During my ongoing painting works and experiences I leave traces behind. As all people leave small traces behind, often not even recognized as such. But we also take traces on our way. Small traces that forensics love when investigating a crime scene. Our shoes picking up traces from the ground we walk on. Our clothes taken up traces when they are touched.
This is a continuous theme that I am thinking about how to express it in artistic way. I started with what I leave behind in my studio. Spatters on surfaces, dots of paint, or just structures that leave traces behind.
Here is one other work I recently captured in my studio:
This weekend we went to the exhibition “Jawlensky Horizon” in Emden, Germany. As it was Sunday and the last day for the exhibition, so it was pretty crowded.
According to the Kunsthalle Emden the exhibition was marking 150th birthday of the Russian artist Alexej Jawlensky (13 March 1864 – 15 March 1941) and honoring the leading protagonist of Classical Modern Art.
Works exhibited were mainly from the years 1900-1914. They were shown with other influencing artists like Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Kees van Dongen, Maurice Vlaminck, Henri Matisse and others. Jawlensky got influenced and inspired by those artist who broke out from the mainstream realism and impressionist world.
It is quite impressive how the painter moves through time and discovering continuously new directions and expressions, to eventually finding his own unique style as a mature artist in his late 50s and 60s.
The essence for me is the transformation of images and the insight of the artist that he eventually found for himself: It is not the external reality of an object but rather the artist’s own soul that gets expressed through the pictures to the viewer’s world.
Unfortunately his later pictures were not shown, where Alexej Jawlensky went even further into abstraction and color expressions, e.g. Variations, his abstract head series (Mystic Heads, Faces of Saints), and Meditations.
As Always after visiting an exhibition I translate my experience into my own pictures and expressions. So here you can find the picture I did after my return home.
For more insight the Kunsthalle published also video on their webpage (http://kunsthalle-emden.de) – it is in german, but many images are shown.
There is another video on Jawlensky’s art (Young Girl in a Flowered Hat, 1910) that I would like to share here:
Taken the time in the garden and enjoying the various lives that exists there. I can feel the vibrant flow of the movements of the butterflies, and the colorful joy of the flowers. This all gives an impression and touches the soul.
I can take this with me, it is already a way of healing. But there is more and so it gets out on the paper in creation of the art that heals further. Hopefully, it will inspire others to feel the spirit once again.
Who would not be interested in the healing powers of creativity? Creating art pieces is not a concept thing, sometimes yes. Some people might see it like that. More, and especially for me, creating of expressive works is the translation of the inner part that cannot speak and wants to express itself. Through the expression it is also a kind of healing, and by that a therapy for yourself. Quite strong, not always understood by others, but always touching.
Here you can find one expressive painting I did some time ago
There is a quite unique and wonderful documentary on this topic. Please watch yourself.
What a beauty a garden is. How positive it can touches your soul and your emotions. There is so much beauty and inspiration coming from God’s creations that you watch humble how the various lives are growing and developing.
Is it not amazing how color can change your mood? While your inner part sometimes creates uneasiness, how wonderful those colors can make your other part more relaxed.
This truly touches my soul and leaves this colorful transformation to be seen by those who want to get inspired.
On another trip to Zurich I went to the old botanical garden. Several sculptures from Claire Ochsner were exhibited in open space. It is the combination of nature and human creations that makes such a place so unique. The garden environment is so inspirational and you really can feel the intense vibration. That inspired me for this painting, expressing the vibration I felt at that time.
Elements that are winding up and exposed to the open space, are seeking for upwards movement. Captured in this sketchy painting.
During one of my recent stays in Zurich, Switzerland, I took the chance to visit the “African Masters” exhibition in the beautiful museum Riedberg. The museum is nicely located with a huge garden not far away from downtown.
The old african masters were truly artists with a personal touch to the way they carved the wood. More than 100 years later, the names of the masters are not always knows, but you can see the uniqueness of the works.
I felt very touched by the tribal masks in wood. immediate after my visit, I did some sketches in watercolor on paper.