After a long winter break, caused by too much other work, I did a new painting. I do not really like winter especially, the cold and the snow, even if a winter wonderland certainly has its charms.The snow covers and hides the beautiful colours of nature and when the sun is strong enough, they shimmer ...
After a long pause, caused by a water damage in my little atelier and due to lots of renovation work, I started painting again. This time, I layered oil paints over ash and washed them away again and again to create subtle effects. It’s a play of appearing and disappearing, of strong presence and nebulous ...
I like to experiment with different materials over and over again and try out how they react to each other. For this painting I mixed blue and white pigments with cold beeswax and acrylic, applied all in countless layers on canvas and the result fits perfectly to the time of the year. Actually, I did ...
I have experimented with lots of colours and intuitively, I limited myself to shades of maximal two colours in one painting. In my last paintings I even only used nuances of one colour. This reduction arises from my desire to recognize the essentials, to clear out all the buzz until the core of a thing […]
It is often said that grey is not a colour, but a statement, if you want to hide or remain invisible (the grey mouse). Sometimes, instead of positioning oneself for one side or another, we are looking for a way in the middle between two opposites, between white and black. But grey can also be […]
Gold and silver are often mentioned in the same breath, somehow belonging together, they represent about the same symbols and attributes. Admittedly, I have a slightly different feeling about silver, to me it is more clean and has more clarity, typifies modernity and technology.
Anyway, after painting Gold, it was obvious to paint the other half of that couple.
As always, I applied many layers of paint in varying thickness, by using spatulas, brushes and self-made fabric stamps.
I then sanded or abraded them and anew these layers. Instead of genuine silver, I used silver paint since it does not oxidize.
Here a series of photos documenting the painting process a bit:
The result is as always a little surprising also for myself, because the structures arise on the go, at random.
I got some gold leaves and played around with it, tried to show the dirty and shiny sides of gold, by applying layers of sienna, ardoise, noir de vigne, titan oxyde.
Gold – symbol of power, wealth, purity, dead, war, earth, slavery, blood, jewelry, gold rush, enlightenment, greed, cyanidation, altering nature, wedding ring, currency speculation, spiritual values, imperishability, eternity.
Rush, hurry up to get the subway, the bus, the plane, be on time at the office.
Countless phone calls, talking to employees and customers, power struggles.
In between eating a bit, little fresh air, always under time pressure.
Fast organizing a few personal things. Shopping food online, something healthy, if possible.
Even more quickly, make a little sport.
Getting back home, tired.
Hardly time to breathe, few highlights.
This is how I painted the Everyday Life