Yesterday was an opportunity for me to catch up with lots of Munich Artists who are spending the weekend selling artwork at Stroke Ltd. If you are at Stroke this weekend and I didn’t say hello to you, I’m sorry. It wasn’t intentional. I was in like some kind of time sucking vortex. Who knew four hours could go by so quickly on a Friday afternoon. Next time I will bring my Boston terrier, Winston, with me so he can tell you how wonderful your art is and then may I can stay a few extra minutes to chat about your artwork.
Here are some of the artists and artwork at Stroke. I think I got everyone off the invitation list from Monday. If you sent me an invitation and I did not stop at your booth, please hunt me down next time. If you did not send me a invitation and you wanted me to talk to you… well, then we need to fix that before the next Stroke in the Spring.
Nina Schmid is an Insomniac and spends many late nights creating art. For today’s museum theme, I assumed photos would trickle in when the museums opened but Munich Artists are more creative than that. When I woke up this morning there was already a photograph by Nina Schmid posted at 4 a.m. No musuem is open at 4a.m. Nina used her creativity and made herself one of the art pieces in the Schmid Museum of art. I like how she has all the angels pointing arrows at her head and how she incorporated the one element that goes against our whole challenge – the do not take photographs sign.
Nina has been setting the bar high for the other artists during this challenge which is exactly what I want artists to do. I want them to push each other and me to make more interesting artwork. Jeffrey Ely, Katrin Klug and Berit Opelt also excelled with the self portraits challenge sending in very unique shots and compositions. If you are new to our challenges, we post the challenge themes on a challenge page and then the artists share their work with us on our closed Facebook group. We have one day left in this challenge but you can still send in a photo if you want. I don’t mind people catching up, I just don’t want them working ahead or digging in their archives. If you are creative, you can be creative everyday for 30 days.
The last day to send in photos is tomorrow which is the last day of the challenge. I will be taking the challenge photos and creating a Munich Artists 30 day self portrait challenge book. I want to thank all the artists who participated in this challenge and their great contributions. I look forward to seeing more museum photos as the day progresses. (Now I’m going to head off and rethink my shot for this theme!)
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.
Subway, Tube, Underground. Whatever you call it, we want you to think about the subway today as you create your self portrait. If you don’t live near a subway, you can go to a subway restaurant like Jeffrey Ely or take a ride in a car or taxi. We have only five days left in our challenge. If you would like to play along, the themes are located here.
This morning, Nina Schmid and Katrin Klug sent in some great photos of themselves with trees. If you are participating in our 30 day self portrait challenge, today’s theme is… trees.
Munich Artists – Katrin Klug – Trees
Nina Schmid – Munich Artists – Trees
The month of August is Vlog everyday. I used to vlog quite a bit but then I stopped for personal reasons. For the month of August, I’m going to make short videos about Munich and share them on our Munich Artists Instagram feed and on Youtube. If you are a vlogger, let me know! I will be vlogging for Munich Artists, Vivamb and then my personal vlog during this month. All vlogging will be done on my iphone 6 plus because I don’t have time to play with final cut pro during my vacation!
Happy Sunday. The rain didn’t stop Munich Artists from going outside and taking photos on the sidewalk. There are still plenty of hours in the day for you to go out and capture a unique selfie on the sidewalk. Don’t let the rain stop you!
We allow photoshop and app photos in this challenge so please go out and have some fun creating unique selfies. The only requirement that we have imposed is that the self portrait photograph must be taken on the day of the challenge. No archival photos should be used.
For my photo below, I used the multiexpo app on my iphone 6 plus. The raw shots are on my art website along with all the other versions I played with this morning. I have so many versions today because the app allows the user to merge 2 photos at a time and I had so much fun making different combinations from my photographs.
Nina used little toy men in two of her portrait shots and I was thinking it would be fun to make a challenge where we use lego/playmobil people and children’s toys. I saw a recent art exhibition where the artist took photographs of children’s toy trucks and cars. I really liked the idea of making that a 30 day challenge.
Thinking about the 30 day challenges, I thought we could do 30 different fruits and vegetables. 30 different books. 30 different household objects. 30 different locations in Munich. You get the idea. We are making our lists for future challenges inspired by Munich Artists. If you have a list of 30 that you want to try, let me know.
I also would like to do a graffiti challenge. If you have a favourite piece of street art, please let me know. I will need 30 pieces of long term street art for that challenge. (work that will be around awhile so it can’t be on the regular graffiti walls or be small sticker art.)
If you want to participate in the 30 day self portrait challenge, you can find the themes on our challenge page. If you would like to share a photo of your work, you can add it to the post on Facebook as a comment. If you are an artist in Munich, you can also share your photo in our Closed Facebook group.
Munich Artists – Jeffrey Ely – Sidewalk
Munich Artists – Nina Schmid Sidewalk
The Bavarian summer holidays started Friday which means that I will be spending more time away from Frauenstrasse 18 and hanging out in Sendling with my younger daughter. If you need to see me or discuss a project, please schedule an appointment. I look forward to seeing what you’ve created during your holidays!
Day 13 and Munich Artists dug deep into their treasure troves and dusted off instruments, records and even some cassette tapes. If you want to follow along with our 30 day photo self portrait challenge, you can find the list here.
Today the weather is beautiful outside. If you want to take a little excursion, go GEMA’s office in Haidhausen and take a selfie with enormous instrumental sculptures in their courtyard outside. I’ve never been inside so I don’t know if they have sculptures inside. Directions are below our music photo gallery.
Munich Artists Jeffrey Ely – Music
Munich Artists Edina Fischer – Music
Munich Artists Angela Josupeit – Music
Munich Artists – Brigitte Hoppstock – Music
Munich Artists Sonia Boening music
Munich Artists Bernhard Rusch – Music
Munich Artists – Nina Schmid – Music
Munich Artists – Katrin Klug – Music
Munich Artists – Michael Pitschke – Music
Munich Artists Gabriela Popp – Music
Gema where are you? In Munich, GEMA’s instrumental sculptures are located here. Rosenheimer Str. 11, 81667 München. It is behind the Gasteig heading into Haidhausen. There are a few sculptures so go have fun snapping photos.
We are heading towards the midpoint of our challenge and the pressure is on to finish. Munich Artists are not breaking a sweat and sent in lots of photos today of themselves with chairs. If you want to join in on the fun, follow the themes on our 30 day self portrait challenge page. Look forward to hearing about your work on our Facebook page.
Sunday morning and I need to do a self portrait with string. I decided to focus on my weakness. I’m not so good at telling people to *uck off so I played with string to see if I could make it more palatable.
Here are a few more examples of how other Munich Artists, explored the theme of string and self portraits.
Munich Artists Jeffrey Ely
Munich Artists Katrin Klug
Munich Artists Michael Pitschke and Angela Josupeit
Today the challenge is to shoot a self portrait using an Umbrella.
If you live in Munich, you may have found yourself carrying an umbrella this morning just in case last night’s torrential storms continued to pour water down on the city. Leaving my car and walking to the studio, it was pretty easy to snap a shot of myself, a puddle and my umbrella. Some artists did not have rain so they used the umbrella as a prop or chose the alternate theme – sunglasses. Lets see how a mixed weather day inspires Munich Artists and what kinds of self-portraits they decide to create.
My Titles are getting longer and longer. Today is day 5 of the Munich artists self portrait photo challenge. The theme for today is lines. I don’t think you need an explanation for lines – It’s very straight forward. Yes, it is going to be that kind of day so settle down and start snapping some photos. Here are a few examples of what Munich Artists have been sending in to me today. They get to send photos to me until 1200 so I will be adding a few more after lunch. If you are an artist, feel free to join in on the fun. Artists who finish the 30 days will get a special treat. Maybe a beer at the beergarden after the summer holidays? If you want to share your images, it is best to join our closed group on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/groups/munichartists. If I don’t know you, please be aware that I will share images on the website, on Instagram and on Facebook. Also, if I don’t know you, send me a message before trying to join or ask a Munich Artist already in the group to add you. We do this to keep spammers out of the group. Also, If you don’t want images shared, please let me know. Not everyone loves the internet as much as I do and I want to respect your artwork as much as possible. Here is a link to day 1, 2, 3, 4. From today onwards I will give you the links to a couple of days before unless you want a list of numbers at the end of each post. That could be kind of funny. The link to all of the themes for the challenge can be found here.
The theme for day 4 is Words. I don’t care if you write words, find words in your environment or create an art piece of words. Whatever you do, the image for today must contain the written word and you.
Below, two Munich Artists, Nina Schmid and Katrin Klug, share with us their day 4 self portraits which focus on their love of body art and words.
Nina Schmid’s artwork looks like this (she has three different styles & but I don’t have an example of her erotic art so I can only show you two of the three):
Nina will be showing her artwork at the Friday Gallery from June 19 – July 8, 2015. If you have any questions about the exhibition, you can email me at email@example.com.
I know both Ray and Nina so if you love their work, I will help you tap into their art inventory. Both artists speak English and are productive!
What I’ve noticed is that productive artists have an inventory and their newest and most favourite pieces will be tucked away in their studios, on their bedroom walls or in a big closet because Germans love to hide their valuables in a closet. I learned this cultural tidbit a few weeks ago. I think American tuck their valuables in their bras/underwear or maybe in their work boots. As an American in Munich, I’m asked quite often about American habits but my multicultural upbringing has been baffled by all cultures (I never know which culture the habit comes from.)
One universal habit for all artists is that their newest works will not be released to the public until the umbilical cord has been cut so the best thing to do is go to the studio and see all the artwork and then put a reserve on the piece you want… eventually the artist will let it go.
I usually put this in a newsletter but our newsletter is taking a break while I decide how we will disseminate information. For now, I will be posting our events on Monday. Next week, Munich art events will be posted on a different site so that we can accommodate more information than our newsletter can handle.
Nina Schmid, “Nachts, wenn mich die Muse küsst,” Vernissage Juni 19, 2015 @ 1900, 19.6.2015 – 8.7..2015 @Friday Gallery
Gunter Meliton Alu Dibond Digital Kunst, Vernissage Juli 9 @1900, 9.7-23 .2015 @Friday Gallery
Katrin Klug – 14.8 – 3.9.2015 @Friday Gallery
Stammtisch (Working/Projects Meeting)
May 29th @1900 location TBA Please RSVP with firstname.lastname@example.org to attend the meeting – This meeting is for artists and art historians who would like to be more involved in organising art events, installations, exhibitions, books and social media, internet web sites. Meeting Agenda’s and decisons will be posted online the day after the meeting.