Just back from a short visit to Canada where the ice was melting after an extraordinary warm winter. It was inspiring to observe the worlds captured into the ice, the light reflecting. It reminded me of all the books I have read on the ice age and the history of mankind at that time. Also the confrontation with climate change and the huge impact it has on cultures. Lately I did explore a little bit into the possible relation between climate change and the extinction of Neanderthaler humans 35.000 years ago. I did visit the famous "abri du poisson" before I went to Canada.
Seeing with my minds eye the icy landscape of that time with not that many trees, open spaces, rocks, lots of snow and the clear light that generates and then that rock shelter covered inside and outside with red ochre paintings of beautiful animals. The red and the white and the black; ancient holy colours in many cultures. Red as blood, as the life force in the life depicted.
The climate is changing spring is all around and pushes me outside. Time to leave my isolation and focus on painting the encounter with prehistoric times. Time to share the experience. This week a first small exhibition of the paintings did start. Hope more will follow. To finalise this work period I still would like to make an overview of the sites and books which did inspire me.