The sleep metaphor 

Or how can we call it better?! Our biggest fears revealed while sleeping through our dreams.

This sketch is trying to present a mixed set of feelings and emotions related to sleep.

It is not the deepest drawing that can reveal this complexity but it is an attempt.

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From sketch to painting: “My housse”

As I promised in an earlier post, I will present the sketches of some artworks.

The story behind my “housse” is presented and it can be summarised here:

My house is not a house of bricks is a house of thoughts and feelings.
So, here it is… The beginning of this painting. 

The queen, taking a break

Tired.. very tired… I just need a moment far from everyone around this kingdom.

Faces, Voices, fake smiles, opinions, pieces of advice, valuable information…all of them must disappear for this moment to take place.

And I know that is almost impossible, unachievable and too much to ask for.

I therefore take this moment inside myself and close down everything around me.

I will be a queen again after this moment.

Now I am just me.

From sketch to painting: Mr. Time

I am trying today to post a more in depth analysis of the art I make and give the viewer the possibility to see how my work evolves.

What I usually do is I draw sketches with ideas and these sketches are being turned into paintings.

For example “Mr. Time” a painting featured earlier on this blog, has its basis sketch.

Initially, the idea behind the original sketch was too visualise the unexpected figure behind the mask. The sun itself. 

It was intended to give the sun human attributes. Somehow portrait this celestial element into the human character.

Then I started painting and it suddenly occurred to me that instead of a mask the “sun” can hold a clock. It all became quite clear afterwards – the sun, walking on the moon, reflecting its light. I was painting time. I added the contrast day-night on the background and there it was.

Mr. Time. The beholder of seconds, minutes, hours, days, years, ages.

It was a sudden switch of direction of which I am myself quite impressed of.
PS: I might consider continuing these series “From sketch to painting…”. It is kind of “behind the scenes…” But for art.
Cheers!

Guardians of the heart

This sketch is a map of feelings and emotions the human is experiencing in life. 

It depicts complex features and symbolic elements which highlight them.

The heart carries different complex feelings during life represented by the two masks placed in front. They also have a protective characteristic. They place before the heart as a shell against the outside. 

However they are not strong enough for the wondering heart because life brings different factors which are still able to create an unbalance.

The stone walls depicted are representing an impediment for the heart to reach its purpose. 

The time factor is also in the picture. It has a first role of introducing pressure to the heart. The impression that it is not enough time for the heart to reach its purpose.

The small eyes chained at the bottom of the sketch are the other people. The others who watch the heart’s struggle. There are not too many of these eyes which will support the heart in its pursuit. The majority will just watch from the outside and judge.

This sketch does not have a happy ending for the heart. It will end up torn apart and unable to reach its purpose.

However, time has also a second regenerative role to help the heart heal and re-build its purpose.

The balance between chaos and order

We have both in our lives and no matter what we cannot experience one without the other.

Chaos creates unbalance, challenges and puts us in the position to fight for regaining control.

Order settle things, gives us the control back. However it is a temporary state. It won’t be order forever. 

It will always be treathened by external factors which will create an unbalance. And so the chaos re-creates itself.

It is a cycle and we experience it every day in everything from personal life to work, society, politics and so on.

Both states are good for us because from chaos we learn how to gain control and from order we learn how to structure things. 

Each chaos state helps us create a more advanced order structure since we gain experience through each fall. 

Each order state that we re-gain is the proof that we can go beyond our limits and we never give up.