Some artists I observed with admiration, respect, some
with curiosity or horror. One can learn so much.
It is not necessary their work what brought me to them,
sometimes I even don't like their work. Why they did what they
did or how they did it... those things are interesting.
"I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how
to do it", said Van Gogh.
My fascination for their lives, for their struggle helped me
see the way for my own work and learned me to be patient.
Sometimes in their work I looked for something that could help
my own painting to develop.
He "told" me so much about color, devotion, passion. The way
he use the material (thick strokes) to emphasize the shape, to
share with us his emotion and obsession with the subject.
Experimenting and sharing with others your feeling about
He was building a painting as a sculptor becoming himself a
subject. Amazing how much energy I can get only looking at his
painting, I can almost feel his presence. When ever I feel
down he can make me alive again.
There is no blue without yellow...
Van Gogh's words:
"There is no blue without yellow and without orange"
inspired me to make this painting.
When I was searching for some information about Munch I've
found this beautiful site. Just click on his name...
Reading about Munch and his way of painting helped me see more
clearly the way my idea develops and what parts of the whole
process are for me inspiring.
"I don't believe in art that is not born out of men's need to
open his heart".
"Nature is not only what is visible to the eye - it also shows
the inner images of the soul. The images on the back side of
I saw this painting on the annunciation for the exhibition
program in Gemeente museum in Den Haag in spring
2007. I admit I never heard about her before, but when I saw
this portrait I decided to learn as much as possible. When the
exhibition started I went with my friend Betsy and we spend
more than three hours looking on the work of this amazing
woman. She was very weak person physically, but I think I
never saw so much power and strength on canvas. Her work
was looking so obvious, so abstract and figurative at the same
time. Her self-portraits told us the whole story of her life,
her struggle in life and art, her loneliness.
She is very close to my heart as being an artist of both
great power and great weakness. There were moments in my own
art-life when I felt blessed and moments when I felt limited
because I am a women.
It is not known if E. Munch knew about work of Helene, but she
knew about hem. "Something about his feeling is strange to me.
But women feel different".
For Helene was painting a proces of reduction, elimination of
unneccesery elements, searching for essence.
The simplicity of this painting is so powerful and so
complicated and I need to share my admiration.
It is empty and yet completely full. We are separated
with this door from the world outside, where the sun shines.
We are supposed to be in peaceful space, even the colors are
limited...but only at the first glance.
Very soon we realize how rich colored this grey color is and
how much blue and red and purple is on the grey walls. In her
brush-stroke you can see so much...empty-looking floor in the
foorground is becoming a turbulent see. Nothing is as it
seems to be!
She painted two spaces, two worlds; inside-outside,
"How difficult it is to be simple", said Van Gogh and I
couldn't agree more.