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Do you want to buy a sculpture, have a portrait made or do you need a sculpture but you are not sure what exactly? Do you need a custom-made project? I would love to hear from you and will react asap, this is in most cases the next day.

Calling is fast (please think of the time zone, I am in Amsterdam, CET); +31 (0)642350194

Have a lovely day! Saskia

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Wil je een beeld kopen, een portret laten maken of heb je een beeld nodig maar weet je niet precies wat? Wil je een op maat gemaakt project? Ik hoor het graag en reageer zo snel mogelijk, dat is meestal morgen al.

Bellen gaat snel; +31(0)6423 501 94

Fijne dag gewenst! Saskia

Dorpsweg Ransdorp
Amsterdam, NH, 1028
Netherlands

art for life; sculpture that makes you wonder

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Living and dead stuff

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For my aunt 60 years is not much. For a nice bowl sixty years is quite something but still not impressive. Not impressive in a way of value or worth. For my aunt 60 years is not an impressive number of years, even though she is very impressive, valuable and valued.

To be alive is so special, it brings the possibility to do things, make things, take action, move around, all kinds of possibilities dead things don't have. I can make a sculpture that will last hundreds of years. The sculpture can not make me though and I will not last for hundreds of years.

My sweet aunt will only be around for a little while. In a moment she won't be 'dead matter' even though she is dead. I will never remember her as a lifeless thing. I will remember her for her smile, her energy, her sparkling eyes, the love in her voice and the dreams she pursued. I will remember her by what made her heart beat.

The way we tend to measure our succes in life by the stuff we have gathered is actually really strange.

I cannot imagine my life without the living things around me. Without my beloved, without trees, without birds, without the cats that are nagging for food... Some lifeless things I definitely need. A house to live in, a computer to be connected to the world.

With death around the corner I've made a decision. I won't bother about things. I'll bother about life. 

Without title (death) picture by Koos Baaij

Without title (death) picture by Koos Baaij

Your portrait in two hours

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I can start a portrait in varying ways. When someone is very limited in time I can make a start with it in half an hour, then I'll take pictures to work with those when continueing with it. When I think it is done, we'll make an appointment to check if it is done well. When we are both satisfied I'lll let the portrait dry to color and fire it.

If it is not possible for someone to be modeling I can work with pictures alone. This will take more time to get into this person's character and atmosphere and it is important there are enough and the right pictures. I can't tell how long this journey will take. In this case we will check if it is well done as well, before drying and coloring.

The latest possibility is to model for two hours. I'll finish the portrait in one time. These two hours are very intense, we are both totally concentrated and focused. We can talk and have fun but we are doing nothing else. After these two hours the portrait  itself is done. Then it has to dry and be colored. I do need pictures for this. Then the portrait will be fired and glazed and fired and Raku fired if that is your wish. Drying and firing will take about 6 weeks. If you are in a hurry it can be done in a month.

Any way you like it, we will get to know each other in quite a special way.

Portrait of Frida Kahlo

Portrait of Frida Kahlo

Marketing for (starting) art brothers and sisters

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Next week I'll be in the USA again. The next phase of '(in)sight; a portrait project' will take off. Students of Carroll University in Wisconsin will make portraits of people that turn Carroll into the beautiful Carroll it is, in various techniques. And I'll be teaching all I know about portraits.

Now students do not remain students forever. Many of the art students will be artists. Surely I want these inpired new artists to make a head start into artistry without having to fall in all kinds of traps and troubles. That is why I made the 'What you need in order to bloom'; three sheets filled with tips & tricks for artists.

For as an artist, your work is your domain. You decide on what to make and what this will look like. You choose the path you have to go. For marketing this unique work you might be as commercial as possible. What you offer, your unique works of art, is fine. The trick is to gather people that feel the same way about what you make and will offer you the opportunity and means to live and thrive and make your work.

The 'What you need in order to bloom' contains the resume of all I have learned about marketing in these past years. Every sentence stands for stories, to do things and targets. It is a start. For if you want to make it as an artist you have to make good art (inspired, exciting, interesting, touching, etc. ) and you sell it in the best possible manner. Good luck!

PS with the button you get to the complete 'What you need...'

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Akwasi to the Olympics

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I am so happy he did it!

Akwasi Frimpong has been living in the Netherlands without a permit for quite some time. Not knowing what would happen and being rejected had quite an impact on him, he couldn't really start what he wanted to do- sports, go for it- too many strings pulled him back. When the strings were gone they lingered in his head. The amazing thing with Akwasi is that he is very good at slaying his dragons and telling us about this. Never give up! Take your next step. Choose people around you that will inspire you and support you. And he is an exquisite example. The Olympic Dream has been around for a long time. He started out a sprinter. Due to an injury this didn't work out. Then bobsled followed. Did not work in the very last minute. Now he is the first Ghanese Athlete to take up a skeleton! Fantastic, amazing, well done, wow! Good luck, tyrant! Go for it in Pyongyang!

Akwasi Frimpong

Porem Portrait in the making, photo by Joost van den Broek

Porem Portrait in the making, photo by Joost van den Broek