I saw this beauty on the wall of a house. Unintentional Street Art or found footage, anyway I like it.
Studies on small scale 24 x 30 cm. mixed media mosty earth pigments, using earth from France and from El Hierro.
All reworking older paintings, Mixed medi on aquarel paper size 4o x 50 cm.
It is not yet clear for myself what kind of world shows itself and pushes me to work, work ,work.
My second day, back on the island of El hierro. It still feels weird. The contrast with living on the continent is huge. The feeling of the island is so different. Nature feels so much stronger. It is clear right away that most things are beyond your control. In the beginning it always makes me want to run away, get back to normal.
After some time it is fantastic, the purity of the air is fantastic, the clearness of the water and the perfect swimming temperature is fantastic, the perfect silence is fantastic, releasing so much pressure from my brain. So much more easy to be fully functioning here or to get fully crazy, that too. Everything is enlarged and it al becomes so very visible in the bright light.
I immediately went back to painting as it always helps me to find some inner stability. I am looking for new forms and patterns, new directions, looking for a freedom to express more.
Last weekend we were in the "Ruhrgebiet" in Germany. From my youth I remember that as one of the most polluted areas on this planet. That was what they told me. I grew up up with an image of an earth where you can hardly breathe because of pollution heading for the end of a total environmental disaster. That was oppossed to a nostalgia for good old times when everything was still manmade instead of machine made and harmony between mankind and nature still existed. This way of looking at life did have a huge impact on my experience and life choices.
The last few years I slowly start to find some distance from this perspective and see the limitations of it. A few anchors in my thinking are now:
Reality is the result of what you believe to perceive.
Perception is a creative process.
Doom scenarios bring you nowhere.
Fighting against some issue risks to become giving more energy to the very thing you don't want. Strengthening the vision of how it could be or already is just as well, equals giving your energy to nourish that. It is more effective. It increases the probability that you will see how to create a reality which feels good to live in.
I know I am a dreamer making everything a bit more beautiful. Many blamed me of being over idealistic and not a realist or not practical. But that is just the best I can offer.
In the Ruhr area I did see magnificent old trees, lots of all shades of luxuriant abundant tones of green old and rich earth, full of stories and memories of human life. And a lot of people have their homes surrounded by so much green plants and trees that the peaceful energy the plants radiate fills their homes.
The birds keep talking to me, they seem to repeat during the day like a mantra:
Joy, Joy, Joy,
Happy Happy, Happy,
Bliss, Bliss, Bliss,
It is such a pleasure
Pleasure, Pleasure, Pleasure
Play, Play, Play
And them when the evening comes and they calm down a litlle bit, tired of their day.
They become so tender. They say to me:
Beauty, beauty is
Do you remember?
You know it, we know that.
and soft and tender
and sweet and beautiful,
Life, colours, music
Peaceful space to sleep safely