Progress on new Painting “Facade”* and some Discovery
March 29, 2008
The new painting is coming along nicely although I did not think that it would be so much work. But details need their time. As I am currently busy with a lot of other tasks besides painting it slows down the whole painting process quite dramatically in comparison with what I achieved in the past 2 months.
I must say I love painting these realistic details at the moment. It gives me the opportunity to really spend some time with the painting process and thinking at the same moment about the things that might have happened in this building. This is the narrative element that I want to anchor in my paintings.
The current painting techniques also make me aware of my choice, the reason why I paint these motifs, images of old walls, peeling paint, rotten windows and doors. Every piece speaks of the transience of all things which is also the major thought of Buddhism.
It is amazing how sometimes these influences and thoughts creep into your life although the images themselves have changed. At the beginning of my art career I was deeply impressed by the images and body of thought of southeast Asian cultures because of my travels and many pieces of these images became part of my art. Then the outer images changed bit by bit with different interests and plans but now I realize that the influence goes much deeper than ever perceived. This is an exciting idea.
This also proves that much more things happen on the subconscious level than you can ever perceive. This makes the art journey so exciting.
I really hope to finish this soon.
*(The title of the painting has been changed from “The Tower” to “Facade” -4/6/08)