Environment and nature: Like all of us, I am of course concerned with the subject of nature and the environment and I try occasionally to get as good a picture of our situation as possible. Which isn’t that easy. Firstly, our politicians are tricking like shell players at the fair. Secondly, different countries use different key figures, or different aspects are completely ignored.
Apart from the fact that I go on a long-distance trip once a year, and buy spices and other foods from distant countries, which are often imported by plane, I consider myself to be quite environmentally friendly. At least I thought so. Some time ago, my son calculated how big my ecological footprint is – and I was dismayed. At least twice as high as it should be. And that’s despite the fact that I don’t have a car any longer, shop consciously, sort my waste, etc. However, I should be in the lower midfield when I look at the international figures. How we will ever get a grip on the problem becomes exciting when we consider that in the fat years, we did little to improve the issues at hand and now that the global economy is creaking at every turn, the challenges become more pressing.
Of course, we always have to do our best. Still, I always find it difficult to imagine how we can get the issue of environmental destruction under control in the foreseeable future with our economic and geopolitical challenges and an economic model that has to constantly generate profits and cannot or does not always want to pay attention to sustainability.
Two Studies for Paintings
Occasionally I also try to paint one or the other study, but without knowing exactly what I actually want. And whether I want to address this area artistically at all. Accordingly, my attempts are half-baked. I don’t want to paint devastated landscapes and yet express unease with the impending danger.
In addition to reflections on the subject of air pollution, I was concerned with some aspects of the composition. I already mentioned that I like to divide pictures into two halves (yin :: yang). I haven’t really gone into the fact that there often are also independent scenes within the picture, which differ in perspective but fit together in the overall painting.
The head of a screaming man can be seen better in the original image.
In order to get some decorative touch, I used cubist elements, which help to create a kind of veil over the picture.
The atmospheric scene at the bottom left has also been destroyed.
The scene on the top left, on the other hand, is meant to be reminiscent of a bird’s-eye view of a beach and appears just as sad.
I did this a few weeks ago, similar in the topic, but with a different approach. It was something of another gimmick on the “Poetry from the Sky” theme. I toyed with the idea that one day it won’t be raining down poetry, but something less joyful.