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…

New unlikely places –

I’m still here, in this world of unlikely places. My plan for these new micro-paintings, was to stay in the abstract. To focus on colour and dynamic lines. But the thing with art, I have recently discovered, is that the maker is only partly in control, sometimes it feels like the object has a life…

Reduction lino

At this moment in my artistic development it is all about Learning New Skills. To help me along I have taken several online classes. One of them being a class called THE DRAWN PRINT from The Royal Drawing School, London.   These are prints made in week 3 – where we focused on reduction prints….

Unlikely places –

Although mapping is a method of gathering, ordering and recording knowledge, all maps are to some extent the products of imagination. No map is ever the truly objective description of a place that it purports to be.  Maps are designed as aids or guides for those undertaking journeys.  There is an inherent narrative aspect to…