On speed & stamina

Here is something interesting I just read today: When you paint, you have to be quick. Even if it is not turning out very well, it is always better than going slowly. You must bring the energy of your entire existence into the picture. FRANÇOISE GILOT in “THE WOMAN WHO SAYS NO” (also worth mentioning…

Studio update

On my way abroad, hoping to finish my spring series before I go … 13 paintings almost there! What I’ve noticed is (just as with writing) I work best when having a deadline ahead. It somehow sharpens my decision making. My deadline for the spring series is tomorrow… The day set because I’m leaving for…

Artforum

Why I love César Aira’s “Artforum”??! A New Calendar Today, December 6, I invented a new way of numbering the days, and the result is: today is November 42. This might seem absurd, but it is very well-reasoned, based on my wait for Artforum. I’ll explain how I came up with it. Suppose a new…

Snow

… in April?!!! Better make spring come alive indoors … And maybe some day this ingrained messiness can be of some use – at least as a good working title for my next project? I already have an idea: “What a mess!!!”? A fine & fun title, wouldn’t you agree??? But first I have to…

The studio

Despite (or maybe because of) everything happening in the big world, my small world has felt like a sanctuary this month – I’m currently working on a series of paintings on board and paper with the working title: “Spring Cannot be Cancelled”, a series of partly abstracted still life paintings of plants & flowers from…

Did I tell you?

People love to draw & drawing is FREE! For anyone looking for a creative way to start a new week, have a look at:  http://drawingisfree.org/Home-News Here are a few recent sketches of mine All sketches drawn from live online models, every pose lasts the length of a song (usually somewhere btw 3-4 mins) MONDAY MORNINGS…

A note on annotations

Pierre Bonnard, I just learned, did not paint in front of his motifs. Instead, he filtered the image, finding a way to make annotations (notes, sketches) that were a trigger for recollections that he wanted to capture on canvas in the studio. His paintings were, in other words, salvages and translations of primary sensations –…

“On Vision and Contemplation”

An Excerpt from “MEMORIES OF STAROBIELSK ESSAYS BETWEEN ART AND HISTORY” by Józef Czapski, translated from the Polish by Alissa Valles, introduction by Irena Grudzińska Gross “We paint only one percent of contemplation.” —CYPRIAN NORWID What is vision? A certain synthetic, singular way of looking at the surrounding world. A moment of such vision always…

A work of art has its own specific psychology

“The artist” says Carl Jung “is not a person endowed with free will who seeks her own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purpose through her”.  I’ve been drawing a lot lately. It’s a bit disturbing, as I had promised myself to make a series of new paintings this spring.  I do…