With people now starting to leave Rizhao, we had had a few farewell dinners the last 2 weeks. One crazy evening last week we had a "Rizhao amazing race", organized by my friend Inga who I travelled with to Hunan. We started at the beach with sparkling wine and some games, continued to the university city for some beer competition, more games and a food challenge. Our food challenge was to feed our group of 10 people for ten yuan (=1.20 euros maybe). And with some really good dumplings and chinese fried egg-bread we did it! After that we continued to the first bar on the list, where we listened to some live music while having a drink, then the next bar, and the next drink... According to Inga we were only halfway on her 'to do'- list for the evening after this, and a few of the others continued to yet another bar before calling it a night... It was a fun evening!!!
Yesterday we had another party, or a 'cooking-at-home and empty-the-cupboard-event' just with the girls at Pia's place (Pia is Sam's colleague who is one of the people now leaving Rizhao). I had made some butterfly- masks for us girls, and we had a fun photo-shoot amidst the sparkling wine, cooking, baking, and trying on shoes and clothes that Pia did not want to take with her back home.
News from the studio:
I got a painting finished today! I always work at several paintings at the same time, so there are no order in which they get finished...
First a page from my inspirational journal. This is a small long-tailed tit I got permission from the photographer of it to paint. I was playing with composition and colours. I reused an old linoleum print from my days at the university in Utrecht. I liked the idea, but decided to go with a more simpler background for the painting though.
Below the first stage of the painting. The background was made with book pages and a sheet of music on a 20x20cm canvas. I painted them with several thin layers of acrylic. Here also the first blocking in of the long-tailed tit in oil colours.
Next stage; more layers on the bird and the branches.
And here the finished painting: Våstämning / Spring mood. It was difficult to make a good photograph of it with the background being painted with glossy medium. Hope you like it non the less!