Unusually for me, I've been asked to show some of my own work after yesterday's posting, to illustrate what I meant by 'understanding the calligraphic nature of Ms Mehretu's work'.
I don't like to use this platform as a gallery, although I have sold one job having shown a photo (which was nice).
No, I'm just putting these two up as an illustration of that calligraphic quality I spoke of yesterday. That's all.
Think Chinese calligraphy. Think zen. Think minimalism. Think time. Think energy. Think direct manhandled frenzy.
Sorry about the quality of the pix. The lower has now been sold, the upper one still awaits a considerable donation from a discerning connoisseur.
No signature on your scribblings?ReplyDelete
What do you mean by calligraphic quality , is it à judgment about your own work? Anyway I like the second one.
I simply imagine that the mental process is possibly similar to that of the Chinese (or other) calligraphers.Delete
I think I have seen the top 'tree' one before Cro? I love this sort of thing and also admire the sheer scale of the big stuff..part of the magic is just having to nerve to 'go big' I think.ReplyDelete
I used to paint on a much bigger scale, but I used to have a big studio.Delete
To the woods.ReplyDelete
The thing I enjoy about winter are the leafless trees. I spend hours there doing tiny sketches.Delete
agreed...the form can be lost in the leavesDelete
Landscapes can look like a field of Cabbages.Delete
I can understand that, and also your love for trees.ReplyDelete
I don't like them so much (to paint) when they have leaves.Delete
I love them both! Suitable to fit any home. Greetings Maria xReplyDelete
They were both in temporary frames; they look better when done properly.Delete
Hockney does a lot of leafless trees, although I am not all that keen on his work. Your pictures above are interesting, especially as you explain a little of why you did them - but not really my kind of thing.ReplyDelete
Is this how your style has developed Cro? I would love to see some examples of your work throughout your life and how your style has developed. Is there any possibility?
Yes, I've become more 'minimalist' with time, but probably more focused too. I never imagined I would end up painting leafless trees.Delete
Hello, those are trees? Thank goodness art is not subsidised by the state!ReplyDelete
Don't worry, my only sponsors are 'private'. And luckily I still have a few!Delete
Trees! I love thatReplyDelete
I feel at home in the woods.Delete
I do like the lower one.ReplyDelete
Thank you. So do I.Delete
I think they would look incredible in a minimalist setting. How long do they take you to paint?ReplyDelete
The actual time painting is very short and intense. The time in preparation can take me weeks. One wrong mark and I have to abandon and start again. I know it probably sounds a bit odd, but that's how it is.Delete
Wonderful. I like them both and #1 is very interesting. I have drawn leafless trees and paloverde trees all my life.ReplyDelete
Japanese son did a huge calligraphy on rice paper. it was for practice but so beautiful. It kept getting torn and in fact he had cut it into smaller pieces. I framed them as is. It is one of my favorite sets. I think I will post them on my friday blog. with a nod to your posts. You have inspired me.
I look forward to seeing them. Calligraphy has always intrigued me.Delete
I love the first one Cro... I "suffer" from Pareidolia so I can see so many faces in your first piece... it is very comforting...ReplyDelete
Jo in Auckland, NZ