A lexicon of shapes, lines, marks and symbols

A short report from an ongoing study: Marina Strocchi – A Survey 1992-2014 from Marina Strocchi on Vimeo. I think the art of the Australian painter Marina Strocchi makes a wonderful addition to my library of artists making great marks. Marina Strocchi’s works incorporate the dynamic ‘Roar’ collective aesthetic, indigenous landscape influences and rural Australian…

From nothing

… to something? Making tiny artist books – playing with personal motifs This is the question I’m asking myself: How can I develop and extend the range of marks, shapes, symbols and patterns that are mine – or even: which are my motifs? what is making my art mine? Part of having a ‘style’ as…

When color is entirely to the point … is the point!

According to the American artist Gary Komarin (1951), the best paintings “paint themselves.” He says: You have to get lost in the painting for a time. You cannot simply stand outside like a quiet observer. I believe he is right, and as a maker, the best part of the creative process is definitively those moments…

A prayer for the new year

In the midst of hate, I discovered within me an invincible love. In the midst of tears, I discovered within me an invincible smile. In the midst of chaos, I discovered an invincible calm. I realized through it all that … in the midst of winter, there was an invincible summer. For it says that…

“I’ll be Pavlov, you be the dog.”

Listen to this, and you’ll get a wonderful start of this new week: Ask Me – the Poetry of William Stafford The Little Girl by the Fence at School Grass that was moving found all shades of brown,moved them along, flowed autumn awaygalloping southward where summer had gone. And that was the morning someone’s heart…

Leaving my comfort zone

I’ve been working systematically in sketchbooks for nearly 4 years, starting out doing urban sketching, which I like a lot! (My background as an architecture student in the late 1980’ probably unconsciously steered me in this direction when I now, many years later, wanted to take up art). Wanting a stronger sense of authenticity in…

A keepsake

Possibilities I prefer movies.I prefer cats.I prefer the oaks along the Warta.I prefer Dickens to Dostoyevsky.I prefer myself liking peopleto myself loving mankind.I prefer keeping a needle and thread on hand, just in case.I prefer the color green.I prefer not to maintainthat reason is to blame for everything.I prefer exceptions.I prefer to leave early.I prefer…