New Daily Photo Challenge

Dear Munich Artists,  Please Note the image below:


Today Feb. 1st, 2020 we begin again our Photo Challenges.  We made a Facebook group specifically to share photo challenge images because this is an everyday thing for the rest of eternity (Or until another world crisis happens) and I want to see what you have been making in Munich (or wherever you now live.)

Here is the link for the facebook group for photo challenges.

Other News

Now that the Brexit fiasco is over and I am in recovery mode from the amount of danger we were in for the last three years, I can trufully say that I miss the relaxed environment of walking to my studio at Frauenstrasse and getting a cup of coffee at Viktualienmarkt but I love speaking English eventhough for some reason, I’m speaking more German in London than I did in Munich!

Currently I’m hovering around Notting Hill, enjoying juice smoothies and wearing Dock Martins while I gear up for this year’s workfest.   Do not worry, I will not be organizing any large projects for artists in London.  Instead, I am working with Trefuly to create a program to certify artists as Creative Coaches.  It took Emmy a few years (7) to figure out that there was no pain point to fix with art communities but in the process of finding that answer, she found a few pain points which artists could help fix in other areas of the world.

One of those pain points has been her work for the last three years which she is not allowed to talk about.  Top secret filled with intrique and super cool people who do not acknowledge her on the street.  Instead, she is required to work in her own space and have them drop into her life through the internet to chat about world problems in an artistic way.  Emmy calls this her Telenovella but I’m telling you that she is living life more like something out of the book, Burn after Reading.

The other pain point that artists are able to assist the rest of the world is work life balance.  During my time in Munich, I never met as many people who threw the balls up into the air and managed to keep work, their creative passions and their family live in some sort of order.  Many of you do this not because you are German and capable of managing many tasks in a day but because you love your family, your art and have the desire to keep both of them funded with a job that pays for a six week vacation.

In an effort to help everyone else maintain this type of balance, we are working with Trefuly to create an occupation that hopefully will be acknowledged as a serious job by the German bureaucracy and allow you to still be on Kunstsocialkasse.

Ah, you know us, we are always worrying about you as German creatives.  Dada was right about the weight hovering above your heads.  I hope you have been having fun and as soon as I dive into the artistic community in London, I will share what I find out about them.  If you would like to share information with me for the Munich Artists website, please send me information to a new email address.  Kyfio UG will be changing Emmy’s email because she is now immersed in Social Political art and she is never checking that email address.  You know how it is… Life takes you in a different direction and you need to change email addresses that fit your new life.  Please send Storey Tarris your mail at with the subject Munich Artists News.

If you would like to reach me, Storey Tarris, a London based artist, I would love to hear what is happening in Munich or the rest of the world (If you moved like me.)

I will not be visiting Munich for events but if you happen to be at any of the London based art fairs, I will definitely come see you and share some photos.

I will post more information about Trefuly Artists Project as it becomes available. Until then, please join our Art Challenge and enjoy yourself a little bit.  Winter is almost over!


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

Orange You Happy to be Creative?

Take a Pill -Photography by Emmy Horstkamp 2016

Orange is the color of the day and the words to think about are vibrant or courage or timid or fear.

I posted on Instagram this morning a photo of Petra Winter and her sketchbook page from our Munich Artists Sketchbook project because she used orange and it fit with the theme of the day.

My own personal photo is from this morning as I walked to the Crush installation at Odeonsplatz.  I walked by it this morning and it was right in my face.   I decided to have bikes disappear into the orange but when I went into my editing program, I desaturated (as I like to do with most vibrant photos) and I loved the image and wanted to show the two side by side.  Like here is your courage pill, here is your chill pill.   I will be taken this and making something out of it. I absolutely love it and am really happy that I’m a creative and that today’s colour is orange.

If you would like to share your challenge images with us, please join our challenge group on Facebook.  If you need to play catchup, you can find the list of colours on our 14 day colour challenge 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!



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.