Work in Progress


January 9, 2021 by petrujviljoen

A pond of water pulsing. The life source.


33 thoughts on “Work in Progress

  1. Painting again? Good. Reminds me of the expressionist “Die Windsbraut” by Kokoschka. As good as Cecily Brown abstracts that go for 50,000 USD and up!

    • Thanks Howard! I was hoping you’d clock in. First attempt at working in the span of a year plus.

      • Keep at it! Work a couple at one time. That way you’ll have something to do while waiting for the paint to dry enough to glaze and scumble. If you are one of those alla prima types, ignore that and just set sometime each day to work.
        I painted 30 canvases in 2019 when I gave up digital art making as a cleansing operation in honor of being officially retired.
        Then I got impatient—my ideas seemed to lack sufficient energy to stick around long enough to paint. I fell back in to cranking out photoshops like I did when I worked for a living. Now a year later I remember the good feeling of the physicality of painting and I want to try to find a balance between the quick and the messy.

  2. Portofino says:

    There is a moment in a play called, “Red” where the main character, artist Mark Rothko determines that he will never be a “mantle” artist — the kind of painter who sells “genuine” Rothkos to the chic and prosperous so they can hang them over their mantles and brag to their assembled adoring horde. It’s a brilliant read.

    You have — either completed or in process — a work of art that has caused me to stop and comment; something I rarely do with art. As a former failed painter/sketcher I can only say that you have art.

    I hope that answers your question.

    • Charley, this means so much to me. It’s the first painting I attempted in more than a year and mistrusted it/myself. Thanks so much. The urge to work became stronger than the malaise. I wish the same for you. A failed artist … I know the feeling very well!!

  3. I feel it is a myth in process of forming itself and developing its story.

  4. Alexander De says:

    Before I scrolled down and saw your words at the bottom, I saw souls swimming in the sea of living. I saw joy. I thought, ‘Stunning.’ Just first impressions. Like poetry and music, subjective. Allow it to be what each one sees. I look forward to the moment when you declare it is finished, knowing that, like most artists, you will never stand in that moment.

    • Very pleased with your response! Glad I put it out there. I added the bit of writing some time after I posted the painting and perhaps should’ve left it so not to influence people’s responses. Anyway. I truly doubted it from time to time.

  5. Suzanne says:

    Sorry toos – passionate brush strokes!

  6. Suzanne says:

    Wow – it’s impressive. I like the psionate btush strokes

  7. ShiraDest says:

    It’s definitely interesting, and yes, it is also art.

  8. trE says:

    I love it! I can’t wait to see the finished product, Petru!

  9. Misky says:

    Yes, absolutely.

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