Because I like to share my art with the world I did start this blog. I am not a regular writer, because my art-works are not finished in a regular ritme. Some works took months, some projects are finished in a day.
What kind of work do I make?
Mixed Media, well… it just means I use different media to work with, acrylpaints, pastels, fabric, thread, nails, wood, copper etc. I can make paintings on canvas, assemblages on wood, configuration boxes or altered books..I like to pimp wooden boxes.. off all those kinds of work you will be able to find examples in this blog. Find them by using the tags-cloud.
Although looking different,all my works from recent years have one thing in common: they all invite you to look deeper than the first layer. Look real good.change from looking to seeing. And use your imagination. Travel by mind even deeper than my art can show. Enjoy my work, enjoy the colours.
My name is Cécile C. Graven
Untill february 2016 I lived with my old mother and cat Benno in a big house in a small village in Friesland, Netherlands. End Januari my mother moved to a home for old people with dementia. I still miss her dearly.
I am a woman in my sixties, I have been married for many years and divorced for a few years. I love gardening, I love nature, the landscape, I love to take pictures of it, esp. pictures of trees. Those loves are mostly emerging in my alteredbooks.
I love to explore how colours do influence other colours, but also how different materials do influence each other. I like to use metallic paints and shiny ink-mists esp in my abstract paintings. I love it when people do see more in my paintings and drawings than I knew I did put in.
I like dreamy things, the fairy world,and other strange unexplained phenomena and artifacts like giant skeletons or ufo’s. Sometimes I hide hints to them in my work.
If you want to know more feel free to add comments to my blog or email to me at ceciledotgraven@hotmaildotnl
If you wish to see my work real life and wish to visit me in St Nicolaasga / St Nyk please call 0513 436257 ( Please be not impatient when you call me, I have troubles with walking so it can take a while for me to pick up the phone)
( In case of you wanting me to alter a book esp for You, please know that finding the right book and preparing it for me to be able to work in it may take 3 months, so if you need a book for a certain date please make sure You give this commission at least 6 months in advance.)