What am I working on? This is a painting that I worked on before, it’s now finished. “Blind Horse Dreaming of Dragons“. I really like it. It lifts my mood every time I see it.
The blind horse is dreaming. It looks quite comfortable. Happy red-pinkish beings populate its dreams. Tall trees bearing orange fruit in an impressionist orchard. And dragons floating calmly in the sky, one of them looking at the horse with curiosity. When you step into the horse I hope you feel the same. Calm. Interested. Dreaming. Trusting.
I have a communal painting with my XP20 group. It has been underway for a long time. I was the one who started it off on the theme “If art is the tip of the iceberg”. Then it went to France and now it is in Ukraine. I noticed that my XP20 friends were a bit hesitant to add things. Afraid to ruin the work, I guess. A concern that seemed to increase as the work progressed. It is sort of scary to work on a painting that others have done work on already. What if you screw it up?
I still had some loose canvas left over from this first communal work, enough to make another one. So I decided to do one very, very quickly. I did this to show my dear XP20 friends that they didn’t need to worry about ruining it, since it only took me 10 minutes to make in the first place….
Before sending it on, I added a few things, and then a few more things. And then I added some trees. But the trees were out of sync, stylistically speaking. I thought: let me fix this before I send this painting on its way. So I changed the trees, making them bigger in the process. And then I thought the painting was missing a large pink area. I don’t know why, but I felt it should have a large pink object. Or several objects. And then the objects were too pink an I added some red. And every time I mixed a new color I added some squares in the upper right hand corner to create like a color echo. I didn’t even know exactly where the painting ended, because it was a loose piece of canvas on the floor. So I could walk around it, often stepping on it. A typical art thing: one thing leads to another, and another, and another. And after a few days I had added so much, that there wasn’t really enough space for my XP20 colleagues to add their part….
So I decided to keep it.
And I have to say that that’s the beauty of being in this group: I get stimulated to do things I wouldn’t think of by myself. My XP20 friend Mouhcine has set our next project to ‘Fantasy’ and my XP20 friend Uwe has chosen blue and gold as colors. So now I am thinking about a blue and gold fantasy scene…. I never really liked fantasy art, but we I go. BTW we are looking for some more members (expressionists only)….
JAAPH is an expressionist painter living in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.