for at least 5 day but the prices is reasonable enough that you can rent your own booth for the 9 days and just go for two or four days and pay the penalty fee.

80k visitors is a respectable number and with that many people you may sell enough art to break even or have enough left over to buy more art supplies or take a trip around the world. (Depending on how expensive your art is.)

Here are a few photos by T. Brem of the 2015 art fair.








Friday is For Finding Something Purple

Day 5 and the color is purple.  I played with my camera and made something with purple. This is not high art. There is no deep meaning other than taking an ugly stylized fish from the side of a building and adding some color and playing with my iphone and finishing today’s challenge. It is an example of how you can use your creativity just to play and have fun because…

Sometimes this girl just wants to have fun and playing with my iphone is fun and a great way to start the day.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can check out our 14 day Colour challenge here. 


The reason I’m not going heavy duty with purple is because I’m preparing my installation for the Odeonsplatz Window for February 2016.  My inspiration for this installation is Alice in Wonderland (rabbit’s hole), the Matrix (red/blue pilll) & This display at a sock store.


The installation is titled “You pierced my heart and shattered my soul.”  My tribute to Valentine’s day.  I will give a “splaining” of the piece after it is created.  Right now, I’m experimenting with hanging the pieces at the Friday Gallery and figuring out how to deal with those bright lights in the space.

There are 23 pieces in the process of creation but maybe I will reduce it or mold it into one assembled piece.  We will figure that out when the artwork is installed on January 31st. (Great Sunday Morning activity.)  I still have not decided if I want to add a video component to this installation but I might experiment with how to add it this weekend when I take a break from Alice.

The Friday Gallery will be closed until February 1st as I use the gallery space to work on the installation. If you need to meet with me, please make an appointment.

Friday Gallery February Installation

Ines Seidel and Allun Turner will begin installing their “Talk” installation at the Friday Gallery in February. I will post the days that they are at the gallery installing pieces.  The gallery will be open Monday – Saturday from 1100 to 1500 during February so you can come see their installation and I will post when they add new elements along with an explanation of their talk.


You have one more week to see the January Crush Installation at Odeonsplatz.  In a few days it will be crushed into storage tubes and moved to the Friday Gallery.

Here is a video of the installation( In case you have no desire to visit Odeonsplatz but are curious about our first installation of 2016.)  Want to read a little about this installation, you can go visit the Crush splaining page.




Black Day – Munich Artists Color challenge Day 2

For day 2 of our 14 day colour challenge, you will be playing with the colour black.  Drama, Grief, Delight and Joy are the words I’ve associated with this colour.  You can pick one word or try and incorporate as many as you want into your composition.

I decided to share a few photos for day 2.

My first photo focuses on delight and joy.  The photo is of Jenny Schminke who has been at the Friday Gallery working on a large scale paper piece.  Jenny is studioless right now and   I know what that feels like so I offered Jenny a wall at the gallery to work big for a few days.

Jenny has been enjoying the freedom that comes with space and has been happily sketching the first of a series of large scale drawings.

Jenny Schminke Work in Progress January 2016 photo by Emmy Horstkamp

The image below is of the new snowfall on one of Munich’s  cobblestone streets.  Snow for me is a joy/delight but it also symbolises grief/death. The earth sleeps and rests waiting for spring buried under the white and exposing only the essentials; The earth is “dead” waiting rebirth.  In my photo black is buried under the white but, always there… good/evil/ day/night. Lets dig deep, or not.  It is your choice when playing with black.

“white over Black” Photo by Emmy Horstkamp 2016

If you are taking part in this challenge you are welcome to post your image/artwork on our BCA Munich Artists Challenge page  or as a response on our Munich artists post on Facebook.

Look forward to seeing black today.

The 14 Day Colour Challenge Begins with Blue

A little Blue – photograph by Emmy Horstkamp 2016

Today is the first day of our first 14 day challenge for 2016.  The colour for day 1 is blue.

As stated on the challenge page, I would like you to focus on the meaning behind the word blue as you take the photo or create your art piece in blue.

Here are the words to incorporate:

Positive:  Intelligence or Trust

Negative: Doubt or Ignorance

You can incorporate all of the words or just one of them but I do need you to focus on the feeling that you want to express with the colour not just the shade of blue you are going to use.

The photo above was taken Saturday Morning.  I will be working on a drawing in blue today focusing on Doubt or maybe take another photo if I see something on the way to Frauenstrasse 18.

Another Way to Play with Blue

I took the photo below in 2014 of a blue Munich tram and blue paper recycle trash cans. People who live in Munich knew the photo was a vibrant blue even though there was no blue in the desaturated shot. It was a gray day and I wanted the photo to feel that way but the objects I photographed are so blue that people’s brains filled in the colour and saw a photo filled with blue.

A Little Bit of Blue – photograph by Emmy Horstkamp 2014

This type of mind trick only works if you know the items are supposed to be blue so only people who live in Munich see blue, everyone else in the world sees a gray shot.  You can play with colour this way too if you want because, our challenges have no rules except that you challenge yourself and share your work with me (which can be a challenge for artists.)

Please post your challenge photo in our Facebook group or as a response to the post on our Facebook page if you are not living in Munich.

We also have a challenge group in case you are not comfortable sharing your challenge work with hundreds of artists.  The people in the challenge group share only images from the challenges I promise to populate both for you in case you hang out only in the small group.

REMINDER.  The challenges are not for art critique. I will not provide constructive criticism during a challenge.  The challenges are only for creativity and art production.  Art challenges are about getting yourself to create everyday so that you get over that idea that art is only for when you have time or, when you are inspired.   Art inspires me and sparks the creative process. I believe art will help you be more creative and appreciative of your life.

Happy Creating!



Our Next 14 Day Challenge Starts January 18th

Back to work!

Today we sat down and created the 14 Day Munich artists challenge page focused on color and its symbolism.

Starting on Monday January 18th, we will be sharing with you artwork focused on the following Colours:

  • Blue
  • Black
  • Green
  • Orange
  • Purple
  • Red
  • Yellow
  • White
  • Silver
  • Turquoise
  • Pink
  • Brown
  • Gray
  • Gold

I picked specific works for the colours and the opposite if you feel challenged to try and show a scene playing with people’s assumption of what colours mean and how this meaning influences how they see the artwork.

We will share the information here on Munich Artists and on our Facebook groups.  If you would like to share your artwork, please join our BCA Munich Artists Challenge Group.

With your permission, I will share some of your images on our instagram feed.


Advent Photo Challenge 2015 has begun

Helloo Munich Artists!

This challenge is to take a total of 24 photos at specific times of the day.

There are two ways to do this.

  1. You can take 1 photo at the same time for 24 days documenting a routine or location like monet and his haystacks.
  2. You can take 24 photos spanning the 24 hours over 24 days.

I’m going to pick option 1 for my 24 photos and I look forward to seeing what option you choose.

The photos can be raw or photoshopped. Use your snazzy camera or your iphone. I don’t care. I just want you to have 24 well composed photos.

I will be using my iphone 6 plus for the full challenge.  The photo above was taken yesterday when I visited Rainer Schmitten.  He lives in the foothills of the alps and that is what the sky looked like yesterday.

I want the photos to be a documentary of your preparation for the holiday season. No Stress. Lets just make some memories for the end of 2015.

PS. After the holiday, starting on December 26th, we will be posting the 12 days of Christmas colouring pages.  The themes will be used for a 12 day art challenge for drawings based on the ideas of the colouring pages.

Have fun shooting photos! Don’t forget to share them with me on our Facebook page so I can collect them and add them to a gallery.




Hello Munich Artists – The Sketchbook Project Begins. Lets get sketching.

This sketchbook project is based in Brooklyn, NY.  We heard about this sketchbook project from Hazel Ang

Page from Hazel Ang’s Sketchbook

Katrin Klug,

Sketchbook page from Katrin Klug’s Sketchbook

and Kerstin Klein

I loved looking through the digital sketchbooks and decided this would be a fun project for Munich Artists. The sketchbook project digitalises the sketchbook so you can share the link to the sketchbook/artwork with everyone you know.

As you can see, I had to pay an enormous amount of VAT for two sketchbooks sent from the US to Munich, Germany.  I had no clue 23 Euro would be added to the price of this project.  Luckily, I am not passing this cost on to you.  All you need to do is decide if you want to invest a few hours sketching in our joint sketchbook.

Here are the two sketchbook packages that I purchased. (One is for me personally).    
I’ve chosen Memoir as the theme for the Munich Artists sketchbook. 17 Munich artists can create a sketch over two pages based on this theme.  Two/three artists can work together on a two page spread if they want.  Each artist who works on the sketchbook shall create the artwork at my studio so that I can keep track of the book and post it off to Brooklyn by the deadline. (It can go offsite but only with lots of planning.)

I posted this once in our Facebook group and now, I’m going to start making the list of artists.  I’m keeping the sketchbook at Frauenstrasse 18, 80469 Munich.  You are welcome to work on the sketchbook During the week (between 900 and 1500 or over the Weekend.  You can come any T,W,TH or on an available weekend:

  • November 14/15
  • November 21/22 Manueal Illera
  • November 28/29
  • December 5/6 Penelope Richardson
  • December 12/13
  • December 19/20 Theresa Birkner
  • January 9/10
  • January 16/17 Brigitte Pruchnow
  • January 23/24 a. Echevarria
  • January 30/31 Choco Bot
  • Feb 6/7 Maximilian Lueckenhaus
  • Feb 20/21  Emmy Horstkamp (I’m going to fill in any gaps)

If you want to be one of the 17, please email emmy@kyfio.com or message me on Facebook. I will add your name to the following list:

  1. Emmy Horstkamp
  2. Manuela Illera (done)
  3. Brigitte Pruchnow
  4. Katrin Klug
  5. Yelena Vakker (done)
  6. Rainer Schmitten
  7. E. Echevarria
  8. Penelope Richardson
  9. Petra Winter
  10. Angelica Zeller Michaelson
  11. Edina Fischer
  12. Bobbie Komarek
  13. Choco Bot
  14. Dora
  15. Theresa Birkner
  16. Tanja Hirschfeld
  17. Maximilian Lueckenhaus

You can work during any of those weeks at my studio. I will gladly meet you at your art studio on one of the weekends for a four hour window as long as the studio is within spitting distance of Munich.  If you want longer than four hours, you’ll need to come to Frauenstrasse 18 to work on this during the day or Saturday evening.   We have 12 weeks and 16/17 Artists.  I have no problems having more than one artist per week or we can plan a group get together of artists to work on the book pages over a weekend.  I will scan your artwork/page so you have a digital version of your work but the original sketchbook will be kept at the sketchbook library in Brooklyn, NY

PS. I’m covering the cost for sketchbooks/Zoll. There is no compensation to artists for doing a sketch.  This is a fun international art project that I wanted us to participate in and share our work in their library.   I will share the artwork created by each artist on Munich Artists in a post the day the work is done and on a project page.

For the Writers or Would be Writers or Someone With a Chip on Their Shoulder – NANOWRIMO

Get ready to let everything out during the month of November.  For 30 days writers around the world will be scribbling or typing way to reach the 50k word goal of NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month).   Sign up now for your account and get your writing desk ready for some major word dumping.


The goal is to write a manuscript in 30 days – A first draft of a manuscript which means you have the idea plunked down on paper but not in a way an editor would want to look at or ever receive in their slush pile.  If you are diligent and disciplined, you only need to write 1700 words a day to finish the challenge by the end of the month.  If you are a super Type A personality, you can finish it in a weekend.

I finished NANOWRIMO once about a decade ago.  I have a few ideas I want to write down so I will be taking one of them and writing it for NANWRIMO. I will be sharing daily tidbits, prompts or whatever is tickling my writing bone to keep myself motivated.  If they motivate you, that is great too.  You can share your number count with us on Facebook Page as a comment to my daily post about this writing challenge or you can keep the numbers to yourself. There is no “prize” except knowing that you finished 50k words in 30 days.

Last year, 325,142 writers participated in NANOWRIMO with 58,917 reaching their goal of completing a 50k draft of a novel in the raw.

The nonprofit We Need Diverse Books, will be providing online webinars to help writers develop their skills and offer guidance to writers focusing on diversity.

Writers in 615 regions spanning over six continents participated in NANOWRIMO last year with more than 800 volunteers making sure everything runs smoothly.  More than 12,000  of those writers were in Germany.  Why don’t you join them and try writing a novel this year? Here is a link to my page. If you decide to write during the month of November, let me know and we can be writing buddies on the NANOWRIMO website.

Don’t worry if you like the idea of writing a novel but are not sure what to write about.  Here are a few themes you might want to tackle.

  • Alienation – The effects of, the loneliness of, to cure it.
  • Betrayal – the pain of, in love and friendship.
  • Courage – courage to deal with conflict, lack of, developing, conquering with.
  • Deception  – how to deceive, results of.
  • Escape – from life, routine, prison, family pressures.
  • Death – how to escape, what happens after, consequences of.
  • Fear – driven by, dealing with, conquering.
  • Good versus evil – survival of one despite the other, triumph of one over the other.
  • Isolation – physical and emotional.
  • Jealousy – trouble caused by, denial of, driven by.
  • Love – love fades, is blind, can overcome all obstacles, can
  • Prejudice – racism, bigotry, snobbery, dealing with.
  • Survival – man versus nature

None of those themes wet your appetite?  Check out these sites to find the perfect topic for your 30 days of writing mania.

So many themes and only 30 days.  If you decide to tackle a new genre or a subject you don’t know about, write your heart out during the month of November and then go back and do your research afterwards.  Don’t spend the month of November researching a topic or you may be a writer on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

If you have lots of themes that you want to write about, pick one.  It is only 30 days, you can tackle the second theme in December and the third in January.

I’m looking forward to a November filled with words and a december filled with new novels to read and book covers to design!

Up in the Air – BCA Munich Artists Photo Inspired Challenge

Munich Artists have been busy while I’ve been running around Munich visiting art studios and meeting with artists.  If you have been following our current 30 day challenge, you may recognise this balloon manipulated into a new art pieces by Munich Artists.

Day 23 women-in-an-air-balloon
Day 23 women-in-an-air-balloon
Munich Artists Brigitte Hoppstock -balloon
Munich Artists Brigitte Hoppstock -balloon
Munich Artists Michael Pitschke - Balloons
Munich Artists Michael Pitschke – Balloons
Munich Artists Emmy Horstkamp - Balloon
Munich Artists Emmy Horstkamp – Balloon
Munich Artists Bernhard Rusch -Balloon
Munich Artists Bernhard Rusch -Balloon
Munich Artists Bobbie Dunn Komarek Balloon
Munich Artists Bobbie Dunn Komarek Balloon
Munich Artists Gabriela Popp Balloon
Munich Artists Gabriela Popp Balloon
Munich Artists Bobbie Dunn Komarek Ballloon
Munich Artists Bobbie Dunn Komarek Ballloon
Munich Artists Brigitte Hoppstock - Desktop
Munich Artists Brigitte Hoppstock – Desktop
Munich Artists Angelica Zeller Michaelson Balloon
Munich Artists Angelica Zeller Michaelson Balloon
Munich Artists Angelica Zeller Michaelson Balloon
Munich Artists Angelica Zeller Michaelson Balloon
Munich Artists Dean Pasch Balloon
Munich Artists Dean Pasch Balloon
Munich Artists Angela Josupeit Balloon
Munich Artists Angela Josupeit Balloon
Munich Artists Angelica Zeller Michaelson
Munich Artists Angelica Zeller Michaelson – Air Balloon
Munich Artists Susanne Krauss Balloon
Munich Artists Susanne Krauss Balloon

Walking Along – Munich Artists Play on the Road – 30 day Challenge Day 21

Happy Monday!   Here is the image for today’s challenge.

photo for day 22 – boardwalk

If you are following along with the challenge, you can find the list of images on our challenge page.

Over the weekend, the artists created artwork based on a photo of a desktop and of a man walking on the road.  Below, you can see the images of their creations. If you would like to share your work, you are welcome to join our challenge group where artists are posting their work.

Munich Artists Emmy Horstkamp - Man walking into Crazy - road
Munich Artists Emmy Horstkamp – Man walking into Crazy – road
Munich Artists Angela Josupeit  road
Munich Artists Angela Josupeit road
Munich Artists Angelica Zeller-Michaelson - Road
Munich Artists Angelica Zeller-Michaelson – Road
Munich Artists Gabriela Popp - Road
Munich Artists Gabriela Popp – Road
Munich Artists Michael Pitschke - Road
Munich Artists Michael Pitschke – Road
Munich Artists Dean Pasch Road
Munich Artists Dean Pasch Road
Munich Artists Bobbie Dunn Komarek Road
Munich Artists Bobbie Dunn Komarek Road
Munich Artists Bobbie Dunn Komarek - Worry - Road
Munich Artists Bobbie Dunn Komarek – Worry – Road
Munich Artists Gabriela Popp - Desktop
Munich Artists Gabriela Popp – Desktop
Munich Artists Angela Josupeit - Desktop
Munich Artists Angela Josupeit – Desktop
Munich Artists Michael Pitschke - Desktop
Munich Artists Michael Pitschke – Desktop
Munich Artists Gabriela Popp - Desktop
Munich Artists Gabriela Popp – Desktop
Munich Artists Bobbie Dunn Komarek - desktop
Munich Artists Bobbie Dunn Komarek – desktop
Munich Artists Emmy Horstkamp - Desktop
Munich Artists Emmy Horstkamp – Desktop


Munich Artists Katrin Klug - Road -
Munich Artists Katrin Klug – Road
Munich Artists Angelica Zeller Michaelson - Desktop
Munich Artists Angelica Zeller Michaelson – Desktop


Munich Artists Dean Pasch desktop
Munich Artists Dean Pasch desktop

Run Jane Run Away From Dick and Spot. Find a quiet place Within Munich Artists 30 Day Photo Inspired Challenge

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat’s up doc. Put your head down and do something creative today so you can be a part of the BCA Munich Artists challenge. (The image is down below)

Don’t worry if you didn’t do everyday before today. Don’t worry if you can’t do any other day.  Don’t worry that there may be a dangerously balanced woman sitting next to you reminding you that you are an accountant or consultant or international something or other.  

Download the image below and play with it on your smart phone or offline in a doodle kind of way.   Fill all the sky with the thoughts that are passing through your head.  Scribble on the pillars surrounding your view.  If you have more advanced digital skills start collaging and enjoy the process of creating something new that wasn’t there before.

Whatever you decide to do, you are welcome to share your images with us on the  BCA challenge closed Facebook group and we might upload them to the website and share them with everyone else. (only if you are ok with that.)

Day 18-buildings-blue-sky
Day 18-buildings-blue-sky

Here are the art pieces created by Munich Artists using the image of a girl running in the subway.   If you didn’t know, we share some of the images on Instagram with a quote to make instagrammers happy and we share the images on our Facebook pages for Munich Artists and the BCA Art Challenges.

Day 12 – Trio in the Water – Make a Splash With Your Ideas – BCA Munich Artists 30 Day Photo Inspired Art Challenge

This image has so many possibilities if you are working offline or in photoshop.  Go crazy!  I’ve limited myself to my iphone so I focused on three women and worked on the idea of being “Ready.”   I look forward to seeing what you decide to do with this image. If you would like to share your work with us, you are welcome to join the BCA Munich Artists Challenge group. If you would like to participate, the photos are on our challenge page and are shared everyday in a post like this one.


Here are a few images created for day 10.  You can click here to see images for day 9 and here for day 8.

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Day 11 – He’s Watching You – Munich Artists 30 Day Photo Inspiration Challenge


So many possibilities with this image.  I got over my ennui with digital manipulation and have continued to play with layering images. Over the last two days, I’ve taken drawings and doodles photographed them and plugged them into my digital collage work.   Have you tried working with any of the photographs?  We are on day 11 of the challenge but creatives are encouraged to do what they can which means you can jump in at anytime and create an artwork using one of the images. Here is the link to the challenge page and a link to the Facebook group where we are sharing our images. Want to look at more galleries? Here are day 9 and day 8 artwork from Munich Artists and here is the gallery for Day 10:

Mind the Gap for Day 9 – Munich Artists Challenge – Girl at the Subway

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Day 9 Subway Girl

I love this photograph.  Have fun creating a piece of artwork with it.

Here are some images artists created using Day 8s photograph of mirrors.

Munich Artists Bernhard Rusch - day 8 Mirrors
Munich Artists Bernhard Rusch – day 8 Mirrors
Munich Artists Angela Joseupeit - Day 8 - Mirrors
Munich Artists Angela Joseupeit – Day 8 – Mirrors
Munich Artists Michael Pitschke - Day 8 - Mirrors
Munich Artists Michael Pitschke – Day 8 – Mirrors
Munich Artists - Katrin Klug - Day 8 Mirrors
Munich Artists Katrin Klug – Day 8 Mirrors
Munich Artists Gabriela Popp Mirrors Day 8
Munich Artists Gabriela Popp Mirrors Day 8
 Munich Artists Dean Pasch Mirrors
Munich Artists Dean Pasch Mirrors
Munich Artists Sam Malviya Mirrors Day 8
Munich Artists Sam Malviya Mirrors Day 8
Munich Artists Emmy Horstkamp Day 8 Mirrors
Munich Artists Emmy Horstkamp Day 8 Mirrors

Day 8 – Mirror Mirror Show Me What You See – Munich Artists Photo Inspired Challenge

Here is the image for you to play with today.

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Day 8 – Mirrors

I’ve found over the last few days, that I can play for about an hour on my iphone creating layered pieces using the photos from the challenge.  Before this weekend, I was capping myself at ten minutes but, on Saturday, I was waiting at the airport for a delayed flight and had time on my hands and now I can’t stop myself. I must try to see how many different version I can make before becoming saturated by two images which is about an hour.

Today, I took the photo of the mirrors and combined it with the previous photo of the disk and water. I put the photos into the following iphone apps: snapseed,Fused, Multi Expo and PicLabHD. Over and Over and Over again.  I will share my experiments with you on my personal blog later today since they are quite a few of them.

If you would like to participate in the challenge, head over to the challenge page and read the rules.  All the images we are using as inspiration are from the creative commons and you have full permission to do what you want with them (Even in Germany.)  If you would like to share your work, please join our Facebook Challenge group.  I will pick a photo to share from each day on instagram and will upload a gallery to the Challenge FB page and the Munich Artists website.

Here are some of the images from Day 7 of the challenge:

Day 7 – Take Off Your Hat and Stay Awhile – Munich Artists Photo Inspired Challenge

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day 7- hats

This is an illustrated images found in the creative commons on Flickr.  The creative commons on Flickr offers an interesting archive of photos offered to the public by different cultural institutions from around the world.  Sometimes you need to refer to the originating organisation and sometimes you don’t.  Check the rules for each image on Flickr before using them on the internet or in your art projects.

Did you enjoy creating an image with the beach and the mailbox?

Here are the Galleries from Day 5 and 6. If you would like to participate in the challenge, please check out our challenge page.  If you would like to share your completed artwork with us, please join our Facebook group.

Day 5

Day 6

Day 5 – Lets Take Our Imaginations to the Beach

This is a great composition for adding elements. I can’t wait to show you what Munich Artists decided to do.  I will post the galleries for day 4/5 on Sunday because today after I finish this post, I will be offline to finish a few non art related projects.

If you would like to join in with our challenge, you can read the rules and find the photographs on our challenge page.  We are sharing some of the work on our Facebook page and our Instagram feed. we have also set up a closed group for the challenges.  Please remember that all the photos we are sharing with you are in the creative commons. You are welcome to manipulate the photo in any way you want.

So far, creatives are working both offline and online creating collages, and mixed media artwork.  If you would like to see examples of what the artists have been creating, you can see the galleries at the end of each day’s challenge (except today).

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Day 6 – Girl at the Beach

Day 5 – Munich Artists Image – A German Mailbox Which is Yellow (In Case You’re not into Old School Mail)

Sometimes you got to do things old school which requires knowing that German mailboxes are yellow.  This photo was taken over by Isartor near the German Patent Office. If you are in Munich, you can go see if this little creature still exists. If you would like to participate in the current challenge, the rules for the challenge are on the challenge page. The rules are simple but required to keep things flowing in a creative direction. We have a Facebook group for the BCA Munich Artists Art Challenges and we will continue to share a few images on our Munich Artists Instagram and Facebook accounts.


Here are a few of the art pieces created for Day 4 of the challenge

Day 26 – 30 Day Self Portrait Challenge – Tor Tor Tor

Today’s Munich Artists 30 day Self Portrait theme is TOR.  We have only four days left in this year’s 30-day self-portrait challenge.  If you want to follow along for the last few days, please check out our challenge page.

Day 19 Munich Artists Self Portrait Challenge – Square

The theme challenge for today is square. If you are following the Munich Artists self portrait challenge or would like to participate, check out the themes on our theme page.    Here are a few squares that filled my inbox this morning.

I’m still working on my idea for square.  I took the photo this morning but I think I’m going to snap a few more throughout the day.  If you are a Munich based artist, you can share your image in our closed group.

My initial idea for square was a city square or  German “platz” but I know that we have artists living outside of the city limits who may not be able to find a city square to photograph. As you can see, leaving the interpretation open allows artists to get creative and send in some wonderful photographs to share with you.

Note:  During the month of August, I will be working on our  Munich Artists Self Portrait Challenge book and setting up the next challenge which Starts in September.  If you have something specific you want to focus on, please let me know.  We will have one or two more 30 day challenges this year and then we will do a few shorter challenges during the holiday season. (Maybe make them group photo events at different Christmas markets.)

Day 3 mirror reflections

For Day 3 of the Munich Artists  Self Portrait Challenge, Go find a reflective surface and use it for your self portrait.  Here is an example.  I only look at the mirror in the morning when I’m getting ready so I decided to take photographs during my morning routine.

In the first photograph, I used my iphone as my mirror by reversing the camera so that it is photographed me instead of what was in front of me.  This allowed me to use the phone as a mirror and I applied my mascara.

Emmy Horstkamp - mascara-iphone as mirror Next, I recorded myself using the mirror to put on my foundation.  The problem with this shot is that my toothbrush is in there glowing like it is nuclear active. Very strange and a bit distracting.


When I was done in the bathroom, I sat in my hallway and snapped a few photographs leaning against the mirror in the hallway. I liked this shot because it reminded me of the German idea of people having a chocolate side.  The sweet side.  I titled the photograph, “Which is your chocolate side?” and I’m using it as my photograph for day 3.   For your day three, experiment with reflections and how you use mirrors or interact with glass during your day and keep snapping photos even after your done with your first idea, you may like the unplanned shot more.

Which is Your Chocolate Side Photograph by Emmy Horstkamp
Which is Your Chocolate Side? Photograph by Emmy Horstkamp


Day 2 self portrait challenge- high contrasting on a Sunday

This is the progression of shots as I waited for a plane to land at the airport.  As you can see, the sun came out strong.

More shots while I waited are on my personal website. Have fun taking photos and staying cool on a sweltering day. If you forgot where the information is for the 30 day challenge, you can find our daily themes on the challenge page.   With today’s sun, it should be pretty easy to get a self portrait photo that fits with the theme and your personal style.  I’m a street photographer so no studio bare bulbs for me. I’m all for the outdoors but if you need to be surrounded by the familiar, you can forgo the sun and use your lamps. I promise not to judge.  If you missed out on day 1, here it is.

Day 10 – Candy – 30 Day Drawing Challenge

Emmy Horstkamp Jaw Breaker

For day 10, we asked creatives to draw their favourite candy.  I don’t have a favourite grownup candy so I dug into my past and found my favourite childhood candy.  Jawbreakers.  Did they have Jawbreakers in Germany?  If you don’t know them, Jawbreakers are a candy that barely fits into your mouth and they are so hard that you can’t crack them with your teeth.  We used to buy them out of a candy machine and sucked on the them until the layers started appearing. You needed patience with this candy or a hammer to crack them open.  I think that is my favourite thing about Jawbreakers.  The outside is boring and tasteless but the inside is visually amazing.

This is also how I feel about Munich. Unlike NYC, London or Berlin, the art scene in Munich is not in your face.  Art and artists are flowing like an underground river through the city and once you find the path down to its banks, you can dip in your toes or jump into the stream and join the fun.  Munich Artists love art but they also love the mountains, travel, family, business, friends, dancing , writing and even cleaning.  All those things to experience in only 24 hours ,365 days and who knows how many years means that being a “scene” is the last things artists are thinking about in Munich.

Don’t come to Munich for a weekend and expect to jump into an art scene. Mingas don’t jump into anything even if it might be amazing and so worth their time. Mingas wade into projects just like they wade into a mountain lake so that their hearts don’t explode from the shock.  Munich artists also know that creating art does not require a three ring circus but a studio, passion, time and effort.  Munich Artists want to be remembered for their art not great parties or antics.

I’m not a born Minga. I was taught to be a jumper and a smasher and a shaker so I smack away at assumptions, stereotypes, ethnocentric ideologies and the artists in Munich watch as I create opportunities with my behaviour. I create and Mingas hold my hand as we wait for things to grow.

I know that I will not have a slew of jumpers behind me. This is a Bavarian maybe even a German mentality – prepare for the worst. This means Minga artists are doing extensive planning and toe dipping as they wait for me to surface and shout that the water is fine and everything will be OK.

PS If you are a jumper, please let me know. I could use a jumping buddy.

Munich Artists Drawing Challenge Day 4 – Kitchen Still Life

Munich Artists Day 3 – Food From Childhood

Munich Artists 30 Day Drawing Challenge – Day 2 – Schweinehund

Day 32 Munich Artists Lent Challenge- Dreams Do you still have one?

Artist Demotivational: Your dreaming.  That is what you’re doing. Did you know that people who work at the local grocery store in Germany make more than a graphic designer plus they get a paid vacation.  We know one artist who gave up his profession to become a butcher.

Entrepreneurial motivation. Dreams.  Have you tapped into the dreams of Germans? What do Germans really dream about other than security and their yearly vacations?

Dreams are an important part of my creative practice and over the years, I’ve been learning the vocabulary of my dream symbols.  Today, think about one of your dreams and create an art piece using the symbolism found in your dream.  I decided to use a boat and the dream symbolism for boat is:

To dream that you are in or see a boat signifies your ability to cope with and express your emotions. Pay particular attention to the condition and state of the waters, whether it is calm or violent, clear or murky, etc.

If you are not tapping your dreams, browse through the dream dictionary and see what symbolism everyday items hold. Symbols are an easy way to add more depth and meaning to your paintings without having to use art speak. It is just one more way for people to connect with your artwork.

PS: It may seem that we are skipping days but we are not.  The challenges are posted in our Munich artists closed group on Facebook (except for on the weekends. We are trying not to work on the weekends).

photograph of groceries by Porsche Brosseau

Day 28 Munich Artists Lent Challenge. What is on the back?

Artist Demotivational – Who says collectors want your signature splashed on the front of an art piece.  Are you just stroking your ego? Go ahead and print your name on the back so they can google you. If you just scribble, they will never bother to figure out your name.

Entrepreneurial Motivation – Have you heard of backend?  It’s the unsexy part of all businesses but an essential area with plenty of boring and annoying pain points. What is a pain point for an artist’s studio? Today the pain point was finding a cleaning lady to clean the studio 1.5 hours every other week.   Are there small companies that need a cleaning lady for only a few hours just to clean the toilets and after parties/meetings/conferences?


Artists, what is on the back?

Today, when I left the Haus der Kunst and walked up to the back of this sign, I wondered what was on the back of the Louise Bourgeois framed art pieces at the Haus der Kunst.  Did she write her name and information about the art pieces or is there also something special, something not shared with the public.

Today, add some personal information to the back of an art piece.  Unlike the front of the art piece, the back is only for the privileged few who are allowed to touch the art piece. If your piece has no front or back, write it on the sides or hide it within the piece and let the buyer in on the secret.

Once your piece is installed or framed, only the owner has the power to share this information which is an idea that I really like. If you also like this idea, use a pencil or other medium that will not damage the front of the art piece and add something special to the back.

Feel free to share with us on Facebook the back of one of your art pieces or something secret you added to a piece. (I know, if you share it, it won’t be a secret…)

Day 27 Munich Artists Lent Challenge – Where Did My Rules Go?

Artist Demotivational:  Germans live a life filled with rules.  Make up some rules for Germans to follow. Here is a template of rules you can use for your collectors.

First Visit:

  1. Knock on (artist’s name) studio door.
  2. Say hello to (artist’s name).
  3. Shake hands with (Artist’s name).
  4. Ask (Artis’s name) where they studied.
  5. Ask (Artist’s name) their inspiration.
  6. Ask (Artist’s name) the price of the smallest piece and the biggest piece.
  7. Ask (Artist’s name) if they will give you a discount.
  8. Tell (Artist’s name) you will buy a piece to go over your living sofa (or the sofa in your office).
  9. Give (Artist’s name) cash.

After purchasing the first art piece:

  1. Tell all your friends about (Artists’ name) and how much you love the art piece above your sofa at your house or office.  Keep the artist’s card on the back of the art piece just in case you forget their name.
  2. Buy an art piece at each Exhibition for everyone in your family and all your friends or business partners or for local museums.
  3. Sponsor (Artist’s name) so they can travel to exotic places and send you postcards.
  4. Be friends with the artist on Facebook and like everything they post.
  5. Don’t be offended by an artist staying silent.  You must write to them and stay in touch forever.  Don’t let them disappear from your radar even when they forget that you exist. They are not business people and many are introverts with no idea that you are important to their existence.

Entrepreneurial Motivation.  Rules causes stress.  Stress causes health issues.  Health issues causes increased insurance costs.   So, how can you make a freemium model for the insurance industry so that people with lower health costs get some kind of virtual goods.  Maybe avatars or Gifs which get unlocked and that they can share over social media.  Or, germans like to collect points and stickers, let them collect and get a cooking pan or some kind of health related gift from a catalogue at the end of the year.

Day 25/26 Munich Artist Lent Challenge – Question Thyself Artist

There were no demotivations or motivations for this weekend. I posted in our closed Facebook group  questions for artists to answer so that I could share some of the answers on the website. If you are a Munich artist and want to answer the questions, you can send your answers to me at emmy @kyfio.com  with the subject line Day 26 lent challenge. There is no deadline for this challenge.  Whenever they come in, I will look at the answers and if I feel like it, I will share on Munich Artists.

Here are the questions I asked the artists to answer.

What is creativity to you?
Do you critique your own work? Explain.
How do you manage to stay both personal and original in your creative endeavors?
Has rejection ever affected your creative process? Explain.
What was the biggest opposing force that you encountered on your creative journey?
If you could interview a creative person (past or present), who would that person be? Please explain your choice.
How would you like to be remembered?

Day 22 Munich Artists Lent Challenge – What is Your Colour Palette?

Artist Demotivational: Go ahead and create something with a political agenda or social commentary, people will look at it, discuss it and buy it because it is pink and green and goes with their couch.

Entrepreneurial Motivation:Reverse engineering is your friend.  Don’t reinvent the wheel unless it is a wheel that doesn’t go flat (Thank you Pirelli tires.)

We all have our favourite colours but sometimes we are not aware what they are.   Today take photographs of your house, your artwork, your clothing and put the photographs into this adobe color program.   Be prepared to play around for at least an hour.  At the end of the hour, you should have a selection of color palettes like the one below which show you colours from the photographs.  The program allows you to pick what kind of color mood you want and also lets you save the palettes to you adobe account.  You can also alter the chosen colours and make your own custom palette like this one:

When you are done, feel free to share some of your colour palettes in our Munich Artists Closed group or tag us on Facebook #MunichArtists  or Munich Artists so that we can see what you are creating.


Day 21 Munich Artists Lent challenge – Do a Sensory Check

Artist Demotivational:  You can be ahead of your time but society may not be ready for you and you will be stuck waiting for them to catch up.

Entrepreneurial Motivation: Germans love being on time (or ten minutes early). This is a problem when the meters don’t start working until 900 and your appointment is at 900.  Creatives, I want you to make it so that you can prepay your meter and not have to wait until the meter is ready to start charging. Maybe a daily parking pass for the neighbourhood. Something like we can get on the subway system. I would pay the extra cash so I can be on time. Make it less than a parking fine but more than the hourly rate.  I know now to make my appointments at 910 so that I can feed the meter but I’m not always in control of the meeting or where I have to park a car so something that fixes this would be great.

Sometimes life makes us wait.  In that moment that you are stuck waiting, take charge of what you do with your time and do a sensory check by asking the following questions:

  • What am I feeling against my skin.  The morning mist. The sun. The feel of my jacket seam rubbing against my wrist.  Sticky pancake syrup from my child’s warm hand.
  • What am I smelling in the air?  Cigarette Smoke. Car Fumes. Dog Shit. Spring Flowers.  A mixture of all four?
  • What am I hearing around me? Traffic.  A screaming child. The Isar flowing under the bridge.  A German conversation.  Tourists.
  • What am I tasting in my mouth?  Bad breath. My coffee from breakfast. A mint from the bottom of my bag.
  • What am I seeing?  The blue trams waiting for a car to move over.   A group of bikes racing down the bike path along the Isar.  A child trailing behind his father both wearing knitted hats.

Day 20 Munich Artists Lent Challenge – Black and White

Artists Demotivation:  Your photography is monochrome because you couldn’t get the colour right, right?

Entrepreneurial Motivation: Focus today on one thing you really want.


This morning, I went for a walk downtown and snapped photographs of the construction sites near my office.

When I downloaded the shots, I decided to desaturate one of the images and liked the results. Taking the colour out of a photograph can help you check the strength of your composition especially if you are creating artwork in a different medium (collages, oils, acrylic, sculpture)

Many artists fall back on colour when they are lacking in the proper skills to create a strong composition.  If you want to check your composition’s strength, snap a photo and strip off the colour and see what it looks like in black and white.

If you would like some pointers on shooting compositions that look good in black and white, check out this website.  If you want some tips about creating stronger compositions go here or here and here.

photographer Mitch Dobrowner


photo of couple by Steve Toase

Day 15 Munich Artists Lent Challenge – Make a Duplicate

Artist Demotivation:  You think your idea is new? Artists have been doing that for centuries and you labeled it craft.

Entrepreneurial Motivation:  There are no new ideas just new versions of the same old ideas.  Think about how Germans love insurance and find a new way to offer insurance and tap into the German’s need for security.


Duplication.  Insurance allows a person to replace something that was lost or make sure they don’t lose something they already have.  Insurance offers a sense of security.

There is no security for artists and no insurance that guarantees that an art piece you are creating will turn out the way you want or when it is created that anyone will want to buy it.

Today lets play with the idea of security by taking an idea and creating it twice.  Artists throughout history have done this, taking an idea and replicating it over and over again.  If you are not sure how, you can do this using an overhead projector, a light box or like famous artists from the past, a camera obscura.

Camera Obscura

Day 14 Munich Artists Lent Challenge – Celebrate Because It’s (Day of the Week)

Artist Demotivation:   Want to celebrate your artwork? Go ahead and throw a party but remember to tell everyone it’s your birthday.  That is really the only excuse for a German to throw a party.

Entrepreneurial Motivation:  Germans love to party at the appropriate times.  Why not tap into this need for structured fun.


There was a birthday party at the Friday Gallery on Friday. It was the first time that we focused on a party that wasn’t a vernissage party.  What happened? Well, I guess you need to come to our next party and find out.

Day 11/12 Munich Artists Lent Challenge – One Hour – It is as good as it gets.

Artists Demotivation:  You think you’re finished?  Really?  Is it finished or just “It is as good as it gets.”

Entrepreneurial Motivation:   Find a Banksy in your niche.  Don’t settle for “as good as it gets.”

It seems that my weekend requires one post because my Saturday’s are so busy that I don’t have time to sit down and ponder an artist demotivation.


This demotivation comes from a friend’s daughter who helped mop the Friday Gallery after Friday’s party.  The little girl took the mop and went back and forth a few times and then she put her hand on her hips and she said, “that is as good as it’s going to get.”

I think artists need to have the ability to put their hands on their hips and say, “it’s as good as it gets” or avoid putting their hands on their hips and saying “it’s as good as it gets.”  Knowing when to say those words is crucial.

Today, grab a piece of paper or your camera and give yourself a time limit of one hour.  You know how fast or slow you work so keep that in mind when you start. Don’t work on a 2M canvas unless you can complete a 2M piece in an hour.  Know your limitations, if you don’t know your limitations, you will find out today how much you can accomplish in an hour when you focus just on your art.

After one hour, put down your camera or set aside the art piece.  Look at the piece or the photos you’ve taken and realise that this is “as good as it gets” in one hour and think about all those amazing things you can create when you have more than one hour.

Day 10 Munich Artists Lent Challenge: Walk a different Direction and Snap a Photo

Artist Demotivational:  Germans believe that you can walk everywhere no matter what the distance and this mentality extends to buying art.  They want to see if you can walk the distance so stop whinging that they don’t buy your art, strap on your sturdy practical walking shoes and show them that you can trek with the best of them and make the distance.

Entrepreneurial motivation:  Germans are practical, methodical and willing to sacrifice a bit of comfort for their health.   How about creating a better pair of walking shoes with replaceable soles that don’t look like ugly old lady shoes.   Germans will buy walking shoes because they have lots of places within walking distance.

I once asked a German what would be the German translation of walking distance and they told me that Germans do not have that phrase because everything is within walking distance.   Today, go outside and walk in a different direction and see if you find some new composition or motivation to create a piece of artwork.   Share with me how it makes you feel to go in a different direction.  I walked in a different direction today and found a fountain of rust.  Here you go. My treat.

Day 9 Munich Artists Lent Challenge – Play Outside With Your Phone or Camera

Artists Demotivational:  Every day is play outside day until you are six. Are you six? If not, get back to work.

Entrepreneurial motivation:  Germans are a serious bunch but they firmly believe you should socialise for 6 years of your life. Figure a way to multiply this by 10 so they can enjoy being German a little more.

For Day 9, take a break and walk outside. Take a photo and then play with it either on your, phone, computer or on paper.  Post the results somewhere in your office.  Give yourself five minutes today to play.  It will do your brain good.

Day 8 Munich Artists Lent Challenge – Taste From Home

Artist Demotivator:  Germany is not the Land of Oz, it is the land of Goethe. Germans love to see foreign art and discuss and analyse foreign cultures but they want to be surrounded by artwork that resonates with their personal tastes.  In Munich, your work will be evaluated by Germans who are conservative with their money and their tastes. Buck up and show them you have artistic value otherwise you will have a full studio and an empty bank account.

Entrepreneurial Motivation: Germans love to tell you how to do things right.  Listen to them except when it comes to cooking ethnic food or being creative and spontaneous.


Munich Artists carry a bit of their homeland within them (German or Austlaender) and sometimes this homeland overshadows the artwork. Without being told, a Munich art collector/viewer will look at an art piece and say…”oh,he is French or ah,she is American.”

The artist’s ethnic background has oozed out of their artwork and waved a national/regional flag.  If you are one of these artists who is very “French,American, African, Asian,” embrace your cultural identity and share with me a “Taste from Home” on Facebook.





Munich Artists Lent Challenge Day 6 – Draw the Line



Artists demotivational: Standing in line and waiting your turn does not apply to the German underground nor to artists waiting for their fifteen minutes of fame. Get ready to shove your way off the train.  You better be determined to accomplish both or you will be watching the doors of opportunity sliding closed.

Entrepreneural opportunity: German order does not always exist.  Think of a fix for this German pain point.  Maybe an additional line to stand behind? The white one is so you don’t fall in the tracks… maybe we need a yellow one to keep people away from the door entrance.

Day 5 Munich Artists Lent Challenge – Locked Door – Universal Key

Artist Demotivation:  When the German door of opportunity opens, you better shove your foot in or find yourself locked out and wishing for a universal key.

Entrepreneur Motivation: When a German door opens, feel welcomed.  Germans don’t open their doors to strangers, door to door salesmen or even some of their friends.

Create a Universal Key 

I’ve locked myself out of my German house twice.  The German door system automatically locks you out your house if you don’t have your key  You can’t turn or push the handle down to open the door, you must have the key in the lock for the door to open.   My daily routine is to ask myself if I have a key so that I can get back into my house, gallery space or art studio.

“Do you have your key?”

Artists never ask themselves if they have the key to open the door of opportunity. In Germany, artists need the right key (CV) to open a traditional career in the arts. Artists who do not have the right key (CV)  must find another way of opening the door to opportunity.  What is that other way? That depends on the artist and that isn’t the focus on my challenge.  The focus of the challenge is to give artists a visual motivator in the form of a universal key.

For day 5, please make a universal key that will unlock all the doors to all the opportunities in the German universe.  This key should be available to you at all times so that when a door (opportunity) is in front of you, you can pat your pocket/purse/iphone and say, “yes I have the key.”

PS  In Germany, if the door is shut, so is the window. The phrase, “When God shuts a door he opens a window,” does not apply in Germany. Windows are only opened for specific reasons and only if there is no chance of a draft which may make them sick.


Munich Artists Lent Challenge Day 3 – Napkins



Aritst Demotivation: Germans treat their napkins like hidden treasures. What makes you think they want an art piece made from one?

Entrepreneur motivation: Go! Fill that market niche with a treasure for consumers to find. (Even if it is a recycled idea.. spin it and maybe they won’t notice.)

During my childhood, napkins were piled up on every American countertop inviting you to take a handful, but in Germany napkins are allocated on a need by need basis. You will be lucky to have one napkin per person at a table or available on the countertop.  If a napkin is incapable of handling the job created by your dripping ice cream cone or sloppy sandwich filled to the brim, you will be hard pressed to find another one. You, my friend, will be hunting down one of Germany’s hidden treasures.

For today’s creative moment, take a napkin/paper towel from the vaults and create a piece of art with it.  Germans will not want to buy it because it is a used napkin, not archival Hahnemuehle paper and you are not an art academy graduate with permission to make crap. With this valuable knowledge,  feel free to cut the napkin up with scissors or doodle and dribble ink on it. A napkin is made to be thrown away so don’t be afraid to experiment with this fragile piece of paper and do something wild.  When you are done, take a photograph of your creation and then dispose of the napkin in the nearest empty hole and share the photo with us on Facebook.

If you want to start from day 1 of this challenge, you can find the challenge page here.  If you want to read yesterday’s post about confetti, go here.


In our art studio, the artists go through paper towels at an alarming rate.  Is it a normal American rate (three out of the five artists are American)?  Or, has my German blood taken over and declared that napkins are not disposable? Maybe I just work in the Bermuda triangle for paper towels and napkins.  Does the process of creating art require more than one paper towel per painting?  These questions are posed to the universe, not you. Because of spammers, readers are not allowed to respond or comment to anything on this blog. You can respond to the questions in your head, on Facebook or to my face. (My face = Emmy Horstkamp and I currently live in Munich, Germany but I will be in London for an art fair March 27-29th.)



Day 2 Lent Munich Artists Challenge – Make Some Confetti

  • Demotivational: One moment your up in the air and in the next, your in the gutter and not even a German street cleaner can get you out.
  • Entrepreneur motivation:  Throw yourself out there and find a crack to fill.

Confetti. It is so messy and even after two days of German cleaners cleaning, confetti still lingers in the cracks.  Artists are also like confetti. They fill the spaces no one wants.  They pack themselves into empty buildings and take over areas of town that are not popular or trendy.  Entrepreneurs are also like that.  They Find their ways into the crevices and crack open the business world to new ideas and business models.

Today, lets be messy and make some confetti kits. We spend so much time trying to be civilised and diplomatic and I think it is time that we step over to the other side and do something nonconformist and messy.  Lets make small emergency confetti kits for work. If a meeting gets heated, you could grab your emergency confetti packet and throw it up in the air.  If you meet someone who is a conversational killer, you can throw a confetti kit in the air and leave.  The tiny pieces of confetti could have peace signs or maybe a middle finger or a special word to tell people exactly what you think.  Wouldn’t you like a way to throw your opinion out there in everybody’s face without having to say a word?

Today, make an emergency confetti kit and put it in your pocket. You never know when you will need to use it.

If you want to see day one, you can look at yesterday’s post or check out the challenge page.

Munich Artists Lent Challenge – Be Creative for Lent

Having problems being creative on a daily basis? Join us for the lent challenge and focus on your relationship to art and creativity.  If you have no relationship to art, you can take this lent challenge as an opportunity to change direction and follow a more creative path.

Just like with our other art challenges, there are no rules for the lent challenge.  You can spend lent creating art pieces, sharing images of other people’s art or just contemplating my motivational/de-motivational comments before going on with the rest of your day.

Today is Day 1 and here is the link to the Munich Artists Lent Challenge.  If you don’t want to click the link that is ok. The topic for day 1 is stickers.  Photograph them, create one, buy one, paste one on a sign post, give one to a friend.  Just incorporate a sticker into your day in some way.

Maybe, even find a sticker album and start collecting stickers. Stickers are an easy and low cost way to add some art to your life. Sticker books are a useful place to keep them. (Maybe one without a unicorn…)

This is one of the places that Germans would allow you to put a sticker without the danger of your sticker being scraped off and thrown away.

Let’s Be Vivacious on the 10th Day of Our Art Challenge

Munich Artists Day 10 vivacious

A vivacious woman enraptures you. She sparkles and brings a smile to the face of even the most grim German businessman. If you want to be vivacious try wearing a vivid red dress and dancing the tango through Munich.  Just remember that women are born vivacious or they can learn to be vivacious but men are rarely described using this very feminine word.

If you are a woman, be vivacious today. Munich needs vivacious women on a rainy, gloomy day.  If you’re a man, enjoy capturing some vivaciousness.  Don’t forget, if you are an artist in Munich, please join our closed Facebook group to share your images. If you are not on Facebook, I’m thinking about turning on the comments and fighting with the spammers so that you can join in on the fun.

photo of tango dancers by pedro ignacio guridi

Emotion Challenge Day 7 – Peaceful

Peaceful: quiet and calm : without noise and excitement.

Every morning I walk my dogs in a beautiful Munich park.  We walk early but the walk is not peaceful.  Other dog owners with schedules to keep, are walking their dogs at a clipped paces whistling and calling their dogs names trying to drag their roaming dogs back onto the schedule they are trying to maintain.

On Sundays, my dog walking experience is different.  I leave the house at the same time but the rest of Munich is slumbering away. Dogs and humans enjoying an extra few minutes of rest before the Sunday routine begins. This absence of walking companions makes my Sunday morning walk peaceful.  A calm and quiet meander through the woods without the extra noise and excitement which will be found later in the day.

If you are an artist in Munich, please join our closed Facebook group to share your emotions.  If you are not an artist in Munich, you are welcome to leave a reply on our Facebook page.

Day 5 Emotion – Homesick

I’m German but I was born and raised in Wisconsin.  There is some essence flowing from this American state which keeps seeping into my soul even when I’m thousands of miles away.  It makes me miss squeeky cheese and ice cream cones in January.  I miss walking down the street and knowing that if I meet someone’s glance there will be a smile attached.  I miss the quirky sense of humour and the lack of fashion sense caused by frigid temperatures and common sense.  Today, think about the word homesick and share with us what you miss today from you “home.”  If you are an artist in Munich, join our closed Facebook group.  If you are following along and live someplace else. leave a comment on our facebook page.   If you need a definition here it is.

Day 4 When Was the Last Time You Were Flustered?

Definition: Flustered – to put into a state of agitated confusion:

Day 4 asks you to delve into the past and think about a time when you felt flustered.  I’m a pretty relaxed person but I get flustered when I see my thoughts reflected around me.  It is like a big billboard exposing my inner feelings to the world.  I know other people are not aware of this coincidence but it flusters me. Share with us what flusters you. If you are an artist in Munich, please join our closed group on Facebook.  If not, add a comment to our Facebook page. 

Why Would Tree Art Cause an Uproar? Art News From Everywhere Else

Tree art installation in Paris by US artist Paul McCarthy
  • People in paris were upset over the erection of an abstract artwork called “Tree” by Paul McCarthy, which is an art piece based on a joke about a sex toy.  According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, someone in Paris attacked the artist on the street while they were installing the art piece saying McCarthy wasn’t French.  Not only was the artist attacked but during the night, people cut the cords holding the art piece in place.  The art piece will not be reinstalled. Paris is trying to show that it can handle cutting edge art but this attack on an American artist and piece shows that Parisians don’t quite get the American sense of humour. Maybe this art piece would have been the next Eiffel Tower tourist attraction.  In Germany, on the street where we have our gallery space, there are two adult sex toy shops.  The newest one will be opening in a few days. Viktualianmarkt fought against the new adult store and lost.  I think Paul McCarthy should plant his plastic tree on the corner between Viktualianmarkt and the sex shop to symbolising that eating and having sex are both basic human needs and should coexist.  I also think Germans would get a kick out of a sex toy that is taller than most of the buildings in downtown Munich.  From the image, it looks like a children’s toy so I don’t understand such anger from a cosmopolitan city.
Capture Your Dreams on a Piece of Art
  • Sharonna Karni Cohen is offering an online platform where people can have their dreams interpreted by artists.  A nice twist on commissioned artwork.  Here is a link to her platform.   I encourage the Munich Artists who are into surrealism to check out the site. Certainly an novel idea for Christmas presents (If you are a planner).
a new Banksy girl with pierced eardrum
Girl with Pierced Eardrum – New Banksy Art
Michelle Grabner named one of the 100 most important art-world women (From Wisconsin USA)
  • Artnews just shared their list of the 100 most powerful women in the art world.  There are a few Germans on the list including Susanne Gaensheimer (Art Historian), Isa Genzken (German Artist), Karen Boros (Collector)
  • Are you a working artist?   In America many art graduates are not working as artists.  Here are some interesting facts from the Artists Report created by BFAMFAPHD.
    • Only 16 percent of working artists have an arts related bachelors degree.
    • Of the 715,000 working artists who do have bachelor degrees, 27 percent have an arts related degree.
    • 23 percent of arts graduates work in professional or managerial occupations.
    • 7 of the top 10 most expensive schools (after financial aid is taken into consideration) are art schools, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education.
    • Arts graduates’ debt loads are higher than those of non-arts graduates.
    • Women make up 60 percent of arts graduates but only 46 percent of all working artists.
Tear art off the walls in Seattle, WA USA


  • Our new art challenge started yesterday.  The challenge is 14 days long and focuses on emotions. Here is the link if you want to follow along.  If you are a Munich artist, join our closed Facebook group to share your work.

Munich Artists Collage Challenge – Inspirational Words

Please find below the words for each day of the Collage challenge. We start the challenge on Monday but I want you to be able to get a head start over the weekend.

If you want to participate but did not take photos don’t worry.  I will be placing my photos from the challenge in a gallery and you are welcome to use them for this challenge.  You also can grab additional photos from the creative commons on Flickr.  Make sure all photographs you use for the challenge are your own, are in the creative commons or you have specific permission to use them. Germany has strict IP laws for photography, please respect them.

Wait Until Monday to submit day 1 of the challenge.  I don’t want people to miss your collages.  Good Luck and I look forward to seeing your art.  Remember, we will have a get together on the 19th and I will be hanging one of your collages on the wall (They need to be at the studio on Thursday for me to do this).

Day 1 – Poem by Maya Angelou – I know why the Caged Bird Sings

The free bird leaps

on the back of the wind

and floats downstream

till the current ends

and dips his wings

in the orange sun rays

and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks

down his narrow cage

can seldom see through

his bars of rage

his wings are clipped and

his feet are tied

so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings

with fearful trill

of the things unknown

but longed for still

and his tune is heard

on the distant hill

for the caged bird

sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze

and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees

and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn

and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams

his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream

his wings are clipped and his feet are tied

so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings

with a fearful trill

of things unknown

but longed for still

and his tune is heard

on the distant hill

for the caged bird

sings of freedom.

Day 2 –  Quote by Hans/Jean Arp 

“Die Kunst aber ist Wirklichkeit, und die gemeinsame Wirklichkeit muß über dem Besonderen laut werden.”

Day 3 – Song by John Lennon – Working Class Hero (edited slightly)

As soon as you’re born they make you feel small

By giving you no time instead of it all

Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all …

They hurt you at home and they hit you at school

They hate you if you’re clever and they despise a fool

Till you’re so fucking crazy you can’t follow their rules …

When they’ve tortured and scared you for twenty odd years

Then they expect you to pick a career

When you can’t really function you’re so full of fear …

Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV

And you think you’re so clever and classless and free

But you’re still fucking peasants as far as I can see …

There’s room at the top they are telling you still

But first you must learn how to smile as you kill

If you want to be like the folks on the hill

A working class hero is something to be

A working class hero is something to be

If you want to be a hero well just follow me

If you want to be a hero well just follow me

Day 11 Raw Photo Challenge – Boxed in with Fences, Gates and Walls

Today’s challenge is a trifecta (If you are up to the challenge).  I’m going to spend an hour this afternoon looking for a good shot downtown but you don’t have to focus on all three. Pick a fence, a wall or a gate and take a good composition.  Think about why someone would want to see what you are seeing.  Is there something really cool hidden behind or is the object just really well designed?   We all love stories -let your photograph tell one.

Wine Helps Creativity Flow

Welcome to the second day of this week.  Here is some international, local and Munich artists news for you:

  • This is why artists get such brilliant ideas at parties.  Wine helps creativity flow
  • You will have plenty of opportunities this week to test this theory about wine when you visit the art studios and drink the wine which will be flowing all over Munich.  If you would like to attend a traditional vernissage, there is an opening at the Pasinger Fabrik starting on July 10th for a group of artists.
  • On July 25, 2014, Munich Artists will begin participating in the global initiative Free Art Friday. This is a regular art event where artists leave artwork around the city for people to find. The artwork will be left only in commercial areas of town where people will be able to find the art.   We will load photos of the artwork that artists have placed around the city for you to find and each art piece will be labeled with the name of the artist and their website on a little Munich artists tag.
  • Starting on July 8, 2014 we have a 30 day drawing challenge happening.  This is a drawing, not sketching challenge which means you can have a little help from  a projector, a light box, photoshop or whatever device you find helpful when making a drawing.  There are no rules on size or format. All that is required is that you make some art each day for the next thirty days.  We will be posting the topic to sketch each morning and artists are encouraged to share their work with us the next day.  Do on Day 1 I will give the topic.  Day 2 You will see a gallery of images from day 1 and the topic for day 2.