Running in circles …

… or maybe not? The circle in shape of a vessel resembling a Moon Jar has shown up in several of my recent paintings Moon Jars were originally made during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). They are curvaceous, plain white porcelain jars resembling a full moon. They were made customarily to contain flowers or wine, but…

Mac’s Problem

I used to be a writer, these days I prefer paint. But the thing is — the two have more in common than I imagine. For the maker it’s all about the process … “I began my diary exercises without a plan, aware that in literature you don’t start because you have something to write…

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…

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…

John Bokor

I know next to nothing about contemporary still life, about who’s working within the genre, what kind of paintings they make, and why – . But I have noticed there being a lot going on in Australia at the moment. So that’s where we’ll start. Today I will show you the work of John Bokor:…

Notes for a new week

I have this praxis of writing morning pages (the Julia Cameron way). I have done them on and off for many years. I do them first thing in the morning. I write by hand in a room lit only by candles (– this to try to fool my inner critic to believe I’m still sleeping…

Notes on colour

Every perception of color is an illusion, we do not see colors as they really are. In our perception they alter one another. —Josef Albers If you are interested in colour, it’s a good idea to look into the work done in this field at the Bauhaus, considered to be one of the most influential…