“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
Still Life with Steer’s Skull. 1942. Oil on canvas.
Pablo Picasso – La Suppliante
1937. Oil on canvas. Gouache and China ink on wood.
Musée Picasso, Paris, France.
Image via Olga’s Gallery.
The common thread to my newest series of work is the color blue. It started with my love of nature, water + sky, then moved from there to the symbolic, melancholy + sadness, and eventually has also included a nod to one of my heros, Pablo Picasso. When I was in middle school I had a print of this painting [below] in my room. It’s been a long time since I have seen this piece, or even looked at his paintings from the Blue Period, but it now resonates with me in a new way. That is something I admire about art, the way it can have different effects on you at different stages in your life. It’s the reason I try not to say I don’t like something, instead I realize that I just don’t like it right now.
Yesterday in studio I was using a beautiful cerulean blue. In the moody hue there is so much light. After reading a little about blue, it is intersting to note that while orange is the complementary color to blue on the Munsell colour wheel, yellow is it’s complement on the HSV color wheel. Yellow to me feels like the sun, the light at the end of the tunnel. In this series of blue dominated paintings, my hope is that there is a feeling of sadness, but always with a beautiful nod to the light.
The Old Guitarist by Pablo Picasso, 1903.
Currently going through some cha cha changes, and in the wake of this explosive time I feel a sense of calm. It’s not the calm before the storm, it’s that moment after everything has crumbled and there is nothing left to do but start over.
Time to make like a Phoenix (+ Picasso).
“Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction”
Images via Tumblr.