Stillness and passion: when is a painting finished?
In essence my art can be characterized by the representing of harmony and stillness. My handwriting with fine hatched color dashes fits in very well here. I used to paint the first layer with a broad brush with one color in several hues before I started with the fine hatched layers. Recently the underlay is more dynamic of handwriting and more diverged of color. Mostly these more expressive brushstrokes disappear under a following layer of finer dashes. The painting “Flow, rooted, color’ is a fine example.
During the fist stage a looser, more expressive handwriting is still visible with over it a tree shape sketched with a few fine lines. In the following layer I add fine hatching and the stump is more elaborated and true-to-nature.
In the finished painting (below) the expressive layer is completely vanished. This calls in me the question if I should not stop sooner, and if I do proceed too far in my striving for wholeness (and perfection); in fact the question if stillness can be merged with passion! Of cours my handwriting never really will become fully expressive — after all this striving for wholeness is an inner necessity that carries out my spiritual compass.
However I do realise that due to this consistent striving for harmony ‘passion’ is not visible anymore for the observer and that it gives less room for the observer to interpret and to ‘finish’ the image on his own way. This can be seen as the drawback of my working method. All the more as modern man prefers quick stimulus and explicit dynamic above stillness.
Maybe it is a next step to integrate passion (and incompleteness) into wholeness and stillness. Certainly now I can receive wholeness in myself more and more, and the seeking for wholeness is making place for the acceptance of my incompleteness as a part of wholeness?