• Maritta Hamida

Updated: May 30

I were in our early Twenties, it was in about 1976, when we watched a television documentary about the Spanish painter Salvador Dali and his wife "Gala". Although having had been admirers of the painter's genial artwork for a long time, we were surprised to learn some aspects of their life together which we hadn't known before. We wanted to learn more.

Young people today enjoy the advantage of having masses of information available from the Internet but the two of us back then had to go to a book store to buy ourselves another book on the subject. The book we bought was talking about how much his wife Gala contributed to the "DALI brand" as it would be called in modern words. She had to offer what he wanted and needed in a woman. She was his MUSE, manager, model, confidante.

Gala was actually a Russian from Kazan and 10 years older than him. The fact that the couple was rooted in two different nations and had very different backgrounds adds another very interesting flavour to their lovestory. They both were not particularly young when they married. He was 30 years old, she was already 40, an age in which a woman in that time had to be a mindblowing beauty or the mother of his children to be prestigious for a rich and successful man like Salvador. Propably many a psychologist or journalist were betting on such a marriage to end fast in certain divorce. Nevertheless Salvador and Gala made it to a very long marriage of 48 years (1934 to 1982) which ended only with Gala's death at the old age of 88 years.



Young artlovers of the 1970s and 1980s like us were big fans of Salvador Dali, although over time there were a lot of disturbing newspaper stories about Salvador and Gala. Excentric behavior by Dali in public produced excentric press coverage. Propably they just knew what it takes to be real celebrities. But true fans stand by their idols.

Finally in 1990 while holidaying in Spain with our children, we went to Figueres to show us and them the Dali Museum. Salvador and Gala were long gone by that time but we still felt their auras present around us there and in Cadaques where they used to own a villa.



Artists need their MUSES

- no doubt.

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  • artinpoints

Updated: May 25

If an artist has a pleasing painting style and some beautiful works to show, the question will come up "Are you available for commissioned work?"

Some artists will eagerly say yes. Others will hesitate. Why? It depends on who the artist is. In German tradition we have the "artist" (Kuenstler) and the "professional art painter" (Kunstmaler). An artist just creates what is to his/her liking. A professional art painter usually creates his work to the needs and wants of his client.

Very often a professional art painter is educated at art school or university, and very often he/she can be considered way more skilful than a so-called "artist", even if the "artist" is world-famous and became rich from his works.

So what is the question about commissioned works?

Professional art painters work professional and for money, so orders are highly welcome, the more the better. The huge greyzone between professional art painters and artists is populated with self-styled "artists" who accept commissioned work because they need the money and chose to do art which sells - and which might be very beautiful as well. It all lies in the eye of the beholder.

Exceptions from the rule exist. The real highflyers in art history certainly had it all, art school education, unique artistic talent and unique showman's talent and big commercial talent. We talk about personalities like Dali and Picasso.

A true (painting) artist is hesitating when it comes to commissions. He/she is often an introvert, fixed on what he/she wants to do - wants to do in his/her own style and time. His/her true excellence can only be released by giving his/her own soul and being to the work. If there are wants and needs of a client, very often this cannot be achieved to the fullest.

Professional art painters are usually using a large variety of types and styles in his/her art while the true artist displays only his/her style. And - of course - the professional painting artist has to keep costs and price in proper view.

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  • Maritta Hamida

Updated: Jun 9

It is a question whether a freelancing artist like Mohamed Hamida, without an own art company, needs his own logo. We think "YES" because it looks good on the web site and can be used as avartar in social media sites. The other question is of course how the logo should look like.

Should we take the initials of the name ? MH or HM ? Very cheesy and not worth an artist. Should we do something with dots or points ? Maybe...

Should it look artistic ? Somehow.

Should it be simple ? "Yes !" A logo should be simple and very much recognizable.

Should we take Arabic letters in regognition of the artist's heritage ?"

Good idea.

Arabic and simple ! So we invented the above logo for the artist. It is the Arabic "M" on top and the Arabic "hissed H" in its word-end form below it. We think that this simple Arabic logo meets all parameters. It is the initials of the artist's name, yes !? It looks artistic to non-Arabs, is oriental and is simple, and is even for non-Arabs very recognizable.

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