Times of Change

Recently sold artwork (via my Facebook artist page) Mixed media on 170m/g2 acid-free paper, A4.

Untitled (Blaue Kudufrau) – Recently sold (via my Facebook artist page) Mixed media on 170m/g2 acid-free paper, A4.

Social media is awesome!

But also a bit complicated… There are so many easy ways to share my arts and ideas with friends and strangers, connect and get feedback and interesting conversations happening. It is also a challenging world to navigate, as I post on this blog, on Facebook and sometimes on Pintrest and Twitter. And I post very different stuff depending on the general idea of what a blog or a Facebook page is used for.

I realised that many people who follow me on Facebook, miss out on my blog posts and my blog readers do not get to see all the art which I post on Facebook…

When somebody mentioned to me that they love to see much more of my art, I realised that in my blog posts I focus mainly on ideas and concepts in my art. On Facebook I try to post an artwork or sketch per day (except weekends), with brief news or info. So there you see what I am up to much more regularly. Yet I also know that many people are not on Facebook – and I totally understand you.

I love making art and being creative as a way of life, but just as much, I love sharing my art and ideas with people. I hope to inspire, to bring happiness and joy, to provoke some new and different thoughts or alternative perspectives. With that in mind, I am considering posting more often to share more of my art and thoughts, maybe in occasional shorter, news-style posts. I am still not sure how exactly I can and want to do this best and ensure that it is still lots of fun and interesting for you, without becoming too much.

The best way to find out how things work best is to try it. So I guess I will just slowly feel my way forward and would love to hear your feedback.

Recent Art

As I have just mentioned, I regular post new art on my Facebook page. I enjoy the immediateness of it. FB followers see the image in their news feed and can press the ‘LIKE’ button when they enjoy what they see or they can easily leave a comment to which I can reply. And recently the fact that more people see my art there has led to increased direct sales.

Always be your imperfectly perfect self... Acrylic and pen on the back of a discarded Toffifee (choclate) box... approx. 15x15cm

Another work which was recently seen and sold via my Facebook artist page: ‘Always be your imperfectly perfect self…’
Acrylic and pen on the back of a discarded Toffifee (chocolate) box… approx. 15x15cm

Facebook is also the platform where I share experiments, sketches or little projects which will probably never see the inside of a gallery, a frame or somebody else’s house. I might consider to share some more of that on my blog in future too.

Here are some recent images:

Magic Sticks. I bought myself some funky new colours and had some dried rose stems which needed some love. This is the result. (Posted on FB on 17th of July)

Magic Sticks. I bought myself some funky new colours and had some dried rose stems which needed some love. This is the result. (Posted on FB on 17th of July)

Just finished this one... no title yet. Mixed Media on 170g/m2 acidfree paper, A4  (Posted on FB, 12 July2014)

Just finished this one… no title yet.
Mixed Media on 170g/m2 acidfree paper, A4 (Posted on FB, 12 July 2014)

'I just smell that this is going to be an awesome week! - Can you smell it too?' Pencil sketch from my sketchbook, posted on FB on 21st July 2014.

‘I just smell that this is going to be an awesome week! – Can you smell it too?’
Pencil sketch from my sketchbook, posted on FB on 21st July 2014.

 

New Moon – New Beginnings

But before you expect a whole lot of new posts in the next few weeks, I have to tell you, that it might still take some more time before changes to happen. Because we are moving!!!

We have bought a little house in a little village just outside of Berlin. The house is really sweet, but even better: it comes with a beautiful garden (with a very own cherry tree!) and a lovely outside building and garage, which we plan to convert into a studio. Another absolute bonus is that the area is really pretty awesome and idyllic. There is a large forest just 100m down the road, the Havel river meanders past about five-minute walk into the other direction and there are several pastures for horses in between. We are so excited! And cannot wait to finally get the keys at the end of this month and start moving in and doing some renovations.

I have the feeling this move will be the start of a new magical time in our lives. I cannot wait to be closer to nature again, see how a desert girl can adapt to the forest and real running rivers, picking cherries and planning my own herbs and vegetables again!

Depending on how soon we will have our internet connection installed there and finished the move and the renovations, I will probably write the next blog from our new place, sitting under a tree…

Here is a sneak preview of our new place and surrounding area (click on the thumbnail image to see a larger view):

Wishing you all a great start to this new week! May the new moon energy fill you with wonderful energy!

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5 thoughts on “Times of Change

  1. Helgard Rémy

    Schade, dass man hier keine Fotos posten kann, liebe Imke! Ich wollte gerne den Beweis einfügen, wie die blaue Kudufrau über facebook ihren Weg zu ihrem idealen Zuhause fand. Geht aber nicht 😦 darfst du gerne machen! IMG_0624 – du hast es ja!
    Liebe Grüße
    Helgard

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  2. Petra

    Alles Gute fuer Euren Umzug, hoffe es wird nicht zu stressig sondern nur exciting!
    Zu social media: Es gibt ein WordPress plugin wodurch Deine blogposts automatisch auf Facebook gehen. Spart etwas Zeit und linked Deine Facebook fans zu Deinem Blog.

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    1. Imke Rust Post author

      Vielen Dank Petra! Ich bin sicher es wird viel Spass machen umzuziehen, auch wenn es vielleicht etwas anstrengend ist – aber wir freuen uns so sehr und dann ist ja alles toll.
      Ja, ich habe den Plug-in auch, nur das er zum einen nicht immer funktioniert und zum andern FB gerade Links zu anderen Seiten gerne untergehen lässt und sie nicht vielen followers zeigt.

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  3. Indigo Spider

    Congratulations! What a beautiful (soon-to-be) new home! I can not wait to see the transformation of that studio, amazing space, it will be wonderful especially overlooking the garden.

    Desert girl in the forests, not a big stretch I think. You always struck me as a nature girl, all nature, not just one particular type like desert 🙂

    As I am not on Facebook, will never be on Facebook, I appreciate seeing your artwork and sketches here. I am on Twitter but, well, I was very active for a while but lately I barely sign in… terrible. With all the various social networks it feels sometimes like being schizophrenic — pieces of yourself revealed in different places never making a complete whole you.

    I love the painted rose stems, I can see those in a clear vase decorating a table or shelve, beautiful. But I think my favorite is the one just below it, untitled, dog or fox? Looks a bit dog and cat-like in some of it’s facial features, which is why I think I like it.

    We also seem to parallel a bit in our lives — I’ve recently decided to move back to Seattle! I’m going for a visit this October but the actual move won’t be until early 2015, lots of things to do before the actual move, but I’m very excited by it all. Good luck and congratulations!

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    1. Imke Rust Post author

      Thank you – I do plan to write and share more about my life in general, once we move to this lovely new home. so you will be able to see the transformation 🙂

      And you are right, I am a nature girl, no matter if desert or forest, yet, the desert is the comfort zone and the forest the unfamiliar and new. I am excited to explore and at the same time sometimes a bit intimidated by the lushness, the continuous green and the denseness of the forest. So it will be interesting to see how the move and surroundings will affect me…

      Yes, Facebook is difficult and that is why I want to share more on the blog for everybody that is not on it. I will see how it goes. Although I have a twitter account, I also use it very rarely.

      The untitled one, which you like, is based on a wolf, but very freely interpreted. And I just love the look on his face.

      Good luck for your planning and getting ready to move! It is an exciting time, from the time that you make up your mind till you are actually there – enjoy it!

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