Category Archives: Dibujos e ilustraciones

Many ways to color 2017

Have a look at the beautiful coloring skills from people around the world who are coloring the 2017 calendar.

Vean lo bello que están quedando estos calendarios del 2017 coloreados en diferentes partes del mundo.

Lupita Rejón – Chetumal, México.

 

 

 

Miriam Van Uden – The Netherlands

Christine Fumeaux – Genéve, Suisse

 

 

Mariana Perez Giarizzo – Sitges, España

 

Marie y Manuel – Coatepec, México.

Horst & Birgit from Kiel

Horst & Birgit – The Netherlands

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Maria – Barcelona, Spain

 

Find the 2018 Coloring Calendar here.

Compra el calendario de 2018 aquí.

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Visualizing time

It all started when the first men looked at the sky and watched the stars in continuous motion, uniform and repetitive. The observations of the natural world made them understand that all events occur within a cycle: the migration of animals, flowering, seeding, maturation, harvest and so on.

Cyclic time in nomadic people and early tribes comes from a deep interaction between nature and man to the point of determining the idea of totality. No event in history that does not arise from other events that have preceded and which itself does not become a source of other events.

Civilizations have adopted various methods, using the movement of the stars, to measure time. The varying success of this operation is more or less depended on the astronomical knowledge each culture achieved. Religion, historians and even politicians have influenced also this major issue.

The ancient Babylonians and Greeks marked a transition in the conception of time. However, is until the arrival of Christianity when the ideas of linear time emerged, which would be fundamental to the foundations of the Western culture and its idea of progress.

The representation of time that we see in our clocks and calendars currently is a general convention in the world. Humanity has had to spend many stages for centuries to make big agreements about the date and time in which we live.

The conventional calendars measure time in a linear and progressive way. The model is highly deterministic linear thinking, as well reductionist since it breaks down the total into smaller pieces, reducing interactions between them. The whole is composed of independent parts.

The linear model is now contradictory, since we know that our universe is basically made up of nonlinear systems in the physical, biological, psychological and social levels.

Studying and reflecting about this subject I started to draw circular calendars as a way to understand time and search new ways to visualize it. In my head, since childhood, when I think about next summer or next winter, I always visualized the year in a circle, like a train in a loop track.

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2012

The circular calendar allows us to see that time is not unidirectional (from
past to future), but bidirectional. In indigenous cultures man lives in a reality of continuous cyclical movement of nature and culture. The end of the year is the beginning of a new life and not the sum of accumulated years. From this point of view everything is connected, nothing is separate from the totality.

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2015

The Spiral model is the model of thinking of indigenous people, is the alternative to linear thinking model designed by the European rationalism and positivist philosophy, origin of the existing mental model in the Western world for centuries.

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2016

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2017

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2018

I have designed the last three calendars (2016, 2017 and 2018) as coloring calendars. They make a nice decorative item and also an illustration that people personalize coloring it day by day.

I drew the calendars illustration by hand, line after line, finding interesting to visualize a full year in one single image. An artistic piece and a functional object at the same time.

I have printed 150 calendars this year. If you want to purchase a print of the 2018 calendar and start to coloring it, you are welcome to  visit my ETSY shop.

I will continue my research about time and calendars. If you share the interest on this subject and you want to exchange ideas please write me at: beatrizchamussy@gmail.com

Altar

“Altar” is one of the paintings I’ll show in Amsterdam next month, as part of the Co-Existence stARTup exhibition organized by In4art

This painting (Acrylic on Canvas, 65 cm x 81 cm) is an altar for our contemporary gods: The invisible Cloud, the omnipresent WiFi, the cult of the “like”, the drones, the smartphones, the apps, the hyperconnectivity, the overstimulation…

Like a “Wunderkammer” or a “Cabinet of curiosities”, this painting is a collection of icons and symbols present in our global culture governed by social media and the use of the internet.

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In the center of the painting the reference to the symbol of the Burning Man (Annual gathering in the US, experiment with community and arts, music festival, self-expression), representing the dream of freedom of our generation.

The legs of the table are the elegant triangle fractals called Sierpinski triangle, representing how we build logic from randomness trying to make sense of both the universe and ourselves.

A dialogue between order and chaos.

The need of fantasy, the desire of living in a child’s like world (represented by the: unicorn, rabbit head, minion, balloons, party decoration), the need of ancient beliefs, superstition, mystical and spiritual connection (lucky charms, talismans, Maneki Neko, angels, dreamcatcher, chakras, yoga practice, buddhist praying flags, chinese zodiac (2017 year of the rooster, yin yang, etc) and at the same time the devotion to scientific progress, automatisation, newest technological widgets (apple watch, drones, google maps, etc)

I’m interested in identifying a common visual and cultural language that exists nowadays worldwide: Apps, Ikea furniture, computers interface, green and healthy smoothies, gluten free cupcakes and starbucks latte grande.

And you can always press the Off button in the center of the green carpet to shut down everything.

If you want to see more images of the creative process of this piece click here.

Photos by @galopbcn

So many ways to color the 2016 Calendar!

It’s almost the end of 2016 and as I promised here is a post to show the collection of photos I have received through the year. Thanks a lot to the people who sent me these nice images showing their amazing coloring skills!

If you haven’t sent me your photo please do it! I would love to add it to this collection.

And if you are already thinking about 2017… Here you can order the new coloring calendar 2017! Have a look!

If you already purchased a calendar from my shop in the past you’ll receive a 15% discount coupon code by email.

For the curious people here is also a link of another photo gallery with images from the 2012 calendar (the first one I have made) hanging around the world.

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Carolina Izaguirre, México

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Multiple hands coloring at the Fantastic ETSY market in Barcelona

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Calendar in progress at La Shala Yoga studio in Barcelona

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Coloring finished at La Shala Yoga studio (Barcelona)

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Laura, Michigan, USA

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Uli and Loni, Berlin, Germany

Ingrid from Barcelona

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Tania Lasanta from Barcelona

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Kirana, Sant Pere de Ribas, Barcelona.

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Ready to start the year! Barcelona, Spain

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Manuel and Marie Showing me the progress of the calendar on skype

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Marie, Oscar and Victor coloring in Paris, France.

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Godelieve Van Uden, The Netherlands

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Moira, from Grenoble France.

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Tania, Castelldefels, Spain.

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Miriam Van Uden from The Netherlands

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Moira from Grenoble, France

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Marina from Barcelona, Spain

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Adrien, Boston, USA

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Milena (5 years old) from Barcelona, Spain

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Marie-Pierre from Paris, France

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Nienke from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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The calendar next to Patti Smith at the Llibreria Proleg in Barcelona, Spain

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Coloring at the Fantastic ETSY market

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Ingrid from La Floresta, Spain

Lulú, Washington D.C. USA

Santiago, Washington D.C. USA


Silvia Bielas, Barcelona

Cover illustration for a World Bank book

 

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“La mujer Mochila”, Original drawing, Ink on paper, 12 x 17 cm, 2007

Very happy to see one of my drawings on the cover of such an interesting book just published by the World Bank: “Cashing in on Education : Women, Childcare, and Prosperity in Latin America and the Caribbean”
A document about child care, female labor force participation and the importance of women’s participation as a way to foster economic growth, authored by Mercedes Mateo Diaz and Lourdes Rodriguez-Chamussy.
Read the overview and download the PDF here: https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/25082

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“Cashing in on Education : Women, Childcare, and Prosperity in Latin America and the Caribbean” authored by Mercedes Mateo Diaz and Lourdes Rodriguez-Chamussy.

My version of Shanghai

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I arrived two days ago in this giant city. I cannot describe it with words, I have to paint. Trying to translate into drawing so much new information in my brain. Processing. Experiencing a bit of vertigo in my 16th floor hotel room.
I feel like a needle in a haystack.
And it’s ok.
Thankful for being surprised, astonished, amazed, shocked, overwhelmed by the contrasts of our modern world.
Expressions of our time.
I try to think about the humans behind the construction of the millions of new buildings in this country. The humans behind the factories, the millions of Kilometers of Highways, airports, train tracks. I try to empathize with the minds believing in this idea of progress, designing the shape of the cities, the modern life. I imagine the architects and engineers as kids playing with Lego. Fascinated by the power of bringing into life their plans.
I think about all the human force needed to lift up the tall towers. Humans with their arms and legs, hands, feet, hearts, and dreams, ideas, motivation, long working days, extremely low salaries.
By default I could only be against this idea of progress and development. It’s difficult not to judge, to reject, to point at the other side of the modernity. To ask about the consequences, about the future.
I could get depressed very fast. I have to find another way.
I have to see life behind the concrete and the glass. Life is complex. Life is never only good or bad. Life is both construction and destruction. Is impossible to stop this eternal movement. Life is this mystery. We are an expression of this nonsense. There’s no logic, nothing to understand.
Life is this infinite kaleidoscope of possibilities. Overlapped layers of reality.
I’m perfectly fine with being critical of this craziness.  But, are we not all related to it?
Who can separate from this model and claim to be good, to be innocent.
Or Maybe I need to forgive myself as human. I somehow need to keep the hope. And think that I’m not that bad. Or yes. That in all of us there’s a bit of the predator. A bit of the slave. A bit of the oppressor. A bit of the poet. A bit of the business man.
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