Visiting Munich Artists at ISPO Trade Fair

This morning I went to ISPO.  What is ISPO?  It is sports and business connected and it took up six exhibition halls for a few days in Munich.


I went to see the installation in exhibition hall 6 because Ines Seidel gave me a ticket. In her instructions, Ines told me to come through the East entrance but I entered through the entrance near the shopping mall and walked through all 6 exhibition halls to reach the cloud installation. Six exhibition halls full of visual stimuli trying to attract buyers prepared me for an art booth filled with clouds.

Do you believe me?

It was easy to spot Ines’s artwork because it did not look like sport equipment nor did it flash at me or try to get me to try it on (even though it was on a hanger.)  After checking out Ines’s new work I headed over to the installation and then

Artwork by Ines Seidel – January 2016

I approached the Artist Miquel Panadero who was busy working on one of his installation pieces. We didn’t talk in art speak but rather spoke like artists and talked about the logistics of creating with a group of five, the execution of an installation in a relatively open space and getting an idea working in reality.  Those are topics you too can ask Miquel when he returns to Munich later this spring.

Miguel Panadero is very happy to be creating art in Munich for a few days before heading back to the Canary Islands (I’m jealous except my Spanish sucks right now so I’m just a little bit jealous but not jealous enough to move to Spain.)


Miquel Panadero and Moreno Tapia have been creating installations at ISPO for three years.  The first year, they created one just by their lonesome – a big birdlike creature that rose high into the sky.  After a successful first installation,  the Spanish artists decided to try working with more artists. (I think because they are two men who like a challenge and are not into siestas.)

This year, five artists created an installation piece of clouds in the front of the exhibition booth space and then displayed their artwork in cloud like formations on the walls surrounding the installation.

The artists for this year’s installation are:

  • Adam Harthshorne (UK)
  • Majilina (Italy)
  • Miguel Panadero
  • Moreno Tapia (Spain)
  • Ines Seidel (Germany)

The installation developed during the exhibition so if you arrived on the first day, you would have seen just white clouds and if you arrived today, you would have seen the installation as I photographed it below.   The installation pieces will be auctioned off to benefit Movember so if you want a piece, please ask Miquel Panadero, Moreno Tapia or Ines Seidel where to bid on the pieces. I have no clue so don’t ask me.

Here is the full installation in monochrome:DSC00175

Here is the installation in colour:DSC00225

Here are two pieces created by Ines Seidel for the installation:

installation art piece by Ines Seidel
Installation art piece by Ines Seidel



Miquel Panadero is an artist with many interests.  Although he was showing his installation and illustration skills at ISPO, he also works with paint and clay and other mediums to realise an idea.  Miquel uses his brain database to create his illustrations and to express himself in art form. Photography was not one of his mediums… yet.

Miquel works in a studio in the Canary Islands and flies all over to show his work so if you love his artistic style/installation/name/Spanishness, just let him know and he will fly to you if he can fit it in his schedule.


Moreno is the other artist who hatched the idea for the installation and managed its creation.

Here are Moreno’s smaller works: DSC00182

Here are Moreno’s larger works ….and his shoe.

Here are Moreno’s larger works and his foot.   Munich Raw Fodder.

So here is the deal with the big pieces.  The pieces were hanging on the wall (by chance right behind the installation.)  People ignored the art pieces thinking they were part of the installation but they were not.  The artworks were large art pieces by Moreno – A waterfall of mixed media abstracts.

Now, we visitors are sometimes sheep and our brains have a hard time adjusting.  All the other artists had cloud formation for their artwork so, logically his whole wall piece did not fit into the equation of cloud formations and therefore was not an artists specific work.  Naughty brains.

Seeing the problem, Moreno took down his large waterfall piece and hung up a cloud formation like the four other artists and that made sense to visitors. People stopped and asked him if they could buy some of the cloud.

The downfall of taking the work off the wall was that Moreno had to rollout his waterfall for me to see it and it is kind of hard to see a waterfall in the horizantal (It was a river with a rapids at the end just like my photographs show you.)

Moreno loves old newspapers and old papers and he also loves to take his older works and rework them into his current artworks.  At the installation space, Moreno had a stack of abstract art pieces under his cloud. I think you can get the feel of his abstracts by looking at the waterfall spilling all over the installation floor.


Adam Harthshorne

Adam was sweet to answer my one question about his work.  I only asked one.  I’m blaming the lack of questions on a lack of caffeine and my meeting all of the artists at the same time. (This is never a good idea.)  Adam uses different techniques to make his images. A little bit of this print/transfer technique a little bit of that. I did not write them down but you are artists so you should be able to tell from looking at his work how he made it. (No screen prints, that was my one question.. Sorry Adam, I will ask you more questions next time.)




The fifth artist contributing to the installation is Majilina, an Italian artist. I didn’t ask her any questions nor did I remember to take a photo of her work (which I liked, I just did not take a photo.)  Luckily, I texted Ines and she forwarded me this photo to share with you.

Here are Majilina’s animal clouds:

artwork by Majilina


Ines told me there was more artwork at ISPO in a big black box so we walked down the exhibition hall and found the box and walked inside and met Lumenman a/k/a Bernhard Rauscher.

As we sat down on the wood benches, I expected a video installation to begin but Bernhard said, “You are my first model of the day!”




After about ten minutes of watching Bernhard set up his equipment, he asked me to stand up and strike a pose. Ines suggested that I fly (into the cloud) so I threw my arms up into the air and Bernhard did his magic, circling my body with his light wands as his camera took the image.

Bernhard asked me to stand very still… if you have met me, you know that standing still is not something I like to do, but, I did accomplish it for the length of his photograph and someday, in the near future, I will have a light piece to show you.  For now, you can look at the light pieces on his website and the one below that Lumenman made for the colour turquoise (part of our Munich Artists challenge).  I will have a few more photos from Lumenman for you in a post tomorrow.

Artwork by Lumenman for the Munich Artists  14 day Colour challenge. January 2016

NOTE: We are nearing the end of the colour challenge. If you want to play along, you can find the colours on the 14 day colour challenge page.




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 10 Behind Door Number 3 Tell Me What You See – Three Red Doors – Munich Artists 30 Day Photo Inspired Challenge

Day 10-masse-hall-three-doors-woman-walking
Day 10 Three red doors

Today’s image focuses on a woman and three red doors.  I’m overdosing on iphone app spiel so I might have to wait until later to post my version of this image.  I will either go offline and cut up images or work in photoshop today.  I hoped I could go thirty days of just iphone app filters and layering but 9 days seems to be my limit.

If you are interested in joining the challenge, you can find the images on our challenge page along with a few rules. We have a Facebook group where you can post your work and we share some of the images on the website.

Here are a few of the images from yesterday’s girl at the subway:

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 3 Munich Artists Challenge – Spinning Wheels Go Round Even in the Rain

Welcome to day 3 of our 30 day challenge.  Here is the image for today.  A ferris wheel.   

It is a wet and soggy day in Munich and as I walked passed my neighbour’s car, I saw this little guy making his way through the raindrops.  I decided to use him for the digital collage today.  This was done on my iphone 6 plus using snapseed for color and Multi expo to combine the two photos.

Yesterday, Munich Artists created some great images using the hands. Here are a few examples:

Day 2 Munich Artists 30 Day challenge – Photo and Illustration Inspiration

day 2-hands-with-green-pine-needles

Day 2.  Can you see them? All nestled together in a pair of protective hands. The image above inspired me to illustrate this idea of trust and protection and I will be working on this after I finish working my day job.   I’ve set myself a time limit of one hour to finish an art piece each day that is offline. My digital art pieces have a time limit of ten minutes. I could spend hours tweaking colors and layers in photoshop but I wanted to challenge and encourage you to take a coffee break and create a piece of digital art.  By sharing artwork that I do in ten minutes using iphone apps, you can feel free to play with your photos while sipping your coffee and sharing your mini masterpieces with me on social media.

Please remember that when you create artwork using iphone apps some of the images are small in size and will not reproduce well when printed.  If you want to import the images into photoshop, you will be limited on how large you can make a printed piece.  If you are going to spend hours working on a digital piece, make sure the resolution and file sizes are appropriate for your intended output (digital web presentation, printing, publishing offline). Because I know the files are too small to use for large digital art pieces, I set myself a time limit of 10 minutes so that I’m happy with the art piece and don’t feel like I’ve wasted my time.

If you would like to participate in the current 30 day challenge, please read the rules of our Munich Artists challenge page and don’t worry that we already started.  We are flexible.  The point of the challenges is to set the goal to create artwork everyday. Someday you may actually reach this goal.  Luckily, I live in Munich, Germany where artists are inspired to create even during the holiday season and artists like, Michael Pitschke, have been creating artwork everyday for years.

Below are a few of the photos shared in our Facebook group.  I’ve created a group specifically for our challenges and you are welcome to join the group and share your artwork there.  I’ve created a Public Page where I will also share the artwork.   Please remember, any artwork you share with me, will be used for social media and may go into our challenge book series.

Have fun creating.  I look forward to seeing your artwork.

Day 1 – Munich Artists 30 Day Photography and Illustration Challenge

Click on the photo and you will go to the media file. Once you get to the media file, save image to your desktop. (please only do this with photos from this challenge.)

Our 30 day photography and illustration challenge starts today.  I will be posting examples of the two art pieces I create today on our instagram feed tomorrow.  If you would like to participate in the challenge, please read through the challenge page.  If you are an artist in Munich, you can submit your work to our closed Facebook group. If you are an artist from some other region of the world, you are welcome to join the challenge group and post your work there.


This challenge can be difficult or it can be very easy depending on whether you decide to collage two photos using Multi Expo or PicLabHD or if you decide to dedicate a few hours and create artwork offline.   For this challenge, I will be creating a digital art piece and also creating a piece offline.

Our last challenge was a photo self portrait challenge.  I will be posting the gallery of images later this week.  If you want to see the themes for the self portrait challenge, you can check out the self portrait challenge page.

Munich Artists Challenge Starts Monday August 31st

Are you Ready?  Below are the photos for the challenge.  You can download the photos from the Munich Artists Photo Inspired Art Challenge page.

Please read through the challenge.  

We are using creative commons photos so you have permission to use the photos to create artwork without referencing the artist.  There is only one image by a German photographer in the extra photos where you will need to reference the German photographer in the final art piece you create. She is the only photographer you need to specifically reference.  Everyone else has released their rights to the images so you can play with them as much as you want without using their names.   I picked the photos from the Creative Commons on Flickr and from a weekly email I get from Unsplash.   We will be doing this challenge again next year so if you want us to use your photos, you can send them to me and I will put them in a special file for the challenge.

All finished art pieces which are sent to me, may be shared on Facebook, Instagram and Pintrest and other social media channels and associated websites.  If you do not want to have your artwork shared, please do not send it to me.  If you have any questions, you can email me at with the subject line – photo inspired art challenge.

Munich Artists 30 day Challenge – Photo Inspired Art – Photography and Illustration Challenge

The next challenge starts on Monday August 31, 2015

Our next Munich Artists 30 day Challenge Begins on August 31, 2015 and will combine photography and illustration.  There are no limitations on the way you use the photographs I’m providing you.  There are backup photographs just in case the assigned photograph does not inspire you.  You can use any of the extra photographs once each during the 30 day Challenge.

The theme for the day is the composition of the photograph.  For A few options include:

Combining different photographs digitally – Take your own photograph and the photograph that I am providing you and photoshop them or, use a program on your smart phone to layer the photos like the image below:

Munich Artists Angela Josupeit Subway
Munich Artists – Angela Josupeit Subway

Combining different photographs collage – Print out the photograph and then use the photograph within your photo composition like this:

Artist Emmy Horstkamp Plan B Dorothy
Artist Emmy Horstkamp – Plan B Dorothy – Collage

or like this:

Ines Seidel
Artist Ines Seidel – Hiding behind myself – Photograph

Combining photography and illustration –  You can either download and draw directly on the photograph that I’ve provided you or create an illustration that combines elements of the photograph and then photograph it.  Examples of this type of artwork include:

Ben Heine

Artist Ben Heine

and Neal Murren

 Because of the flexibility of the challenge, artists can make art that takes minutes or hours depending on their schedule over the upcoming 30 days.  I will try to make a simple piece and a more complicated piece each day.

The Instructions above will be on the challenge page starting on Monday August 24, 2015.   I am providing you with the photographs a week in advance so you can prepare yourself for the challenge.  Please do not post any images before the challenge day.  I want to give your work my full attention and I can’t do that if it shows up out of order.

If you decide to participate in this challenge, your work will be shared on Facebook and Instagram and possibly printed in the Challenge book.  I will not use it for any other purpose without your permission. If you do not want your work used, I would ask you to specifically state that when you post the image in our closed Facebook group or when you email it to me (why would you email me a photo if I can’t use it?  That would be just silly. Don’t email me things I can’t use.)

All the photographs provided for this challenge are in the creative commons so you can do whatever you want with them.  I do have one photograph that is by a German photographer so you will need to reference her name in your credits.  I will use her piece in the extra photos. There are no other copyright restrictions on your final artwork except for your own personal copyright for the finished artwork.

Please remember this is to inspire and challenge you.  I do not accept archival work as a submission but you can use archival photographs for your digital collaging.  You must use the daily photograph or one of the Extras every day of the 30 day photo and illustration challenge.

I look forward to seeing your work!