Blog: Thoughts on Life and Painting

A painting like a flower, something that simply grows, as if by magic.

The experience of painting the angels is at times fascinating.  Or confusing. Though I have painted the figure within an abstract environment in the past, this time the exploration involves finding a “lightness” in the picture, perhaps even transcendence. In other words, I want to make paintings that encompass the feeling of floating, of light… an expression of the spiritual. I want my painting to be like a flower, something that simply grows, as if by magic. Something God put there for our sustenance. Something that just happened.

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The sensible and spiritual strings of the soul

Vassily Kandinsky’s large, expressive artworks contained simple colored masses that were to be considered independently from forms and lines. He suggested that communion between artist and viewer is available to both the senses and the mind. He directly experienced synesthesia; indeed equated artworks to musical compositions (not the first artist to do that — one immediately thinks of Whistler); he maintained, and eventually proved, that combinations of colors produce emotional vibrational frequencies.

In his writings he advocated that the artist paint with ”absolute subjectivity”, relying on inner spirituality to guide the decisions of a painting. And in his treatise, “Point and Line to Plane”, Kandinsky suggested that the artist embrace the “dematerialization of the object” with artworks that vibrated “the sensible and spiritual strings of one’s soul.”

Above: Wassily Kandinsky, “Improvisation, Sea Battle”, 1913

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Paint the beach!

This is an early work in the series, the houses over the dunes in Virginia Beach. I am very attracted to beaches.. the entranceway to the sea.

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Picasso and Renoir

I just came across these two paintings. The similarity is striking. This is an interesting pose, one that I may try soon…it is both a complex bit of drawing to get right, and intimate.

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The Density of Experience and Joy

The density of experience causes time to speed up. So that the brain and the heart, in the emotional sense, must react more adroitly. Multiple stimuli, while fascinating, increase stress – both good and bad – as the body and the brain alternate between fascination and wariness.

So therefore being in the jungle of our life with its multiple requirements of responding to stimuli is a little bit like being on the old market streets of Hong Kong, joyous and maybe a little stressful, yet none of us would want it to be any other way.

Except when we go to the ocean, and stand on a lonely beach, and are swept away in the power and simplicity of the sea.

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