A sketch is the quickest response to a feeling. The truest expression of the artist. By adding work on it, it will stiffen, loose veracity and become fictitious. In most cases it will loose half of its initial life.
In a new series of works I’m trying to stop at the sketch.
gesso and charcoal on wood, 60×60 cm.
Out of a bigger picture, a detail tells a story on its own.
Two small works to celebrate my return to the studio.
In preparation for larger works little ones come up, fast and playful.
Happy once again.
When I take photos of animals I also memorise a feeling that will help me later express a story in a picture. That’s why it’s important I am there and take the pics myself.
When I saw the photo that Nicola took in her South African trip, I knew immediately that would become a painting. Or two.
I actually made two, small yes, and quickly painted to stay effective. I watched them grow together, allowing them to become different…
Even though I didn’t take it myself, the photo conveys a powerful story and the composition is very effective. It proved very alive to me.
So I ‘borrowed’ it.
Easy to say.
Yet, the art of subtracting is not as easy to muster as we may want to think.
Take ingredients away from a recipe and make the flavour stronger..