16 July 2017

she sells sea shells she should share..

Hi there, hope my southern hemisphere friends are keeping warm, and those up north are having fun.. remember, the days are getting shorter already for you guys muhahahaaaa!! ;-)

I've been having loads of fun with.. you guessed it... watercolour!! I've been doing a lot of drawing lately, inspired by this online course which I recommend to all. Nothing like rekindling the old spirit and getting out the trusty old graphite and a piece of nice paper. There is something pure and true about pencil and paper and I dream of an exhibition showing only drawings on huge strips of paper!!!! I wish.

In the meantime I have a couple of small works in the making for an exhibition at Huia Gallery in  August (14 - 28), Odlins Lower Hutt, Wellington, reflecting on the ocean... "handle with care" will be included - the shell skeleton is that of a Coluzea Altocanalis, found in NZ waters around the Chatham Islands, and only about 6 - 8cm long. Te Papa has some samples..

Thanks for visiting.. e^)

25 June 2017

What, why, where, who?

This image was a random find.. and having a geriatric mind, I just can't recall where this was from. I know it was in a public space somewhere between Auckland and Kerikeri - could even have been on a ferry or something? Anyway, it made me chuckle - and that is a major, to make someone chuckle out loud. To make someone take a piccie of the chuckle is even better.. and sharing it is a no brainer. Now if someone could just tell me where I found this, my happiness would be complete.

The creativity and pizzaz of people boggles the mind. Brilliant. Thank you invisible person. You might just be the next Banksy - keep going!

7 January 2017

week 24 - rain in Africa

Rain in large parts of Africa is scarce and precious, therefore so much appreciated and celebrated.. by animal and human alike.

This little painting is about that very substance, more precious than diamonds and gold. And it has a song that played in my head, over and over and over... Africa by Toto.

Rain in Africa by Erika Husselmann - 300mm x 300mm acrylic on canvas

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3 January 2017

week 23 - Spirits of Afrika

Happy New Year and a most wonderful 2017 to each and every amazing person that reads this. Bless you for following my art and having a look at what is cooking.

New year's resolutions? Pfffffft who needs them? Let's just carry on and up! So here is another of my little works I've been painting in between illustrating 5 (yes, five..) little books in the 'Adventures of Morley and Jack Rabbit' series, written by Paul Geerlings. The first two are already available on Kindle, while the hardcover and paperback release date is set for 1 February 2017.. yay!!

In the meantime here is 'Spirits of Afrika' - acrylic and graphite mixed media on stretched canvas, 300mm x 300mm x 3.5mm, ready to hang. The women of Africa are all made of African dust - like me ;-).. Signature (arike) left bottom as always.

Spirits of Afrika - by Erika Hüsselmann 2017/23

God bless ;-)

15 October 2016

work 22 - hats away

Yep, hats off to you for returning to this blog ;-)

No seriously, if it wasn't for you beautiful people coming back here to see more of my scribblings on canvas and paper, where would this be?

Hats hold a special place in my heart.. that very special piece of clothing without which an outfit would just not be the same. Hence my fascination with royalty, and just for their hat flair!!!

Big ones, small ones, wide brims, small ones, straight, curved and then the decorations.. oh my heart. Flowers, bows, little floaty feathery tendrils that move with every subtle movement of the head.

I do think I belong to the previous era, just for the sake of the hats LOL! Winter ones, summer, autumn and spring, in all colours of the rainbow, but especially pastel ones...

And then when the wind picks up and lifts it off your head, pin 'n' all, then catch, baby, catch! :-)

hats away - acrylic on stretched canvas, ready to hang, 12" x 12" x 1.5" or 300 x 300 x 35mm by erika hüsselmann
This is available on trade me for this week.
Pop in again soon, ok?

30 September 2016

work 21 - to the moon and back

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant  or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1 Cor 13:1-13  

moon and back, acrylic, graphite, coloured pencil on stretched canvas 400 x  600 x 35mm by erika husselmann

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19 September 2016

work 20 - four plus one

work 20 and I've lost count of the weeks LOL!

the reference for this painting is rather personal
coming from a family of 4 girls and a boy
happy childhood, loved by the most wonderful parents one could wish for

the process for this painting is a recipe I often follow - with a good shot of chance in there as well
many layers, painting, drawing with different media, sealed with a satin finish

the work is 400mm x 600mm on stretched canvas, ready to hang, with previous layers of graphite and acrylic informing and influencing of the final layer

and sometimes it's clear that this way of work is leading somewhere - and I have no idea where, or whether I'll arrive anywhere

what I do know is that this process takes me to another place and fills my heart with joy

'four plus one' - acrylic, graphite on canvas by erika husselmann

available through trademe for this week and a bit

I also have a website if you're interested in similar, larger works

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see soon


7 September 2016

work 19 - schmetterlings

This is 'schmetterlings' - in oils, acrylic, graphite and coloured pencil on stretched canvas. Size is 510mm x 510mm or 20" x 20".

Loaded with scribbles and doodles, drawings and mark-making reflective of a life well lived. A little bit of history, dreaming, storytelling and testing of those materials.

Can you hear the wind rustling through the grass?
Can you see the silky threads I hold?
Those schmetterlings are mine
They don't know it yet but
They lead the way
As always
I follow


schmetterlings - 510 x 510 oil/acryl/graphite/coloured pencil on stretched canvas
erika husselmann

Thank you all for watching my art - your support is what makes the wheels go round ;-)
see soon


13 August 2016

work 18 - tūrangawaewae

Tūrangawaewae is one of the most well-known and powerful Māori concepts. Literally tūranga (standing place), waewae (feet), it is often translated as 'a place to stand'. Tūrangawaewae are places where we feel especially empowered and connected. They are our foundation, our place in the world, our home.

So I've painted this in oils on stretched canvas, questioning where one's feet may be, where one is standing, one's view of the world, of people in the world, of this world we live in.. this road we're travelling ;-) Have you figured it out? Maybe the important thing is to keep on figuring ;-)

tuurangawaewae - oil on canvas, 610 x 610mm (24" x 24")

There is a gallery up North in the hills, 20 minutes north of Whangarei - Gallery Helena Bay - worth a visit, as they have a great restaurant next door, the seafood chowder is yum.. Do pay them a visit for a great art experience and wonderful food :-)

see next time

31 July 2016

work 17 - cat content

right, let's make that 'work 17' of 'work a way' project for 2016 - who said anything was set in stone anyway? things are flexible in this floating studio.. yes, we're still living the dream in our boat for now ;-) and working away on this arty thing (more info a little later as promised). which means that there isn't much time to do the oil or acrylic on linen type work at the moment. so here is an older work to keep the 2016 project going on the side. this one is from my own collection again, oils on canvas 500mm x 250mm or 20" x 10" and stretched, ready to hang.

cat content - (girl with cat)
oil on canvas 500 x 250mm
thank you for taking a look at the auction
till next time :-)