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Artworks from September and October are an abstract oasis of tranquility
Are you also eager to escape the stress of everyday life? Come with me, together we will take a breather on my uninhabited islands. We don’t have far to go: you can see them right here on this page. So you’ll be back before you know it. Refreshed and well.
The story behind these abstract paintings started with me looking through some photos of our vacation in Greece. I was soon lost in imagination and daydreaming with all these pictures of beautiful islands, the lovely blue sea and a just as radiant blue sky. How I would love to live there, especially on an island of my own! But, obviously, that is a dream which is hard to realise and that is why I decided to create my own island!
My island had to grow
First, I made four paintings of 20 x20 cm, which together make up the artwork called SeaLand I. There is a piece of my island and/or its surroundings on each of those canvasses. Whenever I had finished such a piece, I would, as it were, linger in that piece of nature for a while.
Enjoying and ordering thoughts
On the one hand, of course to enjoy it, on the other hand to order my thoughts. I only picked up my brush again the moment I knew what the next piece should look like. And in the process, a consistent and abstract image of an island emerged, in a soothing blue sea.
Beach, sea and sky
The yellow part stands for the island itself with its beautiful beach. Above that you first see a piece of the sea and then the blue sky. On the foreground you can see the sea as well. There it is shallow. You can see the bottom shimmering through the crystal clear water.
Also unprocessed pain and sadness
The darker blue part to the right is the deeper part, although you can still recognize some rocks in there. In short, a beautiful piece of nature. But this place is not completely idyllic. Can you see the little bit of red on the left side? To me, red is the colour of pain and sadness. I gave it a place there.
The story of the island had not yet finished
Soon I realised I hadn’t told the full story of my island with these paintings. I felt that I had to create these small canvasses to feel and understand what I actually wanted to express. That is the image I then captured in one, bigger painting, SeaLand.
Differences between the islands
As you can see, this painting does not contain red anymore. So I had left the less pleasant things behind me. But there are more differences with SeaLand 1. The blue surrounding the island on the four paintings is fairly light. That is because I kept searching where exactly the island should be, and what it should look like. On the bigger painting it has found its final form and place. Then, I felt more at rest and I was able to anchor the island in even more soothing, deep blue.
Apart from the daily reality
Furthermore the island on the big painting is dotted with vegetation: The blue and green part in the right front. And do you see the thin, black threads on and surrounding the island? These indicate that you have almost completely been seperated from reality. On the first paintings the threads are a lot thicker, which shows that you are connected more strongly with the reality of daily life.
For just a moment, be completely at rest
The island on SeaLand is really My Island. A place where you can be completely at rest, while listening to the soft sounds of the sea. Where you can dream about all the beautiful and pleasant things of life. Where you can be in harmony with yourself and your life. Where you can leave behind the often rather harsh reality. The kind of place everyone should really have!
Back to my island whenever I want
In short, these paintings are very important to me. Then why are they for sale? Well, after I have painted an image like this, it is solidly anchored in my mind. Any moment I can conjure it up in my mind and go back to My Island. Now somebody else can enjoy the real paintings.