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‘Traces’ – an art story to tell

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:

©Stefan J Schaffeld - Traces #6
© Stefan J Schaffeld – Traces #6 – 70x50cm (28×20″)

You can see more about ‘Traces’ at my portfolio page:

Garden painting with expressive touch

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.

Gouache on paper, 70x50cm by Stefan J Schaffeld

Inspirational movements in a garden

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.

Garden sculpture-1
Gouache on paper, 23x30cm by Stefan J Schaffeld

African Masters from the Ivory Coast – Exhibition

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.

African Masters-1
in reference to the master from Buafle, Ivory Coast watercolor on paper,23x30cm by Stefan J Schaffeld
African Masters-2
in reference to the master from Totokro, Ivory Coast watercolor on paper, 23x30cm by Stefan J Schaffeld

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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