I’ve updated my shop today

As you all know i have several online stores selling mannequins and displays in one store and another where i sell my paintings and things that people need to decorate their home.
So today i’ve been updating that last shop.
The store was in Flemish and i had added some English information on the articles but never made a good job of it.  So i started the day on that site and now, finally, the whole site is available in English.
I’ve updated the shippingcost to different countries and added Germany in that list.

So this webshop is all about nice things for you’re home decoration. It is about what the name says: decorsandlifestyle.be
I will be adding new articles in the future. I intend to make a special corner for vintage-articles and a juwelry-store and more. We will see where it will bring us.

I send my parcels using GLS or Bpost or DPD, depending where i need to send the parcel too.
I’ve made it easy now to order articles wich must be send to Belgium, Netherlands, France, Germany, Luxemburg and Great Britain. The whole check-out system is now ready for these countries. But on request i will send all my articles trough Europe.

If you make nice original items that you think could fit into the shop, please contact me, i’m always looking out for original articles for the online store. My email: michael.grieve@telenet.be
Please take a minute and visit my online store:
This is the link:
http://www.decorsandlifestyle.be/

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A painting called “Storm”

And it has been a storm …
I had just one canvas that i did not use yet, and so i tried to start painting about a week ago. It had been nearly a year ago that i made a painting so the start was not so easy.
The paint, and the colours went everywhere, but i just did not get the result that i wanted. The painting had no body, so i carried on and on and on…
The classic moment came when i decided to take a sponge over the whole painting creating a background of different colours, and from there on i started a whole new composition on the canvas.
The result was this acrylic painting on canvas with some stormy effects.
I called it “Storm”
The panting is made on a stretched canvas on a wooden frame 60×70 cm.

Here are some pictures from the whole painting as well as some more detailed views of the canvas.

The painting is now available for our flemish readers at:
http://www.decorsandlifestyle.be/a-43594511/handgemaakte-schilderijen-van-michael-grieve/schilderij-storm/
This is te link to the English page of the shop:
http://www.decorsandlifestyle.be/en_GB/a-43594511/paintings-by-michael-grieve/a-painting-called-storm/

Eruption

This painting i called Eruption.
It feels like a deep impression going from the middle of the painting and working is way to the outside.
Many eruptions in the whole painting and lots of structure.
The painting is made on a canvas 50×70 cm and i streched on a wooden frame, ready to hang.
After the painting was dry i gave it a coating of 2 layers of varnish.
It’s a handmade painting, one of a kind.

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Would you like to be the new owner of this painting, then you can buy it here.
Price includes vat and shipping in Europe
85,00 euro
http://www.mijnwebwinkel.nl/winkel/decorsandlifestyle/a-40243743/paintings-by-michael-grieve/eruption/

I decided to change this blog

It has been quiet a long time now that i was thinking about making a blog to show my paintings. And as i started doing this on this blog i tought it was time to change the name of my blog.
And so i did today.

This blog will be in the first place a blog to write about my paintings and things that inspire me to paint, but i also will post other tings like music that i like and video’s from artists that inspire me.
So please stay tuned and stay giving coments.

These are my new artistcards 😉 Hope you like them.
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Yeah, i have my own gallery

Making art is one thing, but finding a place “space” to show is something else.
I’m lucky to have both. I can make paintings and i can show them to the people who are interested in my own gallery.
Gallery is maybe a big word, but i use the entrance to my showroom with mannequins to display my art.
Paintings and mannequins… that does’nt sound bad 😉

Two days a week my showroom for mannequins is open and so i will be showing my paintings at the same time using the entrance as a gallery.
You can visit the showroom and see the paintings at the next adress:
Geerdegemvaart 22
2800 Mechelen
Belgium
We are open mondays and fridays from 10 till 12 am and 2 till 5 pm
More information on my website
Paintings by Michael Grieve
http://www.grieve.be

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My first big painting

I had the canvas for quiet a long time, but i did not want to paint on it till i was shure that it would become a nice one.
“A nice painting” in my style 😉
As allways i started working on the canvas, tried to create a new painting. It looks like i start a painting ending with a whole other result than what i tought it would become, but that’s allright for me, i know now that that’s just the way how it works in my mind.
The painting was made on a canvas from 1 x 1 meter and i used acrylic paint.
I’m happy with the result and can’t wait to make another one.
I know now that i enjoy painting large paintings more than small ones, I also need to work on my style, paint a bit more free.
So that is waht i’m trying to do in the future.

The big painting is on display in my showroom with mannequins, and i’m happy with the result.
It will be on sale soon, but first it needs to dry and the i can varnish the painting before adding it to my online shop.

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If you would like to see my other paintings,, or buy one ( or more) you can find them in my online store.
Just look for Paintings by Michael Grieve
http://www.decorsandlifestyle.be

More acrylic paintings by Michael Grieve

In my previous blog i said that i’ve been making more than 30 paintings these past months. But i just posted 2 pictures from the last paintings i made, so i tought it would be nice to let you all have a look at some of the other works that i made.
I’m a professional window dresser and i let and sell mannequins, that’s my job, but as i allways have been busy working on the creative side of life i started painting and it became a nice new experience for me.
As a window dresser i have the option to display my paintings in the store windows of my clients. They become a part of the window decoration. Some of my paintings i made keeping this in mind.
I started with smaller paintings and made some mixed media creations.
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This is one of the first paintings i made using a picture as a background.
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This colourfull painting followed next.
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After trying out different styles i landed, for the moment, in a more abstract style.
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And then i made some more in the same style…
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And i have some more… but that’s for the next time 😉
You can by the original handmade and signed paintings in my online store.
http://www.decorsandlifestyle.be

Paintings by Michael Grieve

Funny to see my own name on the paintings.
Since a couple of months i started painting with acrylic paint. And i must say that i like making abstract paintings the most of all.
I tried different styles but for the moment i prefer to paint abstract.
I learned a lot looking at video’s on youtube and reading about different ways “how to paint”.
I may say that i’ve been quiet active painting as i painted more than 30 canvasses in a short time and then i stopped.

After a short period that i did not paint at all i started again.
This is the result of my newest pantings 60×90 cm on 3D-canvas.
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The paintings are allways the result of different transitions while painting. Sometimes i start with a whole other idea than what becomes the final result, but that’s what they call “creativity”.
My paintings are for sale in my online store , but these last ones need to dry for a period before i can varnish them. After that i can add them to my store.
This is the link:
http://www.decorsandlifestyle.be

Would you ever come to Belgium

Would you ever come to Belgium i invite you to visit the place where i live, Mechelen.
In the center of Belgium, between Antwerp and Brussels you can find Mechelen. Not a big town, but we have some nice monuments you really should visit.

I will try to show you some of these places in my next blogs …

Most of all we have our Sint Rombouts cathedral in de center of the town.

You can visit the cathedral and it’s also possible to climb to the top of the tower, giving you a great vieuw as far as Mechelen to Brussels.

There is a glass platform at the top of this tower so visitors can have a real good vieuw in every direction.
You need to get up there using the stairway because the tower has no elevator for the visitors.

Not so far from this tower you find the town hall and the market place.

This is also the place where you can find bars and terrasses and enjoy the vieuw while having a drink or something to eat.
Mechelen has a very good local beer called Gouden Carolus, what you really should try when you are in this town.

More information in a  next blogarticle, or for those who cannot wait on http://www.mechelen.be/

Hello from Belgium

It has been a long time since i wrote something on this blog. Seems to be so easy just to start a now blog but once you try to write something the inspiration has gone.

But i made a little video about the town where i live, Mechelen in Belgium.
Some pictures and a real flemish song, hope you will like it.

I made those pictures  walking trough the center of my town.