Christine Aerfeldt, Oil on Canvas
Friday, September 26, 2014
A discussion with Australian painter Christine Aerfeldt made me come to some conclusions about my own practice and about painting in general. Christine wrote on her blog how she became the slave of her studio, because her style and technique require succesive layers of paint, which take a long time and continue effort to complete. I replied that I went through a time I didn't paint at all anymore, as I didn't find any pleasure in it, I had to make myself to do it, and this didn't feel right. But I rememebered that when I touched the oil paint for the first time, when I was a child, I was an alla prima painter. My idol was Van Gogh. I did then a series of portraits of my best friend. It didn't cross my mind to work from photo, I didn't even own a camera. My friend didn't want to sit long hours, so I had to work fast. I produced some interesting portraits, which I rediscovered recently in my friend's home. I had to relearn to paint alla prima after I painted in layers most of my life, for the life painting classes I teach. I rediscovered the pleasure of panting spontaneously. Large brushes and a huge amount of paint make everything so enjoyable. Christine answer was: "I so know what you mean about losing the pleasure in painting. I went through that too, a while back and realised I was trying to paint like somebody that I wasn't. Yes, you've got to be true to yourself and make the work that feels right. It's funny how going back to one's childhood or adolescent experiences of early art making can be so informative. I've also found myself reminiscing about what I was making as a teenager and thinking of taking a few lessons from myself." So in the end, you always have to paint how you feel, the painting has to complete your own nature, and not to go against it. You look at the Masters and get inspired by them, and go through school to learn about all different styles, you try to paint the best you can, experimenting with different techniques. But in the end you just find yourself getting back to your own style, you started with, all along, the one which is true to your real nature.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Margaret Woodward was born in Sydney in 1938. She liked to study so she completed various degrees at the National Art School, Sydney Technical College, University of Western Australia, Sydney Teacher's College and University of New England. Margaret also traveled extensively and it is said that all these trips have provided much of the imagery for her paintings and her graphic work. And though I see her work more intimate and related to inner self and to herself as a woman. Sometimes you need to travel far to be able to find yourself.
Margaret Woodward life drawing with Charles Blackman:
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Michael Borremans in his studio photographed by Didier Verriest
Michael Borremans (b. 1963) is considered to be one of the most accomplished painters of the last decades. His figures are beautifully rendered in a technique that reminds of the Old Master, but the ambiguos, mysterios tone of his paintings places him into contemporaneity.