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Corona talks 6. Art Enthusiasts London

During lockdowns in Denmark I started to follow pages of several art schools.

Online art school

One of them was Art enthusiasts London (don’t even ask me, how I found them, I guess, thanks facebook, that knows by preferences 😉

But then one online event really caught my eyes.

It was ”Portrait of Queen Elizabeth in oil pastels”.

By a school’s student

After the event it was decided to make a gift to Queen Elizabeth and to send her portrait they made together. Children could email their works, so collage will be part of the Christmas wishes to Her Majesty.

It sounded like a brilliant idea, and I just needed to learn more.

I contacted Art Enthusiasts, and to my relief Anastasia agreed for an interview.

It is always fun to know the people behind such fun, creative projects.

Paint like Monet

Kinda to be a real ” journalist” I followed one of the online workshop for ”Magpie. Claude Monet – Online Art Webinar for Children – 10 -13 ” (I didn’t have art classes when I was 13, so now, when I am a bit 13+ I felt I have just the right qualification for this course 😉

I didn’t follow live webinar, but it had one week record.

All I needed were paints, paper and 1,5 hour free time.

Of course, I was familiar with Monet (in Aros they even had a special exhibition ”Monet – lost in translation” in 2015 with artworks by different artists – impressionists), but I learned anyway some new details about his artwork from Anastasia’s presentation.

I enjoyed learning some new techniques to paint snow and shadows.

Anastasia had also two – way communication with young artists, who shared their process on the way.

Here is mine result, well, maybe it is not Monet level anyway, but I am kinda proud of it anyway. At least the bird looks fine!

Artist Anastasia Belous from Art Enthusiasts London

In new 2021 I ”met” Anastasia Belous on zoom, and the first question she asked me ”don’t you speak Russian?”.

Well, I do, so we switched to Russian, and to my greater surprise, Anastasia isn’t in London at the moment, she is in my hometown Odessa.

It appeared, that Anastasia was born in Kiev, and moved to Great Britain when she was 17 years old, she loves living in London and having access to its many art treasures, but she also visits her home country from time to time to see the family.

With the hard lockdown in Great Britain she decided to stay in Ukraine a bit longer, where there are more mild restrictions.

Anastasia is a professional artist, she graduated from the program Christie’s education (she studied both in London and New York), later she graduated from the University College London with Masters degree in History of art.

3 years ago she started an art school for youth, where they could learn about the great artists and their artistic styles. →→→


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Corona talks 3. Instagram interview with a German artist

Today I want you to present a story from Christian, a hobby artist from Germany.

I chatted with him on instagram and happy he wanted to take part in ”corona talk” for my blog. This article is a ”patchwork” of our conversations during the last day of 2020.

Christian has been interested in art since he was a child. However, it was neither clear to him that he could create such works of art, nor he dreamed of it.

He came back to art creation in April because he wanted to process a breakup.

” Back then, art was an outlet for me.

I just painted my first picture out of that impulsively”.


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Corona talks 2. Interview with an UX designer

Another guest of my ”corona” project is Brigitta, yet another member of ”Creative women’s club”.

Brigitta comes from Romania, she graduated at Business Academy in Aarhus, and after a year of looking for a job, she joined the team at ”Grundfos” as a consultant to build design systems.

Sgraffito Workshop

Actually, because of design she moved to Jutland 6 years ago. She wanted to study Multimedia design, but since such faculty didn’t even exist in her home country, she looked for other universities in Europe. The one in Aarhus sounded most exited. Business Academy (where Brigitta applied) offered 2-years program, where one can work with digital design, content production, user experience design, frontend development and frontend design.

When Brigitta got accepted and moved Scandinavia, she experienced a great cultural shock. For example, it was a new way to cooperate in teams, that one can have own opinion and disagree with professors, and there is no need in memorizing long texts.

Thanks to her hardworking skills, Brigitta got a job at the project and started her own design company. → →


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Corona talks 1. Interview with a creative engineer

Hello dear readers, I am happy to present some short stories about interesting people in Aarhus.

It was some time I wrote last article here on the blog. Life was busy with full – time job, ”Creative women’s club Aarhus” and family life.

But COVID -19 gave me a great opportunity to take online – interviews from some interesting people in the area.

Today’s guest is Magdalena.

Magdalena comes from Croatia, she moved to Denmark to study software engineering in Horsens in 2014. 2 years ago she graduated and got a job at ”Systematic”, which she changed to an opening position at start up company in Aarhus.


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Santhi Art

Many things happened in my life since my last post, but it doesn’t mean I stopped meeting interesting people in my daily life.

santhiToday I want to present you Santhi Maniam, an artist, an active member of the exhibitions, organised by ”Creative women’s club arhus”, exhibitions at her own gallery in Aarhus, active member of ”Spouse community Aarhus” etc. She was a participant at the exhibitions ”Inspired by Aarhus” in 2016, ”Inspired by nature” in 2017, ”Look closer” in 2018 at ”TedxAarhus”, plus solo exhibitions at her gallery.

  • Tell a bit about yourself, what is your background, and how did you end up in Denmark? 🙂

My name is Santhi Maniam and I am from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. My professional background is in Training and Facilitation. I worked as a Training Specialist for many years and in 2009 decided to take a break and travel alone around Europe. That is when I met my husband and after travelling back and forth, we decided to get married and I settled in Denmark in 2011. Continue reading


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Multicultural artist from Chile

13015385_10208072196716415_7966703809630374409_nIn this late evening post I want to share with you a story of Olga Tretyak, a multicultural artist.

Olga was born and raised in Azerbaijan, in the beautiful Baku.

She got two educations there. First one, geology, was suggested by her mother, who was working in oil industry. And the second was choisen by heart. Olga graduated second time with interior designer diploma.

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Graphic artist from Antalya

14171836_10206858444799505_627122435_nToday let me present a talented artist Alina Temur, who is best known under her art pseudonyms AlyLen (Design) and Alina_TEM. First she uses for visual art and design and second for fashion illustrations. As she explains, she want to devide her interests and give every art ‘child’ its own name.

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Jewelry designer from Georgia

13719570_1749163831962239_757570599819800672_oAfter I got the idea to organise a creative exhibition and started to promote it on facebook, I met a great number of talented artists and designers.

About one person will be today’s article.

Let me introduce Victoria Rudenko, Ukrainian who is living in Georgia (Republic), an artwood jewelry designer.

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Game night in Aarhus, creativity meeting and guide at Aarhus institute

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In my struggles with Danish language recently I didn‘t write any posts, but today is the day! I really missed writing for my blog.

Yesterday I had great and interesting day in Aarhus and I am looking forward to share the story with you, my dear readers.

My day started at Hasle culture house. In the area there live a lot of pensioners and people with small incomes, so at library they opened culture house. They have different initiatives, like creative shop, where one can bring their hand – made and sell it (there are pieces from Somalia, Romania, most are from Denmark). Since I like hand made, visiting this shop gives me inspiration (one woman does painting on stones, another makes braceletes from tooth brushes). Also at the culture house they have lessons for pregnant women, glass making, bord tennis and cafe with lunches and cakes (run by volunteers, so the prices are very small).

The event I attended was creative meetings, mostly pensioners come there, so for me it was great opportunity to practise my Danish. I really like pensioners here in Denmark, they have very social life and lots of hobbies. One can argue that they have good pensions so they can afford it. Well, it can be true, but also I think it is in the culture. People here do a lot of volunteer works, and no matter how ill they can be in an old age, they go to different social events.

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