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Miki de Goodaboom


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Painting, Mixed Media 255 Followers Member since 2008
Spain

Biography

... I was born in 1955 in the French Pyrenees, in a town called Tarbes. But due to the profession of my father, we moved around France a lot as I was a child. At 19 I left France to continue with my Mathematics and Physics Studies in Germany, where I remained until about the year 2000. Then I moved to Spain, having chosen this country partly because of the weather which allows me to paint outside all year round.

But as much as mathematics was a big part of my life since I was a very small child, art never surfaced during my time as a young adult. My whole family was more oriented towards sciences and literature, and art was nothing more than some prints from our well known French impressionist masters decorating our walls. Personally I had anyway stopped showing any interest toward art as I had been totally driven from it by an Art teacher. She had not believed that a painting which we had been given to do as home work was done by myself. She thought I had had it made by a grown-up... Read More

... I was born in 1955 in the French Pyrenees, in a town called Tarbes. But due to the profession of my father, we moved around France a lot as I was a child. At 19 I left France to continue with my Mathematics and Physics Studies in Germany, where I remained until about the year 2000. Then I moved to Spain, having chosen this country partly because of the weather which allows me to paint outside all year round.

But as much as mathematics was a big part of my life since I was a very small child, art never surfaced during my time as a young adult. My whole family was more oriented towards sciences and literature, and art was nothing more than some prints from our well known French impressionist masters decorating our walls. Personally I had anyway stopped showing any interest toward art as I had been totally driven from it by an Art teacher. She had not believed that a painting which we had been given to do as home work was done by myself. She thought I had had it made by a grown-up painter. I was so disgusted that I swore to myself:
Art? - Never again!

I held fast to my promise until a friend in Germany gave me a tiny little watercolour paintbox for my birthday, when I was about 25 years old. As soon as I had put some colours on the paper, the passion arose and from that day to this I have never stopped to paint! But I always paid attention to keep my distance from art teachers, which is the reason why I am mostly self taught. My only foreign teaching was a basic correspondence course in design with a University in Switzerland while I was working as a mathematician in the north of Germany. But my real teachers in art have mainly been my eyes and mathematics. Through my mathematical skills I have learnt to recognise, analyse and solve problems, in whichever field of life they may be. This means that I was always able to judge my paintings, correct and better them according to my own visions (and not according to some art teacher’s vision!)

All my life – and this was already the case as I was a child, a very strong-minded child knowing exactly what I wanted and what not - my decision process was ruled by one law: I live according to my passions, and always pay the most attention to keep enough freedom to be able to offer myself that luxury. It is exactly the same in art, to put it simply : I paint what I love. I also receive much inspiration from life and nature. The tiniest thing might give me some idea for a painting, I start at once, then follow the thread until I get totally bored and most of the time I end up having a whole series! This explains why my work is so diverse: I just follow the winds... and there are many of them and in many directions!

I like everything except oil (too slow, too smelly, too messy, too much preparation to start with...). Which media I prefer at any one time actually depends on my mood. But one can say that I generally prefer fast media, like watercolour, as I am a very spontaneous and impatient pa... Read less

Miki de Goodaboom

Painting by Countries


I just have launched a new gallery. "Painting by Countries". where international artist can present for free their artworks showing landscapes and scenes from around the world.
Please have a look around at w w w . p a i n t i n g b y c o u n t r i e s . c o m
and if you are interested to exhibit there, please contact me.


Confessions: Me and The Art of Art...


... I was born in 1955 in the French Pyrenees, in a town called Tarbes. But due to the profession of my father, we moved around France a lot as I was a child. At 19 I left France to continue with my Mathematics and Physics Studies in Germany, where I remained until about the year 2000. Then I moved to Spain, having chosen this country partly because of the weather which allows me to paint outside all year round.

But as much as mathematics was a big part of my life since I was a very small child, art never surfaced during my time as a young adult. My whole family was more oriented towards sciences and literature, and art was nothing more than some prints from our well known French impressionist masters decorating our walls. Personally I had anyway stopped showing any interest toward art as I had been totally driven from it by an Art teacher. She had not believed that a painting which we had been given to do as home work was done by myself. She thought I had had it made by a grown-up painter. I was so disgusted that I swore to myself:
Art? - Never again!

I held fast to my promise until a friend in Germany gave me a tiny little watercolour paintbox for my birthday, when I was about 25 years old. As soon as I had put some colours on the paper, the passion arose and from that day to this I have never stopped to paint! But I always paid attention to keep my distance from art teachers, which is the reason why I am mostly self taught. My only foreign teaching was a basic correspondence course in design with a University in Switzerland while I was working as a mathematician in the north of Germany. But my real teachers in art have mainly been my eyes and mathematics. Through my mathematical skills I have learnt to recognise, analyse and solve problems, in whichever field of life they may be. This means that I was always able to judge my paintings, correct and better them according to my own visions (and not according to some art teacher’s vision!)

All my life – and this was already the case as I was a child, a very strong-minded child knowing exactly what I wanted and what not - my decision process was ruled by one law: I live according to my passions, and always pay the most attention to keep enough freedom to be able to offer myself that luxury. It is exactly the same in art, to put it simply : I paint what I love. I also receive much inspiration from life and nature. The tiniest thing might give me some idea for a painting, I start at once, then follow the thread until I get totally bored and most of the time I end up having a whole series! This explains why my work is so diverse: I just follow the winds... and there are many of them and in many directions!

I like everything except oil (too slow, too smelly, too messy, too much preparation to start with...). Which media I prefer at any one time actually depends on my mood. But one can say that I generally prefer fast media, like watercolour, as I am a very spontaneous and impatient painter. In watercolour I especially love the transparency, the freshness and the exciting, almost mystical feeling of catching a single point of the Time Space. A well-done watercolour painting has something divine, somehow. I also like the fact that it is not a forgiving medium, it must work at once, or it won’t. I like that, even if it can be very frustrating! And for some special aims like portraits I also love colour pencils. In connection with pastel, they can give a lot of depth and life to a portrait. And also, I have come to like digital art, which I practise regularly when I get tired of getting my fingers dirty or when I have to wait to receive new painting materials!

I am often asked what I aim to show in my works. To be honest, I never think about that! I don’t think I have a special aim when I paint, I just love the process of painting. It is a wonderful way of enjoying life and myself in all aspects! I am also asked who are my favourite artists and who inspires my art. The truth is quite embarrassing: nobody! I have to admit that my art education is very poor. I rarely go to museums, or galleries. I rarely look at art books. This is not a conscious decision, but the result of living my life according to priorities and not having time for everything. But also I fear that looking too closely at other artists’ works could influence my style too much, and the most important thing for me, in painting, is to keep my natural, spontaneous style...


Painting The Music


I just have launched a new gallery. "Painting The Music". where international artist can present for free their artworks related to music and dance.
Please have a look around at w w w . p a i n t i n g t h e m u s i c . c o m
and if you are interested to exhibit there, please contact me.


Planet Goodaboom's Boutique


April 2009
Opening from my WWWebstore, where you can purchase many articles featuring my artwork:

Tshirts, magnets, postcards, posters, aprons, buttons, bumper stickers and even shoes!

You can visit it at goodaboom


Bullfight hate & Love


Interview given to a Danish journalist in 2009

Let’s start with an easy question. For a little background information – Where did you grow up in France, and what Spanish city do you live in now?
I was born in the French Pyrenees, in a town called Tarbes. (the main town of the „Hautes Pyrenees“ , 5 kilometers away from the famous “Pilgrimage” town of Lourdes).
I lived there until I was 8 and then we started moving quite a lot in France, living in many different towns.
When I was 19 I moved to Germany.

Why did you move to Spain?
I moved to Spain from Germany because this was the country where I always wished to live. I had been on holidays in Spain since I was born, every year, as long as I lived with my parents, and I am more attached to it than to France or Germany. Somehow my roots are here.
Also, there came a point in my life when I decided to stop working as a mathematician and dedicate my life entirely to art. I thought Spain was the right country to live as a painter, especially because of the weather which allows me to paint outside all the year.

What is your educational background?
I started my mathematics and physics Studies in France, and went on with my maths/physics studies in Germany, in the University of Goettingen.

As an artist, why, when and how did you decide to specialize in bullfighting?
It was not really a decision. I never decide to paint anything. I kind of „sail with the wind of my passions and desires“. If I remember well, I started painting sport themes, and it was a logical continuation of it as I arrived to Spain.
But I never really wanted to specialise in bullfight, it happened naturally. There were always more people interested in buying my bullfight paintings, I had then to paint more and more. There were even times when I in fact thought that I didn’t want to do it anymore, I didn’t want to be labelled as a „bullfight painter“, and see me confined to paint bulls and bullfighters until the end of my life!
I love diversity, in life and in art, I get easily bored, and I do need to change my themes, techniques, etc quite often (which explains the extreme diversity of my work).
But somehow I always manage to come back to my love for bullfight painting, and regularly have periods of some weeks when I paint only them, but then stop for a long while again.

Can you give any estimates on how many bullfight paintings you have made so far? Or how many you have sold?
I guess about 80 in acrylics/watercolour/gouache, and then about 30 in a new series in a very personal technique which involves classical techniques and digital art,
I must have sold about half of the originals all over the world and quite a lot of digital prints and giclee prints.

How many bullfights have you attended, and do you go regularly?
My father took me with him the first time to a bullfight in the North of Spain, as I was 2 years old. Until I was 18, I think I attended every summer some bullfights in Spain, in different towns around Alicante. Altogether surely around 50. Then I moved to Germany and didn’t come to Spain for many years, neither attended any bullfight.
Since I moved to Spain about 8 years ago, I went to some again, but not regularly. The last one I saw was in October 2008, and I enjoyed it so much that I decided to try to go regularly again.

When and where was your first bullfighting show and can you briefly describe this first experience with bullfighting?
As I said before, I was 2 years old and it was in a little Spanish town not far from Pamplona. Needless to say that I don’t remember anything! But I must have enjoyed it somehow, as my father after that first one always took me (and my 2 older brothers!) with him whenever he went to a bullfight.
But I generally remember that it was always a big feast for me to go to a bullfight, and still is!
I think it is the show I must enjoy most in the world!

What does bullfighting mean to you?
A sublime Encounter of Life and Death and Passion, bathed in the deepest Sensuality and Light

What is it about bullfighting that you find most inspiring?
Without any doubt, the colours, the movement and the aesthetics of everything in the bullfight ring are extremely inspiring to me. I just need to enter the arena, or to see it on the TV, or even to only to see some bullfighting photos to feel attracted to start painting! For me bullfight IS Art, and I feel compelled to capture it on paper or canvas, again and again.
A big part of it is pure choreography, but not sophisticated like in ballet. Natural choreography celebrating all Powers and Passions of Life and Death.

In your own words, is there a way to somewhat describe the emotions you are expressing through your artworks?
First of all a bullfight is for me a powerful assault on all my senses: the colours (the bullfighters suits of course, but also the colours of the arena, the sand, the blue sky, the black bull, all extraordinarily attractive to me), the sounds (people, music, animals), the smells, the lights and shadows. I suppose most of my feelings are inspired by these sensations. Then I feel a tremendous connection to nature looking at the bulls running through the ring and attacking the men. And I feel the extraordinary Power of Human Kind when I see the bullfighter dominating the Beasts. And I could cry when I see the beauty and Strength of all of that.
For me the whole show is pure Aesthetics and Art in Movement, and it moves my heart deeply. I suppose that, being an artist, beauty moves me more than anything.

How does it make you feel when you see or hear of animal rights organizations campaigning in the streets against bullfighting?
As I told you before, I am not a political person at all, and never attended or saw any campaign against bullfighting.
But generally I understand and accept their position. What I don’t accept is the ones among them who are ignorant, who don’t know what they are speaking about or fighting against. Of course most of them have never been to a bullfight, and if, only once, and just with the aim to reinforce their convictions.
These people always focus on the so-called „cruel“ part of the fiesta. I find this attitude very simplistic. They forget many things. They forget that bullfight is a long tradition, culture, and has to be respected and understood as such.
I must admit that I get quite angry when I am confronted with a fanatical anti-bullfight attitude (but anyway, I am always allergic to any fanaticism). All these people forget also that cruelty is everywhere present in life, and I am sure that they themselves behave more than once in a very cruel way towards their environment. But it is of course easier to have such an obvious target.
I believe also that the bullfighters, and the real aficionados, respect the bulls, and more generally animals, more than these fanatics do. When you look at a bullfighter fighting, you can sense all along the respect, and even the love he feels for the bull.

What do you think when they call bullfighting “torture” and say that the bulls are suffering a lot of pain?
I suppose I ever answered this question already in the last question, at least partly.
I can’t deny that I believe that the bulls are suffering. To tell the truth, I often wonder about it, how much they really suffer, and considering the hits they get from the picadores and the banderillero, I suppose it is quite a lot (considering too how fast most of them get tired and weak after having been wounded).
But to tell another truth, and perhaps the most significant one, when I am in the arena, I don’t think at all about it. In fact I don’t think at all about anything. I am totally involved and fascinated by what is going on, my brain seems to be put into “sleep mode”, only my senses and emotions are active.
Sometimes, after the show, I think if I should be ashamed about it, but I can’t. The love and passion are much too strong, stronger than any moral considerations.
I want to add that I generally love animals quite a lot, bulls too… I have seen herds of bulls in the wild, they are simply wonderful (and scary ☺ )

Is there anything that could ever possibly make you “switch to the other side” and be against bullfighting?
No, I can’t imagine that. 50 years now of bullfight love seem to testify that it is love for ever!
But I know 3 persons in my very close environment who have switched.
My father, who was really passionate for a long time, can’t stand it anymore, I don’t know why the switch came but he can’t stand anymore to see the animals suffer. I suspect that this happened after he had his first dog, whom he loved very much… I believe that the dog made him change his view of the animal world…
Also my mother who hated bullfight all her life has started loving it about 10 years ago. She looks at it with great pleasure on the TV (when my father is not around!). I don’t know where the switch here comes from.
(Both are 84 years old)
And my partner, an English rock musician, was against bullfight until he met me (but had never attended a show!). Then he saw my paintings and loved them. But he thought that it was only me, who made bullfight look beautiful and artistic. In October 2008 he agreed to go with me to a bullfight, and I saw there something extraordinary: he was totally fascinated, and he started screaming with excitement in the arena even louder than the Spanish aficionados. It was a switch from hate to love within some minutes.

Do you think we should keep the bullfighting tradition in Spain the way it is now?
I can’t give a really objective answer to that. I hope with all my heart that the bullfight tradition will survive, exactly the way it is now. And I do believe it should.
I think there are much more people than we know who kind of love bullfight. As an artist I have had amazing experiences with my clients. About one third of them, when I asked them if they like bullfight, answered very quickly:
“No!”
I was shocked, unable to understand why they then buy bullfight paintings. They said:
„But your paintings are so beautiful, the colours, and the movement…“
This tells to me then officially many people are against bullfight, but within their heart?
I remember also my time in Germany. I never dared there to say that I loved bullfight, because the animal protection leagues were quite active and fanatic.
I do believe that many people in the world are in the same position: to admit loudly that one loves bullfight is like admitting, for most of the people, that one loves cruelty.
Some people, I noticed, have started to find a way around it. They admit loving most of the show, but say that they always look away when too much blood is flowing or when they hurt or kill the bull…
They are the ones who always choose the paintings where one can’t see blood or blood hasn’t appeared yet, mostly from the first part of the corrida.

The EU has considered a pan European bullfighting prohibition. Could you imagine bullfighting ever being banned in all of Europe, hence including Spain?
I didn’t know that, and hope that this will not happen. And no, I can’t imagine it. I can’t even think about it: IT HURTS!

Regarding culture as well as personal emotions, what do you think it would mean to Spain if it lost its bullfighting tradition?
I don’t know really what it would mean for the country of Spain. The thing is that Spain itself does not exist anymore as it existed before. People from all over the world are living here now, it has become an enormous mix of races and cultures. I have known Spain for more than 50 years and I have witnessed the changes.
I like to compare it to a painting: when you mix too many different colours, it becomes grey, it loses his character. I think this is what happened to Spain. This is why I don’t think that the abolition of bullfight would deeply affect Spain nowadays. But it would certainly affect all the aficionados.
And perhaps it would affect countries other than Spain. I have noticed within the 2 last years an increasing interest from people all around the world, above all among the youth.

If bullfighting becomes prohibited only in Catalonia, what impact do you think such a prohibition would this ban have on the rest of Spain?
I am not well informed enough to have an opinion founded on facts, but intuitively, I would say that it would have no consequences at all, or perhaps, given that the Catalans are predominantly separatists, it would have the converse effect on
the other regions!

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Webstore featuring my Art


April 2009: Opening of Miki's Mart, my webstore where you can buy all types of products featuring my art:

Posters, Giclee prints, Mugs, CDs, Calendars, Greeting Cards


Interview with an Art Student doing his final work on my sport paintings


Interview given to an art student who wrote his final work on my sport paintings

Could you please tell me when you were born and where?
I was born in 1955 in the French Pyrenees, in a town called Tarbes. But due to the profession of my father, we moved around France a lot as I was a child.
At 18 I left France to go and study Mathematics and Physics in Germany, where I remained until about 5 years ago. Then I moved to Spain, having chosen this country partly because of the weather which allows me to paint outside all year round.

Where did you study art?
I am mostly self taught. But I had a correspondence course in design with a University in Switzerland while I was working as a mathematician in the north of Germany. Through my mathematical skills I have learnt to recognise, analyse and lose problems, in which ever field of life they may be. This which means that I was always able to judge my paintings, correct and better them according to my visions (and not according to some art teacher’s vision!)

Was there anyone who influenced you to become an artist or was it your personal decision?
As I was a child, I had been totally driven from art by an Art teacher. She had not believed that a painting which we had been given to do as home work was done by myself. She thought I had it made by a grownup painter. I was so disgusted that I swore to myself: never art again!
I held fast to my promsie until my first husband gave me a tiny little watercolour paints box for my birthday, as I was about 25 years old. As soon as I had put some colours on the paper, the passion arose... and I never stopped again to paint! But I always paid attention to keep my distance from art teachers, you might understand why now!


What else inspired you for your art work?
My own passions, of course, inspire my work: I paint what I love. But I receive much inspiration too from life and nature, from things which happen. The tiniest event might give me some idea of one painting, I start at once, follow the thread until I get totally bored and most of the time I end up having a whole series!
This explains why my work is so diverse: I just follow the winds... and there are many of them and in many directions!

Do you have favourite artists that also inspire you?
No, not really. I have to admit that my art education is very poor. I rarely go to museums, or galleries. I rarely look at art books. First of all because I fear that looking too close at other artists’ works could influence my style too much, and the most important thing for me, in painting, is to keep my natural, spontaneous style.
But also I kind of need a private connection to the artist to really get interested and appreciate their artworks. This means that 90% of the paintings I look at and love nowadays are done by Artist friends and acquaintances. We sometimes inspire each other too. My series „Fantascapes“ for example was created based on an idea from my American friend Susan Cornelis, a wonderful artist and art teacher, we worked in parallel on the theme and published our works simultaneously on our blogs. It was a great moment of mutual inspiration and motivation.
But having said that, I have indeed a favourite, classical artist: Van Gogh.

What art media do you like using the most and why?
I like everything except oil (too slow, too smelly, too messy, too much preparation to start with...)!
Which media I actually prefer depends on my mood. But one can say that I generally prefer fast media, like watercolour, as I am a very spontaneous and impatient painter.
In watercolour I especially love the transparency, the freshness and the exciting, almost mystical feeling of catching a single point of the Time Space. A well-done watercolour painting has something divine, somehow. I also like the fact that it is not a forgiving medium, it must work at once, or it won’t. I like that, even if it can be very frustrating!
For some special aims like portraits I also love colour pencils. In connection with pastel, they can give a lot of depth and life to a portrait.

What do you aim to show in your works?
Oh, never thought about that! I think I don’t have a special aim when I paint, I just love the process of painting. It is a wonderful way of enjoying life and myself in all aspects!

What inspired your sport paintings? How do you manage to show all the energy and movement of a particular event in your painting?
I simply love sports, and I was, and still am myself a quite active sportwoman (daily swimming, much scuba diving in the past, skiing, tennis, much golf, windsurfing , skateboarding, cycling). I love and need movement, and this is why sport is a basic component of my life. Whatever I paint, even when I paint a still life like a simple coffee cup, it always strikes with movement... yes, especially my coffee cups love to dance on the paper!
When I paint sport, because I know so much about it and my body and brain are so used to movement, I suppose that movement and energy are automatically transmitted in my paintings. I don’t do it consciously.


Floating upon the seas of all our universes...


I am Miki…

Passionate.
Impatient.
Unappeasable,
uncontrollable!
I prefer dancing on a volcano rather than to sit at home!
I love the colour, the contrast, the ordered chaos, the desert and the ocean…
And all that, always, fairly strewn with humour… and chocolate flakes!

And who ever you are, what ever you do, which ever language you speak, I´ll be happy to have you on board in my boat floating upon the seas of all our universes…


Miki, A Long Shortstory


Miki´s painting is a reflection of her life: a permanent oscillation between light and shadow, lines and shapes, times and places, always looking for that equilibrium which she can only find in continuous movement, in the mysterious and the unknown. A life divided between two passions: mathematics and painting. The first as a supreme form of abstract art ruling her universe... The second as a way of cementing the beauty of that art.


Miki's Art Gallery


Permanent exhibition of many of my paintings in my Gallery in Turre (Spain, Provincia de Almeria)


Fan fayre for The Commons People - "Red Dog" Edition


25th of April 2009

Release of the Football CD

"Fan Fayre for The Commons People" by Kev Moore (www.mooremusic.biz)

limited "Red Dog" edition

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