learning by doing
At the latest when I started to approach abstract painting, and that was only a year ago – so I’m still pretty much at the beginning – an idea stuck in my head. Sure I am aware that it can sound a bit crazy, but one of the privileges of artists is to be able to spin crazy ideas, maybe even have to – and one shouldn’t put every word on the gold scales anyway.
That idea/vision is the big bang implimented in my art work. That is: suddenly it makes the real big mega bang and energy, light, colors are born and tune into each other, fight for their weight and creation emerges from this interaction. All of the actors/forces involved have not yet been determined in their ultimate appearance.
But while they are still fighting and competing with one another and at the same time approaching each other more and more, a vague picture of what will ultimately find shape emerges. But since there is no finished end product – as there is always a change in nature – everything remains vague to a certain extent and yet concrete features can be seen.
To put this idea into practice is beyond the ability of an old, senile man like me, a thought that belongs to the category of “Tower of Babel” anyway. Rather, the attempt is to incorporate considerations about this to a certain extent – that is already difficult enough. But maybe in the course of time I will be able to incorporate more aspects of this vision into one picture.
I recently presented a picture, Remembering a Landscape, which is part of a small series that I still have to work on.
This painting below, like the others of the new series, was initially put aside. Right from the start there were some aspects that I liked very much, but as a whole it showed too many weak points. Sometimes it is helpful to let some time pass to gain emotional distance. If one then looks at it again, some weak points catch your eye and you can try to correct and improve. But this can also lead to losing sight of the original intention and worse, painting a picture to death. So before this comes to that, I will perhaps reflect on it again in 1-2 weeks.
But what I quite like are some parts that reflect very well this breaking out of chaos and how they are taking shape.
Everything is vague about style too. Elements of surrealism mix with expressionism or ideas of Chinese art. Likewise, sky, mountains and water are recognizable, but they only indicate, do not yet form a finished picture.
On the other hand, I am very satisfied with this part of another picture that I am still working on. That comes very close to what I have in mind. Quite a pleasing composition, strong and yet very sensitive in the details.
In another attempt I wanted to include the cosmos and the stars, but still stay on earth :). What came out is certainly not optimal, but there are aspects on which I want to continue. On the one hand, the colors are no longer as intense as on the earlier works and a welcome change. The exaggerated “stars” are no longer “real” and thus a decorative element that gives the whole picture much more lightness.
The composition of the painting, the modest reluctance with the determining elements, has a certain appeal, I think.
So also on the pile of unfinished pictures with it, with the hope that at some point I will get the great insight of how I can save the sheet with little effort.
Well, Rome wasn’t built in a day and the cosmos also took its time, so I exercise patience and try to take one step at a time 😊
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