Today I finished my magnolias. And I thought it was time to start the blog here. And I would like to thank everyone for their wonderful comments and the warm welcome from Alive not Dead.
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I started the painting of the magnolias about 3 weeks ago. It is a huge painting. Well, it is huge for me because I am not that big. It is 5 by 5 ft. And I am just 5ft4. So I am slightly taller. But when the painting is on an easel I have to stand on a stool and I really dislike painting while standing on a stool. It is the first big painting since about 10 years. It is definitely a lot wider than me. It is a big tree with hundreds of magnolia that I have painted individually with detail. I also dislike painting precisely and with detail. I often paint things I dislike, through the process you find out why you dislike it and the result is often more interesting than doing the things you like and are good at.
I saw ‘the Blossoms’ from Van Gogh in
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It was not the beauty that attracted me. The atmosphere and the yellowish colour of the sky are so intense that it seems impossible to breath with a sky like that. It made me able to imagine how the world suffocated him with its existence.
A tutor of mine in art college said that in art you can see how someone else sees the world. I never thought that Van Gogh is mad. He was so sensitive that life was too intense for him.
Last week people here seem to be more edgy. I live in
Bay and I can hear it when there are arguments and fights on the street late at night. And there were quite a few last week. The economy might have something to do with it. Or maybe just coincidence. Anyway the first beautiful Sunday we had (in
Hong Kong) since ages. I hope that it makes people happier. The sun has nothing to do with finances and it makes the world so beautiful.