Isn’t sky the most beautiful abstract painting ever? Whenever I can I like to go for a walk after work to look at the sunset and admire the beauty of it. As an abstract art lover I find it incredibly inspiring and kinda wish I could soak in all the colors and take them home with me. But instead I do the next best thing, I take pictures of the sky (often intentionally out of focus: to abstract the scene even more, to try and capture dominant colors in the scene etc) and then use to images as an inspiration for my paintings.
Last week I spent every minute of my free time working on a new big painting. What differs this painting form others is a fact that an idea and title for it (Cosmic love) came to me in a dream. Since I'm a kind of a person that follows her dreams I knew I had to paint it. You can see a process of making this painting in the video above!
This is also last painting in a mini series of bigger paintings I've been working on lately (first two paintings are Mr Fantasizer and Desire) so I was very happy to have finished it. It was definitely a breakthrough piece for me (as well as previous two big paintings) and I will probably write about it more soon. For now here is just a photo of work itself (it's 70x100cm in size and done with ink and gelly rolls on paper, as usual).
Minimalism has never really been my thing, if anything I'd label myself a maximalist, lover of complex, detailed arrangements and patterns always aching to add yet another layer, yet another shape, yet another coat of ink to my work until it all feels just a little oh, too much and even then I feel inclined to keep adding more and more and more. Too much is never enough.
But last week I started to year for something light, simple and airy, I just wanted to make easy drawings with minimum effort just for fun and pleasure of creating. So I made these simple grid patterns over old textures and I also drew some birds because I love birds :)
After a really long blogging break (that can be blamed on being too busy, then being ill for too long, then getting better but getting way too busy again) I wanted to share two of my latest drawings inspired by starry nights, snowy mountains and pale moon. With the end of year approaching I'm feeling tempted to reflect on it but since it was a very stressful year I will just happily say goodbye and leave it behind for good, looking forward to 2016. I do feel pretty excited for new year, new studio space and all the new art I'm planning to make. I hope we all have the most wonderful, happiest new year and that all of your wishes come true ♥
This mini-series of ink drawings was inspired by idea of primordial sea. All three drawings were done on A4 format Bristol paper with extra smooth surface. It's currently my favorite type of paper to use, it's perfect for working with ink since, unlike watercolor paper, Bristol won't soak up ink. As it dries, ink, sort of sticks to the surface which allows for many interesting effects especially when using a lot of white ink as I do. Technical art talk aside, I really enjoyed working on these drawings, I am very interested in creating abstract landscapes inspired by an idea of ancient, primordial sea. I often call my drawings "inner landscapes" because, no matter what they are inspired by they always represent my inner state of being and are often also a metaphor for my emotions. These inner landscapes represent a realm of deep, primal emotions that is impossible to express through words but can effortlessly be expressed through simple shapes and textures and colors.
So, it seems I have a thing for jellyfish. They've always been fun and enjoyable to draw and the reason why I started to draw them was their shape: their roundish top and they long wavy tentacles, I love drawing round shapes and long, flowing, curvy lines so drawing jellies came naturally to me. I never felt any special connection to them as I do to some other animals (I love all kinds of forest critters, bears, foxes, wolves, birds etc), I was only attracted to them because of their simple shape that is fun to draw. But recently I wanted to find out more about them (since I already spend some much time depicting them I might as well learn a bit about the creatures, right?) and I found out they are really fascinating animals. For example, did you know there was a type of jellyfish that is believed to be biologically immortal (appropriately named immortal jellyfish)? Also, it was interesting to read about many other random jellyfish related information such as extensive use of jellyfish collagen in medicine and beauty industry (anti-aging products.) Anyway, I still don't feel a deeper connection to these fascinating sea dwellers other than a desire to draw them but at least I know a little bit more about them.
Above you can see my latest ink drawing inspired by meduza (as we call them in Croatian) and below you can see some of the jelly inspired illustrations and drawings I did over the last 5 years.
These two very similar drawings were inspired by deep sea ("midnight zone" is a deepest part of the ocean that never receives any sunlight) and deep space. I think there is a strong connection between the deepest parts of ocean and deep space, at least in human mind so it made sense to me to use same color scheme and textures to represent both.
Photos you see in this post are results of experimenting with lights and an old painting used as a prop to get fun effects. I've arranged them in diptychs to make them look even more fun :)