I've spent last two days in the studio alone, missing my beloved one. Was trying to do my duties but the winter weather was rainy and melancholic and the only think I managed to do was to plan my schedule for upcoming year. (Is "upcoming" even a good word, though? This year has already begun and I know... I know... I should did the planning a month ago...)
But know it's time to spend the friday evening as it should be spent - relaxing and watching some movies. Have a great weekend! Build up your strength for the next week because we're gonna have a lot happening here!
We all know how important it is nowadays to staying creative. And I'm sure at least once we all was wandering how to get inspired and make some art inspired by something without copying it. Honestly, I think it's tough, especially when you act within one field. Some means of expression are just so clear that it requires a lot of self-awareness and openness to stay in the desirable mood without repeating the origin. It's definitely easier when you draw from an other field.
I believe we can be inspired by almost everything. Because I'm a visual person, I usually find inspiration in what I see. And it can be literally everything: the rhythm of tree trunks outside the window, the misty morning meadow I cross when biking to the studio, the shadow on my uneven white wall, When it comes to the art some of my inspirations are in accordance with my sense of aesthetics, some I find almost ugly and strange - and this otherness and dissimilarity just turns me on!
What you can see above are paintings of Wladyslaw Strzeminski avant-garde painter from the first half of the XX century. He is known as the author of the conception of Unism, but I like this other artworks more. Firstly, I love how those abstract rippling stains infiltrate each other, flat spot of color unites with the outline creating a new value. Although all forms are similar, they create more calm or more vibrating areas. To see it more clearly, from those paintings, I extracted all kinds lines. The analysis shows how different they are and how similar at the same time.
I do love the colors too. Thanks to the fact each color stain is homogenous I can easily observe how the color is relative to its surrounding. What we think is almost white, in fact is pale blue or pale grey, able to be seen only when extracted to the sample. It's especially visible on the first and the last picture.
Taking those two factors into consideration I tried to create different textiles with diverse textures and relevant colors. Some of my textiles I imagine as a bouclé wool with different shades of the yarn, some I see as a layered voluminous tulle, some are built with a three-dimensional cord. I'll try to step out of a drawing and to make some real samples of how I want those textiles to look like. I love working with a real material so I'm sure it's gonna be awesome experience! Keep your fingers crossed and stay tuned for the result!
This year I decided to push a step further my fruity watercolor experience. Because so many of my closest friends appreciated my mixed technique artwork of fruits I wanted to prepare a few paintings much more personalized and unique for them, using similar aesthetics and means of expression. I differentiated the paper size, the color scheme and the set of fruits, depending on for whom I was preparing the gift. I tried to take into account the taste of the recipient as well. On this basis, one of my paintings is more strawberry, another more girly and pink, and the other one multicolor and multifuit. I like the fact that all those paintings reminds Summer, thought.
Few days ago I've been asked to design a set of fruity paintings expanding the idea and the technique of the one from last year. Most likely I'll pick up the gauntlet because I really had a lot of fun designing it. Honestly, I'm curious about results!
I'm learning. I'm doing the best I can right now, and I'm getting better with it every day - Peter Clifford