Kaslo, BC. Painting Studio
Kaslo, BC. Painting Studio
I’m back in the studio for the winter after taking the spring, summer and fall off to build our home. I will be posting new work soon, please check back…
Gamvar varnish, produced by Gamblin is used as a final varnish on all paintings. Gamer saturates and gives depth to the colour in the painting and gives the work a unified and protective semi-gloss surface. Developed in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art. Gamer goes on water clear, stays water clear and can be easily and safely removed with Gamsol.
In every painting a whole is mysteriously enclosed, a whole life of tortures, doubts, of hours of enthusiasm and inspiration.
Color is a power which directly influences the soul.
Each color lives by its mysterious life.
Lend your ears to music, open your eyes to painting, and... stop thinking! Just ask yourself whether the work has enabled you to 'walk about' into a hitherto unknown world. If the answer is yes, what more do you want?
There is no must in art because art is free. Theory has nothing to do with a work of art.
Theory has nothing to do with a work of art. Pictures which are interpretable, and which contain a meaning, are bad pictures. A picture presents itself as the Unmanageable, the Illogical, the Meaningless. It demonstrates the endless multiplicity of aspects; it takes away our certainty, because it deprives a thing of its meaning and its name. It shows us the thing in all the manifold significance and infinite variety that preclude the emergence of any single meaning and view. When I paint an abstract picture (the problem is very much the same in other cases), I neither know in advance what it is meant to look like nor, during the painting process, what I am aiming at and what to do about getting there. Painting is consequently an almost blind, desperate effort, like that of a person abandoned, helpless, in totally incomprehensible surroundings – like that of a person who possesses a given set of tools, materials and abilities and has the urgent desire to build something useful which is not allowed to be a house or a chair or anything else that has a name; who therefore hacks away in the vague hope that by working in a proper, professional way he will ultimately turn out something proper and meaningful.
Reality must be expressed by a physical symbol.
We look at the mountain to see the painting, then we look at the painting to see the mountain.
An artist must find his expression closely linked to his individual experience or else follow in the old grooves resulting in lifeless forms.
Each painting has its own way of evolving. One may start with a few color areas on the canvas; another with a myriad of lines, another with a profusion of colors… …Once I sense the suggestion I begin to paint intuitively. The suggestion then becomes a phantom that must be caught and made real. As I work, or when the painting is finished, the subject reveals itself.
My aim in painting is to create pulsating, luminous, and open surfaces that emanate a mystic light, in accordance with my deepest insight into the experience of life and nature. To sense the invisible and to be able to create it, that is art. And so artistic creation is the metamorphosis of the external physical aspects of a thing into a self-sustaining spiritual reality.