Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Internal truth

What is "internal truth?"
Connection?
The soul?
A place deeper than thought or emotion
The inner life, deeper stream

Practical examples of soul-stirring (to show a few)

Rothko Seagram Murals

Bourgeouis Maman (Ottawa)

James Turrell

Kusama Infinity Net paintings

Philip Guston Sleep


Thursday, July 19, 2018

The subject of the painting

Painting an image of an object is, to my eyes, one of the more mundane acts a painter can do. Yes, I know the challenge of likeness and degree of "realism" is of extreme value, but the image stops at the recognition of the subject. There may be an implied narrative or psychological response to the image of an object but is that enough?
Painting a thing (an object stripped of its function or memory) is more interesting. The viewing experience engages more perceptual modes of the viewer; if the brain can't codify/recognize what you are looking at, it's going to keep trying to find a "meaning." This act alone can last for many seconds longer than looking at an image of an object (our brain are very adept at recognizing things). The delay in being able to name the thing might trigger thoughts about the colour, forms, paint, and other material/physical aspects of the painting.

Which is more interesting?
Chardin

Cezanne

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Rothko

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Is an image of a thing enough

 . . . to stir us?
We sleepwalking autopilots.
What does stir us?
The extraordinary (I love that word; so ordinary it becomes special)
The present is extraordinary
How can art . . . how can painting reflect that?
Is it possible to create a deep, meaningful experience, a slow releasing connection in a world of surface, screens, and instant gratification?

I believe in the poetry of the hand.
The touch of the artist.
This, in some ways, is the connection.


The mark is the artist's hand made visible.

I want to convey the small, incremental moments of life/time.
Life is not all grand gestures and drama.
It is made from the slow build-up of moments.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Modern Colour

Neon, fluor, screen, lights
Colours that are temporary
Colours that you switch on and off

Colour is always changing because colour is light.
Light is always in a state of flux.
Not Heavenly light, the spiritual
But light as particles
Light as waves
Light as universal law

The absence of light means darkness
But not necessarily black
The colour going out

White does the same

via GIPHY

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Colour ideas for paint-heads

(Ramble alert)
I've been reading David Batchelor's Chromophobia and it confirmed a lot of things I've been thinking about in terms of colour and painting.